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Hillsborough Community College Reviews

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  • 07/27/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 1 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is great for those who need to maintain a full-time job or those working with odd hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is hard work but overall Distance Learning with HCC was a good benefit. I was able to work full-time, take my exams and assignments online when I had the time to. The time frame for all classes was great. The teachers give ample time to turn in assignments and are always able to help if you have any questions.

    Did learn a lot

    As a Distance Learning student I appreciated the teachers' fast reply to my questions.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 2 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's great for those who need to save money, people who have children, full/part-time jobs, odd schedules, etc. This school is really for everyone and anyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a big step from high school to college, we all understand that. Coming to HCC will be a wonderful idea if you are looking for a comfortable transition. The teachers will work with you especially if you have a job and work difficult schedules, you just need to be vocal about it in a respectful manor.

    Bang for the buck

    HCC is very affordable compared to any University, and the quality of learning here is more hands on than it is at Universities. So you are paying half the money for more efficient learning experiences! How much better does it get?!

    Am enjoying being here

    I am at the HCC Dale Mabry campus for the medical program. It is a very big campus and can sometimes be rather confusing (especially for people in their first semesters) and parking is rather hectic, but no worries, everyone catches on within the first few days! The campus itself is in wonderful condition and although it hosts over half the students attending any HCC campus, it is very clean.

    Am learning a lot

    Coming out of high school, I was not expecting professors who were so passionate about what they were teaching. Some of them might be a little stricter than others but regardless they are all still there to help you learn. As long as you don't waste their time and treat them with respect I guarantee you will have wonderful experiences.

  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 3 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students who need to save up money to go to a university. Also, it helps increase your chances of getting in where you want to go.

  • 06/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and register as early as you can. Wait times are long and class openings are limited. Be sure to have all the info that you need before you go on campus because they will not take half information. Usually the phones are not answered during registration season.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a transcient student here, but am thinking of turning it into a full time status. If you want a good math instructor (from MAT0012-College Algebra), get Janet Sibol, she's AWESOME!

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    its great chose the best option that is save money and become the same you will be in whatever university, also help you to rise your average and going excellent to where you want to go, just study hard and make you life better and easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just i want to say you, if you are looking this, think about your future, the power of your life is your knowing. You can chose whatever university or college if is better for you, bit i recommended HCC, is the best, good communication between teachers and students servises workers, they have many variety of activitys there and you can have fun in whatever place there, good luck!!! and think about it, is a good option. just apply, register on time, chose the best class on time because later the class will be full, you have many benefits there, and study a lot to accomplish your dream no fear everything will be OK.

    Bang for the buck

    I think spite of all that i said above HCC is not more expensive than whatever college or university, i think is too good the teaching that is not problem pay for that. I mean, i think is ridiculous pay so much money for your future, that's no fair, but i applied to many college and universities and is more expensive than HCC.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am attending to the HCC Ybor Campus, because is the only one that have the music program. I'm enjoy being here because is a really nice place, is and the old place of Tampa. Sometime when i finish the classes I'm going around the college to some restaurant or park near, is a place where you can sit quiet and study any assignature, is beautiful, i love HCC.

    Am learning a lot

    This is my first semester here at HCC , honestly, i don't have any problem here, I,m Cuban and I'm just came here 2 years ago without the language and that didn't affect to me until now. The teachers are fabulous,they explain you everything no matter how many time you ask. They always ask you if you are good at school or out of it. Yes, is a lot of work there sometime you don't have a break because is so much practice and hard work, but i know is for the best. The teachers have a lot of students, all with different problems in different situation and they adopt your place and make your task easier, and in the homework the look step by step you work and the simple error they explain you very well.They replay every question you have to any hour of the day by e-mail. I'm very proud of attending to Hcc, I hope that will be an a better option for you.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I took a drawing class and loved it!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good for a school, don't go to the cafe expecting anything close to Starbucks

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the housing they offered but a lot of people have said its great because you get to meet everyone because everyone is basically in the same place. However the rooms are tiny.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the teacher and the class. I have had some great teachers that I learn a lot from but one teacher who made it easy to skim along just fine with little effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class! You're payi money to be there and better your education, so go!

    In three sentences

    It is a very large community college so be carefully not to get lost! The classes are great but the administration office never knows what's going on you will constantly get the run around.

  • 08/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Am learning a lot

    In this college you can learn a lot teachers are 1on1 interactions with the students and also really great teachers

  • 04/08/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 people found this inaccurate. 8 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If your forced to go to college, don't care about what name is on the degree (if you even graduate), like wearing PJ's (which seamed to be the norm in the Student Services building), or have someone else paying for your education with the caveat that you attend HCC, then this is the school for you. If you come from a middle to upper-middle socioeconomic background, you might be appalled at the level of customer service, lack of cleanliness and general overall impression of the school as a whole. If you don't mind driving between multiple campuses (because the main campus apparently can only assist you with classes held at their campus) then you will not mind the run-around you are sure to face when you attempt to register for classes. If you are looking for a technical certification through an accredited university and unfortunately HCC is your only option, knowing the battles you are going to face before attempting to register might make the enormous urge to consistently say are you kidding me more manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out any and all available educational institutions. If HCC is your only option, make sure you maintain meticulous notes and records including names of those you spoke too, dates when you spoke with them, copies of all records and any other valuable information. I was amazed at the number of disgruntled students I ran into while visiting the campus. Some in tears.

    Bang for the buck

    While community colleges do provide a discounted rate for your first 60 credit hours towards a BA/BS, I would highly recommend an alternative community college or four year university for study. You might save a few bucks attending HCC but if you are required to retake classes at no fault of your own, (ie... the student in front of me whom passed his Fall classes but the computer reported all classes were failed) you're better off paying the little extra at the state university than wasting your time at HCC.

    Will enjoy being here

    Based on the attitude of the staff and assistants working within the Student Services building, I have absolutely no desire to pursue this school any further. It is evident in the condition of the campus (both outside and inside) that providing a healthy, safe and sanitary learning environment is not priority.

    Will learn a lot

    I recently visited the Student Services building at the Dale Mabry campus. This was my first visit and first impression of the school. The campus was filthy with litter and the inside of the student services building too was quite dirty and unkept. The purpose of my visit was to inquire about financial aid and the start of a technical program since I currently have my BA (and HCC is the only accredited school in the area). I initially called to request an appointment but was told over the phone they only accept walk-ins. I checked in at the main desk, waited 45 minutes to meet with a councilor, only to be greeted by a current student with difficulty speaking English answer only a 1/3 of my questions. When I asked to speak directly with a councilor, I was told to make an appointment. Which at this point infuriated me. Just at the point I was ready to give up, I was directed to Financial Aid, which was closed. If this is any indication of the quality of service this school provides, it's no wonder why their graduation and retention rate is extremely poor.

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students with limited resources, living with parents, or low on cash for classes. Community colleges are generally cheaper per credit hour than a university, so don't rule them out.

    Tips for prospective students

    FAFSA is really important, don't shrug it off just because you don't think you'll qualify. If you don't apply for it, you can't get a lot of things that the school offers in financial aid.

    Bang for the buck

    Young, single mother, no job. Thanks to bright futures, the federal pell grant, and the academic competitive grant, I get paid to go to school.

    Am enjoying being here

    The teachers are awesome, my classmates are great, and they really offer a lot: gym, on campus child care, free plays and concerts, library, wifi, if they had free food and a swimming pool I'd never leave. lol

    Am learning a lot

    As a young mom, it's hard to find the time to really spend on studying and homework, but I've found that my classmates and teachers are always really helpful in making sure I understand what's going on.

  • 07/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to meet with their professors personally. Not everybody can just sit in a room the size of an auditorium and no expect to stop and ask for questions when something doesn't click right away.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always manage your time wisely. This is still college, so there may come a time when you will be overwhelmed by the workload. The best way to avoid these types of situations is to make yourself a personal calendar of due dates.

    Bang for the buck

    This college is pretty cheap, and you get a good education. It's a little over $100 per credit hour for in-state tuition, about $380 for out-of-state. It's a pretty good deal, since you save A LOT of money, and you get a better education than a University would offer, since in this institution, one can go up to their professors to ask any questions.

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely enjoy being here, as there are lounges for some of the students to relax in after class. Campus is not that big, and not that small, so you can find your away around the campus pretty easily.

    Am learning a lot

    Learning will definitely be easier when there are fewer students in a class. The teachers are able to take the time to focus on one person if need be.

  • 12/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anybody who wants a education and cares to learn should go to this collage.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your looking to learn and like small classes you should consider HCC

    Bang for the buck

    You save a lot more money by attending this collage.

    Am enjoying being here

    My experience at HCC so far at the Dale Mabry campus has been very nice.

    Am learning a lot

    The instructors are very informative and always on point.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Since it is very close to alot of stores you can have fun just roaming around.

    Food and Dining

    Very nice many shops and restraunts in local area.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly not that great.

    Academic Rigor

    Very easy to handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Good school to tranfer from after.

    In three sentences

    I feel that this school will give me the start to my academic college career I need. I plan to attend for one full year. Soon after transfer to another college geared more towards my career choice.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    their are emergency buttons located all around the campus and in the parking lots along with 24 hours security at hawk landings.

    What to do for fun

    theirs is also a game room in the apartment building which is cool and a tennis court at the school across the street.

    Food and Dining

    theirs a lot of restraunts in the area but their expansive so i plan to eat out only once a month.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms their are so cool. theirs a gym, a pool, and a computer lad. i love that each bedromm has their own bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    i didn't have all my information so had to drive back in forth from campus to my moms job to fill out the paper work for florida residence.

    Tips for prospective students

    bring your parents tax info with you if your still a dependent along with vehicle registration and copy of drivers license to pro residency.

    In three sentences

    i loved how helpful they where and how nice they were to. I had maid some errors on my application a they found them when i was their, this saved me time and money.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a number one priority here at HCC. Thankfully I have never heard of an incident, but I am sure that something has happened and the security always knows how to handle it.

    Clubs and Activities

    HCC has all of the clubs of a university and the possibility to start new ones each and every day. There is something for everyone, Student Government, Art, Poetry, Veterans, and Phi Theata Kappa. So if you cannot find anything that interest you come up with a new idea that appeals to you and others and try to make it happen. Therefore, if you cannot find something to do that fits in with your interests you just do not want to do anything.

    Great for these types of students

    HCC has a type of learning environment for all students. There are online classes for those that just want to get their classes over with, the small class size helps with auditory learners by being able to hear the instructor better, and extensive explanation and examples for those that learn visually and by application.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get a lot of bang for a little buck. Classes are only a fraction of most four year universities and still have the same material. The class sizes accommodate everyone with equal opportunity for help instead of being a number in most of the general classes at a university. In addition to all this with tuition cost you get a lot of other perks such as tutoring for those harder classes, free printing within reason, unlimited computer use and much more. So especially if you are just starting out or just want to save some money and still get the same education HCC is the best and most sound cost effective way for college education.

    What to do for fun

    There are all kinds of things to do on campus in your free time or just to kill time in between classes. There is a student lounge that has all your entertainment needs, such as a pool table, a ping pong table, game systems, computers and much more. There are also computers all over the campus to do work for a different class while waiting for the next one to start.

    Food and Dining

    There is no set food and dining on campus, but there is always some kind of activity of festival type thing going on that the Student Government puts on that is always a good time.

    Dorm Life

    HCC only has one campus, in Tampa off Dale Mabry, that has housing available for students. Therefore, I would suggest against it if possible since there are other campuses all over the county to accommodate students in different areas.

    Academic Rigor

    HCC is no different than most other schools that we have all attended, there are the really exceptional teachers and the ones that we all wonder who gave them a degree. Most of the teachers and other faculty members are great and will teach you everything on the subject, and with the small class sizes it is the best way to spend your money for the general education classes. However, like I said there are a few of those teachers that you should avoid, but some students excess in those classes as well which shows that there is something here for every learning style.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though this is a community college I would advise that you take this seriously and do not blow it off just because it is not the school that you plan to finish with. This is the gateway to the rest of your college education and we all want to set the bar high and keep that standard. I am sure that we have all been in that hole that we dug out from being lazy and we all know how hard it is to climb back out.

    In three sentences

    This school is a great choice for anyone that is straight out of high school and wants to get a start on their general education classes before attending a four year university. They offer exceptional class sizes in order to give personalized attention to those that need it more than others. Also, it helps that it is only a fraction of the price that most universities charge for the same education.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Campus is fairly safe with patrol trucks driving around, and also a police station is located right across the street form the campus. However, I rated campus safety a three because, the HCC safety patrol employees athletic and physical stature is concerning. Another reason is that most of them are either seniors or are tip the scale on the heavier side, but on a positive note their all fairly tall in height. Campus officers that patrol within the college grounds are located in specified areas, but they tend to stick to one spot for the duration of their shift usually talking to people.

    Clubs and Activities

    All of the campuses offer a wide variety of clubs and activities that serve student needs. Most of the organizations offer students the opportunity to branch out and express their interests, while others focus on the smaller activities . They offer organized group projects either volunteering for the habitat for humanity or participating in other groups that have similar interests. The most rewarding aspect that clubs and activities provide more opportunities to learn and grow, and the ability to offer students a way to interact and become involved in the community, school, and other projects.

    Great for these types of students

    The HCC campus student population is very diverse and very lively. The eclectic fashion combined with current and past trends is a wonderful atmosphere to be associated with. However, if you are the type to dial it up on the extreme scale, don't be alarmed when you get lingering stares. But most of all, I believe any student who wishes to attend HCC will enjoy the mixture of cultures, be accepted by many, and will have the capability and opportunity to make friends whomever it may be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The HCC Ybor Campus is an interesting and historical location to attend college courses. Students have a broader freedom to walk around downtown Ybor, checkout interesting stores and restaurants, and be pleasantly engulfed by the historical aspect of the buildings, signs, and cobbled roads of the early 1990's.

