Helping Students Reach Goals

Our academic advisors at HCC are committed to your success. Whether your goal is to transfer to a university or obtain the skills you need to enter the workforce directly from HCC, academic advisors are trained and ready to help you build a plan for accomplishing your educational goals.

Three Steps to Plan Your Future

Step 1: Career Exploration

Access career outlook information, review educational requirements for specific fields of study and more with Career Coach.

Step 2: Select a Program

HCC offers a wide variety of academic programs  to meet your educational needs. Determine which program is right for you with the College and Career Planner.

Step 3: Develop an Academic Plan

Once you’ve officially selected a program, plot out each course needed to accomplish your goal and organize by semester with the Academic Planner.

Students who intend to transfer to a university should review transfer guides, joint admissions programs and more at the Transfer Room.

How to Meet with an Academic Advisor

New Students

Students enrolling at HCC for the first time are considered new students. Below are the different ways to meet with an Academic Advisor depending on your student status:

First-Time In College/Transfer Students (less than 12 completed credits)

Students planning to enroll at HCC for the first who have completed less than 12 college level credits in their student career are required to attend an Advising & Registration Session before registering for courses. You will meet with an Academic Advisor during this session in a group format.

Please take a moment to sign-up for an available Advising & Registration Session at a campus near you. If you do not find one that fits your schedule, please check back for new listings. 

New Transfer Students (previously completed 12 or more credits)

Transfer students planning to enroll at HCC for the first time that have completed 12 or more college level credits will visit an Advising Center to sign-in to meet with an academic advisor. No appointments are necessary. No appointments are necessary. Students may also contact an Advisor online or by phone through the Student Services Contact Center.

New Distance Education (Online) Students

First-time students or Transferring in with less than 12 credit hours:

First-time students who are planning to exclusively enroll in Distance Education courses (online) are required to attend an online Pre-Enrollment Session prior to registering for courses. You will meet with an academic advisor during this session. 

Transferring in with 12 or more previously completed credit hours:

New Transfer Students who are planning to exclusively enroll in Distance Education courses (online) should visit the Distance Education website for information about online courses and to speak with an Academic Advisor.

Current/Returning Students

After you have enrolled at HCC for the first time, you are a current or returning student. Below are the ways current or returning students can meet with an academic advisor:

General/Walk-In Advising

Visit an Advising Center to sign-in to meet with an academic advisor. No appointment is necessary.  

Online/Phone Advising

Students may contact an Academic Advisor online or by phone through the Student Services Contact Center. 

Distance Education Advising

Students who are enrolled exclusively in Distance Education (online) courses should visit the Distance Education Website for information about online courses and speak with an Academic Advisor.

Assigned/Required Senior Advising

Students enrolled in a student success course (EDUC 1300, HPRS 1201, ENGR 1201, or LEAD 1200) are assigned a Senior Advisor during the semester enrolled in the success course.

Topics for Discussion

Ways in which academic advisors can help students

Academic advisors assist students with their academic planning from prospective student through graduation. They assist students with the interpretation of policies and procedures and assist them with short and long-term goal setting. Students may wish to see an advisor to discuss topics such as:

  • Interpretation of placement tests.
  • Degree planning.
  • Goal setting.
  • General Financial Aid information.
  • Information about degree programs and certificates.
  • Advanced placement/prior learning assessments.
  • Assistance with course selection.
  • Transfer planning.
  • Applying for graduation.
  • Referral to campus resources.
  • Senior Advisors will provide required advising for First Time in College (FTIC) students enrolled in student success courses (e.g., EDUC 1300, LEAD 1200, HPRS 1201, ENGR 1201).

Academic Advisors and Counselors

How the two are they different?

At HCC, advisors and counselors have different roles and cover different topics of information. Visits with a counselor are by appointment only. Visit the Counseling webpage for additional information.

The following are reasons why you would want to meet with a counselor instead of an advisor:

Academic Counseling

Academic Probation
Academic Suspension
Required counseling by:

  • Financial aid appeals
  • Student judicial review
  • Dean
  • Faculty

Career Counseling

  • Changed degrees several times and are still unsure of the best one for you.
  • Plan for career transition

ADA Counseling

  • Set appropriate accommodations with approved documentation
  • Locate HCC resources for accommodations

Brief Personal Counseling and Workshops

  • Academic anxiety
  • Managing responsibilities
  • Adjusting to or from college
  • Self-esteem
  • Motivation
  • Assertiveness
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Crisis management

Early Alert Program

How do struggling students benefit?

The Early Alert program is a collaborative effort between professors and advisors to help students who are at risk of failing one or more of their classes at HCC. Faculty members submit an early alert through the Student System to an Academic Advising Office. The early alert will then be assigned to an academic advisor who will make contact with the student to provide services to improve students' performance and success in reaching educational goals.

About Academic Advising

Mission Statement

The mission of academic advising at Houston Community College is to further teaching and learning by empowering students to develop an educational plan to achieve academic, personal, and professional goals.

Student Learning Outcomes

The following is a list of what you can expect to learn as part of the required advising process:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions concerning their degree and career goals.
  • Students will develop an educational plan for successfully achieving their goals which includes learning how to read their Interactive Advising Report (iAAR) in their student account and completing the student planner by selecting courses for every term leading up to graduation.
  • Students will become familiar with and utilize the information and functions within their student account.
  • Students will become familiar with policies and procedures by accessing the catalog, student handbook, and web resources.
  • Students will become familiar and utilize campus resources and services to assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals.

Advisor Responsibilities

The following is a list of expectations of your advisor throughout the required advising process:

  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and university and college policies and procedures
  • Encourage and guide students to develop realistic academic and career goals
  • Support students to gain the skills necessary to develop clear and attainable educational plans
  • Educate students on strategies for utilizing available resources and services on campus
  • Assist in understanding the benefits of higher education and its impact on lives
  • Monitor and accurately document students’ progress toward meeting their goals.
  • Be accessible during office hours by appointment, telephone or e-mail.
  • Assist students to develop decision making skills and assume responsibility for actions.
  • Maintain confidentiality pursuant to FERPA.

Student Responsibilities

The following is a list of expectations from you, the student, throughout the required advising process:

  • Schedule regular advising appointments as needed and come prepared with questions.
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience.
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
  • Organize official documents and keep a record of your progress.
  • Follow through on all assignments and referrals.
  • Clarify personal values and goals.
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, procedures, and campus resources.
  • Accept responsibility for decisions.

Degree Planning Worksheets

Degree Plans 2014-2015

Degree Plans 2013-2014

Degree Plans 2012-2013

Degree Plans 2011-2012

Degree Plans 2010-2011

Degree Plans 2009-2010

Degree Plans 2008-2009

Degree Plans 2007-2008

Degree Plans 2006-2007

Degree Plans 2005-2006

Degree Plans 2004-2005

Degree Plans 2003-2004

Degree Plans 2002-2003