Admission to the College

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Holyoke Community College is a public institution of higher education with an open admission policy. General requirements for admission to a degree or certificate program include a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) or HiSET certificate, or completion of an approved home schooling program. Students must be beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in Massachusetts (16 years old).

In addition to the general requirements, some academic programs require additional application materials or have specific testing requirements. These programs include, but are not limited to Nursing, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Graphic Design, Medical Assistant Certificate, Medical Billing & Coding, Culinary Arts, and Veterinary Technician. Coursework for most programs begins each fall, spring, and/or summer. Individual academic programs and program start dates can be reviewed in the online College Catalog at

Students who have been away from HCC for one or more semesters must apply for admission at Official transcripts from any college or university attended while away from HCC are required for consideration of any transfer credit.

Applicants who have previously attended HCC must submit another application for admission. Official high school or college transcripts may be required if more than two years has passed since first applying and/or an applicant is intending to transfer additional college credits to Holyoke Community College.

All applicants to Holyoke Community College are encouraged to meet with an admission counselor to discuss program choices and requirements. New applicants should attend an HCC Welcome Wednesdays! information session that includes admission and financial aid application process, career planning, choosing a major, and a campus tour. Sessions are held weekly at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and can be scheduled online or by contacting the Admissions Office at 413.552.2321.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040