About the College
Allan Hancock College is a California public community college located in northern
Santa Barbara County. The college is ranked as one of the five best community colleges
in California and one of the top 120 community colleges in the nation.
Approximately 11,500 credit students enroll each semester at one of the college's
four locations in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Solvang, or at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The
main campus is in Santa Maria, a 105 acre park-like setting that provides students
with exceptional teaching and state of the art technology.
The college offers opportunities for those who want to begin a bachelor's degree (university
degree), earn an associate degree (two-year degree), prepare for a career, or upgrade
skills. The college offers degrees and certificates in more than 100 areas of study.
Allan Hancock College is well-known for its English as a second language program,
its professional theatre program, and for providing superior support services for
its students, including counseling and tutoring.
In every sense, Allan Hancock College is a college for the community. Over 98 percent
of its students come from the local area. The college puts great emphasis on the success
of its students and challenges them to excel. In return, Hancock students consistently
enjoy one of the best, if not the best, acceptance rates to University of California
and California State University campuses, including Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and
Hancock’s well known and much accomplished athletic program offers intercollegiate
football, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, softball, golf, volleyball, cross
country, and track and field.
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"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."
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