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
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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Science Instructor, PVHS
One of the obstacles that I had to overcome was breaking the language barrier. Another obstacle I faced was financial hardship. As I completed my classes at AHC, I had to work in many part-time jobs such as a math/science tutor for the college tutoring center, night shift clerk for a local grocery store and vegetable cooling. Also, the MESA program and the STEM Center, not only supported me academically through resources such as access to books and computers, but also through working with students with interest in mathematics, science and engineering.
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