Helping Students Reach Goals
Academic advisors at HCC are committed to your success. Whether your goal is to transfer to a university or obtain the skills to enter the workforce, academic advisors are trained and ready to help you build a plan for your future.
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
How to Meet with an Academic Advisor
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 who are planning to enroll at HCC for the first time and who have completed less than 12 college level credits are required to attend an Advising & Registration Session before registering for courses. During this session, you will meet with an academic advisor in a group setting to learn more about HCC and determine your course placement.
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. 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 Advising & Registration Session prior to registering for courses. During this session, you will meet with an academic advisor to learn more about HCC and determine your course placement.
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.
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:
Visit an Advising Center to sign-in to meet with an academic advisor. No appointment is necessary.
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 1370) 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:
Required counseling by:
- Financial aid appeals
- Student judicial review
- Changed degrees several times and are still unsure of the best one for you.
- Plan for career transition
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.