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3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764
p. 740-753-3591
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Hocking College

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Hocking College is a two-year technical college with two campuses in Nelsonville and Perry, in Ohio’s Appalachian region. The main campus covers 2,300 acres of plush land in a relatively rural setting. The school was established in 1968 and has consolidated its place as a leading technical college nationally in terms of variety of degree programs and quality of education.


The academic level of this college, consistent with two-year technical colleges, is that of an associate degree. There are some 40+ different degree programs available that either culminate in a certificate, a technical degree or a transfer degree with guarantee of acceptance at Ohio state-assisted four-year universities.

The most popular academic programs fall under the categories of Conservation and Resource Management, Business and Management, and Nursing and Emergency Medicine, followed by Cooking and Culinary Arts and Hospitality degrees.

The academic divisions of the school are: Advanced Energy & Transportation Technologies, Arts & Sciences, Hospitality, Natural Resources, Business, Computer & IT, Health & Nursing, Public Safety Services, Short-Term Certificates, and Industrial Technology.

This school has three main educational formats in which students can pursue their degree, certificate, etc., either through the traditional classroom-based format, the Personally Accelerated Career Education (PACE) format, or via online format.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Studying here is a pretty unique experience for most students, especially for those that get involved with the school’s more eccentric programs, which are quite succinctly wrapped up in the school’s student and faculty operated hotel and restaurant.

The Inn is the centerpiece of the school’s hospitality program, which is recognized as being among the best in the region. This full-service hotel includes the most modern installments for students to gain valuable, real-world experience before they graduate through the use and management of the hotel’s kitchen stadium, chocolate lab, spa, and banquet facilities and 40-some guest rooms.

Separately, the school’s official restaurant, Rhapsody, which is the other crown jewel of the hospitality program, is located in the heart of Nelsonville at the Historic Public Square. Here, students of hospitality, the culinary arts and related fields gain more unique experiences fulfilling precisely the responsibilities that will await them in their professional future.

Other unique aspects include the school’s fully restored Victorian opera house, which theater students get to use; the school’s FM radio station, WLCI-LPFM, affording students live broadcast experience; a top-notch recording studio where students as well as actual professionals get to do their thing; and finally an alternative energy research station and ecotourism center (itself completely energy self-sufficient) on the Bahamian island of Andros.


This school is an open admissions institution, meaning that virtually all qualified applicants are accepted to the degree program of their choice. Basic requirements include holding a high school diploma or a GED, or exceeding the age of 18 and having an interest in a technical education (a select few programs have more stringent admissions requirements).

Applications can be submitted either by mail or online, and must be accompanied by the mandatory application fee. Separate forms are required for non-citizen or non-resident students.


Students have several on- and off-campus housing options available to them, with five residence halls on-site.

Student life is largely centered around the various student clubs and organizations that operate on- and off-campus, especially considering the school’s relatively rural location. A wide variety of honors societies, outdoor clubs, cultural diversity groups, residence hall and technology clubs spice up life at the school. Outdoor pursuits in general are very popular among the student population, and the Appalachian foothills in the surrounding area offer marvelous hiking, rock-climbing and opportunities, usually coordinated by the Outdoor Pursuits Office.

To ensure that students make the best of their time, the school has a College Career and Success Center, a Student Affairs office, a Women’s Center, and an International Students center to help meet the various needs of the diverse student body.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Though Hocking College does not have any official athletics organizations, there are various intramural sports teams and clubs that students can participate in during any time of the year, from flag football to 4-on-4 soccer, tennis, dodgeball, basketball, and several other games.

Information Summary

Ranks 98th in Ohio and 2747th 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 4 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 28 0.47

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 3 0.06
Robbery 8 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 66 1.22
Larceny 182 3.37
Vehicle theft 12 0.22

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4483rd for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Nelsonville, OH 45764
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population9,559 (6,076 urban / 3,483 rural)
Households3,545 (2.37 people per house)
Median Household Income$23,424
Families2,091 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium 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 District3915

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1960th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,976 $2,976 $5,952
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,314 $1,314 $2,628
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $179 $179 $358
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 $14,570 $14,570 $18,860
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,570 $14,570 $18,860
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,418 $9,418 $13,708

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,993 $4,191 $3,993 $4,191 $7,986 $8,382
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,350(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,945 $6,020
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,977 $2,886
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,945 $6,020
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,977 $2,886
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,050 $3,778

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
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

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 Capacity846
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,944
Board Fee$1,100

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 6 31 9 5 1,229 26 1,319
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 58 9 68
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 9 10
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 4 6
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Business and Personal/Financial Services Marketing Operations 2 3 17 4 26
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 13 13
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other 2 3
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 5 5
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 3 21 24
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 13 13
Corrections 2 15 17
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 1 11 12
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry 8 8
Criminal Justice/Police Science 17 17
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 1 43 1 46
Dietetics/Dietitian 1 1
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 7 7
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other 3 3
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 9 9
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 19 20
Equestrian/Equine Studies 46 46
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 10 10
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 8 8
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management 17 17
Forest Technology/Technician 23 23
General Studies 1 3 25 29
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 21 1 23
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 19 1 20
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 1 10 12
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 6 6
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 2 2
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 98 2 101
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 2 2
Management Information Systems and Services, Other 1 1
Materials Science 3 3
Medical/Clinical Assistant 21 21
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other
Music Management 8 8
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other 7 1 5 468 3 492
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 2 2
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 10 10
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 14 1 101 3 120
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 5 5
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 1
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 43 2 45

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3672nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $47,972 ($45,053 male / $58,675 female)
Number of FT Faculty 146 (64 male / 82 female)
Number of PT Faculty 281
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,963,209

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Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.

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