    Bang for the buck

    In the past few years the price of attending college has been increasingly rising, and it's very concerning especially for students who are in need of help financially. Although I have noticed a rise in the price per credit hour at HCC, It doesn't compare to prices of other institutions. The education is exactly the same if you were to attend a four year university but 1/4 of the price, which is why many choose to dual enroll.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty of things to do on campus as well as off campus, either it's an organized activity which involves the whole campus, or if it's only associated with a specific class or project. You can catch up with former class mates over a cup of coffee or sit in on a guest speaker who is of importance: for example, the president of the United States, Obama, came to the Dale Mabry campus to speak to the students. That's just one significant and memorable event organized by the school. There is a variety of other activities and clubs that are always going on, and many students and faculty are able to attend and participate.

    Food and Dining

    College students seem to live and breath coffee which in my case, I can say it's true. They provide a cafe that nearly serves all fancy coffees, but throughout the Dale Mabry campus coffee can be purchased in two other locations. The other food location is a mini market and i must admit, the variety of sugar pumped candy as well as the variety of healthy choice items, are normally fully stocked except during summer session A. Which is one of the reasons why i chose to rank food and dinning a three; however, during summer session A, most of the staff go on vacation as well the students. The cafeteria or dinning hall, offers reasonable priced food, but the variety is very minimal, which also contributed towards the rating.

    Dorm Life

    Hawks Landing Apartments are fairly new only located at the main campus, Dale Mabry. Some positive aspects about the campus housing are as followed: easy online reservation, fully-furnished, quick campus access, gym, computer room, and a game room. Although these amenities are provided, take into consideration their is a larger negative list upon living within Hawks Landing, which is why I chose to rank dorm life a two. A few downsides would be the pricing of the units and utilities; security is fairly low even though guards are are authorized to constantly patrol the entrance and around the apartments; the surrounding houses and community is an eyesore; little management and maintenance interaction; these dorms atmosphere are frequently noisy and offer limited parking; and lastly the students occupying the units are occasionally unfriendly.

    Academic Rigor

    HCC accommodates a wide diversity of students, many of whom face personal or academic challenges. But the atmosphere they provide for the students are always welcoming and comforting, which is why i rated their academic rigor a five. The teachers are very knowledgeable and not only does the professors educate students at HCC, they also divide their time and dedication to other institutes, either at a four year or a two year college. The professors also offer insight to new ideas pertaining to their class material, and a majority of the teachers are caring and compassionate towards educating students. Although some courses can be extremely difficult and sometimes complex, HCC offers an abundant of academic support services. The few most commonly known services centers are the academic support center, writing center, and the learning resource center.

    Tips for prospective students

    HCC is a very popular two year college and they continue to expand there educational facilities throughout Florida. Although HCC is well known throughout the community, the hustle and bustle of former and new students can cause chaos and stress, which may disrupt your schedule and life. So I advise all students to consider a good structured time management strategy, and face the challenges of possible stressors: a few examples that one will most likely encounter are higher expectations, difficult workloads, and the anxious feeling of transitioning. While the subject of time managing and pressures of life may bring little thoughts of concern, just remember, the more you're able to practice good time management strategies, as well as stress-reducing techniques, the easier, better, relaxed, and confident you'll be throughout your college career.

    In three sentences

    A college education is a valuable gift that is uniquely your own. At Hillsborough Community College, they provide students with the tools and knowledge to be successful and allows students to achieve their desires and goals. HCC is a great place to start your college education.

  • 03/30/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Did you slack off your senior year? Did you score really well on your SAT/ACT and still get rejected at a university? Well, you're in luck at HCC: they'll take you in, teach you, and send you off for to that university that rejected you for the last 2 years of your degree.

    Bang for the buck

    You're getting more than what you pay for. Since it's a community college, the price per semester is cut drastically, but you're still getting classes that are transferable to a university!

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay close attention to the mandatory orientation: they have you go through it at your future campus for a reason. I drew my own map of the campus in a notebook and it actually helped me remember where different buildings are (at the Brandon Campus).

    In three sentences

    This is the perfect transition from high school to college. You get a sense of the hustle and bustle of a busy university campus, without all of the stress of a university. Besides, why pay twice as much for your (in most cases) prerequisite classes?

  • 05/30/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    17 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This would be a great school for people who don't like to be around too many people.

    Bang for the buck

    If you want to get the same education you can get at a big university. HCC is the way to go!

    Will enjoy being here

    Seems fun... but looks can be deceiving. Hope im right :-D

    Will learn a lot

    I really hope i can learn alot from this school

  • 06/27/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    18 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The cost is so low compared to USF

    Will enjoy being here

    Totally, it's so close

    Will learn a lot

    I'm part of the Honors college, so I know I will ;)

  • 07/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Independent and motivated

    Tips for prospective students

    The lines are ridiculous, so try to to everything ahead of time or online.

    Bang for the buck

    HCC is cheaper than a university. You'll save money for better education than a university for all your general education classes.

    Am enjoying being here

    Lots of activities both at the Dale Mabry and at the Brandon campuses. They give free stuff often, including free food! Classes are mostly chill even if they are hard classes.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are much smaller than at a university, so you are much more likely to learn through individualized attention from your teacher. Teachers actually have time to answer people's questions and most have long office hours to help students.

  • 10/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone who cant be at a university right away, those seeking 2 year degrees.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get all your classes back to back and a little break in the middle. No its better to get all your classes done in a day at the beginning then go in the morning for one class then at night for another, everyday. Try to stick to one campus at a time, some classes are only offered on one campus, group your classes by days and campuses. All keep maps of the campuses you're attending.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately HCC's tution was just raised. But it is still cheaper then most Universities.

    Am enjoying being here

    Its a great college and I've enjoyed every minute of being here.

    Am learning a lot

    For a community college, HCC still has a lot to offer. Now as I move on to a FAU I'm glad I got such great instruction from all of HCC's finest.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and do not slack off. School is only for a short part of your life if you do it right, so do not waste your time not studying you can party later.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel my money is waster on non needed books. So far 3 of my classes have needed at least 1 book i have never used.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is fun to be in school again and this one is not top notch but it does very good with the resources it has available.

    Am learning a lot

    All the classes I have attended so far have taught me a lot. I actually learned a good bit about science in my Earth Science class. The remedial Math class I have taken have actually taught me more then I thought they would.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a great place if you are willing to learn and have a great time doing it.

    Bang for the buck

    I really can not afford the tuition at a university, this is great to be able to obtain your general studies credits at a lower rate, and be about to transfer them to an university.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying being here because this is a wonderful learning environment,

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot here at HCC. My instructors are all great, they really care about you succeeding.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student who wants to earn a degree

    Tips for prospective students

    if u are going to HCC, try to adjust to being a college student and have fun while u can

    Am enjoying being here

    i like it there mostly because my friends

    Am learning a lot

    im learning how community college works in general like getting use to the classes, the teachers, etc.

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are security guards everywhere!

    Greek Life

    not that i know of

    Clubs and Activities

    not that i know of

    Great for these types of students

    great nursing program for those who are seeking that degree.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there isnt any that i know of.

    Bang for the buck

    the price of school is not that bad for what education you receive.

    What to do for fun

    there is nothing to do there but study

    Food and Dining

    it is alright but since most students are commuters they dont really eat at school unless they are there for the whole day.

    Dorm Life

    there is no dorms at hcc, all students are commuters.

    Academic Rigor

    i am in the nursing program and it is quite challenging but i know that with the help of my teacher and fellow students i will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure all of your papers are ready for financial aid, dont hold anything to do later.

    In three sentences

    great teachers who are there to help you fulfill your goals. there are students there who are dedicated to success. there are plenty of programs to choose from.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    its great!

    What to do for fun

    join the weekly activities that the school has on campus.

    Food and Dining

    no cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    i live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    use your time wisely and do your work and its an easy a!

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to get help with homework in the student success center. enjoy the activities that take place on campus almost every week. also make sure your financial aid is squared away before school starts because that takes a long time.

    In three sentences

    the south shore campus is a great place for those who like a personal relationship with staff and students. it is a beautiful place with classes capped at 25. there is tuns of help that you can get with homework and any questions that you may have.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    it depends what campus your on but each campus has different festivities.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't take college as a joke, focus on schoolwork because it will help your future.

    In three sentences

    hillsborough community college is a great school for students because it helps with the transition from high school student to college student. i learned a lot from here.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    plenty of disabled parking locations. steady ground with no structural damages.

    Greek Life

    it is admirable.

    Clubs and Activities

    not too familiar with this one. i go to the campus for four hours a week for algebra.

    Great for these types of students

    single mothers. disabled, associates degree seeking individuals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the music group performs original songs on the terrace. highly enjoyable and i imagine good for their future stage presence.

    Bang for the buck

    highly worth every cent.

    What to do for fun

    correspond with students on the discussion board.

    Food and Dining

    cafe on campus.

    Dorm Life

    i don't attend dorm life but i hear it is accommodating.

    Academic Rigor

    excellent. they prepare their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would say to complete your fafsa right away. i did miss a semester because i filed late.

    In three sentences

    i am currently attending online courses due to a disability. hcc makes this process easy. the instructors provide me with fast responses to issues, adequate instructions and lectures and training modules.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    hcc is a very safe environment. there is always on-duty police officers on campus and around the campus and also security in the buildings. its a friendly environment and never any safety issues.

    What to do for fun

    if you attend the campus in ybor city, there is always free music concerts you can attend, free dance recitals, and free art expos.

    Food and Dining

    the food is really good. you can get hamburger, cheeseburger, cuban sandwiches, paninis, quesidillas, chicken tenders, and other many other combo meals. the prices are pretty reasonable and not too ridiculous.

    Dorm Life

    as far as dorm life, there isn't really a dorm, but they have apartments for college students known as hawks landing. they work with your financial needs and you can room up to 4 students at your community college.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are not too difficult at all. you just really have to read your textbook and do your homework and you'll be fine. the professors do a good job teaching you everything you need to know you just have to do your part.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay on top of all announcements, student activities, and registration deadlines. be sure to make every deadline, and always be aware of any opportunities that could benefit you. as a freshman, don't be afraid to ask your counselors and advisers questions because they're here to help.

    In three sentences

    hillsborough community college is a great school for students trying to save money. even though its a community college, it has great professors, and also a brand new performing arts building where you can study music theory, music composition, music performance, dance, art, and more. i would definitely recommend this students seeking to transfer to a university and want to save some money. hcc is a great choice.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Non-existent.

    Great for these types of students

    Financially independent students trying to save for tuition at the university level.

    What to do for fun

    Aside from working out and being involved in clubs/sports there aren't any recreational activities available.

    Food and Dining

    There are a decent number of restaurants and fast food locations around the Brandon campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Studying is crucial in any college course. I strongly recommend time management and allotting appropriate time for studying. 2) Do not rely on online professor reviews. With my experiences, the reviews are sporadic and often inaccurate. Dropping courses is always an option at the beginning of a semester. 3) Attendance to lecture courses is vital. Missing days of class can absolutely damage a student's grade.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College provides high school seniors with a smooth transition to the university level, while also cutting tuition expenses. Courses are not as challenging at the school as I had previously expected, which is a disappointment. However, I am satisfied with the professors' intent to truly educate his or her students.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is safe and there is security on each campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not currently aware of any.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs but not alot.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who want to move on to a major university, this would be one of the best schools to get started at.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    not any that i know of.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for when you attend this school.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of activities on campus. From time to time the school invites local vendors to plan certain activities and give away products like chic-fil-a and red bull.

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent and the prices are considerable.

    Dorm Life

    I personally have not lived on campus but i do have friends who do and they have no complaints.

    Academic Rigor

    The help is there you just have to want it.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip for prospective students is to look at your course guide and plan out your courses on your own. Make sure you understand what is required from you to graduate. Once you have a good understanding of what is required plan your classes out.

    In three sentences

    This is a very good school to get started at for students who are not eligible to start at a major university. The schools website is very user friendly and the staff wants to help. Its a great experience and you can see that HCC puts an emphasis on education.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is many different clubs hcc has and many different events that they are involved in year round.

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I currently do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Overall Good school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard.

    In three sentences

    Very good school. I like all the campuses but really like Hcc's Ybor City Campus.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I haven't had the opportunity to see what fun events are offered on campus, since I still live at home to help take of my mother. However, I have met a few fun friends so far.

    Food and Dining

    I'm glad the school offers a variety of food to choose from, especially the healthy food section.

    Dorm Life

    None applicable - I still live at home with my disabled mother to help her.

    Academic Rigor

    Well, since I'm still in the process of completing my first two years, the classes remind me of high school classes, but with more freedom and more responsibility. All of which makes it more challenging, and I like that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you register early for the semester so that you can have a chance at applying for more grants and scholarships. Also, make sure that you ask questions for anything you may have doubts about.

    In three sentences

    I am somewhat satisfied with my college, although one of my professors tests the class based on information that she didn't provide beforehand. I also would like for my classes to be arranged so that they're closer together as far as time.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Transfer students, working students, and those seeking a career in a short amount of time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year they have a function where they give free massages!!

    Bang for the buck

    If your a florida resident you definitely get the most bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    They have many sports available and clubs. They also have a yoga class if you need time to relax.

    Food and Dining

    cafe is great! :)

    Dorm Life

    Ive never lived in a dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not wait until the last minute, have all your paperwork already filled out and be prepared.

    In three sentences

    The class size is small and professors are available for individual help if needed. Flexible schedules available for working students. Very helpful advisors that assist in pointing you in the right direction.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have everything lined up way in advance, and keep your whole day open if you have stuff to do in financial aid.

    In three sentences

    They have great teachers, and have a wide range of classes to choose from, but financial aid is a mess, and they almost always have terrible lines to do anything administrative.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    YBOR campus has the only visible security on campus. As for the Dale Mabry and Brandon campus at Hillsborough Community college.

    Greek Life

    Normal

    Clubs and Activities

    There arte plenty of clubs and activities on all campus to keep things fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who is looking to save a little money on their first two years of college. but make sure you are in consent contact with the college you are expecting to transfer too. To make sure your taking the correct classes and that the credits are transferable to school. You don't to waste your time your money.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I normaly find the most quietess palce on campus to study or for some down time that is undiscovered by other students. Remember that there are cigarette smokes all over campus even though there are disignated areas to smoke. This happenes because the school dose not enforce safe areas for non-smokes.

