hillsborough community College

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: 

  1. Broward College
  2. Chipola College
  3. College of Central Florida
  4. Daytona State College
  5. Eastern Florida State College
  6. Florida Gateway College
  7. Florida Keys Community College
  8. Florida Southwestern State College
  9. Florida State College at Jacksonville
  10. Gulf Coast State College
  11. Indian River State College
  12. Lake Sumter State College
  13. Miami Dade College
  14. North Florida Community College
  15. Northwest Florida State College
  16. Palm Beach State College
  17. Pasco Hernando State College
  18. Pensacola State College
  19. Polk State College
  20. Santa Fe College
  21. Seminole State College of Florida
  22. South Florida State College
  23. St. John's River State College
  24. St. Petersburg College
  25. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
  26. Tallahassee Community College
  27. Valencia College

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

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Hillsborough community College Q&A

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:

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Aquaculture
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Biotechnology
  • Broadcast Production
  • Building Construction
  • Business Administration
  • Bisoness Management
  • Business Operations
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Programming
  • Criminology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Database Technology
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Digital Video Production
  • Education
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Engineering

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Science 
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Foreign Languages
  • Game Authoring
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Homeland Security
  • Hospitality Administration
  • Human Resources Management
  • Humanities
  • Industrial Management Technology
  • Internet Services Technology
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mass Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Office Management
  • Music
  • Network Administration
  • Nursing
  • Office Administration
  • Optical Management
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Radiography
  • Religion Studies
  • Respiratory Care
  • Restaurant Management
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable Design
  • TV Production
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Video Editing
  • Web Design
  • Welding Technology

and more.

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.

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Shown above: The Student Services Building at Hillsborough

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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:

  • $104.39 per credit hour for Florida residents
  • $379.61 per credit hour for out of state residents

For postsecondary adult vocational (non transfer) programs at HCC, the cost of enrollment is: 

  • $78.98 per credit hour for Florida residents
  • $314.68 per credit hour for out of state residents

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

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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

image: hccfl.edu

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

  • Business Administration
  • Hospitality Administration
  • Liberal Arts
  • Math Education
  • Psychology
  • Teacher Education

Associate of Science Degrees

  • Business Administration
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Optical Management Technology

Professional Certificates

  • Business Specialist
  • Business Operations
  • Business Management
  • Computer Programming Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Digital Media / Multimedia Instructional Technology
  • Game Authoring

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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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