How To Apply
Steps to Apply to Take an HCC Online Course
If you have been absent for two consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring), please complete the AskHCC Online Counseling form to speak with an Advisor about how to get started again at HCC.
Complete an Online Admissions Application.
Submit official transcripts from each of your previous educational institutions to HCC, and request to have TSI information included on your transcript. Please check with the sending institution(s) and request the quickest method for transcript submission: Electronic Delivery (EDI). Unofficial transcripts (faxed, copied, and emailed) are not acceptable. If you have a college transcript from a country outside of the United States, visit The Transfer Office for information on having foreign coursework evaluated.
Address for sending official transcripts:
HCC Office of Admissions & Records
P.O. Box 667517
Houston, Texas 77266-7517
To confirm receipt of your transcript(s) contact the Office of Student Records at 713.718.8500. Please allow 1-3 weeks for processing.
Submit Meningitis documentation. All new students less than 30 years old are required to show proof of receipt of bacterial meningitis vaccination dose or booster within the last five years and at least 10 days to the start of your class. New Meningitis Vaccination Requirement
Complete the AskHCC Online Counseling form to confirm that you have completed State required testing and met prerequisites for certain HCC courses. Testing results are used to determine placement in reading, writing, and math courses. Verification of official test scores are required and must be submitted to HCC Office of Admissions and Records.
First-time college or transfer students with less than 12 semester credit hours are required to complete Advising & Registration Session. This session will provide general HCC information as well as assist in selecting and registering for classes.
HCC Online students may register for an online session after completing the steps below:
1) Submit Meningtis vaccine documentation if under the age of 22.
2) Have offical high school test scores sent (if no more than 5 years old) or complete the TSI Assessment.
3) Complete the SmarterMeasure Assessment (information under "Online Readiness").
After you complete the steps above:
4) View our Events calender to find the available online Advising & Registration Session dates.
5) Contact an HCC Online Advisor through the AskHCC Online Counseling form to request the registration link for that session. Be sure to include the date you want to attend.
Please register for classes online. If after reviewing the above links you still need additional assistance with academic advisement, counseling, or if you encounter error messages during the registration process, please Ask HCC Online Counseling.
Advising & Counseling
Advisors and Counselors
- Pat Jensvold
- Chameeta Denton, Advising Manager
- Robert Hume
- Connie Fuentes
- Nima Salehi
- Orlando Zamora
- Rachel Faggans
- Lauren Pierre-Louis
HCC Online Degree Planning
After reading this page, either select the "View Degree Plans" link to view all available degrees or select the "Career Counseling" link to explore your career options.
Degrees Available through HCC Online: HCC Online does not offer all degree programs available at HCC. However, students can complete the Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) online. HCC Online also offers Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degrees and Certificates with specializations in Real Estate and Accounting. The AA and AS degrees are explained below.
The AA and AS academic core courses are guaranteed to transfer and count toward the course curriculum at all Texas public higher education institutions. After you transfer to a four-year university, you may concentrate in a major area of study during your junior and senior years. Each degree is primarily for students planning to transfer and receive a baccalaureate degree in certain areas.
- Associate in Arts:
- Social Sciences
- Fine Arts
- Associate in Science:
- Computer Science
- Health and Natural Sciences
HCC, in conjunction with a number of four-year institutions, has developed specialized transfer plans for specific majors. Students should obtain appropriate transfer plans from a counselor. Contact HCC Online Counseling by completing the AskHCC Online Counseling form.
Still unsure about what degree is best for you?
HCC Online SLIP Orientation Workshop
The HCC Online SLIP Orientation (Successful Learning Intervention Program Orientation)
- Please select a date and time, complete the ASK HCC online advising and counseling form.
- You will be sent an email with the registration link for the selected session.
|January 2018 Schedule|
|Wednesday, January 3, 2018||SLIP orientation||6:00 PM-7:30 PM|
|Saturday, January 6, 2018||SLIP orientation||10:00 AM-11:30 PM|
|Tuesday, January 9, 2018||SLIP orientation||1:00 PM-2:30 PM|
|Wednesday, January 10, 2018||SLIP orientation||6:00 PM-7:30 PM|
|Tuesday, January 23, 2018||SLIP orientation||1:00 PM- 2:30 PM|
|Wednesday, January 24, 2018||SLIP orientation||6:00 PM-7:30 PM|
|Tuesday, January 30, 2018||SLIP orientation||1:00 PM-2:30 PM|
|Wednesday, January 31, 2018||SLIP orientation||6:00 PM-7:30 PM|
Online Advising & Registration Session
View registration steps and session dates
The following steps must be completed prior to registering and attending a session:
- Submit Meningitis vaccine documention if under the age of 22.
- Have offical high school test scores sent (if no more than 5 years old) or complete the TSI Assessment.
- Complete the SmarterMeasure Assessment (information under "Online Readiness").
After you complete the steps above:
- View our Events calender to find the available online Advising & Registration Session dates.
