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Welcome to Hartnell College! By enrolling at Hartnell College, you join thousands of students who have made the choice to get a high quality college education from faculty who care about each and every student. 

Getting Started:  Becoming a Student

Follow the links on this page to learn how to apply for admission and register for classes. Sign up for a student email account here.

To register for English and math classes, you may need to take a placement test, so that we can determine the best placement for you.  Hartnell offers these placement tests many times throughout the year.

When you choose classes from our class schedule , remember to check out online classes,  that may allow you the most flexibility and convenience.

Student Activities

Hartnell’s student government provides students with a voice in the governance and activities of the college.

Many student clubs  provide opportunities for recreational activities, participation in community service, and exploring career and academic interests.

Hartnell also offers a wide variety of opportunities to participate in sports or the performing arts , or to cheer on your friends as they try their hand at poetry reading, soccer, photography,  or drama.

Finding answers:  From signing up to being on campus

Here are a few helpful sites to guide you through your first few days:

Hartnell Bookstore -- Purchase your books online or in person. Open Monday 7:45am – 5:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday 7:45am-6:30pm and Friday 8:00am-2:00pm - Closed Weekends & Holidays

Cashier’s Office -- This is where you pay for bills (which you also can do online!), and purchase your parking pass. Here’s a site that explains all the fees and refunds policies . Open until 7 pm.

Student ID Cards--Your Hartnell College ID Card--cleverly called the CatCard--is your official college identification, library card, and campus debit card. Puchase at the cashier's office, then present your receipt to the Student Activities coordinator to get your beautiful photo taken, and get your card! Details can be found here.

Parking rules -- the rules are simple and few, but if you don’t know them, you might be sorry!

Finding your way -- Click here for campus maps and driving directions. Hartnell’s main campus is also served by several bus lines of Monterey Salinas Transit system (lines 2X, 20, and 23), as is King City (bus 23, and bus 53 with transfer to 23). Alisal Campus is just a few blocks away from bus lines 41, 42, and 48).

Student Handbook--View the online book explaining policies and procedures relating to student rights and responsiblities.

Recycling -- Look for recycling containers around campus. Hartnell is trying to do its part by recycling paper, aluminum, plastic bottles, and even batteries. Check out our efforts on the recycling page

What’s going on? -- Find out on Hartnell’s Events Calendar

Be involved: Vote!---Hartnell College encourages everyone to participate in their larger community by exercising their right to vote. If you are not yet registered, information may be obtained on the California Secretary of State's voter registration page and the Monterey County elections page.

If you have suggestions about anything else that might have helped you if it were contained here, please e-mail us at webmaster@hartnell.edu.

Student Services

Hartnell has many offices and programs designed to serve your special needs.  Whether you are an international student or veteran, whether you are hoping to learn English or get your high school equivalency diploma , whether you are looking to get transfer advice or scholarship assistance or financial aid, Hartnell is here to help.

Additional services to help you succeed in college include:

Academic counseling and guidance , to help guide you through your education at Hartnell

Academic Learning Center , including:

California Mini-Corps Program , for migrant students who wish to become bilingual educators

CalWORKS , with a number of services for California Cash Aid recipients

Career Center -- a full range of counseling and placement services that help you determine your interests and goals, locate part- and full-time on campus jobs, and prepare for employment outside the college environment.

Crisis Counseling Services , a confidential and free service for students

Disabled Students Programs and Services

Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) , a program that encourages the enrollment and retention of students disadvantaged by educational, language, social, and economic factors. For EOPS students who are single parents, Hartnell also has a Cooperative Agencies Resource for Education (CARE).

TRiO Student Support Services , providing a broad range of assistance for low income and first generation college students.