Hill College is a community college in Hillsboro, Texas. The school maintains branch campuses in Cleburne, Burleson, Glen Rose, and Meridian. Hill is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The college is particularly well known as the home of the Texas Heritage Museum, which features exhibits on Texans in wartime, and a historical research center which curates a large library of maps, photographs, art, sculptures, and original writing of soldiers from Texas.
The school’s mission is “the task of providing high quality comprehensive educational programs and services. The college strives to enhance the educational, cultural, and economic development of its service area and to assist both individuals and the community to prepare for a more productive life.” The core values of the school include integrity, educational excellence, student success, respect, enthusiasm, and collaboration.
Academic departments include Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Culinary and Personal Services; Education; Engineering; Engineering Technologies; English Language and Literature/Letters; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences; History; Pre-Pharmacy Studies; Liberal Arts and Sciences General Studies and Humanities; Mathematics and Statistics; Mechanic and Repair Technologies; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Physical Sciences; Precision Production; Psychology; Security and Protective Services; and Social Sciences.
There are a variety of academic programs to fit many student profiles. This school offers remedial classwork for those needing assistance to get up to college level classwork, English as a Second Language for recent immigrants, part-time weekend and evening degree coursework for students with jobs, young children, or other significant obligations; distance learning opportunities for those who wish to study from home, and educational services that extend into the schools, prisons, and workplaces within their catchment area. Students who have been in the workplace, especially those working in their field of study, may receive credit for life experiences, therefore shortening the amount of time they need to be in college to complete a degree. Some of the most popular majors include Elementary Education and Teaching; Pre-Nursing and Nursing; Cosmetology; Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; and Agricultural Business and Management.
High School Academics
Dual credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to homeschooled students as well as public and private school enrollees. Many students enrolled in dual credit choose to take online classes to best suit their high school schedules, although they may also take classes on campus.
Most Popular Fields of Study
In keeping with their goal to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, open admissions is offered. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, HC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. Roughly 35% of students receive financial aid of some kind.
There are over 1,500 full time students on campus and over 2,000 part time students. About 60% of students are women and 40% are men. The student faculty ratio at Hill is 20:1.
Living on Campus
There are four traditional residence halls on campus. Students who live on campus must participate in a meal plan. Hill offers a traditional, buffet-style cafeteria that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday to Friday and for lunch and dinner on the weekends.
Clubs and Organizations
There are student organizations on the Hill campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of the student body in the administration of the college and the community at large. SGA is comprised of representatives from campus clubs and organizations, and plans social activities and events including dances, blood drives, and intramural sports. This school also hosts a wide variety of music performers who come to visit the campus, such as Baylor Jazz Ensemble, The Guidonian Hand, Waco Community Band, and Jim Cullum Jazz Band.
The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counseling, career counseling, employment placement services, personal counseling, testing services, and disability services.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is an assessment testing program mandated by state law for any student entering a public college or university. Approved tests include the Quick THEA, Accuplacer, and Asset. Students for whom English is not a first language are also required to take the Compass Test and the Lindholm Test.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Athletic teams are known as the Rebels and the Lady Rebels. The Rebels compete in the NJCAA, the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference, and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Men’s sports include baseball, soccer, rodeo, and basketball. Women’s sports include softball, volleyball, rodeo, and basketball. There is a full-service fitness center available for general student use.
The largest tradition is the annual Boots and Suits Ball, a formal event that includes a dinner, live music, dancing, and a variety of fundraising auctions. The Ball is attended by students, community business leaders, staff, faculty, alumni, and administration members.