Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is one of the most frequently searched colleges in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of United States colleges.
Hillsborough is a public, two year community college, located in Hillsborough County, Florida. Established in 1968, the schools currently serves a diverse group of more than 40,000 part time and full time students. HCC has an open admissions policy. Students need only a high school diploma (or GED) to enroll.
Hillsborough is is a member of the Florida College System, along with 27 other colleges:
Notable athletes from HCC include Major League Baseball players Robert Mosebach, Chad Zerbe, and Gary Hancock, as well as wrestler Hulk Hogan, to name a few.
Shown above: HCC
photo credit: hccfl.edu
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Hillsborough Community College.
1. Where is Hillsborough Community College?
The physical address the main (Plant City) campus of HCC is
1206 North Park Road
Plant City, Florida
Plant City is located about 30 miles northeast of Tampa.
Hillsborough also has additional campuses in Tampa and Ruskin, as well as instructional centers and administrative offices throughout the county. The campus administrative offices are located near downtown Tampa.
2. What types of degrees are offered at Hillsborough Community College?
HCC has many Associate degree programs, college credit programs, and certificate programs available.
3. What courses and programs are offered at Hillsborough Community College?
Students enrolled at HCC can choose from more than 160 programs. Fields of academic study include:
Professional vocational certificates are available in automotive service technology, auto collision repair, bail bonding, bus transit technician, chef's assistant, correctional officer training, firefighting, machining, and many other skilled trades.
HCC is also home to the SAGE Tampa Truck Driving School.
Shown above: The Student Services Building at Hillsborough
above image: bbmstructural.com
4. Who should attend Hillsborough Community College?
HCC is an excellent choice for Florida residents, as in-state tuition is affordable. Any Florida resident of any age who is interested in any of the areas of study mentioned above will benefit from enrollment at HCC.
5. Why attend Hillsborough Community College?
For transfer students, HCC is a cost effective alternative to starting at a university in your freshman year.
For professional students, HCC offers relatively low tuition to cover full training for many in-demand skilled trades.
6. How much does it cost to enroll at Hillsborough Community College?
According to the Hillsborough College website, the cost of tuition and fees to attend credit programs at HCC is:
For postsecondary adult vocational (non transfer) programs at HCC, the cost of enrollment is:
Other fees and expenses may also apply.
Financial aid may be available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs, to help students pay for their educations at Hillsborough.
Above: Interesting architectural features at Hillsborough
7. How long does it take to earn a degree from Hillsborough Community College?
For full time students at HCC, it should take roughly two years to earn an Associate's degree. The time it takes to earn professional adult vocational certificates may vary, but can also take as long as two years.
For part time students, the time of completion depends only on how fast the student can finish the required courses.
8. What is the Hillsborough Community College campus like?
The Hillsborough campus has all the facilities you might expect from a Florida community College. Additionally, HCC is one of the few community colleges with its own on-campus residence hall. The dormitory building is known as Hawks Landing.
Other campus services for students include academic advising, career resources, child care, disability services, financial aid, and more.
The athletic teams at HCC call themselves the Hawks. The sports teams at HCC play in the Suncoast Conference with Division I of NJCAA Region VIII, within the Florida State College Activities Association (FSCAA). Intercollegiate sports for men and women at HCC include baseball, basketball, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
Other campus activities and student interest groups include a dance club, a music club, and school radio station, among others.
Shown above: The Ladies' Tennis team at Hillsborough
9. What is the Hillsborough Community College neighborhood like?
Just north of the HCC Plant City campus is the Mike E. Sansone Community Park. Southeast of campus are Ellis Methvin Park and the Plant City Tennis Center. The college occupies a suburban setting.
Explore downtown Plant City, just one mile to the southwest of campus. Here you'll find many conveniences and local eateries.
Special Plant City attractions include the Lower Green Swamp Reserve, the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum, and the Parksdale Farm Market, among others. There are also several churches scattered about the area.
Some public transportation is available.
Above: The Collins Street Mural in downtown Plant City, Florida.
image credit: plantcitygov.com
10. What are the distance learning options at Hillsborough Community College?
HCC offers a good number of degree and certificate programs that can be completed online. Here is a list of upcoming online courses being offered at HCC:
Associate of Art Degrees
Associate of Science Degrees
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11. What is the contact information for Hillsborough Community College?
You can reach the main campus office at HCC by calling 813-253-7000.
To contact the financial aid office, call 877-736-2575.
To find out about student housing at Hawks Landing, call 813-466-3860.
Or you can send a fax to the student housing office at 813-875-6011.
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