Since HCC is a community college, people from all walks of life are students, whether they're high school kids dual-enrolling, 20-somethings earning a degree, or 50-somethings completing a degree. Students have varying beliefs and backgrounds, but—Presbyterian or Catholic, poor or well-to-do—they work together to succeed in campus clubs, organizations, and classes. Most students can find some interesting venue to share their energies with like-minded students. There's something for everyone, and in a loose, free-to-be-you-and-me community, it is easy to find a comfortable niche.
International students and ethnic minorities are, well, minorities, but they are still well represented and have the same opportunities. Some campus clubs, such as the Black Student Union and National Organization for Women (NOW), are specifically geared toward minorities; there is also the International Club. Students who feel that other minorities could be better represented can request to form a club and get a faculty adviser at the Student Activities Office. Most clubs are open to new members or for guests who want to preview the group before joining. Because of the eclectic mix of students at HCC, there are a wide variety of events, in addition to the clubs, to appeal to a broader range of students.