Allan Hancock College is a public community college in California with a main campus in Santa Maria and three additional locations. It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program ranked AHC as one of the top five community colleges in California and one of the top 120 community colleges in the country. The school offers more than one hundred different associate’s degree and certificate programs in over 60 different areas of study. Programs also include diverse vocational degrees and certificates in fields such as law enforcement, firefighting, nursing, culinary arts, and welding. Class sizes at this college are small, with most classes having fewer than 35 students. Distance learning options such as online classes are also available. There are also many resources for international students and students with disabilities.
The Honors Program gives exceptional students the opportunity to maximize their potential through benefits such as mentoring by professors, smaller class sizes, and special transfer benefits. Students can enter the program as incoming freshmen, or after successfully completing one semester at the college.