- Contact a HCC Online Advisor through the AskHCC Online Form to request the registration link for that session.
*Be sure to include the date you want to attend.
SmarterMeasure - Before you enroll in HCC Online Classes, be sure to look at these helpful resources to find out if you are a good candidate for a HCC Online Learning.
SmarterMeasure is an assessment that measures online readiness. It is an indicator of the degree to which online learning and/or learning in a technology-rich environment will be a good fit.
Although SmarterMeasure is free to the public, HCC students wanting to enroll in HCC Online Developmental courses or a student success course (with less than 12 college hours) must take SmarterMeasure and obtain acceptable minimum scores. If HCC students do not have acceptable scores, they will be stopped from enrolling in these HCC Online courses. If minimum scores are not reached, students can enroll in hybrid, web-enhanced, or in-person modes, if all other course prerequisites are met.
Upon completion of SmarterMeasure, students will receive a score report that will help explain strengths and opportunities for improvement, and it will also provide student success resources and tutorials.
Minimum Scores Required on the Following Sections:
80 - Overall Technical Competency
50 - Technical Knowledge
60 - Reading Competency
15 - Typing
HCC STUDENTS: You must take this assessment through the My Academics > Begin My Assessment link found in your HCC Student Center account. Take the time to rate yourself honestly. Please enter, to the best of your ability, an answer for each question on the assessment.
PUBLIC/PROSPECTIVE INTEREST: You may proceed by selecting the guest username provided in the drop-down menu. Please note, taking it through a guest account will not satisfy certain HCC requirements.
* Username: hccs * Password: student
For questions regarding SmarterMeasure please use our AskHCCOnlineCounseling online help form.
Myths - Please read here to dispel some common misconceptions about taking Online Courses.
Successful Online Students
Anne Hughes (2005) developed an important list of ten myths that are important for anyone who is considering enrolling in an online class to understand. These myths are as follows:
Student: I can do my work anytime I want to from any place in the world! I’m so glad that these online classes don’t have deadlines! That means I can just submit assignments whenever I feel like it at my own whim. What a great way to take classes!!!
Teacher: One of the nice things about online classes is that you can take it from anywhere in the world. That opens the door for lots of diversity that might not happen in the traditional classroom. You can have someone from China, someone from Seattle, someone from New York all interacting together, however, in order for this to happen most online classes have a very structured learning environment with deadlines set by the professor. This is to ensure the best online experience for everyone so that everyone is at the same place at the same time, interacting with each other. Not twenty-five people doing their own thing. Deadlines and due dates are what help to keep the class together.
Student: These online classes are perfect for my busy schedule. Since time is tight I can log on one time a week and cram all the work into one sitting. I am sure I’ll get a lot out of that experience. I am sure I will learn more doing it all at once instead of spreading it out like in a regular class.
Teacher: Most online classes require students to log on several times a week to ensure active participation and maximum learning. It is very difficult to take in all the material in one sitting. And because of the nature of the class with no physical contact, it is important to maintain contact by logging in several times a week. Students have expressed excitementlogging in several times a week to see if there is email or new discussion responses, questions that have been asked that need answering so logging in several times a week stimulates learning by keeping students in contact with the learning environment. Online classes are not just about gathering information; they are rich integrated learning environments just like the traditional classroomand as such require attendance several times a week.
Student:I have signed up for five regular classes and that is quite a load. I’d like to take another class to speed things along. I think I’ll sign up for one of those online classes as an extra. I am sure it is not as much work as traditional classes so it will be like getting free credit not much work to put out.
Teacher: Taking an online class, as an extra would be a big mistake. Because of the nature of online classes with so much reading, these classes tend to take more time than a traditional class. Students are encouraged to take no more than two online classes at one time due to the intensive reading required and the extensive time commitment. Many students find that an online class takes between seven and ten hours per week. Certainly taking a full load and taking an online class would interfere with student success. Students need to go into an online class knowing that the class will require as much, if not more time and effort as any traditional class.
Student: My family is planning a two-week vacation to the Bahamas that falls at the beginning of the fall semester. I think I will take one of these online classes because I have heard that they don’t follow the regular semester schedule that you can just start and stop whenever you want. This way I could go on vacation and then start the class. And, there is a camping trip with friends that comes during the last two weeks of school. Since these online classes have no start and stop dates I can do these online classes between my vacations. What a great opportunity these online classes are, they let us do it all!
Teacher: Most online classes follow the traditional semester calendar with beginning and ending dates the same as traditional classes. In addition, professors online also have similar attendance policies as traditional classes. Students must log on a certain number of times per week to ensure they meet the attendance requirements. While some classes have more lenient attendance requirements, most professors feel that students need to be as present in an online environment as they would be in a traditional environment. Camping trips and vacations should be planned during semester breaks. An online class is not just about information. It is an important and viable community of learners. Students popping in and out of class at whim will only lead to feelings of distance and isolation and could result in an unsuccessful online experience.