    Bang for the buck

    It is extremely important when dealing with the financail aid office or admissions office that you as a student ask detailed questions. And make sure your questions are answered with a direct answer to your question. This will make sure you are not giving a run around statement to get you out the office. Which will leave still confussed to why your situation is where it is and why it is yet to be corrected. Stay focused on the issue do not allow anyone in the office to rush you out. It is best to have a list of questions before ou arrive at any of these offices. Remember your their client not the other way around. These are services you paying for. do not expect either of the offices to take responsibility in any of the difficulties you are currently having. It will only get you on unfucused to why you there and increase your your agitation or anger. Do not expect the school to notify you of anything, they will not. Be on top of everything, think out of the box when it comes to solving a problem. Can't get a straight answer or your problem goes uncorrected. Request to speak to the head of the office. It is your right.

    What to do for fun

    I normally watch a movie at home with some tasty desserts.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is much to costly for a community college. Everything is priced two or three times the price of any item you can buy off campus.. The dining ares are not kept clean. The dining area is only cleaned once a day and that is at closing. and there isn't much variety.

    Dorm Life

    Hillsborough Communitee College does not have a dorm for students. But, there is an apartment complex next to the school called Hawk Landing where students can rent a room. You will need to be of legal age (which is 18) to apply or have an adult complete the appilcation for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Academicly the school is fairly challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your financail aid is delayed. Save yourself some valueable time by frist calling FAFSA. To find out if their is any issues showing on your FAFSA application that may be causing a delay. FAFSA will look through your application and, if there are any problems they will help you trouble shot and solve the problem. And, if necassary they will tell you what you need to do on your end. The school will not notify you of any issuses(thart's if they know themselvs). They will also let you know if Hillsborough received your financail aid and the date the school received your financail aid. Then you will be sure if there is exsisting issue with your financail aid application or, if Hillsborough Community College is simply incompetent in completing your paper work, in you to receiving your much needed financail assists. Unsually the school is incompetent in my experience and many students at the college will agree.

    In three sentences

    The Financail Aid and, Admissions office has the same problem in the their ability to input new student information in their system. Input current student information is also a characterist of the school. A student bring to the attention any issues to the offices. But to often changes are not made until at least three complaints are made by the student. Causing needless anxity for the student such delayed financial aid, and being drop from your classes. And the chances of getting back in those classes are impossible. Because once their is an availble seat it quickly filled. These offices takes no responsibility in their work ethic and show no signs of improvement.

  • 04/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not take classes at Dale Mabry campus.

    In three sentences

    Lots of campus choices so you can make a good schedule. Good teachers for the most part. Decently priced tuition.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Excellent and always present. I have never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    There aren't a big variety of clubs or activities and those that exist are very specific and only relate to a handful of students.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who aren't ready to leave the nest or need a little more flexibility and budget-friendly option than a traditional college.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price you can't beat the education you get at HCC. The professors and academics definitely prepare you for how you will use your degree in your daily life.

    Food and Dining

    Not to bad. Just your normal processed American foods although the Ybor Campus does offer the cantina and several great restaurants down the block.

    Dorm Life

    There is no real on campus or dorm life although they do offer Hawks Landing which is attached to the Dale Mabry Campus. I have heard from other students that for the price and location it is awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a community college so yes it isn't necessarily as difficult as most colleges but it is a step up from high school. Professors tend to push students harder at this community college than at most.

    Tips for prospective students

    Avoid the Dale Mabry and Plant City campus. Professors tend to treat their students in demeaning manners or just all around disrespectfully. Ybor campus is the best for students who actually want to learn.

    In three sentences

    Great for students not ready to leave the nest or who just need a cheaper more flexible option than traditional colleges.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Hillsborough Community College offers a great security. They are always there watching the campus

    What to do for fun

    For fun I bowl or shop.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not good, but there are place around the college that you can go and eat at.

    Dorm Life

    Not for sure about that. I live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    I give it a four because the majored of the students only go for a certification and not a full degree

    Tips for prospective students

    Just try it,and see what you think of the campus and experience.

    In three sentences

    HCC is a stepping stone to one's future. Once your there and you get the experience of what college is you can then know what you want to be.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is really safe because everybody just leaves for home after class.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody wanting a cheap general education or anybody unable to attend a four year university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school uses the tuition money to fund events on campus every Thursday.

    Bang for the buck

    Your general education will be covered here at half the price of a university.

    What to do for fun

    Go home, or do something else. I never found anything extracurricular that seemed any fun, except the chess matches in the ybor campus.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food that is overpriced but fast to serve.

    Dorm Life

    live with your parents. Otherwise, I think there is an apartment complex for hcc students somewhere in Tampa. It looked ridiculously grungy and unappealing

    Academic Rigor

    It is as Hard as you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do as much as you can in as little time as possible. Separate science, english, math and humanities by semesters in order to more effectively complete them. Check your classes so as to not attend classes unnecessary to your degree or transfer abilities.

    In three sentences

    HCC is what I consider a stepping stone for those unable to achieve a place in a state university. Although I found HCC useful in economic aspects, I could not fully appreciate it as higher education due to the social stigma surrounding community colleges and those who attend them. My time here was well spent, however due to my own self worth, I feel like I should have done better in my own life in order to not have spent any time there at all.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Felt safe at day or nite

    Clubs and Activities

    SGA is great

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who work full-time

    Bang for the buck

    Its important to get involved with activities outside of the classroom. It makes for a better all round college experience.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs and non academic activities

    Food and Dining

    Cafe closed at 7pm and not available for Saturday classes.

    Dorm Life

    Lived off campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the resources of the guidance counselors and attend and orientation class as soon as possible. This will ensure you get on the right path and stay focused.

    In three sentences

    Good for the teaching skills and expertise of the professors. Poor on individual attention for students. Average on flexibility from students' perspective.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    hillsborough community college always have activities open to all students so you don't really have to be in a club to join the fun.

    Great for these types of students

    this school is great for students that love art and music.

    What to do for fun

    hillsborough community college is in historic ybor. so there is always something NEW to go see and activities to join.

    Dorm Life

    i currently do not live on campus. but i have heard its pretty laid back and exciting.

    Tips for prospective students

    im currently do not live on campus. but i have heard it was pretty laid back.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    42 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Being that Tampa is such a large city there is a lot to do for dining. A huge variety of places to eat and have a good time

    Dorm Life

    I will be living off campus

    In three sentences

    From my visit to the Dale Mabry HCC Campus I would have to say that the college looks like a school that I would be able to excel at to finish my AS degree before I transfer to the University of South Florida. It's clean and they offer a wide variety of courses to meet my needs. I would give this school and 8.5/10 overall

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    never any issues, but i haven't seen any capable security guards.

    Clubs and Activities

    Honors institue, phi theta kappa, chess, and etc

    Great for these types of students

    great for none traditional students

    Bang for the buck

    Based off my experience in the counseling and human service program i could not have gone to a better school. They have given me a huge jump start into my field.

    What to do for fun

    HCC has a variety of things they have a gym for basketball and tennis courts. They also have plenty of functions going on at the school along with a large number of clubs

    Food and Dining

    the food supplied by the college is expensive and undesirable. it either pizza, something greasy, or a snack food. There are plenty of food options off campus though.

    Dorm Life

    cannot comment i live at home

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are more difficult than others, but not impossible with the appropriate work ethic.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive in your education

    In three sentences

    This college has some very intelligent professors, along with great programs that a prospective student could indulge in. It also has some very noteable shortcomings like the advising leaves a lot to be desired. overall i enjoy HCC (Hillsborough Community College) and i give it an 8 out of 10.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you get to the financial aid office as early as possible and be patient.

    In three sentences

    Small classes with very knowledgeable teachers.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    45 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Family fun days down at the Tropicana Field and parks.

    Food and Dining

    The food smells marvelous but have sadly not yet partaken in such delights.

    Dorm Life

    I am not in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, the Honors Institute has treated me with respect and they are ready to go and help you with what you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a plan of attack for this school because there are several campuses and you need to know which one you have to go to before you go driving to the wrong side of the county.

    In three sentences

    They are eccentrically designed for the hopeful students. The staff is beyond comparison with helping you on your way. There are plenty of options for the starving student.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    International Plaza is near and they have an amazing food court.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't really had the pleasure to experience the dorm life but the appearance of the apartments look very appealing.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are very nice and attentive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students would be to call ahead to know the schedule of the offices'.

    In three sentences

    Once you step on the Hillsborough Community College campus you can feel and see how wonderful the college truly is. The landscape is a delight to the eyes and the faculty and staff are extremely helpful. Overall I give HCC a high review due to its appearance and helpful environment.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    strawberry festival

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs, organizations, and events

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your game and try your hardest.

    In three sentences

    HCC Plant City is a rather miniscule campus, but offers plenty of activities for every student. The class sizes are small so there is more opportunity for one-on-one learning time. The staff is helpful and extremely flexible.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I would say our campus is very safe. We have the Tampa Bay Police Department stationed dirtectly across from campus, as well as security constantly patroling the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Im not a part of any clubs or campus activities but what they do for the student population is pretty great, if you are into these types of things they always have something going on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some days there are little events that go on where they give food, arts and crafts, and many other things during normal semesters.

    Bang for the buck

    The courses are not overly expensive and they have an extensive curriculum so I believe its definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs in the school that can realate to your lifestyle. I personally am not in any, I train Jiu Jitsu outside of school and work so I do not partake in any of the campus events.

    Food and Dining

    Great food is always made there daily by chefs.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus so i cannot say.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had some fantastic teachers the past few years ive been here, with the exception of a couple, but overall it has been a great learning experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you sign up for classes on time to get the ones you want. Also dont sign up for more than you can handle.

    In three sentences

    This is a good school for those unsure of their field of study. The classes are small so teachers can assist students more effectively. The campus isn't too large and everything is easily accessible.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    study,study,study.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay in a dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay committed and dedicated to your education

    In three sentences

    HCC is agreat school, I've attended for several semesters there and I am completely satisfied with my education thus far.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    50 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hillsborough has provided girls' and boys' basketball team, tennis, various clubs to join and many more.

    Food and Dining

    There are store outlets and dining restaurants in the area and never have to go far to buy food.

    Dorm Life

    The Hawk's Landing apartments are across the Dale Mabry campus and they are built quite brand new. the student has their own bathroom, whether in a 2 bed/2 bath or 4 bed/4 bath apartment. Security is tight.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic classes are well taught by some of the best professors and there is always help given by tutors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for incoming freshmen would to keep a checklist of what needs to be done because time is not on your side. Also, ask a lot of questions at the advisors office to gain useful information.

    In three sentences

    I rate Hillsborough on a scale of 1 to 10 an 8.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    51 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    I have not stayed in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    My grades have been great.

    Tips for prospective students

    I love attending the brandon location. I have not attended the other locations.

    In three sentences

    This is a great college. The teacher are always willing to help.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    52 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always super nice security on campus who are always willing to help if needed.

    Clubs and Activities

    SGA and Thespians!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cafe is a great place study, sometimes it gets a little loud in the cafeteria, there's a little cafe in the front of Brandon HCC.

    What to do for fun

    If you have the chance to join Student Government, I strongly suggest you do! You get a first look on whats happening, what will soon be happening on campus, as well as SGA is always going on really fun trips that are always paid for! It's really exciting.

    Food and Dining

    The food at HCC is pretty average, it would be nice if they had a healthier selection of food besides salads, and protein drinks. Maybe some vegetarian foods.

    Academic Rigor

    Great teachers. One of the advantages of going to a community college, you get a bit more one on one time with your teachers who are always willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to meet a lot of new people! Not only have I gotten to learn from awesome teachers, but I've also met a lot of new friends! Also, at HCC I never have a question unanswered by an advisor or someone in the the financial aid department. They're always willing to help me and always give me the right advice.

    In three sentences

    My experience at HCC has been great. When I first started in the fall of 2010, I was kind of disappointed due to the fact that I was going to a community college first instead of a university, but HCC has fantastic teachers who love their job, and great campuses with tons of extra activities.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always walk to your car in groups. There is safety in numbers. When you are unable to do this call Security to walk you to your car.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Government is a great club, you plan the events for the campus and always know what's going on.

    What to do for fun

    Always get involved in something you enjoy or are passionate about it will make you more connected to your school.

    Food and Dining

    HCC has great places to eat, to do homework or just hang out before class.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm but I am sure it is great.

    Academic Rigor

    HCC is challenging enough to learn, but the classes are small enough to get to know your peers and/or your teachers so you always have a resources to help you when you get stuck.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always apply for financial aide no matter what your income. Try not to miss any classes, your grades will show this effort. Always take time to ask questions, someone else in class is wondering the same thing anyways. Come early the first day to find your way around and chill out a little before your first class. No matter what happens in life try to push through to the end and graduate.

    In three sentences

    HCC is big enough to have many opportunities to join clubs and socialize but small enough to find your way around and learn in smaller classroom settings.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    54 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the food is ok, but is pretty expensive for what it is.

    Dorm Life

    never live in a dorm

    Academic Rigor

    i have found that allot of teachers at hcc are willing to work with their students on work that hasnt been turned in but this isnt always the case, it depends on your teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to register ahead of time and have all of your paper work ready and available. you may have trouble with your transcripts being sent into the college.

    In three sentences

    small classroom settings. many different campuses to choose from. many majors to choose from.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    just like another campus there are numerous clubs.

    Food and Dining

    i have need actually ate on campus, but there is a newly renovated cafeteria and outside seating, very nice.

    Dorm Life

    i have never lived on campus but there are dorms on the premises.

    Academic Rigor

    it is average, if you study, you will pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Every semester go in personally to the financial aids office to make sure your records are complete and up to date. communication through the telephone is futile, they will give you the wrong information 7 out of 10 times.

    In three sentences

    HCC is a descent community college, the campus is great, and there is always new reservations. I have yet to find a teacher I did not like. There are dorms for those who care to live walking distance from campus. The financial aides office is not up to par but that is the only down fall to the school.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Activities are frequent, but I am unsure of the clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who struggle more in school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Always having music, free food, and games/activities.

    Bang for the buck

    The teachers and administrators are fairly helpful and nice. For a community college, I feel like they do a great job at getting students involved and providing them with services for cheap or for free.

    What to do for fun

    The school has events all of the time in the courtyard that involve music, activities, and food.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm at this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the sources that are provided for you. Computers, tutoring, etc. Take advantage of it all and definitely speak to your guidance counselors.

