First Year Experience

First year students gathered under treee on campus

The first year of college is exciting and challenging. It also lays the foundation for future success, which is why we think it's so important to ensure that you have the tools you need to flourish. We've put together a collection of resources that we call our First Year Experience (FYE) Toolkit, and we hope you'll find it useful. FYE resources are designed to help you successfully transition to HCC and achieve your academic goals.

FYE Toolkit

Academic Resources

Researching and writing papers, working through algebra assignments and preparing for tests-you CAN do it! HCC's Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) offers tutors, study groups, workshops, and a boatload of practical tips and information to help you conquer your classes and stay on track.

Support at HCC

HCC offers a multitude of support programs for students, from ALANA men to young mothers and veterans. Check them out-one may be right for you!

Campus Resources

Wonder where to park, eat, buy books or find childcare? We'll tell you!

Career Center

What will you do with the knowledge and skills you gain while you're at HCC? What careers are the best fit for your interests and personality? What jobs are growing? Find the answers at the Career Center!

Student Wellness

Struggling to manage the stress of juggling college and life? HCC offers free, comprehensive services through the WellConnect Student Assistance Program. Through WellConnect, students have access to free, one-on-one, 24/7 mental health counseling; legal assistance; budget, debt and financial counseling; new parent coaching and a wealth of other services and resources.Health ServicesYou have to stay healthy if you want to keep up at college. Visit us for vaccinations, first aid treatment, medical referrals, and information on how to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We also have an assortment of colorful band-aids to dress up those paper cuts!

Disability & Deaf Services

Wonder how many disabled and Deaf students have attended (and excelled) at HCC? Thousands! HCC's Office for Students with Disabilities and Deaf Services (OSDDS) will make sure you have the resources and support you need to concentrate on your education and be a superstar!

Student Records & Registrar

Where do you go to add or drop classes, update your address and get your transcript? Who evaluates transfer credits and scrutinizes degree and certificate requirements to make sure you're on track for graduation? If you guessed the Student Records and Registrar's office, you're right!


Get help applying to HCC, locating veteran's resources, and connecting with other vets at HCC's veteran's center. HCC welcomes veterans, and is committed to helping our veteran students make a successful transition to college.

You Need to Know!

What happens if the campus is closed? What are HCC's safety and crime statistics? Are my grades private? When is spring break? Discover everything you need to know about emergency alerts, student policies, consumer (hint: that's you!) information, and more.

Activities and Events

Throughout the year, we offer FYE-focused activities such as our Hitting the Wall resource expos, financial literacy workshops, pop-up advising, career counseling and more. Check the HCC events calendar and the Week at a Glance email sent each Monday. 

FYE is funded by a Strengthening Institutions Grant fully funded by the United States Department of Education.


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