Location
Santa Maria, CA
Undergrads
3,272
Tuition (in-state)
$6,666 ($1,346)
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Reviews 420 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Senior

Career Services: Good Vocational Programs – They have a good variety of programs that teach you useful work skills

3 College Senior

Student Body: Mixed With a Large Amount of Hispanic Ethnicities – Somewhat diverse, with an emphasis on the Hispanic community

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Another Stepping Stone – The school is a means to an end. I went there to get my general education done quickly and cheaply and accomplished just that. With any school, the amount you get out of it depends on the amount you put into it, so if you are just jamming through the work your experience may not be that pleasant. But over all this school does its job.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: My School Offers This Program Called EOPS This Program Is Mostly for Studens That Don't Have Enough Money to Pay for Books, and They Also Offer Priority Registration. Its really a huge help for us the students that sometimes we can't afford to buy books.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Flexible Is an Understatement – Hancock has allowed me to work part-time as well as full-time without taking away from work. Even as part of the softball team I was able to work my usual schedule.

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: Perfect for Getting Started – Hancock is a great place to get started. The teachers are personally interested in helping better your life and truly want to see you succeed. They share personal experiences and make an effort to help you through yours.

5 College Junior

Campus Resources: How Is Hancock Unique? Unique qualities that set Allan Hancock College apart from other schools include the high student and staff involvement in school functions and government, high quality learning and tutorial facilities which include English, math, and science, a high quality Learning Assistance Program for students with disabilities, and many opportunities for students with families which include child care, financial assistance and counseling, and family related programs. The students and staff at Allan Hancock College are very social compared to many community colleges that I have visited where many students and staff keep to themselves outside of the classroom. For an example, I have gotten to know many of my teachers and they are very supportive of me outside of the classroom. I am going through rough times dealing with my father's health and money issues. My teachers and the friends that I have made are very supportive and always do their best to communicate with me as much as possible in case I need their help with life such as counseling and other assistance searching.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall Expereince – My overall experience at Allan Hancock has been a very positive and productive one. Allan Hancock has a very proactive student body that encourages all the students to participate in different school functions. Compared to other community colleges that I have visited, Allan Hancock is very welcoming and is full of many determined students pursuing their desired majors. Allan Hancock offers very high quality support programs for students who struggle with studying or in different classes which include individual tutoring, state of the art math center full of qualified math tutors and student tutors, state of the art reading and writing center full of top-quality computers, and English tutors who help students in more than just their English course. What I am very appreciative of is the Learning Assistance Program offered at Allan Hancock. The Learning Assistance Program is very supportive of students who have learning disabilities and other disabilities that affects their lives. Through this program students are given extra learning support which includes audible text books, extension and supervision of exams, specialized equipment and other services. What makes my school unique is the fact that students and staff are not make distance between each other, there are many educational programs and community programs offered to students that help them excel in school and in life, and the school is a fairly safe environment compared to the whole city that it is in. I would choose this school again if I could do it all over again because I feel safe at school, and I am very confident in my success with the variety of classes offered at the school, and the variety of different programs sponsored by the school.

5 College Student

Campus Resources: Computers on Campus – Well we sometimes require a computer but some people don't have computer access at home but the college provides them in the writing center, library, computer lab, almost everywhere on campus and its very helpful to finish homework or to work on homework with the programs they offer on the computers. Also we have printer and copy machines, plus textbooks of classes just in case you forgot your book or you can't afford one you can use the libraries.

4 College Student

Academic Flexibility: Our professors are good at there work and on giving us enough time to finish our homework or studying for exams, and giving us as much help as they can by offering their hours of spare time so we can go ask for questions etc..

4 College Student

Campus Resources: Everyone their the staff is really friendly and helpful so far all the people I have met in the campus or around are nice. When I go to Allan Hancock College it has this sort of peace surrounding the school and it has a pretty campus it is not so big and its like everyone is welcome here it is like a second home to come to but to learn. Also there some really helpful programs like EOPS it helps you keep track of your academic standing plus making sure you stay on top of your school work also get you involve with the school activities.

4 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: Be on the Ball – The education is well worth its money and if youre trying to recieve financial aid then you must go sign up and there are many people willing to help.

3 College Freshman

Campus Resources: Resources Are Resourceful – There are many resources on campus and many are available for everyone, you just have to look for them.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Biology Majors Are Treated Pretty Well – Title says it all. Biology majors, as well as engineering majors, physics majors,chemistry majors, etc. get treated quite well.The biology classrooms are easily the most up-to-date, well-equipped classrooms on campus. It makes me feel kind of sorry for the other departments, actually. The animation class is held in a room that looks roughly five seconds away from collapsing in on itself.

1 College Senior

Campus Resources: I'm sort of perversely fond of Hancock's computer network. It manages to be so consistently bad in so many different ways. Fun drinking game: how many times has Blackboard/MyHancock/etc gone down this month? One shot per network malfunction=liver failure within the year. Printing on campus actually seems to work pretty well. Wireless access is variable-to-good. Don't bother bringing your computer to classes, you won't need it and its presence probably won't be appreciated.

2 College Senior

Student Body: It Could Be Worse – There is a decent enough level of ethnic diversity at Hancock, and a surprisingly high number of international students, considering the area and the size/resources of the school. However, there is absolutely no intellectual vitality present on the campus. It's a wasteland out here. Granted, many of the students here do have full-time jobs and/or families to support, but there are also plenty of slack-jawed young idiots who eat up resources that could be better invested in students that actually care about getting an education. Many of the students here are intellectually lazy and completely lacking in any motivation or drive, at least academically speaking. If you care even a little bit about your grades and are marginally more intelligent than a slime mold, chances are you are going to be the designated "smart person" in your class.

3 College Senior

Online Courses: Depends on the Class – Online classes at Hancock are a lot like in-person classes, in that some of them are awful, some are great, and most are middling. However, I'd say that with the exception of my online psychology and history classes, the online class turned out to be much more difficult than the in-person class. Depending on the instructor, an online class can either have a lot of interaction between the students and the instructor, or none at all. Some of my online classes felt pretty close to the "real thing". In others, the students literally taught themselves all of the material, and there was no instructor presence whatsoever.

2 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Good Flexibility, Not Enough Classes in Certain Subjects – If I were rating Hancock on class/curriculum flexibility alone, they'd get an A. It's a decent place to explore your academic interests, as no one cares what combination of classes you take. However, be forewarned that it is extraordinarily difficult to get into many classes. My education has been delayed by a good two years because certain core classes that I had to have for transfer filled up before I was allowed to sign up for them. Hancock's current sign-up system for classes is credit-based, so the longer you've been going there, the better your chances of actually getting into the class that you want.

1 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Difficult on Pretty Much Every Level – Getting fee waivers for classes is as simple as filling out some paperwork. The process is automated, and, shockingly, runs pretty smoothly. Getting any other aid? Not so much. Oh, it's possible, just be prepared to spend more time and energy navigating the financial aid process at Hancock than you spend on your actual classes. The financial aid office is useless. The employees are fond of offering contradictory information, if they supply any at all. No coherent or complete information about the financial aid process is supplied by the school.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Attending Allan Hancock is one of the best choices I made not only are the schedule classes easy to work with but the staff is so friendly and helpful. One of my teachers once said "we work for you".

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: A Lot to Choose from – This campus provides many facilities that I have taken advantage of. For example there is the math center which provides tutoring and instructor help for the math courses. This helped me very much my freshman year and provided a quiet organized meeting place for my math study group. There is also the health services which I have used when sick, the student center for coffee on long days, and the writing center which has many computers and private rooms for group meetings.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Self Disipline – I have taken about seven online classes within my three years at Hancock and I very much enjoy them. They allow me to schedule my classes around my time and take on the coursework as I see fit. They are definatly different than being in classroom because you must manage your time on your own. I believe this takes an organized, well-managed person.

4 College Sophomore

Career Services: Overall Very Helpful – The career center does a good job at setting up field trips to universities and letting you know your options.
But, I use the MESA counselor because she specializes in my major and I feel more comfortable with her as my counselor rather than a general counselor.

5 College Sophomore

Student Body: Good Group of Students – The student body at Hancock College is filled with a variety of different people. People who are just starting out in life, or who have a family, or who were in the military. It consists of all different races and people with different incomes.
I love this school because it gives you a chance to succeed and do something with my life.

3 College Freshman

Online Courses: they have a great dance department that helps me grow as a artist

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