    In three sentences

    I think a majority of the teachers here are very good. They provide a lot of services to help such as tutoring and the guidance counselors are helpful and nice. I think overall the school is good.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HCC always has music playing on campus and there are usually clubs set up outside giving out free food.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria offers breakfast food for on the go as well as lunch. They have healthy options such as fresh salads and chicken, or not so healthy foods that tend to attract the majority of the student population such as muffins and soda.

    Dorm Life

    I do not currently live in a dorm. To be completely honest, I was unaware that HCC even had dorms. Even if they did, I would probably still live at home where rent is FREE!

    Academic Rigor

    The level of difficulty of the class often fluxuates, but the teachers offer tutoring sessions when the path gets a little rough. The basic/general classes are mostly reviews from high school so you really have nothing to worry about. Each level up spends the first month or so primarily reviewing the previous course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Allow yourself a whole day to wait in line for any assistance from the student services. If you think calling the main office or financial aid department would be faster, you're terribly mistaken; you will be on hold forever and you usually bounce back and forth between three and four people before your question finally gets resolved. When it comes to the classes however, the teachers are there for YOU; most have tutoring sessions to help students so don't be afraid to join!

    In three sentences

    The classes are smaller than a University, therefore the teachers have more time to spend on individual needs of students. The financial aid office however is horrendous! The lines are out the door and there are usually only one or two adviser's working, leaving you waiting in line for two hours even for the smallest things.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Not likeley for anything to happen due to the location but patrols don't seem, in any way, the slightest bit of intimidating.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Good club activity but not enough word of mouth to make clubs as big as they could be.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is very green. Students who are big on recycling would love the solar panels and the many opportunities to recycle bottles and paper.

    What to do for fun

    Very often, there are events set up for the students.

    Food and Dining

    No cafe:/ Bookstore has snacks and drinks though.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms and student housing is all the way on Dale Mabry. Too far for most South Shore students.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are very detailed. There are also on campus tutors who don't mind helping students for FREE.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you would like an environment where you can have more of a first name basis with the teachers and more of an easy going experience with student services, South Shore Campus at Hillsborough Community College is the place to be.

    In three sentences

    I would give Hillsbough Community College a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is a nice and small campus that is quiet and clean. Teachers and students have closer and more personal relationships due to the smaller sized classrooms.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Actually very good, I see guard's everywhere. And they have those little blue towers to press the emergency button in any case.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have quiet a bit.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for hardworking students who want cheap yet a fast way into a larger college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing really, beautiful sites, and nobody is odd or anything; everyone just kinda goes with the flow.

    Bang for the buck

    It is really a big bang for your buck, I mean Pre-Req classes for a fraction of what those massive Universities are asking for ? Sounds good to me.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing really, its academically oriented, just relax and enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    Alot of vending machines, and the cafeteria gives nice food up to 2 in the campuses.

    Dorm Life

    I heard dorm life was pretty good. But for any college, girls beware of anyone. Don't trust anyone, not even your best friend.

    Academic Rigor

    Very easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy your college life, live grow, and understand. Don't drink, party, and have sex all day, pure bs. College is meant to help you understand yourself and your life, don't let garbage like this take you away from your opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Great College, very great for people who would like to go back to school. For out of state, its a great place to start. If you need to build your skills up before you go to USF, or any other great colleges in the area, great starting point.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Not very Safe. It's a very bad area and the teens are very agressive mostly Harsh and verbely abbusive. Theres a fight about everyday.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing in the Tampa area located next to Bush Gardens and area's in that area ir's about 30min away.

    Dorm Life

    I live off Campus. Hillsborough Dorm life is to exspensive.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough leaders do not hold information and there are a lot of lost information with there school system. :(

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    security is always on campus and insight. they are friendly and very helpful.

    Clubs and Activities

    I look forward to joining my first club in the fall which will be the SGA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The patio at Dale Maybry Campus usually livens entire campus when there are events to attend. students can hear the bands through out the school and it really makes people smile and have a good day. even if they don't join in with the festivities.

    Bang for the buck

    I really have a passion for attending school. I never imagined that I could love getting an education and I take my grades very seriously. I know college isn't for everyone, but I think it's important to have an education. I strive for good grades because I know they will pay off. I live in an underprivileged neighborhood but with every class passed I come closer to a better life for myself and I hope to set a great role model for the children I look forward to counseling one day.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I like to enjoy time with my family. I like to watch a good movie or even join a good party at a family members house. I'm a great host so I also host dinners at my apartment a few times in a month to get the family together.

    Food and Dining

    HCC Dale Maybry campus has a Starbucks Cafe, Pizza hut, and cafeteria that has a very diverse menu to fit anyone's appetite.

    Dorm Life

    I live a alone off campus. but the dorms are beautiful and I wish that I would have experienced that part of the college life.

    Academic Rigor

    I have learned a lot over the past couple of years at HCC. Each class I have taken will help me with my future education choices.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip that has helped me stay ahead, is scheduling morning classes. I found that it is easier to stay focus when I take classes in the morning. I also think its important for new students to gain a relationship with an adviser that will help guide them during there college experience.

    In three sentences

    HCC Dale Maybre campus gets a thumbs up from me. I really love the relationships Ive gain with teachers and students over the past couple years. I also enjoy utilizing the resources and special features school my school offers.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    It has a great selection at its cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    They have an apartment complex directly behind it.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here really know what they are teaching and have no problems helping a struggling student.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. It has a great professor staff. Its parking lot could use more spaces.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    When I don't have to study, my friends and I go to the mall. I also like to go swimming, hiking, and horseback riding.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dinning is awful. The food is old and disgusting but the school is close to the mall and the food court is really nice. There are also many restaurants near campus.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are in the honors institute, education is magnificent. There are wonderful teachers and amazing guidance counselors that actually care about you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get things done on time. No one wants to spend their summer waiting in lines and talking to unhelpful people only to be sent home and told that there is nothing that can be done for you because you are so late. Turn in your financial aid documents on time.

    In three sentences

    It's a nice school, it just needs encouraging guidance counselors and an actual system that runs properly. When you're signing up for classes and paying for financial aid, there are lines that go all the way out the door and only 2 people working behind the desk.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe being at HCC, there is always, security in the parking lots and on campus.

    Greek Life

    Well I belong to the Latin Honor Society, in High School, so I am hoping I can continue with this great honor at HCC.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that have jobs can position their classes around the job or students that have already set up classes can possibly get a job around the class schedule. HCC is great place to start out and get your feet wet, its not so intimidating.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial Aide, this is something that is worth the time and effort for any student.

    What to do for fun

    Well HCC offers a ballroom dancing class, I think this is something I would like to do and be involved.

    Food and Dining

    I have not had the opportunity to visit any of the cafeteria's on campus, I usually bring my lunch and eat out after classes. I'm sure HCC offers accommedations.

    Dorm Life

    I really don't know about this, I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Your schedules are selected by you, how much you want to apply yourself, how much you want to advance. They have staff at HCC that will help you structure your academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    It takes time to get registered for classes, financial aide, selecting of your classes. Need to be sure you have all our information with at all times. Don't be afraid to venture out and explore the world of college, you can become anything you set your mind to. HCC great experience.

    In three sentences

    This college HCC is extremely organized, layout is easy to follow. Offers a variety of opportunity for all ages. Curriculum is based so you can understand and fits your profile.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is within walking distance to a jail, which may seem scary but don't worry.That just means that there is always lots of cops around watching out for you.

    Food and Dining

    I have not eaten at the cafe yet but i hear it is great.

    Dorm Life

    There is not a dorm on my campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This will be my first year so i'm unsure, but there are reviews for all of the instructors online. So you can get a feel for each class and how it is taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Educate yourself on all the possibilities before choosing a major. Make sure you get online and take your time when going thru the pages. Taking notes never hurts either.

    In three sentences

    The student affairs and aid offices are very kind to new nervous students. They went out of there way to assure I was on track. It was a very easy process to enroll.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    NA fulltime parent and worker

    Food and Dining

    NA enrolled in online classes

    Dorm Life

    NA didnt live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    extraordinary academics

    Tips for prospective students

    get to know your advisor

    In three sentences

    overall great experience at hcc with exceptional professors who are willing to work with your work schedules.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    there are multiple campuses dont have to travel far for one campus plus you dont have to pay for dorms

    What to do for fun

    there are sports on campus

    Dorm Life

    they have hcc apartments but you dont have to live in dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    turn in your fasfa asap before the deadlines. try to apply for classes asap before the classes you need or want are taken

    In three sentences

    its a good college to go to if you live in hillsborough county. its a way to avoid university prices on classes that you can get done at a community college

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is prevalent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Decent.

    Great for these types of students

    Those looking to transfer after 2 years.

    Bang for the buck

    Very cost effective for a community college.

    What to do for fun

    Socialize.

    Food and Dining

    Good food.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enroll early.

    In three sentences

    Staff is very cordial and helpful.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    not on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    prepare way ahead to get all you need done on time.

    In three sentences

    They really don't give you the information you need. You never get connected to the actual campus when you have a question. It seems like you have to go around in circles to get things done.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Still always walk with a friend

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list

    Bang for the buck

    There cheaper then any university out there

    What to do for fun

    There are several and i mean several organizations that you can get involved in. Especially since there's like 5 different campuses you can always finds something to get involved in and even if you don't want to be in an organization there are always different activities that you can go to for FREE and have a good time.

    Dorm Life

    I lived off campus but I've been told dorm life is fun

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early, try to get your financial aid done by February because there are so many students trying to attend and you don't want to be in a waiting area for there hours trying to submit your financial information. Relax, don't stress over the work load and all in all study hard, study smart and have fun

    In three sentences

    This was the best school that I've attended by far. There's small classes and teachers at that are willing to help you in any way they can. There's no slacking, you have teachers pushing you every step of the way.

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    First time college students who are trying to figure out what degree they are going for I would definately recommend this school to.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are cheaper then having to pay for a univeristies tuition.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms here.

    Academic Rigor

    Try and price out your textbooks before you start class.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy the Hillsborough Community College so far. All of their classrooms are easily accessible to me. I also enjoy how they have areas where you can sit and relax while waiting for your next class all throughout the campus.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends and family, play pool, golf, tennis, travel, and so on.

    Food and Dining

    the food and dining is great here.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are good.

    Academic Rigor

    Hillsborough community college is ranked high in their academics that when you graduate you can transfer to any college you want, and with your degree you receive a lot of job opening can also be open to you .

    Tips for prospective students

    as a college student you have to humble and ask a lot of questions you do not know, and also get really close to a librarian because on this college road you will need them.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough community college is one of the best community college's you could ever go to if you are graduating from high, trying to get the fill of college life.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Have not check into any

    Great for these types of students

    None

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    What to do for fun

    Study

    Food and Dining

    Need more options

    Dorm Life

    Currently live with parent

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead and have all your paperwork ready.

    In three sentences

    No problems, first time in college after being out for 26 years. A little rough in the beging with all the paperwork, but now it just goes so easy and great teachers.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The safety on campus seems to be outstanding. Everywhere I go I see a security guard and I haven't heard of anything going on around campus.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately, I am too busy with school work and work to participate in these extras right now. Hopefully, I will be able to soon.

    Clubs and Activities

    Unfortunately, I am too busy with school work and work to participate in these extras right now. Hopefully, I will be able to soon.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, this school is for anyone. All ages, genders, and ethnicity doesn't matter either. Everyone is welcome!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    So far, I haven't found anything unusual on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    You get the same education at a Community College that you do at a University. The only difference is the name and how much money you are willing to spend for that name.

    What to do for fun

    Photography is a hobby of mine. In my spare time at school I often find myself taking pictures. If I am not walking around with my camera in my hand, then most likely I am getting to know someone new.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fresh, affordable, and the service is great.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus so I can't give you much information but from what I've heard they are nice just like regular apartments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wait until after classes start to buy your books, some professors prefer not to use them. Always attend class, you are paying for your education so take advantage of it. Take advantage of the Academic Success Center; they are their to help you and it's FREE!

    In three sentences

    HCC is a great option for people who want an education but are unable to invest a lot of money in it. From my experience so far, the professors are wonderful and the other students are very welcoming. You get a great education for an affordable price.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus public safety personal walk around Hcc all day. there are seen all over the school and it makes me feel very safe

    Greek Life

    There is no real Greek life in a community college

    Clubs and Activities

    clubs are every where!

    Great for these types of students

    great for all types of students. Part time or full time or for what ever degree there is something for everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sometimes other colleges will have booths set up so students can plan their future

    Bang for the buck

    I am paying a third of the price of a university when I attend Hcc

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! Walk around and talk to your peers! There is so much to do at HCC

    Food and Dining

    The cafe on campus has some of the best food I have ever eaten in a school!

    Dorm Life

    Apartments are offered at low prices that everyone could afford!

    Academic Rigor

    In every class the bar is set high for those who slack off will not make it in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep at the studying and make sure to get enough sleep every night!

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough community college is a great place to start the rest of your life! starting a new school year can me difficult but Hcc has a facility that will help you get the most out of your education plan.The prophesiers are some of the most educated and motivated educators I've come across. Every day i'm filled with excitement with the thought of going back to Hillsborough community college to earn my degree that will propel me forward in life!

  • 09/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have Security on campus for any emergencies, and our Criminal Justice program means we usually have a few Tampa Police Officers on campus as well.

    Greek Life

    We have a lot of Greek themed restaurants in the downtown Tampa area which we are close to as well

    Clubs and Activities

    I belong to the Honors Institute, The honors' Phi Theta Kappa, and the Student Success Center. We have a wide variety according to one's own persona; likes or religions.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for the full range of studnts, those obsessive about a career to those who like to have fun while getting an education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Like I said earlier our campus is located in the heart of Ybor City, which has a long Cuban History. The food selection is great. We have another campus just across from the Pro Football Stadium.So parking for games is great, and free for students.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of living in Florida is lower than other states

    What to do for fun

    I don't know where to start. Even without counting the campus activities we are in Tampa, Fl. Everything from beaches to Disney World is available, as well as great shopping as well.

    Food and Dining

    They recently renovated our cafeteria, and the food is okay. I have only tried it once because we are right in Ybor City which has so many great places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but I have not heard any talk. Probably the typical dorms. Roomates, partying, & school.

