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Dale Mabry Campus Orientation

 Dale Mabry Student Services Building
Room 243
4001 Tampa Bay Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33614


 Check out the Calendar of Orientations HERE!

Jason Wilson
New Student Programs Coordinator
Email: jwilson@hccfl.edu or dmorientation@hccfl.edu  

  • Orientations are held in Room DSTU 243 in the Student Services Building.
  • During heavy registration periods, there are generally 7-8 orientations offered per week.
  • Currently, weekend orientations are not available.
  • Each orientation is limited to 25 students.
  • Orientations are only for the enrolled student due to limited seating.
  • Students must bring photo identification with them on their day of orientation.


  • Orientations last approximately 2.5 hours and include registering for courses.
  • After signing up for orientation in the testing center (Room 203), student will receive a confirmation email with all pertinent information regarding their orientation appointment.
  • Students will have the opportunity to ask questions to Student Services personnel during their orientation.
  • Orientation starts on time and latecomers will have to reschedule.

 This Checklist is Designed for Students Living out of Florida but Planning to Attend HCC.

1)  Apply to the college
2)  Receive welcome letter with student id number in mail (7-10 business days)  **Contact HCC Live if you do not receive your welcome letter**

3)  Provide all official transcripts (high school, GED and/or prior college, if attended) within 30 days of the first semester at HCC.  Transcripts can either be mailed directly from the school or hand-carried (in original sealed envelope from the school).  Some high schools in Florida have the ability to electronically send high school transcripts.  If seal is broken, transcripts are considered unofficial.
4)  Students wishing to apply for financial assistance need to apply prior to the priority deadline directly on the website, http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.  (Priority Deadlines:  Summer- April 1st  Fall- June 1st  Spring- November 1st )
HCC School Code:  007870  **Processing time is 6-8 weeks after turning all documents into financial aid office** 
Required forms and submission information can be found at the following website:

 Are you a First Time In College Student?  Are you a Transfer Student with Prior College Credit?

Providing Test Scores

  • College Level SAT: Critical Reading minimum 440 
    Mathematics  440
    College Level ACT: Reading  18, English 17, Math 19
  • Scan and email official test score sheet (from College Board or ACT printout only) to   dmorientation@hccfl.edu
  • If you do not have SAT/ACT scores that are college level or if your scores are more than two years old, you can go to a local accredited community college or university for testing.  HCC only accepts ACCUPLACER or PERT test. The COMPASS exam  MAY NOT be used to determine placement.
  • After testing, scores will be transmitted to HCC. 
  Unofficial Transcripts for Review
  • Please scan and email transcripts to campus advising office.  Advising staff will look for completion of a college level English Class (i.e. English I) and a college-level math course (i.e. Intermediate Algebra or higher)  
  • Official transcript review by the Transcript Office will take place during your first semester at HCC provided you are degree-seeking.
  • Advisor:  Star Schmidt, sschmidt12@hccfl.edu  
  • After a preliminary transcript review, you will receive a follow-up email from an Advisor detailing the next steps. Depending on courses completed, this may include placement testing.
  • During the transcript review, your records will be updated to reflect coursework and notes will be made regarding your ability to register for higher level courses.


If taking the placement test at HCC: PERT testing is done on a walk-in basis, no appointment required during these hours, Monday through Thursday 8am – 6pm (last test given).  Students need a test referral from an academic advisor and photo identification to sit for the exam.

If taking the placement test at a local community college or university:  you will need to contact the testing center at that college and obtain permission to take our exam at their college. They will be proctoring our exam for you at their institution and may charge a fee. You will need to get the contact information of the test center staff (name, phone number, email address, physical address) and send an email to Bruce Nguyen, HCC Testing Assistant (bnguyen@hccfl.edu) with the contact details. You will then schedule an appointment at that school to take the test. Bruce Nguyen will contact that school directly and setup a temporary login and password for that school to administer our test. Your scores are transmitted to HCC immediately after finishing the test.

Once placement scores are entered and/or transcripts reviewed, a link will be sent to you regarding your orientation options.

**Should you choose the online orientation, you must speak to an Advisor regarding test scores and placement/class selection so upon completion of the online orientation, you can register for classes.  The online orientation includes Advising Guide videos.***

6) Registration: Upon completion of orientation (whether online or in person) you will be able to register for classes online through HawkNet.  Students completing the online orientation should allow 24-48 hours for their "orientation hold" to be removed.

7) Paying for classes. Tuition and fees are charged on a per-credit-hour basis for each term. Payment is due by the posted deadline on the academic calendar. If the deadline has passed, you must pay at the time of registration. If you enroll on or after the first day of class you will pay a $25 late fee.
  • If you are paying your own tuition you can pay online via HawkNet or pay at a campus Bursar Office with cash, check, or charge during normal business hours.
  • HCC will automatically bill Florida Prepaid for students who have an account as long as they provided a social security number when applying for admissions online. Prepaid amounts will show under "sponsor payments" under "Account Summary" tab. Students should allow 24-48 hours for bill adjustment and pay the remaining balance through HawkNet. Click here for more information on the Florida Pre-Paid program
  • TIPS is another option for payment of tuition and fees. TIPS is an interest-free, tuition installment plan that breaks up payments for students and can be accessed by going to www.hccfl.edu/tips.
  • Students receiving financial assistance (FAFSA) should ensure that all documents and tax transcripts are turned into that office before the priority deadline each semester. Students should check their award letter availability under the financial aid tab in HawkNet. Students that have not been awarded before the payment due date will need to pay for their classes. Go to www.hccfl.edu/ssem/financialaid.aspx for answers to frequently asked questions about tuition, fees, deferments, and paying your college education.
  • VA students will need to meet with the VA advisor at their home campus to request a deferment to protect their classes. There will be additional paperwork that will also be required as well. Click here for more information on veterans' services.
  • If company or employer is paying student’s tuition, student needs to make arrangement with bursar office and turn in payment voucher before the payment due date.
  • Students receiving free tuition from the state will need to show documentation to the cashiers office prior to the payment due date.
 Failure to pay for classes by the published deadline could result in classes being dropped for the enrolled semester.