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First-Time Students

First-Time Students

Welcome! You are considered a first-time student if you have never attended HACC or another college.

Please follow the steps below to become a HACC student:

  1. Apply to HACC

Apply to HACC online or in-person at any of the HACC locations (Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York).

  1. Send official transcripts 

    You will need to send official transcripts for High School or GED. 

    Mail your high school transcripts or GED to:  

    HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College 
    Central Enrollment Services, H122 
    One HACC Drive
    Harrisburg, PA 17110-2999 
  1. Apply for financial aid 

    Submit your FAFSA. This will allow you to determine if you are eligible for financial aid. 

    Learn more about other financial aid options.


  1. Review your admission acceptance letter

Review your admission acceptance letter for the following:


  • Your HACC ID and Password. Use these to log on to myHACC.
  • Your HAWKMail ID and temporary password for your college email account
  • The program and your admitted term


  1. Activate your HAWKMail email account 

    HACC will use this email account to send you important information.


  1. Schedule placement testing 

    We may apply exemptions through SAT testing, ACT testing or prior college coursework.  

    To schedule a testing appointment, please call 1-800-ABC-HACC. Select your campus when prompted. Select option four (4) for placement testing.  

    Remember: Photo ID is required at time of testing.


Prepare for the placement test and learn more.


  1. Attend new student orientation (NSO) 

    Once you complete your placement test, you will attend a new student orientation session at your campus. During the session, you will discuss your program/major, review your placement scores and register for classes.


Learn more about new student orientation.


  1. Register for classes

You can register online for classes if you did not register for classes during New Student Orientation.


  1. Pay tuition and fees

Pay your tuition and fees by the due date. You can pay online or at your campus Welcome Center.


Learn more about residency and school district sponsorship.


  1. Purchase books

Purchase your books online or at your campus bookstore.