    Academic Rigor

    The class range is wide. I am currently enjoying the honors' classes. They also have the basic learning classes for English & Math.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's not intimidating. I only started last fall, and everyone was helpful when finding my way around.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school to start the professional phase of your education. The location in Ybor City assures great food, and our Gasparilla Activities are always fun.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang out

    Food and Dining

    They have a lounge and various other places to get food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is none.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class.

    In three sentences

    It is a very good school. I attend the Dale Mabry Campus. The teachers are great.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are security guards patrolling to parking lot and front of the building at Dale Mabry. In Brandon there was nothing.

    Great for these types of students

    Looking for an inexpensive school and your willing to figure out registration on your own.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's just say you get what you pay for. Registration/ Academic advisors SUCK! They are no help at all. Thats why the credit hour is only $80 an hour.

    What to do for fun

    If attending the Dale Mabry campus, Ramon James Stadium is right across the street, which is where Tampa's famed Bucs play! And as a student you get a small discount! Awesome!

    Food and Dining

    Junky food; Hotdogs, chips, candy, burgers... not too many healthy options. I dont normally eat at school.

    Dorm Life

    Theres student living right across from the HCC dale mabry, Im not sure what it looks like inside, but you can walk to school easily.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors I have had so far are easy going. I haven't heard about any professors really packing a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and make sure when registering to get to the campus right when it opens and literally be standing at the student services building. Especially if you are going to the Dale Mabry campus, it is always packed. I also have attended the Brandon campus, which is newer and the staff is a little more helpful, I also have heard the Eybor campus is. I have not go to the Eybor campus, but friends of mine have said NOT to take night classes there is you are not from Tampa. Eybor is not a good nirghborhood to be at during the night, especially if you get lost, and thats easy down there.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very large with lots of outdoor hallways, can be confusing at first. The professors I have had so far are awesome. Students are interesting.

  • 10/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never had an unpleasant experience on campus even while attending classes past nine pm.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not very popular here, but there are some options if one digs a little deeper than the larger more popular clubs and activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities here for just about anything you can imagine and students are encouraged to begin their own clubs or host their own new events.

    Great for these types of students

    Hillsborough Community College is great for students that are looking to be challenged. It is also a great institution for people who need to work full-time jobs or have extensively involved family lives. There are many class times and locations available to suit almost anyone's needs.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth every penny for sure.

    What to do for fun

    Hillsborough Community College offers a wide array of different weekly activities and events to engage students in school spirit and also offer them opportunities to enjoy themselves on and off campus. Baseball, basketball, and volleyball games are great events to attend.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is fast and convenient. There is nothing gourmet about it, but the dining areas are clean and easily accessible.

    Dorm Life

    I have heard only positive feedback about Hawk's Landing, the college's dorms. I have not actually resided there.

    Academic Rigor

    I have felt continuously challenged at HCC and believe the course material here is comparable to any university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your classes here seriously. Many students underestimate the level of difficulty of the classes at Hillsborough Community College because it is not a four year university; however, many of the classes are identical to those taught at such four year institutions and are just as challenging. The college offers small class sizes so it is a great advantage to take advantage of the teachers' accessibility and willingness to aid you in your studies.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College has provided me with a great foundation of skills that I plan to elaborate on at the University of South Florida. The college has made it possible for me to attend comprehensive, fast-paced, challenging classes at an affordable cost. I am grateful to have been exposed to the challenging curriculum and enthusiastic teachers.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms. Its a community college.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College have quite a few programs. Hillsborough Community College has great campuses. Hillsborough Community College is a great college for anyone.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Undecided students, affordable

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and have fun!

    In three sentences

    Excellent school, gives me the opportunity to explore different majors which will help me to make a decision concerning the major I will pursue that matches my career goals.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is safe during the daytime but it is important to be careful at night. Students should try not to walk around campus alone at that time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs like the Phi Beta Kappa, the Bible club, Studen Government Advisory (SGA), and much more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an annual international festival which is very interesting to look at.

    Bang for the buck

    Hillsborough Community College has very culturally diverse student body, therefore you can learn many things about people's cultures. Everyone is friendly and easy to get along with.

    What to do for fun

    The SGA provides activities like once a month for the student body. Top movies are shown in the SGA lounge like Batman, Spiderman, and more. There is also an annual international festival which is very interesting to look at. This is a very fun campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great variety of food and dining on the Dale Mabry campus. There is just so many options that no student can go hungry. I love all the food choices here.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some classes that are pretty challenging. Some professors make sure that the students are not wasting their time and money in class. There are other classes that are extremely easy which is also great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to talk to people. This college is a great place to make new friends. People are very social and outgoing.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College is a great place to make new friends that share common likes and goals. It is a very social and friendly environment which makes going to college something to look forward to everyday. Ever since January 1, 2013, the college has been a tobacco-free campus which is a big plus.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many sporting events throughout the year as well as BUCS stadium across the street from campus

    Food and Dining

    Dining facility on campus offers pizza, hot foods as well as a shopette during after hours.

    Dorm Life

    On campus housing is available directly across the street from the campus. Perfect location for the college student.

    Academic Rigor

    The nursing program is very demanding but a great location to earn your ADN.

    Tips for prospective students

    HCC is a great location to get your pre-requisites for a reasonable cost before transferring to a 4-year college.

    In three sentences

    HCC is a great community college for local students. It has many academic subjects and the cost is reasonable. They also offer on-site housing for those who want to live on campus.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    For fun I play on a co-ed softball team, I habg out with fellow classmates, go bowling, amd other stuff. There is alot offered for the students that attend HCC.

    Food and Dining

    Hcc Plant City does not have a cafe. But there is a a Burger King down the road.

    Dorm Life

    Im not familiar with the dorm life because I live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is good. Not all teachers are tough but some are.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend students figure out their schedules early because the classes fill up quick. Also do some research and pick the best professor for that particular student.

    In three sentences

    I think Hillsborough Community College is a great school. They have an incredible staff always willing to work and help students pursue their goals. HCC also has beautiful campuses.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    85 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have security all around the campuses and even help polls around for emergency's, so I would say they have plenty of safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said earlier they have tons of clubs that are either started by students or eve some professors working there, so there is plenty to do.

    What to do for fun

    They have many clubs and events that go on inside the campuses or outside. Sometimes you can help make a difference in peoples life with some of they clubs that are offered there.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food there, for the food is very delicious and beats eating at McDonald or any fast food place when they make your food in front of you.

    Dorm Life

    They have one part you can live at, but I would rather live with the parents for it is cheaper or even a apartment is a lot cheaper as well.

    Academic Rigor

    In most of the classes it is required to make at least a c or higher in order to pass the class and depending if the class has certain requirements needed to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would go to a campus that has all the courses you intend to take and ask anyone about the professors they like to take and what is the reason they love that professor, or you can go to a website to see reviews about some professors.

    In three sentences

    Nice campuses, the three I have been to were really positive and clean. Most of the professors I had were pretty awesome and since the classes are not that big you gain a great amount of help. The professors also try and help you as much as they can to make sure you understand and learn your studies.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    86 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security always around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Drama!!!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Holiday parties on campus

    What to do for fun

    Join a club!

    Dorm Life

    Didnt stay in dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to college ready to learn, no procrastinating!

    In three sentences

    I'll rate Hillsborough Community College a 9.5. The professors are amazing. School atmosphere is great. Last but not least I'm enjoying my time here.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    87 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    THEY HAVE A LOT OF CLUBS YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN.

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY EARLY DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES.

    In three sentences

    GREAT SCHOOL TO ATTEND TO RECEIVE YOUR ASSOCIATES DEGREE. IT IS VERY AFFORDABLE TO ATTEND. PROFESSOR ARE VERY FRIENDLY AND ARE EAGER TO ASSIST WITH ANYTHING YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    88 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Leaving at 10:00PM monday through friday means that this was a priority in my school election. I feel very safe and at ease.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities offered are great to get you prepared for a 4 year university.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking to create a relationship with teachers as mentors also in career.

    Bang for the buck

    Get into the habit of making a schedule. The paced life and low prices allow you to find time for everything as long as your are committed.

    What to do for fun

    For fun join clubs and volunteer in events that you can use for future job interview references and experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend all of your classes to show your interest to your professors. Visit the library at least twice a week to review your assignments with tutors. Make sure to read all ads and flyers in hallways to remain as involved as possible.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough community college has proven to be a very welcoming college for students. Loaded with amazing teachers that are excited about their teaching career and will do everything to make sure you are prepared. Student friendly, providing easy access to tools and assistance.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    89 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    someone is always driving around

    Clubs and Activities

    good clubs and events

    Great for these types of students

    low budget.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    events for all holidays

    What to do for fun

    study. cyber cafe. school events.

    Food and Dining

    cafeteria and food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    they have dorms i have never been there thats why i put 1 star

    Academic Rigor

    not to hard not to easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    do full time to finish fast. score high scores on cpt

    In three sentences

    not a bad school. takes too long to graduate. prices for in state tuition are reasonable

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    90 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    HCC in plant city always has security driving around the parking lots to keep watch. This is a very friendly man.

    What to do for fun

    Hcc has a student center where you can hangout.

    Food and Dining

    Hcc occasionally provides good, free food.

    Academic Rigor

    Paying attention in class pays off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students must follow all deadlines;slacking is for high school.

    In three sentences

    I think HCC is not as complex as I pictured college to be. Faculty and staff seem very happy and attentive. Financial aid and advisors are very willing to help with any questions I may have.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    91 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    You can find pretty much every organization from the larger universities at the schools at the student government works hard to provide a wide variety of clubs for everyone in the school.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anybody trying to transition into a larger program at one of the state universities.

    Bang for the buck

    Attending school here is truly really cheap and there are alot of scholarship chances for students that attend here.

    What to do for fun

    There seems to never really be a dull night in this area as there will always be alot of parties and activities but you can go to the movies at the mall go to some of the amusement parks on the other side of town and go out to clubs in Ybor city

    Food and Dining

    The food at HCC is pretty average but with all the restaurants in the area and the malls close by you can have something new every week.

    Dorm Life

    Alot of people that go to HCC actually live in the dorms across the street called Hawk's Landing. You can meet people from all over the world there and never really have to deal with struggling to find something to do as there is always something going on.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor here can vary due to the wide range of classes people can select. Somebody can go from a schedule that is pure electives to alot of advanced classes like i did but still find a way to enjoy yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you really want to get the most out of the school you should look into living in the dorms for you will meet more people that way.

    In three sentences

    HCC is an average community college on the outside but inside the classroom it is truly something different. All the teachers truly do care about teaching their students. There is also always something to do in town since alot of the nightlife is less then 20 minutes away.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    92 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    safety patrol go by every 10 minutes and they are buzzers for emergencies.

    Bang for the buck

    The book stores are some what expensive so buy your books and items online or at other stores

    What to do for fun

    well considering on what your definition of fun there are places and events for your friends to hang out in. student government hold events for students to take a break from class and enjoy food and massages.

    Food and Dining

    Some HCC have cafes and dining areas are Brandon, dale maybre, and Ybor. South shore does not have a cafeteria whats so ever.

    Dorm Life

    The only dorms at Hillsborough Community College are located at Dale Maybre

    Academic Rigor

    You chose how many classes you want to take! I know some people who take six classes and still manage to do extremely well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions, have fun, and pay attention to signs.

    In three sentences

    The class are easy and work well with your schedule, you do after all chose them yourself. one on one with the professor and plenty of help from the student/resource center.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are emergency call stations and security officials patrol the entire campus, including the parking lot, all the time. I feel very safe at this college.

    Great for these types of students

    A perfect place for students who, like me, can't afford a high tuition.

    Bang for the buck

    Same basic education that a person would get at a major university but for a fraction of the cost. I also love how there are no lecture halls either and the professors actually learn the names and faces of their students.

    What to do for fun

    There are multiple social events like a Halloween party and costume contest and social gatherings where there is free food, arts and crafts, Henna tattoos, etc.

    Food and Dining

    there are a lot of restaurants located close to every campus. on campus dining options are limited to unknown companies and can be pretty pricy but yummy.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I consider the classes to be average. Some of the classes may be challenging to others but so far, they haven't been too bad for me. There are a lot of research papers which can be challenging but I've grown used to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes early because there are a lot of students. The honors program does offer smaller and more challenging classes for those who want a challenge. arrive to class early in order to find a parking spot because parking can be a bit of a hassle.

    In three sentences

    I give this school a 7 on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being great. There are multiple locations throughout the county and the classes are affordable for the average student. The honors program is a great addition to the education program.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of your time and all the information given to you. no matter how small or insignificant it may seem it will be a huge benefit.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College is a good school. I like the size of the campus, the numerous ways you cance get involved. And Im ultimatley excited about the dance program.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Doesn't apply

    Food and Dining

    Doesn't apply

    Dorm Life

    Doesn't apply

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of the dates for registration, drop adds and plan ahead.

    In three sentences

    I think that HCC is a qualified school. I have enjoyed my time there.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    96 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, get involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the ratemyprofessor.com website before choosing classes.

    In three sentences

    Great school, cheap classes, good teachers.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    97 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They are every where and very noticeable

    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa Honors society has a strong presence here

    Great for these types of students

    every type of club exists here and if not you are free to start one up.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every wednesday we were our club shirts to show pride.

    Bang for the buck

    They have activities such as cosmic bowling, movie nights and a veriety of different community based events as well.

    What to do for fun

    The different clubs always hold different functions for every one to attend such as the welcome back bash which offers free burgers, hotdogs, soda, and chips to studenrs as well a a DJ plying music in the court yard.

    Food and Dining

    I lways bring my lunch since I have access to a club lounge which has a refridgerator and microwave.

    Academic Rigor

    I find it easy, but I always have my nose in my books.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always use rate my professor and get involved with the different grouips and activities. Be seen :)

    In three sentences

    They have amazing professors that will go out of their way to help a student succeed, and plenty of fun activities.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I t all really depends on how much time you spend on campus, SGA always has activities going on.

    Food and Dining

    They just built a new cafeteria, and there's a Starbucks on campus!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms. But hawks landing is nice.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors are nice but its college, not high school so yes you do have to study. Listen take notes go over them and you should be just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your work, don't wait till the last second.

    In three sentences

    Its a nice school the teaches are very friendly and know their stuff. I like how there is more then one way to contact a professor. The learning commons is my best friend.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Voices Unheard!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The yoga class is sometimes in the courtyard which is pretty cool.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe the volleyball team is one of the best.

    What to do for fun

    Join Voices Unheard (Dosomething.org club)

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't lose focus.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very peaceful and well-maintained. There is a student computer lab that is very convenient-open until 10pm. Great faculty members.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    It's always a great way to become recognized by joining a club. Start by joining the SGA and find clubs that you are interested in from there. There really is a club for anyone!

    What to do for fun

    On the HCC Brandon Campus, the SGA often throw Bashes for the students including activities, free food, a DJ and the clubs are all there. At other times of the semester the Drama classes put on plays for anyone to come enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    The campus that I typically take classes on is the Brandon campus, therefore I can only review their food/dining experience. It is a typical cafeteria setting, with a slightly higher attitude and better taste. Although the prices are raised from the regular Sodexo foods and prices, they do say, you get what you pay for.

    Dorm Life

    There is only one campus that I am aware of that has dorms at HCC. The Dale Mabry campus is one of our bigger campuses and includes Hawks Landing. I personally have never lived inside, so I would not be able to give an accurate review of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel as though at HCC students do challenge themselves, although you can tell which ones are more inclined to do so. The students whom have the incentive to do so are typically more active in school activities, such as sports or clubs (i.e. SGA, PTK...) which they understand will not only look good on their transcripts, but will also motivate and teach them throughout their academic careers about leadership.

    Tips for prospective students

    Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, so be very careful and extra prepared. Have all of the necessary documents and paperwork filled out ahead of time and find out as much information before you talk to someone to save yourself as much time as possible. When in doubt talk to your fellow peers, at the same time, take everything with a grain of salt.

    In three sentences

    I love college in general. Although it is taking me a long time to get through the academic process, I have become involved in much more than just classes. The only issue with Hillsborough Community College is its system; students are constantly finding problems in the advising center and within the financial aid department.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Students activities planed multiple times throughout the month! Just keep an eye out for them! Also awesome performances always going at HCC-YBOR.

    Food and Dining

    Starbucks offered on every campus!

    Dorm Life

    Live like the famous is their moto, and they sure have managed to make it look that way! Wonderful pool, computer room, and gym all on dorm facilities.

    Academic Rigor

    This all depends on what courses you're taking, and what program you go into.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't forget to ask questions when ever you're confused. Remember to grab every situation by the reigns and take control. Also don't forget to enjoy your learning experiences, because they don't last forever!

    In three sentences

    Top-notch community college, with knowledgeable instructors. Immensely diverse college, rich in opportunities for those searching. Amazingly fun college with a great range of classes.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Work out! There's a gym at every campus except for South Shore (since it's the newest).

    Food and Dining

    Ybor has two cafe's and two lounges, but right around the corner is Centro Ybor with a plethora of restaurants & bars. Brandon has two cafe's and one lounge. South Shore has NO cafe, and no lounge. Dale Mabry is the main campus, they have the most.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms aren't offered BUT there's something called Hawk Landing apartments for the students.

    Academic Rigor

    My science courses were amazing, challenging but rewarding. I remember everything I was taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your requirements out of the way quickly. Also, be sure to never default on any money you owe the school. They send your invoice to different collection agencies so trying to pay that off is going to have you stressed out.

    In three sentences

    HCC is great for a quick way to get through the first two years of college. The financial aid office on the South Shore campus is horrible. Stick to Ybor or Dale Mabry.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe on campus. I often got out of class late at night, but with security guards constantly circling the parking lots, I was never worried.

    Clubs and Activities

    The club that I found most rewarding was Phi Theta Kappa. Through this honors club I was able to attend the International Conference held in San Jose, California. It was a tremendous learning experience for me and my peers. Also being apart of this club gave me opportunities for several scholarships.

    Great for these types of students

    Hillsborough Community College is great for any student, but particularly for local students right out of high school. It provides a very affordable education experience for students who want to obtain their associates agree and then transfer on to a four year university.

    Bang for the buck

    Hillsborough Community College really provides the best opportunities for their students. Free tutoring, computer labs, writing centers, and workout rooms are just some of the few.

    What to do for fun

    For fun the Student Government Association, as well as Phi Theta Kappa, plan activities. They have small carnivals with free food, face painting, and blow-up machines. They also plan school dances, such as the Sadie Hawkins Dance. Around certain holidays like Halloween, they do costume parties with loud music, disco balls, and dancing.

    Food and Dining

    Each campus has a cafeteria where you can purchase food. There are also several vending machines around the campus. The best food, however, is provided by SGA (the Student Government Association). Several times a month they have caterers come to the school and set up tables where they pass out free food.

    Dorm Life

    I lived at home and did not experience dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Although one might think that it is just a community college, HCC is not a breeze. Professors push you to exceed. Taking Honors classes also makes your brain work harder and think outside of the box on certain projects assigned.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that new students get involved. Join clubs and make friends. Two that really helped me were Phi Theta Kappa, and the Hillsborough Community College Honors program. Also, take advantage of the tutoring centers for writing and math. It's free!

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College has great professors who are dedicated to helping students learn. I never thought a community college could feel like a family, but it definitely does. It is also very affordable for the average working student, like myself.

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    104 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    no problems so far.

    Greek Life

    none, unless you count the honor society.

    Clubs and Activities

    SGA is a great club to get into and be involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    It all depends on the person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The student lounge is a nice place to meet up with friends and just relax.

    Bang for the buck

    Cafeteria.

    What to do for fun

    Go to all the events that SGA holds, you will meet lots of people and learn new things.

    Food and Dining

    There is a little cafeteria and is nicely laid out.

    Dorm Life

    Hawks Landing isnt too bad if you're looking for convenience. However if you have a car and are willing to drive a little for school. Check out the Pointe near usf.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have all your ducks in a row when attending and be prepared for long lines in the offices. Make sure you look up your professors on websites that give reviews from students. AND JUST HAVE FUN!

    In three sentences

    The school has both its pros and cons, I enjoyed my time here but am glad that I am moving on to a four year college. The Pros are that the teachers are great, motivated, and the campus is small enough to get a personal education. However, the cons are that it takes forever for assistance with financial aid, advising, and general administration.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    105 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    GREAT !

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're from tampa, go to another county. Go out and experience life !

    In three sentences

    It all depends on what campus you go to. Apply and register early. Seriously!

  • 04/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    106 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    HCC is great for students paying for college on their own and trying to avoid loans.

    Bang for the buck

    It is very cheap and that is why I chose to go here first then transfer to USF.

    What to do for fun

    There really isn't much. Go to any theatre performances and any welcome back bashes they have,

    Food and Dining

    The dining at Brandon is made fresh and is quite delicious.

    Dorm Life

    There are no set dorms. One campus has apartments but I've never checked them out as they aren't for my campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been challenged in all my classes so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you attend HCC, keep your friends from high school. You won't really meet anyone here.

    In three sentences

    HCC is a good college to get the most for your money. It is affordable and lacks social activities but you're getting your degree for as cheap as you can. So far, all my classes have been amazing here.

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    107 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security officers are always on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is willing to learn. If you work during the day there are night classes and online classes to fit your schedule.

    Bang for the buck

    If you want to save money start at a community college. It's the same classes as a university but with a better price.

    What to do for fun

    There are a few clubs on campus and various events throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    The plant city campus does not have a cafeteria. Students get a discount at Denny's. (less than a mile away)

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus but I have heard of people who like it.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a variety of classes here with different levels of academic rigor. Tutoring is offered to the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are willing to learn you will succeed in this school. It is not hard to be accepted into HCC.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school for people wanting to continue their education at any age. There is a small teacher-student ratio which makes learning a little bit better because the professor gets to know the students and their learning styles. I have enjoyed this school thus far.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I believe the campus is very safe. Lots of security.

    Greek Life

    I love Greek Food.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student, the campus is pretty diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I have seen so far.

    Bang for the buck

    I don't understand. The school prices are reasonable for classes.

    What to do for fun

    Read and make good grades.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fair.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    You must study, especial for microbiology. I suggest taking as many classes as possible on base. MacDill AFB

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to ratemyprofessor.com this will save you a lot of pain. The posting are true.

    In three sentences

    I appreicate the school and it's location of the school and the opportunity. The staff in the financial aid office seems occupied, and unwilling to help students with funding or alternatives. There are some excellent instructions and so very bad ones. So far I've had excellent instructors. Make sure you choose your instructions from rate your professor from ratemyprofessors.com IT IS A MUST.....

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Chill with friends Go too sport games

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very different from high school at a faster pace ,But the teachers is there too help you and learn to meet new people to help you out.

    In three sentences

    It is a very an amazing school lot of different learning experience. The kinda of school where the environment is great too meeting new people.The teachers is there too help you out not there just for the check.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I love feeding the ducks at South Shore while I study for exams haha. It's very relaxing.

    Dorm Life

    I have no experience here

    Academic Rigor

    High Quality Education

    Tips for prospective students

    I would encourage prospective students to use the rate my professor site as they register for their classes.

    In three sentences

    My experience at HCC as been good so far. I especially love the Sourthshore Campus. It is nice and quiet but also full of fun and diversity!

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    111 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I like to go to Starbucks for when I get a good grade in class.

    What to do for fun

    I like to go to the movies and read on my spare time when I get it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not a self motivator or a self started and want to rely on someone else. Then you made not want to join this school.

    In three sentences

    The teacher are great and friendly. The staff is willing to help students as long as they help themselves.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a safe campus with an active security force.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for all students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is located in a historic part of Tampa. There are some beautiful buildings in the area.

    Bang for the buck

    I got my money's worth with the tuition I paid.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do around the campus. There are shopping malls, movies and game rooms.

    Food and Dining

    I never ate at school.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    You will learn at this college; you just have to apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for your classes right away. Buy your books used. Try to never be absent.

    In three sentences

    The professors are awesome. The curriculum is excellent. The college really cares about their students.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    At every HCC campus there are several security guards walking about the campus. If you attend any night classes they are willing to walk you to your car.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone wanting an education.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are unable to figure out your direction as to where and what you want to achieve in your education. The advisors will assist you in what your academic success.

    What to do for fun

    I don't live on campus so that information is not available to me. For entertainment I read and fish.

    Food and Dining

    Very nice dining area, with a wide variety of foods available.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    How much you apply yourself will reflect on the grade you receive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind, the possibilities are endless.

    In three sentences

    I am satisfied with HCC's process in which to gain entrance into their college. The advisors will help in anyway possible to achieve your educational goals. I have attended several classes and am satisfied with the instructor's ability to keep learning enjoyable

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Failed out of high school or college at some point? This place will take anyone who can breath.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They keep a group of trained monkeys in the student service office. If you need any help you can go to these monkeys and, if they're in the mood, they may help you out. Make sure to bring plenty of treats to keep the monkey calm as they are easy to agitate.

    Bang for the buck

    Mediocre classes. They'll prep you for actual college courses.

    What to do for fun

    Fun? Studying becomes your fun if you want to get transferred to a real college.

    Food and Dining

    Never used the cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    I didn't stay at a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not difficult by any means.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start application and registration at least 4 months in advance. The student service department is ridiculously bureaucratic and you WILL run into snags.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough community college has a terrible student service department. This department in itself is a sole reason not to attend this school. Only go to this college if you have no other alternatives.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food typical, I just wish there were healthier choices with more variety.

    Dorm Life

    The Dale Mabry is the only campus with dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a open mind and give it everything you got. This is your future.

    In three sentences

    I have enjoyed most of my teachers and feel that I am learning a lot of things that will prepare me for my career.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Brandon Hcc Engineering Society, I was the former president. They do many activities and contest with other schools

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering students have great teachers and clubs to socialize

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the beginning and end of the year they always have free food for students

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the teacher and class, but mostly are easier

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't have financial aid , there is something called Tips that lets you pay your tuition in 4 months in payments.

    In three sentences

    This school is great as far as tuition rates. There are a handful of teachers who prepare you for a 4 year school. Different ways of paying

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Don't spend what you don't have. Try buying old books off your friends, or looking online.

    Food and Dining

    Grill, Subways, and Pizza Hut... inthe Dale Mabry campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay attention to ratemyprofessor.com. So far it has been accurate enough. If you are not adept to studying, meet up with your fellow class mates and form a study group.

    In three sentences

    HCC is a fun, cute college with a high school like atmosphere. There is a whole variety of outgoing, friendly students, and the educators wonderful. For the most part, their willingness to make themselves available to their students is very helpful.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have a security team, but I've never seen them around too much, but nothing eventful has occurred that needed them.

    Greek Life

    Unsure what you mean.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a Student Government Association which seems to be very well known and a strong place to meet and join up with others with like minds and interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Low budget, dedicated, and friendly. This school has plenty of ASL students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None to speak of

    Bang for the buck

    This school is about as low as you can get in price. You'll spend near ten times as much in other states for tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Play video games and hone my craft (job).

    Food and Dining

    They just revamped their cafeteria which is nice (Subway, Pizza hut, etc.) however the price for their other concessions it ridiculous

    Dorm Life

    I live with my parents.

    Academic Rigor

    At this time I'm only taking two classes in the summer so there isn't much rigor at this time.

    Tips for prospective students

    They are a great school and very large, but have some systemic issues with managing financial aid and getting information out in a timely and accurate manor. If you go to this school you need to be on your toes. If you are using financial aid be prepared to make routine visits for paperwork that sends you back and forth. That is just how their system works. So if you can accept the run around you'll do fine.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College offers a variety of options for classes (Hybrid, Online, and traditional) However, due to their low cost it is very difficult to get into highly desired programs with limited space. Another thought that would make them more available is that they do not offer any weekend classes. I myself am a full time professional and find it hard to be available for the classes they offer.

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always multiple safety patrol men around at all times on campus.

    Greek Life

    I dont think there is a greek life on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not a part of any.

    Great for these types of students

    Great location and cheaper than a university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    Getting an education is ALWAYS a good thing to do, but when you attending HCC you need to be educated about getting your education. There are several classes that I have taken that I do not feel like I learned enough or got enough out of for the amount of money that I am paying to go here.

