Welcome to Counseling and Academic Advising
Your initial Password will be the first three (3) letters of your birth month (1st letter capitalized) followed by the & sign , followed by the last four (4) digits of your Social Security number. Example: Mar&1234
The system will then prompt you to change your password Password must be at least eight (8) characters Password must be complex and difficult to guess. A password must contain characters from three of the four following categories:
1. Uppercase letters (A through Z) 2. Lowercase letters (a through z) 3. Numeric digits (0 through 9) 4. Special characters (example: &, %, $)
You will be asked to set up a security question. Once in, click on the Student tab then go to Student Self‐Service to access your records.
What is Advising?
Successful students are those who plan. Planning requires that students know the requirements of their specific degree, decide what their short- and long-term goals are, and take advantage of the many resources available at Housatonic Community College to support their academic success.
Each semester new students meet with an academic advisor in the Academic Advisement Center. An advisor discusses with new students their placement test results, which classes to register for in their first semester, the requirements of their chosen major, instructions on how to use the college catalog including specific terminologies, how to build a schedule from the college website, how to complete the registration form, the assignment of a faculty advisor, how to contact a faculty advisor, and when to prepare for the next registration period.
Continuing students are encouraged to see their faculty advisors early in the registration period. For the winter and spring semesters, early advisement/registration begins in November. For the summer and fall semesters, early advisement and registration begins in April. Continuing students are encouraged to contact their faculty advisor, set an appointment and meet with their faculty advisor prior to registration. Faculty advisors are not available during the summer months or during holiday intersession. Summer months include June, July, and August. Holiday intersession includes spring break and winter intersession. Continuing students who have not seen their faculty advisor early in the advisement/registration period will need to seek advising in Lafayette Hall, LH-A108.
Two full-time academic advisors are available to all students on a walk-in basis. Four full-time counselors are available to all students by appointment. During peak advisement periods, one month prior to the start of each semester, students are welcome in the Advising and Counseling Center on a walk-in basis when faculty advisors are not available.
Students seeking information on transferability of coursework and articulation agreements with the four state universities and private colleges in the state of Connecticut can utilize the services of the Transfer Counselor in the Counseling Center (LH-A108).
The Academic Advisement Center, the Counseling Center, and faculty advisors are available for all students to help them succeed in their academic work.
Office Hours: Monday- Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm