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Reviews 574 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: They don't force you to take a specific set of classes.

3 College Sophomore

Online Courses: It's probably just like you would find at any other school.

2 College Sophomore

Career Services: There aren't very many post-grad services at the school. There is a university transfer center.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are a lot of options for classes. Some classes are only offered during a few time frames.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are great resources for any career. However, compared to community colleges in Oregon, this college lacks in the amount of music classes offered.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: It has been a great academic experience. All my teachers genuinely care about me.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like the school but, I have not taken many classes so I cannot give a full review. The teachers I have had have been very helpful and have been very fun.

3 College Senior

Online Courses: It isn't as user friendly as I would hope. I can navigate online courses with no issue, however I am very familiar with computers. My brother, however, hates taking online courses as he find it extremely difficult to even register for courses. I feel that the online course software Blackboard, is slightly out of date. I wish it was more user friendly and easier to navigate through the different courses one is enrolled in, and that it would be easier to interact with other students rather than scrolling endlessly though board posts.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Class sizes at decent, most professors care about their students but some just expect them to read the book and know the material with no extra explanation during lecture hours.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have been fortunate enough to have teachers who are willing to go above and beyond to help their students succeed. My art teacher was extremely passionate in teaching his subject which was very refreshing to see and made me appreciate teachers such as him, who have such a passion for their subjects and want to share all of their knowledge with their students. My math teacher would teach us 6 hours a week and still have a designated time before classes each week to help students in the library who were struggling with the homework software. He told us that teaching was his secondary job, and it made me appreciate him so much more that he was willing to sacrifice time away from his family to help his students with the material.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Due to the fact that Hancock has a campus in both Santa Maria and Lompoc, there's opportunity for a lot of flexibility for courses. Most Hancock credits will be applicable for all colleges in California.

Considering I plan on transferring to an out of state university, transferring will be more difficult for me.

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4 College Junior

Online Courses: Online courses are great if you have a good instructor. Due to the fact that these classes aren't held on campus, you're essentially responsible for your future. Online classes are taught through blackboard and the workload varies on the professor. I've had online classes that require up to 48 hours of work a week and online classes that assign as little as 6 hours of homework a week. Registration for online classes are very easy, interaction and communication in online courses depends on the professor and the course you're taking. Most online professors require a discussion board for each chapter and a response to two peers. As long as you hold yourself accountable and manage your time properly, online course can be very easy.

3 College Junior

Career Services: If students chose to stay in Santa Maria rather than transfer or pursue a higher degree, they often don't achieve high paying jobs. A majority of Hancock graduates who settle with their first degree remain in Santa Maria, so it's important to remember that there's a whole world out there to explore. Hancock is a stepping stone and it's important to pursue those stones even after you make it across the first trail.

The career center there employs Hancock students at their facility. Jobs include; cashier services, office jobs, custodians, baristas, etc. These are all part-time jobs and aren't intended for long term employment. .

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've had good and bad instructors my past 2 years here. There are a few great professors, a lot of lukewarm professors and there's also quite a big of bad professors.

When I say "great" professor I mean a professor who works with their students and is very interactive both in and outside of the classes. These professors strive to educate you and prepare you for your future as a college student. They're both organized and social and they always do their best to keep the class focused. Encountering professors of this caliber is an excellent experience, I will never forget these professors.

When I say "lukewarm" professor I mean professors who teach you a few things but are pretty laid back for the most part. Their material is repetitive and doesn't really make an impact on the students life.

Bad professors are those who don't have proper communication skills with their students. They aren't very interested in helping and they're very inflexible when it comes to working with the students. Essentially students are teaching themselves in these types of courses.

Class sizes at Hancock are very small, the classes start off very impacted and often fall to about 10-15 students per class a few weeks into the semester, a majority of students drop out of the course in the middle of the semester, so it's important to stay focused and motivated.

2 College Junior

Academic Experience: Hancock doesn't have a lot of business instructors. This wouldn't be so bad if a majority of the staff was enthusiastic about teaching. I've had to drop two of my major courses in the past due to lack of communication on the instructors part.

Being a business admin major requires a lot of work; math classes, accounting, economics and business classes have a heavy workload. There's a lot of reading and the major requires a lot of dedication. It's important to stay focused and positive. Falling behind on one chapter can throw you behind on most future chapters.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Hancock is a great starting point for students looking to go off to college and transfer. Not only are the classes affordable but the school has various resources to help with students (i.e. Math center, writing lab, library, study groups, etc.) Due to it being a community college, the students attending there aren't particularly social. A majority of them attended high school together, are involved in sports or just trying to focus on their education. The classes there aren't great, you'll get a few amazing teachers here and there but there are also a lot of professors who aren't very interested in teaching. I've had a few classes in which I had to teach myself or drop the class due to lack of participation on the instructors part. I highly recommend looking up your future instructors on ratemyprofessor.com; although all of them aren't rated, it will save you a lot of heartache. Some majors are given more attention compared to others, being a business administration major the amount of business staff is limited. My most difficult courses thus far have been my major courses, primarily due to the lack of staff available to teach the courses I need. My biggest piece of advice is to follow the DegreeWorks program on MyHancock before you follow the counselors instructions. Had I followed this program rather than the advice from some of the counselors it's very likely I would be transferring this upcoming fall rather than next fall. Don't settle with the advice of just one counselor, I highly recommend consulting at least 2 different ones when it comes to your transfer plan.

All in all, Hancock has it's ups and downs. It's a great way to baby step your way into the life of a responsible college student. Best of luck, and never give up on your dreams. Always remember that so far you've survived 100% of your worst days, you're doing great.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I'm satisfied with the flexibility of my courses. I took classes at Allan Hanckock College for three years and I have no problem with my work and family committments with my schedules.

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4 College Senior

Online Courses: I took online course one time. It was a great class and the professor was also great. When I have question to ask, I can just e-mail the professor and get a reply back within 8 hours. I'm very satisfied with this class.

3 College Senior

Career Services: The Transfer Center at Allan Hancock is very helpful. When I did my transfer application last year, it a success because I was able to get help from the Transfer Center and the transfer counselor there.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love Allan Hancock because of its size. It's not too big and not too small. The average class size is 30. They provide a lot of courses in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. They have online classes for Winter too!

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Every students here are committed in getting their degree and every one work hard for it. The services they provide for students here are very helpful. Especially the Math Center. They have professors and students to help you do your homework or any auestion you have about Math. I mostly get my homework done there and i'm very satisfied with the service.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: My major is accounting. They don't have an accounting program here at Allan Hancock, but they do have some great classes with great professors to help me prepare for transferring to University.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Allan Hancock College is a great scool to attend because it's not too big and the students here are very friendly. I can make friends easily. My favorite experience at Allan Hancock College is me joining Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS), an honor society and service club. This club has many benefits for the members; those includes recognition of academic excellence, eligibility for AGS scholarships and service awards, and many more. The club has many opportunities for each student to develope leadership skills and do services for the community or in school. I have earned my service hours through volunteering to help the community and prepare events for school. Allan Hancock College also has many other great clubs for student to join. It is a great opportunity for students to give back to their community through these clubs.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: I feel like there's always a rush to sign up for STEM classes. They could work on expanding the program so more students can take these courses. For example, right now I have to take a chemistry class at 8:00am and a calculus class at 7:00pm on the same day. Those are the only options.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Many of the general ed professors seem bored or detached, but i can't speak highly enough of the STEM department. For a community college, I would say that the level of teaching is far above average. The variety of courses is decent, but I would prefer more.

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