Hillsborough Community College (HCC)

39 Columbia Drive, Tampa, FL

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Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is the ninth largest of 28 colleges in Florida's community college system. HCC is a public college district, with five campuses and three centers. HCC offers more than 150 academic programs, including 18 associate's degree programs and more than 100 workforce training programs.

HCC offers healthcare training, as well as training for community fire and police academies. These programs train the majority of the area's first responders to emergencies. HCC runs a "2+2 Program," which is the largest program in Florida that prepares students for successful transfer to the University of South Florida.


Hillsborough Community College was founded in 1968 as part of a 28-college system.


The academic calendar for Hillsborough Community College follows two formats. The college's "regular" classes follow a semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters that run for 16 weeks. There is also a calendar for "weekend" classes, which follows a slightly different timeline involving varied starting and ending dates for many weekend classes.

Colleges and Schools

As a two-year community college, the learning units at Hillsborough Community College are divided into programs of study, rather than into colleges and schools. The programs of study include a College Preparatory Curriculum, programs for the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees.  HCC also offers Health Science programs, College Credit Certificates, and Postsecondary Adult Vocational Programs.

Student Life

There is something for everyone at Hillsborough Community College, with more than 100 clubs and organizations to choose from. The college offers everything from the Aquaculture Club and African-American Student Union, to the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Chess clubs.  Emerging Green Builders, Gospel Choir and Hawk Media are some of the other groups that students may wish to participate in. The Student Government Association offers opportunities to for leadership and involvement in student politics.

Student housing is provided on the HCC Dale Mabry Campus at Hawks Landing Student Apartments, offering apartment-style living with access to a swimming pool, workout rooms and many other amenities.


The HCC Athletics Department has a mission to develop its student-athletes into well-rounded achievers by supporting their physical, social, psychological, emotional and ethical needs through cooperation with other HCC faculty, staff and families.

The HCC "Hawks" compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Hillsborough Community College has five campus locations and three satellite locations. It also has a distance learning program, and a corporate training and continuing education division at its Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education (ICCE).

HCC Locations:

  • HCC Brandon Campus
  • HCC at The Regent (satellite location for Brandon Campus)
  • HCC Dale Mabry Campus
  • HCC Plant City Campus
  • HCC SouthShore
  • HCC Ybor City Campus
  • HCC MacDill Center

Community Life 

The community service programs of Hillsborough Community College work with more than 60 non-profit agencies in Hillsborough County and the region. Students at HCC can help the local communities by participating in volunteer opportunities that help or support animals, arts & culture, the environment, health & medicine, preserving historical sites, assisting with housing, hunger prevention, justice, children and mentoring, people with disabilities, and more.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,400. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $1,900-$2,300
    • Out-of-State: $7,700-$9,274
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $100-$120 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $380-$460 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid79%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships66%$5,132
Receiving Student Loans72%$5,511

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Hillsborough Community College may provide services to students like:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares HCC against community colleges in Florida.

 HCCHillsborough CountyFlorida
Graduation Rate24.1%-36.8%
Transfer-out Rate15.7%-12.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Hillsborough Community College

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2003)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2003)
  • Dietetic Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 2012)
  • Music Program
    • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 2005)

Campus: Dale Mabry

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1990)
    • Find all the other nursing programs in Florida
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1974)
  • Radiation Therapist Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1982)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades


Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

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