    What to do for fun

    I am not currently a part of any clubs at HCC due to y busy schedule but I have heard wonderful things about them.

    Food and Dining

    Have not visited the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Not in a door

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I have taken have been very educational, despite the learning challenges of not being able to understand what my professor is saying, the class/school work was on point was I was fully prepared for my final.

    Tips for prospective students

    MAKE SURE TO USE RateMyProfessor.com BEFORE ENROLLING IN A CLASS. I have made this mistake more than once and once I was in the class, it was too late to switch. I recently went on there to look up all of my professors I have had in the past and they are completely accurate. Definitely a major help for me.

    In three sentences

    Not a very pleasant first time college experience. Professors are not helpful and most do not speak very good English, and the people who work there are extremely unpleasant and are not helpful. But, it is a convenient location from my house and work.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus security stay late after the night classes.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports, Honors Program, Student Gov., Chess Club, Robot,

    Great for these types of students

    Great for social and independent students.

    What to do for fun

    There are lounges for honor students and besides that there are plenty of places to sit and relax around campus.

    Food and Dining

    I always enjoy the food, it is better than a lot of restaurants but the prices are a bit steep.

    Dorm Life

    I don't stay on campus but it seems to be a nice place.

    Academic Rigor

    I consider myself an advanced student so it is rare that I am challenged to the max in a class unless it is math or art.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to be independent. Ask a lot of questions when you need to. Go to the advisor's office to get help. Be on time. Get to know your teachers and tell them when you are struggling.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community college is a peaceful environment. I especially enjoy having the option to attend more than one campus at the same time. I would suggest that the teachers start using more hands on methods.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus safety is top notch because we have a security guard patrolling the campus.

    Greek Life

    phi theta kappa! A great honor society.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you go to HCC be sure to get in to the Honor Society club as they do many activities and you might win their scholarship.

    Great for these types of students

    HCC is perfect for the the students who have a busy schedule.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have a good festival.

    Bang for the buck

    The Strawberry Festival is a festival has it all, they have all kind of food and rides.

    What to do for fun

    Go and explore the historic district of YBOR city if you attend the YBOR campus. If you attend the Plant City campus attend the Plant City Strawberry Festival.

    Food and Dining

    The plant city campus only has vending machines. All other campuses have a great cafeteria,

    Dorm Life

    I go to a community collage and I live at home with my husband so I have no dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The intensity of your classes depend on your major. In my case the Nursing field requires a lot of hard work and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study and focus on your career.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough community collage is a great collage to attend to.The teachers and staff are helpful and friendly. With it's small classes and convenient schedule HCC can help you achieve your goals.

  • 08/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Security maintains great control over the students and campus. I have never seen a fight, or witnessed any other sort of dangerous activities. Its also healthy, as it is a Smoke-Free campus.

    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in bettering their live by receiving a college education who may not be able to afford the cost of the traditional college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a Day of the Dead Day, fair day, casino night, the events just go on.

    Bang for the buck

    HCC is far cheaper than traditional colleges while offering a more personal education which (in my opinion) is up to par or has surpassed that of traditional colleges.

    What to do for fun

    Participate, participate, participate. The amount of free themed events it endless and very fun. All you have to do is attend.

    Food and Dining

    HCC's Student Government Association sets up several social events each month where they offer free, delicious food to student and faculty as well as games, shirts, etc. The HCC convenient store also offers a wide variety of drinks and food to choose from between classes.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms at the Southshore campus, however the campus itself is beautiful.

    Academic Rigor

    Much of the academic rigor depends on the professor that is instructing your class. They all have expectation and they all have left me much more knowledgeable post-class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check all of your prospective professors and the Rate My Professor site as I have found this very beneficial. Make sure that you apply before deadlines to give yourself more options to choose from financially and avoid late fees. Participate in the student run activities in the beautiful court yard for free food and fun!

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College is by far the cleanest campus I have ever visited (Southshore Campus). The advisers, professors, students, and faculty all make learning there extremely convenient and comfortable. HCC is an extremely fun, affordable and realistic college to attend.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    I like the campus overall, technically I am in the dual enrollment program here so I'm a high school student but I have an ID and am open to anything and everything full-time students are allowed to be in. I've taking only one class so far but i am also taking one at the moment and plan to take another next semester. overall I like it here.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    My campus is performing arts so check out the shows.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused, and get to class on time.

    In three sentences

    You will meet great minds here. Faculty is mixed with great and horrible professors. Very calm environment.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Even though it's dirt cheap for a community college, it's just not worth the money. Try Daytona State, Valencia, or St. Pete College.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing.

    Food and Dining

    Can't speak for any campus other than the Brandon Campus on this subject. The main café is really nice and provides a wide variety of hot meals as well as grab-n-go options. The Brandon Campus also has a Cyber Café with a microwave and condiment station available for student use. While it doesn't provide as nearly as many options, the convenience factor is still there. My only complaint is the hours as it closes at 2 in the afternoon.

    Dorm Life

    They have no dorms. They do however, have Hawks Landing. This is an apartment complex solely for HCC students that are on an athletic scholarship or students attending classes at The Dale Mabry Campus ONLY! They are quite trashy and EXPENSIVE! I found a much nicer apartment that was CLEAN and SAFE where I didn't have to have my parents on the lease all for a couple hundred bucks cheaper.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take orientation online Register for Fall Classes in late June at the latest or as soon as you finish Orientation. Buy your books for each class at their individual campuses. Not all courses use the same textbook throughout each campus. AVOID LIVING IN THE HAWKS LANDING APARTMENTS! DON'T TAKE ANY NIGHT CLASSES. The areas surrounding each campus is not safe!

    In three sentences

    I personally would avoid going here at all costs because it just down right sucks.

  • 09/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Honors club, Psychology club, Christian Club, ect there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who do better on a one on one setting.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say it is a very good college for the amout you are paying.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things around this college to do for fun. You can attend a football game at the stadium across the street, or a baseball game at the other stadium next door. Or you can go to the mall which is down the street.

    Food and Dining

    I dont usually eat on campus, but when I have they don't have the best food and its over priced in my opinion.

    Dorm Life

    I am not sure about the dorm life because I do not live on campus.But, I have heard is very affordable and they are also nice looking.

    Academic Rigor

    The proffessors I have had so far in this university have varied in thier passion for the subject they teach. Overall I can say that they are very good and enjoy teaching thier student, and helping them excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would reccoment prospective students to first decided if the college expirence is for you, or if you would rather perfer the university expiereince right out of high school. Many people have different likings and some might do better in a large university rather than a college.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College is a great place to start your college expirience. It offers small setting classrooms where you can engage with other students as well as with your professors. I would reccomend this college for students who are not yet ready for the intimidating large scale classrooms in some universtities, and who need a feel for college first.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always security in campus for safety. Around parking lot and walking areas. Very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life available.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a few clubs and sports but not many. The women's volleyball team is top ranked in the nation. SGA is pretty big on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    HCC is great for students that are looking for cheaper education options, adults looking for a short career to get a better job, students that are undecided on what they want to do in life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are none that I am aware of .

    Bang for the buck

    It is cheaper than the nearby school (USF) but the quality education is not near as good.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in sports or clubs. Besides that you are on your own, unless you meet people.

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to grab and go between classes. There is a subway, pizza hut, grill, starbucks, snakc places, and vending machines.

    Dorm Life

    Only housing available is an affiliated housing project next to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but not as hard as a four-year institution.

    Tips for prospective students

    To start freshmen year with good science and math classes. Do not hold those up as that will affect you later on. Take Biology I and Chemistry I together in freshmen year along with College Algebra. Get involved in campus and meet people. That will help you for your classes.

    In three sentences

    HCC is a good quality school for those students that would like to obtain the prerequisites for their major at a lower price. The campus is large enough to make it comfortable, and many food options. Advising is not great, therefore I would recommend researching the classes you need for your major.

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Honors Institute!

    Great for these types of students

    HCC is great for students that want to be saving money while still working or living at home.

    What to do for fun

    HCC being relatively new, has many miniature 'carnivals' where they give away free food and free arts and craft items.

    Dorm Life

    They only have dorms on the Dale Mabry campus which are in a reasonable price range.

    Academic Rigor

    Many people see HCC as a basic beginners college but many of the classes can be very challenging. You will need to equip yourself with better studying habits right from the beginning to earn A's.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice to prospective students is to research these campuses. You need to pick the campus that has the best fit for the classes you need to take, not just the campus that is closest to you. Also get very familiar with their HCC website before you even start classes.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College is a great starter school for students unsure of their intended major. The teachers are great and they all seem to really care about their students' education. At HCC, you will be able to get your A.A. and most likely find a subject you're passionate for.

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I usually attend different kinds of activities, and my favorite place to go is library. I go there, I see all my friends, and hang out with them there, and study there. Usually we go out to eat or watch movie with all my friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning is very good there. Everything are very organized and mostly cheap and affordable for students.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in dormitory but I heard it is better start living there. Because one can meet a lot other students and have new friends, and learn to live with people, learn to share and help each other. Usually, there are a lot of activities for students in dormitory.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should be always open to accept new people and new cultures, they will just give them joy and happiness. To try to make new friends and learn, it will help them to not sit and have cultural shock while they are in different country. Only with friends and new life everything can be changed and heeled, even loneliness.

    In three sentences

    One of the best community colleges with small classes and few amount of students. Professors have more time to help and answer to students' questions, and so kind, always welcome to help. This college has a lot of students with different backgrounds, from different countries and cultures.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is security detail 24/7, I have always felt safe to just go about my day. Day or night, security is on the watch.

    Clubs and Activities

    -chess club -SGA -domestic violence awareness -etc

    Great for these types of students

    students who can not afford to go into a university right away.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a balcony at the ybor campus, whos doors lock when you go through them. You will have to call out for help so someone can let you back in.

    What to do for fun

    there are lots of fairs and activities held every month, get a calendar and stay updated. - fall-festival -new student festival -student lounge - theater arts productions

    Food and Dining

    -lots of places to catch food and a place to hang. -food is affordable and great tasting. -Starbucks is available on campus. -cyber cafe is a great place to chill out and relax (Ybor city)

    Academic Rigor

    - the course work is not too tough, but take your work seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    -make sure to have all documentation to ensure a smooth enrollment process. -this is a community college, so do not set your expectations too high. -know what you want to get out of your learning experience. -meet with your academic counselor if you have ANY questions. -know what classes you need to take, and be sure the college you are transferring to will take them.

    In three sentences

    1. Very affordable tuition. 2. Great learning enviroment (ybor city). 3. Great administrative staff.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is always visible

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various clubs, the staff or other students will inform you of all the clubs and activities available.

    Bang for the buck

    They give you what you need for a whole lot less.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask a lot of questions if you don't know.

    In three sentences

    They have very knowledgeable staff that really care about their students. It is easy to get in and speak to someone about you issues if you have any. The teachers make learning seem so easy.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join a club, meet new friends

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and take advantage of all the different resources

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough community college is a great college especially for those seeking an associate degree to possibly transfer to a university. HCC has great resources, wonderful professors and many opportunities to excel and succeed. I love this college and recommend it to anybody trying to achieve.

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Good amount of security around.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ybor campus has a great lunch area that you can stay at if you're waiting for classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes early because they do get filled up quickly and fill out FAFSA early to get the most money.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College seems like a great place to attend for a two year associates degree. They offer a lot of programs for prospective college students and have 5 campus's so you have a good chance of living close to one. Since it's a Community college it's also a great way to save money for courses that could be exactly the same as the University next door.

  • 11/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I love that they have a security driver that drives around and watches over the students.

    Clubs and Activities

    although i do not currently participate in any of the sports, i have heard that they are really great.

    Great for these types of students

    The teachers are great, ask other students about the professors most will work with students whom are hands on, or have a lot of things going on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Brandon campus is my campus, close to everything I do on a daily basis

    What to do for fun

    Hang out, watch different clubs. Meet other students.

    Food and Dining

    I've never eaten on campus

    Dorm Life

    I have my own place.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask other students about the best professors. Speak to your professor about recommended professors. Go to rate your professor also MAJOR HELP

    In three sentences

    This is my second term attending HCC, and it has been a great experience. The professors are very helpful, the class size are accommodating to my needs of learning. It's the best school ever!

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa (Honors Society) is the only Greek society on campus. Students who have over a 3.5 GPA may join.

    Clubs and Activities

    Excellent students involved in Phi Theta Kappa and Student Government as well as other organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated, outgoing, hard-working.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education at a great price!

    What to do for fun

    Join a club or organization or check out the bulletin board by the student government offices.

    Food and Dining

    A great new cafe just opened on campus!

    Dorm Life

    Hawks Landing is across the street.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends what classes you are taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Reach out and get involved, many students who start here don't stay here. Our completion ratio is really low. However, those who I see at college events or waiting outside professors doors at office hours are the ones I usually see complete their courses. There are many resources available to help students succeed, you just need to ask for them.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College is an exceptional learning environment for those who reach out to all of the opportunities available to them. Students are able to learn directly from professors who hold Masters of Doctorates in their field and who make their subjects interesting. Student services, organizations, clubs and societies are abundant as well.

  • 11/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Have not heard or seen any violence on campus for the last year and a half.

    Greek Life

    The campus has a Phi Theta Kappa club(National Honor Society). Costs seventy five dollars to join. Through the Honor Institute you join the Arete club. All Greek clubs require a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 10 clubs on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper tuition than any other college around.

    What to do for fun

    I go to club social events, participate in community service and volunteer work, play video games on my xbox, work out, and go out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. There are many restaurants on campus: Subway, Pizza Hut, Grill House, and Starbucks. The prices are reasonable and servings are filling.

