How to Apply

We are excited you’re interested in continuing your education! Your first step to becoming a student is to apply for admission. Before you begin the online application, make sure you have everything you need to tell us about yourself:

  • Your Social Security number
  • An email address we can use to contact you.
  • Name and address of the high school you attended
  • Name and address of any colleges you attended

Got everything you need? Great!

You're ready to start your application.


You' ll need to take the COMPASS Placement test if you scored:

  • below an 18 in English
  • below a 19 in Math or
  • below a 20 in Reading.

Good news, COMPASS is free for first-time takers.

If you went to a college other than a KCTCS school, you'll need your official transcripts mailed directly to:

HCTC Office of Admissions
One Community College Drive
Hazard, KY 41701

Hand-carried transcripts or transcripts "issued to student" will not be accepted.