Ten Good Reasons to Study at HCC

If you are looking for ...

1. A Desirable Location

With plenty of water, beaches and sunshine, Tampa Bay on Florida's Central Gulf Coast offers fun, unique and exciting things to do for everyone! This vibrant, culturally diverse, and sports-minded city boasts local attractions including Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, and Lowry Park Zoo. Popular theme parks such as Walt Disney World are just a short drive away.  

2. A Strong University Transfer Program

HCC offers students many pathways to a Bachelor degree. Our associate in arts degree is an affordable option for international students who want to complete prerequisite courses for hundreds of possible transfer majors. As an HCC  graduate, you are guaranteed entry into one of the 11 Florida state universities, including the University of South Florida (USF). If you want to attend a selective liberal arts institution, a nationally ranked research university, or an Ivy League school, HCC helps you get there!

3. Low Tuition

HCC's tuition is among the lowest in Florida. Our students enjoy high academic standards, small class sizes, exceptional faculty and the latest technology at half the cost of most state universities.

4. Housing

Located adjacent to HCC's Dale Mabry Campus in Tampa, Hawks Landing student apartments provide a convenient location and a fun place to live at a great value.

5. A nationally recognized Honors Institute

HCC's Honors Institute is a pathway to nationally ranked colleges and universities for academically motivated students. Students enjoy smaller class sizes, leadership development, specialized advising, and transfer and scholarship assistance.  HCC Honors graduates have transferred to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities around the country.

6. Dedicated F-1 Student Support Services

Dedicated professionals at the HCC Center for International Education (CIE) guide students throughout their experience through specialized programs and comprehensive support services, including guidance on admissions, F-1 visa questions, orientation, academics, housing, and transferring to a four-year college or university.

7.  A Culturally Diverse Campus

With an annual enrollment of nearly 45,000 students, HCC is clearly a popular choice. Adding to our global community are more than 3,000 students from over 130 nations who immigrated to the United States and chose Tampa Bay as their new home. HCC currently has nearly 400 international students attending on F-1 visas.

8. Academic Excellence 

HCC is one of the nation's leading producers of associate degrees. The majority of our associate in arts graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Our associate in science degree programs, including health sciences and hospitality management, are highly sought after. Ninety-five percent of full-time faculty members hold advanced degrees.

9. Nationally Ranked Athletics Teams

HCC's athletics program provides international students with an opportunity to enrich their college experience through intercollegiate sports, including men's and women's basketball, men's baseball, and women's softball, volleyball and tennis. HCC teams are ranked nationally and have won several championships. Sports scholarships are awarded to eligible student athletes.  

10. Accreditation

HCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

... then this is the place for you!