Student: My computer broke last night and I can’t get it fixed until next week. I have two assignments due at the end of this week. Well, I’m sure I’ll get an extension because it is not MY fault that the computer broke down. I’ll just call the professor and ask for an extension for the assignments. I mean, after all, how can he or she expect me to do assignments on something that is broken? It’s not like I have two computers.
Teacher:With computer accessibility on the rise, students have many options in dealing with breakdowns of their own system. Most instructors will not accept excuses involving broken down equipment. Most colleges have a computer center that students can use. In addition, public libraries provide Internet access; Kinko rents time on computers and provide Internet access and Internet cafes are beginning to pop up all over the world. With this much availability, the motivated and committed student can always find a computer to complete assignments on time. The same standards are set in traditional classrooms. Students are not given extra time if their printers break down, or their typewriter ribbon has run out. All students in all classes are expected to deal with the calamities of technology and to produce assignments accordingly. At the beginning of most online classes instructors suggest students have in place a backup plan in case of a computer breakdown. If students heed this warning then when, and if this happens, the student will implement the backup plan and proceed in the class. The need for an extension is a moot point. This type of critical thinking on the student’s part is a necessary skill in dealing with technology in all facets of life today.
Student: Ok, I’ve been waiting for someone from the college to contact me about providing a computer so that I can begin my online class. School starts soon and I haven’t heard anything yet. I’ve called a friend who says I can use his computer “sometimes”. However, that would be kind of a drag if he’s not home, so I guess I’ll just wait for the computer provided by the college. If it’s not here on time, then I can’t do the work. I’ll just wait until someone calls me. (HCC does not provide home computers for students).
Teacher: Most colleges aren’t required to provide computers to students to take online classes. Students are required to provide their own access to a computer and the Internet. As stated before, there are places students can go for emergencies, but students should have their own computer for the bulk of the work. Consider the computer part of the materials required for the course. Trying to work around a friend’s schedule will only lead to frustration and an unsuccessful online experience. Students must have a working computer up and ready to go by the first day of class. However, it is a good idea to have a back-up plan just in case your computer breaks down. Learn the hours of the computer lab. (HCC does not provide home computers for students).
Student:I have never used a computer before, but I am sure that I can learn while I am taking this online class. And what’s the Web? I hear all this talk about the course on the web, but I guess someone will explain it to me when I start the course. I never learned how to type, but that shouldn’t be a problem as I can hunt and peck pretty well. I’ll figure it out. It can’t be that hard.
Teacher: Students need to have minimal computer competencies such as knowing basic word-processing knowledge and a working knowledge of the Internet (what it is, how to get to it, how to navigate around it, how to send an email, etc.). In addition, because of the amount of writing required in online classes, students should know how to type with some accuracy and ease to avoid endless hours of frustration. These are not skills that can be learned in conjunction with taking the class. They are skills that should be mastered before the class begins.
Student: I very shy, so I’m glad these online classes don’t have any discussion. I usually sit in the back of the room and hope the teacher doesn’t call on me. Thanks goodness all I have to do is writing assignments in this online class. No one will get to know me.
Teacher: Most online classes have a discussion component. Students are required to participate in online discussions and, according to students who have done so, are able to get to “know” each other in a very open and honest way. This discussion, while not “face to face” still allows a wonderful exchange of ideas and the opportunity for “shy” students to open up in an unthreatening and protective environment. Often shy students respond that the online environment helps them gain confidence in their ability to interact with others, a confidence not available in a traditional class.
Student: I have trouble doing my homework without someone pushing me, but I’m sure this aspect of my personality won’t interfere with taking an online class. I always get to it, eventually. When I’m done with more important things.
Teacher: Students who take an online class need to be very self-disciplined and motivated. Students need to be independent learners who can take responsibility for completing assignments on time and meeting set deadlines. It is very easy to get behind since there is no teacher standing up at the front of the class reinforcing what’s due when. Students must be able to set their own schedules and stick to them. Online courses provide flexibility, in terms of when the assignment is done, but students need to be able to manage this flexibility accordingly and not use that flexibility to put off doing the work. Online classes put more of the responsibility on the learner.
Student: I don’t want to take an online class because there is little or no contact with the professor. I mean, it’s not like she’s going to be on the screen talking to me, so how will I know she is there? I need to feel as if someone is really paying attention. I’m sure that can’t happen online.
Teacher: Actually, students who have taken online classes say they feel more connected to their professors than in the traditional classroom. Most professors are logging on daily, checking for questions, assignments, problems, and usually get back to students right away. Students have commented that the online environment feels like someone is “always there” instead of just there twice a week as in a traditional class. There is still the option of calling the professor on the phone for clarification.
Hughes, Anne (2005). Online learning: Is it for me? Retrieved August 3, 2005 from http://www.monroecc.edu/depts/distlearn/minicrs/10mythsindex.htm. Used by permission.