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Apply for Admission
Howard College is an open admissions college. Approximately 2 weeks from the time your application is received and processed, you should receive your Acceptance Letter. If you do not, contact the Registrar's office at your preferred campus.
Submit Official Transcripts
Submit Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination DocumentsSenate Bill 1107 requires all students under 22 years of age entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas as of January 2012 and thereafter to provide documentation that they have a had a meningococcal vaccine or "booster" dose within the past five years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class. Click for further information about this requirement and a list of exemptions for this requirement.
Meet with an Academic AdvisorYou will need to come in person to your preferred campus to meet with an academic advisor to discuss your plans, such as the degree you plan to pursue, review test scores to determine if additional testing is required, select classes, etc.
Complete Financial Aid PaperworkYou will need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to include all colleges you think you might want to attend so that they can receive your financial aid information.
Meet with a Financial Aid Advisor on your preferred campus if you need assistance.
Complete Placement Testing (If Needed)
After meeting with an academic advisor, you will know if additional placement testing is required before you can register for classes. Ask the advisor for the Testing Schedule (or view it online) to choose a testing date that works with your schedule. The test is administered on a computer and you will know your scores shortly after completing the test. Once you have scores, you can register for classes (if registration is open).
Submit Housing Application
If your preferred campus offers student housing (Big Spring campus, SWCID campus), please:
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Paying Your Bill
Buy Your Textbooks
Activate Your MyHC Account (Student Portal)
Attend New Student OrientationWhen visiting with the academic advisor, ask when New Student Orientation will be held at your preferred campus or refer to the website for upcoming events.
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