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, Santa Ynez Valley, 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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"Discovering the culinology program was an amazing experience. The professors are great and the classes have taught me everything I need to know about nutrition and food science. I really found my calling in the baking class and realized that is where my passion is. Now, I want to open my own pastry shop because of my experience at Allan Hancock College."