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Tampa, FL 33606-3584
p. 813-253-7000
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Hillsborough Community College

Hillsborough Community College Rating: 4.2/5 (21 votes)

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Introduction

Hillsborough Community College, commonly known to local residents as HCC, is a two-year community college with campuses in the Tampa Bay area. It is one of 28 community colleges in the state of Florida. Six locations can be found throughout the county. These include:

  • Dale Mabry campus
  • Brandon campus
  • Ybor City campus
  • Plant City campus
  • MacDill AFB campus
  • South Shore campus

In addition, the school’s administration headquarters and the Institute for Corporate for Continuing Education are located on Davis Islands, adjacent to downtown Tampa. HCC also has environmental studies centers at Cockroach Bay and English Creek.

Students who wish to meet educational goals yet cannot travel to one of the physical campuses due to work or family responsibilities can also pursue eLearning courses, which are web-based.

Academics

HCC offers associate degrees, including the associate in arts (AA), associate in science (AS), and associate in applied science (AAS). All degree programs are designed to prepare students to enter four-year colleges or universities to earn a bachelor’s degree, or to prepare students for entry-level positions in the workforce.

Continuing education classes, career-specific certificates, and distance learning classes are also available. HCC’s distance learning classes give students the opportunity to obtain certifications, college credit, and even earn some complete degrees without physically attending classes on campus. Class instruction and corresponding coursework and exams are completed online.

The numerous areas of study that students can pursue at the school include:

  • Architecture / Construction
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Engineering / Manufacturing
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Media Arts
  • Public Services
  • Veterinary Technology

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Like most community colleges, HCC is open to all students who have graduated with a diploma from a secondary school or have a GED or its equivalent.

The admissions process is generally as follows:

  • Complete an application for admission, which is available online from the HCC website, along with the non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit official high school transcripts and transcripts from any post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Apply for financial aid (if needed).
  • Take placement tests to ensure proper course placement.
  • Attend student orientation and meet with an academic advisor.

Admissions requirements may vary for out-of-state and international students, transfer students, and students who were homeschooled.

Local area high school students who wish to enroll in HCC’s dual enrollment program to take community college courses before their high school graduation should meet with their high school guidance counselor to begin the dual enrollment process.

Financial Aid

Students are often eligible for numerous financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, student loans, or work-study programs. Tuition payment plans may also be available in some situations.

All students seeking financial assistance paying for their education are advised to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible each academic year because many types of aid are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

HCC’s financial aid office offers several resources for students seeking financial aid, including a detailed website, forms obtainable online (including FAFSA), and entrance and exiting counseling.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4305th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The college serves a wide range of commuting students, including students preparing for four-year institutions, students who are seeking associate degrees, continuing education students, and working professionals hoping to change careers or further their educations.

A variety of student clubs and organizations are offered on each campus, providing students with the opportunity to participate in organized activities outside the classroom, develop friendships, and be involved in college life. In addition, HCC students can participate in student publications, WXYB Hawk Radio, and cultural and special events that are held throughout the year including art shows, dance performances, concerts, and a variety of exhibits.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The HCC Hawks participate in the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA). Sports include:

  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball
  • Men’s Baseball and Women’s Softball
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Women’s Volleyball

Sports scholarships that cover 15 credit hours and a stipend for books and supplies are awarded to student athletes each year based on the student’s academic eligibility as well as coaches’ discretion. Currently, the school offers various scholarships for athletes playing both men’s and women’s sports. If fundraising efforts are successful, stipends for living expenses and food are also awarded to deserving students. Amounts vary based on athlete and his or her unique situation.

School sporting events are broadcast on the school’s radio station.

Additional School Information

HCC opened Hawk’s Landing, its first residence hall for students, in 2008, making it one of few community colleges with on-campus housing.

Accreditation

The college is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Information Summary

Ranks 123rd in Florida and 3165th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 3 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,555 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 28 0.01
Forcible Rape 58 0.02
Robbery 587 0.17
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,718 0.80
Larceny 7,042 2.07
Vehicle theft 633 0.19

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Tampa, FL 33606-3584
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population14,960 (14,960 urban / N/A rural)
Households7,273 (1.88 people per house)
Median Household Income$49,291
Families2,850 (2.86 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1214

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1704th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,931 $1,931 $7,727
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $575 $575 $1,383
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $104 $104 $380
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,230 $16,230 $22,835
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,230 $16,230 $22,835
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,830 $7,830 $14,435

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,423 $2,506 $2,423 $2,506 $8,851 $9,111
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,400(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,107 $4,024
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,400(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,107 $4,024
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,107 $4,024

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity420
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,922
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 117 813 1,162 198 24 2,879 430 5,684
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 3 6 7 12 28
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 5 7
Aquaculture 2 15 1 18
Architectural Technology/Technician 3 4 7
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 11 3 2 4 2 22
Automation Engineer Technology/Technician 2 1 3 7
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 6 8 4 20
Biotechnology 3 2 2 7
Broadcast Journalism 1 4 6
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 2 2
Business Administration and Management, General 13 48 48 8 113 9 241
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 5 2 7
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 5 2 10 2 20
Carpentry/Carpenter
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Child Care and Support Services Management 6 8 1 4 19
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology 4 1 1 1 8 1 16
Communications Technology/Technician 7 5 14 3 30
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 6 7 13 1 27
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 3 1 4
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 1 1 2 4
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 1 2 9 12
Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification 2 11 9 29 4 55
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 3 2 1 16 1 23
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 3 9 16 1 29
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 5 6
Corrections 3 5 7 8 23
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 62 7 32 15 116
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 23 21 50 3 99
Criminal Justice/Police Science 10 12 5 1 74 10 113
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 2 9 8 15 3 38
Dental Assisting/Assistant 1 2 8 11
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 1 8 1 11
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 1 11 14
Dietetic Technician 2 2 6 10
Digital Arts 2 3 5
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 6 5 12 1 25
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 7 5 1 15
Education, Other 1 10 10 1 100 10 132
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 1 1 4 6
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 5 5 1 12
Electrician 8 2 17 7 34
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 3 33 81 12 243 37 413
Engineering Technology, General 1 1 2 5
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2 8 7 2 18 1 38
Environmental Science 2 1 7 10
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 1 5 6
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 4 16 51 16 87
Forensic Science and Technology 4 5 7 1 17
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 3 1 7 2 14
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 7 1 8
Homeland Security, Other
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 1 2 5 1 10
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 1 1 2 10 1 15
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1 2
Information Technology 1 12 21 2 2 39 2 81
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 12 13 26 3 56
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 67 386 664 126 13 1,342 234 2,867
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 7 6 24 3 41
Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician 3 4 7 14
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 3 1 5 6 1 16
Office Management and Supervision 14 8 14 5 41
Operations Management and Supervision 4 7 11
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician 2 7 13 1 53 2 78
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist 1 2 3
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 4 4 1 2 16 1 29
Optometric Technician/Assistant 1 1
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter 2 8 1 11
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 1 18 19
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 5 1 1 7 3 18
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8 29 53 15 1 178 10 294
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 1 2 10 14
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 1 2
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1 6 2 8 1 19
Security and Loss Prevention Services 12 9 1 30 11 63
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 2 1 1 4
Small Business Administration/Management 1 1
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager 1 1 2
Telecommunications Technology/Technician 2 5 13 33 2 55
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 2 1 20 1 24
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician 1 1
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 3 8 13
Welding Technology/Welder

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3338th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $51,181 ($51,471 male / $51,851 female)
Number of FT Faculty 308 (137 male / 171 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,572
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $7,172,462
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