    Dorm Life

    There are off-campus apartment buildings that are fairly inexpensive. I do not know anyone who lives in these apartments, so I can not provide much information on them.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of immaturity in this campus, but the campus has an Honor Institution with students who are determine to learn who are very ethical and mature. If you want to surround yourself with students who have academic rigor, join clubs. The students in clubs are always pushing to succeed in more ways than academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important for students to fill out all paperwork early, because the staff often makes mistakes on paperwork and to fix process can take an extra month. I would advise everyone to fill out a FAFSA application. FAFSA might give you enough money to pay for your books or gas fees. Another part of the preparation process before attending this college is to become knowledgeable of all the services offered on and off campus: this includes online homework assistance, writing assistance, and tutoring commons for a wide variety of classes as well as computer labs with printing access.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College is an average school who offers low tuition costs and basic classes to transfer to a four-year institution or get a two year degree. The campus is small and fairly clean. The staff are not well educated on their jobs and can be disorganized with student paperwork.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of campus patrols.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a fair priced community college.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of student activities such as talent shows and poetry contests.

    Food and Dining

    They have a subway and some type of grill. I haven't eaten there but since the cafeteria is constantly packed it must be good :) The campus is very close to places to eat such as Panera Bread.

    Dorm Life

    They do have apartments on campus called Hawks landing but I do not stay there so I can't rate them too well but the rent is a fair price.

    Academic Rigor

    I've had one of the best teachers ever here at the Dale Mabry campus. I have attended PHCC as well in the past.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you always come to class prepared by having read the text. Also, if you are working while enrolling in school make sure you give yourself enough time to study and get a high GPA.

    In three sentences

    The environment is every friendly and easy going. The campus is easy to navigate. The teachers are very good.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    SGA Sustainability Council Phi Theta Kappa Game Design Theatre Dance Criminal Justice

    Bang for the buck

    This school is a great option for students who plan on using their money wisely. Pursuing a degree in HCC will help you spend your money on classes better.

    What to do for fun

    The Ybor night life is very fun. You will always meet new people!

    Food and Dining

    Around HCC Ybor there are countless places to dine in. There are also discounts for HCC students!

    Academic Rigor

    Keep your head in the books. If you are working and joining clubs, try your best to find a healthy balance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a club or group that allow you to prosper in your interest. Be involved in you college and opportunities will present themselves.

    In three sentences

    A great school! Friendly students and staff. A great way to start off your education course.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The education and environment was worth the money put into it.

    What to do for fun

    My particular campus, South Shore, hosted special event often such as Build-A-Bear events.

    Food and Dining

    Food trucks come to campus, South Shore, daily and serve excellent food.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers that are there go fully in depth with their subjects, but they also give out lots of work. If you're in class daily and pay attention the work actually isn't very hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't look at it as a easy way into a 4 year University. It is a stepping stone into a bigger institution, but it is rigorous at times. Enjoy yourself and take full advantage of the opportunities presented.

    In three sentences

    Amazing college with an amazing teaching staff. The professors there really want to help those who attend succeed. A very humble environment.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is always up and around!

    Great for these types of students

    Each campus has a different atmosphere set for all different personalities.

    What to do for fun

    Take a stroll around campus and meet new people!

    Food and Dining

    Different campus' have different foods. For example, South Shore does not have a cafeteria so this year they have decided to allow food trucks to go to campus.

    Dorm Life

    I rate dorm life a one simply because I am not part of the dorm life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to sign up for classes as soon as registration starts so that you can pick classes that best fit your schedule! Also, try to attend classes at all campus' to experience the different varieties offered.

    In three sentences

    Just like any other community college, Hillsborough Community College is very inexpensive! It has multiple campus' to fit any kind of setting students may be interested in. It also has an enormous amount of excellent staff members; I recommend this community college to anyone interested!

  • 12/22/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Hillsborough Community College has a wide variety of foods that are very popular. This gives the students an option for what they would like to eat rather than being limited to only a few things.

    Dorm Life

    Hillsborough Community College has its own apartments which helps students prepare for life as an adult. This will be a great learning experience for me as it is my first time in college because I will learn how to manage my finances and become independent via the help of HCC.

    Academic Rigor

    Hillsborough Community College has many different fields to further your education in. They give you a lot of options so that you may easily choose your career and weigh out your options before diving into the real world unprepared for what is in store.

    Tips for prospective students

    From my gathered research, Hillsborough Community College is an amazing way for students like myself to prepare for the real world. Not only can you further your education, but you can also learn to manage your finances and being on your own straight from high school. I cannot wait to attend.

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always security. I never hear any criminal acts at, near or around the school. I feel very safety .

    Greek Life

    I am not apart if the Greek Life but I always hear it is awesome!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something to do at the campus. Regardless the time of the school year, there is something a student can join to feel more part of the school and show their school spirit.

    Great for these types of students

    The greatest type of students are the students that are socially involved while advancing in academics. They are usually the ones that keep the school spirits up and motivate others to excel in their academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The usual areas are the caf���©s, Hawks Landing and the game room.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are talking about you money's worth, you absolutely save a lot of money, especially when you choose not to transfer and receive your degree at HCC Dale Mabry.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I usually relax in the open or in the caf���© or in the game room with my friends. There are many schools events just about every other week that gives the students a good time.

    Food and Dining

    Both Cafe's are great with good customer service. The food is well prepared and there is variety of snacks, drinks and restaurants to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms, Hawks Landing, is friendly and peaceful. There is always an event or gathering taking place.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at the school are great. They have many programs and the I hope to be part of the honors program next school year.

    Tips for prospective students

    HCC Dale Mabry to start off after finish high school or going back to school. You save money, there are many programs, and you are able to interact with your teachers better.

    In three sentences

    I love the school. There is always someone there to give you assistance and the classes are small so you can interact with your teachers. It is a good college to go to if you want to save money and get your prerequisite out of the way.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends. Campus has many rooms to study.

    Food and Dining

    Food trucks available on campus. There is also a snack store.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms only available in the Dale Mabry campus.

    Academic Rigor

    HCC allows students to transfer to universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's hot, bring water bottles.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school. Professors also teach at universities and they are very professional and nice. The school is clean and there is nothing I don't like about it.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't have a lot of money, adults, working students.

    Food and Dining

    Breakfast is good, and if you go to the Ybor City campus they just redid their cafeteria and offer healthier meals, including smoothies.

    Dorm Life

    I considered living at Hawk's Landing while going to Nursing school, but after a visit to my first dorm of four occupants, I realized that the college life would be distracting (or annoying, rather). I prefer the quiet life for my studies.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had great teachers and have learned a lot here at HCC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want from your education, or at least get an idea. Thoroughly research careers to know if it is a plausible future for you. It is easy to drop out if you have no goals. By setting goals for yourself you will have the ambition and drive to get you through your classes.

    In three sentences

    HCC is a good school to get your foot in the door. Whether you know what you want from or education or don't, HCC is a good school to get you started. There have been some great teachers here.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    I love it so far. Everyone is so nice and they are all very helpful. I also enjoy how quiet the campus is.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    1. High school graduates 2. Adult students

    What to do for fun

    I like to chat to students around the campus about their lives and how they are doing. I like to learn about different cultures that are around me.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Always go to class 2. Pay attention and Ask questions 3. Read your textbook and complete required materials 4. Attend college events 5. Apply for scholarships

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College is a great way to start off college for first time students. There is a wide variety of campus' and classes to choose from. The diversity among students also helps to learn about other cultures of the world.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security officers roam the campus at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities are very low-profile. There is not much student involvement.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone trying to save up some money before switching to a four-year institution.

    Bang for the buck

    About $1,000 a semester with a good amount of excellent instructors.

    What to do for fun

    Activities vary from campus to campus. Mostly the fun activities are those hosted by SGA throughout the year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Acqurie an ID card. It will allow you to get free food and attend free events.

    In three sentences

    It has a poor reputation among high schoolers, but it is not that bad. A decent amount of professors are fantastic instructors who also teach at four-year institutes. Overall the school is a great expirience.

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth it for the price you pay.

    What to do for fun

    Weekly events held by SGA. Joining Student government isn't extremely hard like other colleges.

    Food and Dining

    Would rather bring food from home if anything.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are somewhat difficult but for the most part, but nonetheless manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    I paid completely out of pocket but if you are applying for financial aid, stay on top of them because they will take awhile to refund you and you will be out of luck if you aren't careful.

    In three sentences

    The college is great; most of the professors have either taught at universities or are currently teaching at the University of Tampa or USF. It is also a very great price compared to going to the other two. It's a small campus compared to the other colleges around and most classes have less than 30 students per class.

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus ensures all students are safe. there are security guards always walking around also there are cameras on every turn.

    Greek Life

    There are recycle bins in every classroom and outside. Also HCC has been tobacco free for about 1-2 years.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have not enrolled in any clubs however i am aware of the language clubs. They help foreign students understand and learn english.

    Great for these types of students

    HCC in general is great for any type of student. No matter what you want to be or where you want to go HCC is a good way to start. It helps get everything in place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only thing that really stands out to be unusual is the location of the campus. It seems to be hidden on the end of a long road.

    Bang for the buck

    Once you are registered in HCC the most useful things that i have seen are how they help you to pass your classes. They offer free tutoring and also free college writing classes. To help a student write a successful essay.

    What to do for fun

    HCC has a vast number of clubs and associations that one can get involved in. From language clubs, book clubs and computers. I am new to the school so all the opportunities are unknown to me.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are what you would expect in any college, however not as vast a selection or as huge a cafeteria. the cafeteria is about the same size as a Highschool cafeteria. Only not as loud and obnoxious.

    Dorm Life

    HCC does not have any dorms and i have never been in a dorm or owned one. I would like the chance to go to a college where i can live on campus. that way i can experience that sense of independence.

    Academic Rigor

    All the staff teachers or counselors are well trained and make it known that they are there to help the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an agenda to plan out your time wisely. Don't think the work is easy and one can do it in a short amount of time. The time given is time needed to complete the assignments.

    In three sentences

    HCC is a completely different ball game from Highschool. They show and also help you to become more independent. The work is straight forward, however when it comes to deadlines it is ones responsibility to meet them.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang with friends, study, there's always people from different places there to talk to you about what they offer.

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat from the food, but it looks great.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty challenging, keeps you wanting to study and do better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely a wise choice to come here. Tuition is low, classes are just as challenging as universities. Why pay more for the exact same thing?

    In three sentences

    It's great, strategic, challenging me in Sociology and Psychology. Recommend anyone to come here and then transfer to a university.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is very safe and there is security doing rounds all the time.

    Food and Dining

    We have a small cafeteria that is enough when one is hungry

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are fierce but manageable

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you sign up for classes early and work hard to get good grades.

    In three sentences

    Hcc is a good school. The teachers are great. It is a good place to begin yours sutdies.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always police securing the campus dally. Also,Dale Mabry campus is faced in-front of the Tampa Police Department. It's always safe around you.

    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa

    Clubs and Activities

    Student government is very cool, hosting big campus parties and advice. Collegiate-100 is a branch from 100 Black Men organization, #1 in USA!!! Chest club is so competitive between campuses and against University of Tampa also. Game Design club is an emerging one this 2014! There so many others to list here;]

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE!!! YOUNG AND OLD;]

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HCC has many campuses,these are the locations Brandon Dale Mabry Distance Learning District Offices Plant City SouthShore Ybor City MacDill The Regent Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education

    Bang for the buck

    So cheap and affordable even on pell grants, books are sometimes price up, based on your professors recommended books.

    What to do for fun

    Anything, It's in Tampa,fl !!! Located 30-45 minutes from the Clearwater Beach. Movie watching opportunities are plenty from AMC and Regency and Muvico theaters close by in distance. Shopping choices are wide scaled from University Mall,Citrus Park Mall, Brandon Mall,Westshore Mall, and International Mall close to the Tampa International Airport. Concerts and festivals are daily activities,such as Wiz Khalifa,Drake,Miley Cyrus,and Paul McCarthy just to name a few. Famous for our night clubs in Ybor City,theme parks like Busch Gardens,Adventure Island. We have the National teams hosted here also, such as Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm, 2002 NFL Super champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rowdies and lastly MLB Tampa Bay Rays in st.peterburg 45min drive away from Tampa.Bowling and skating rinks are available too;]

    Food and Dining

    Regardless of which campus your attending, your welcome to many restaurants near and far by.

    Dorm Life

    I personally don't currently live in the dorms.But they are 586 monthly with all the amenities. There is no meal plan at all, they bedroom are spacious enough for most furniture you would add.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are friendly and dedicated for you success in their class and others. Some can be a bit mono-tone, especially English classes. Take notes on material that puzzled you in class or homework ,then ask questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be yourself, don't copy nobody around. Be on time for your classes. Pace yourself to get things done. Like me,I put all my classes,assignments,and due dates on my Galaxy Tab 3. Reminders alert me 2-7 days in advance of test and quiz times. Make a daily schedule of assignments that start today,job hours and goals for the month.

    In three sentences

    It's a great institution to attend focused on transferring to a big university. The student body environment is welcoming wherever you are, such as classmates are generous and smart. I love this college in helping me transfer to Famu or USF!!

  • 03/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The safety is amazing at this college. There is always security roaming around and there is also emergency phones every few feet. This college does its utmost best to make sure students are safe day and night.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    On the campus a wide variety of clubs are offered however depending on the campus you attend not all the clubs offered. For example, at the Ybor campus the only club ever seen or advertised is the chess club. There is a Student government club and they do have occasional activities on this campous.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an art exhibit at the ybor campus that changes every month and is always beautiful and captivating.

    Bang for the buck

    I save a lot of money on tuition and other school supplies. Although it is cheaper to buy necessary school supplies at a local walmart or walgreens. Supplies is over priced and not worth spending financial aid money over.

    Food and Dining

    The food tastes as though it has been brought to broil in a dumpster. The smell of the food is as repulsing as sewage water on a hot Florida summer day. Tables are never clean and there are never any napkins or eating utensils.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms at this college. The only location for dorms is at the Dale Mabry campus. I have heard good and bad things about the dorms. The good things are that your close to classes and places to eat or socialize. The bad things I have heard are that it s better to live at home or have your own apartment due to the dorms are over priced for a two year community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Hillsborough Community, is basically like high school when it come to academics. You just have to push yourself to succeed and see success in your classes due to the fact that your teachers are not pushing you and neither are counselors. The grades you make are the grades that you put effort into.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, Hcc, is a college for students that are not ready to take a step further into the college and or university atmosphere. However, you do save half as much money attending this school than you do at a local university. Hcc is good role model as to expect in a university.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College is a college spread across the county. Every campus is different in its own unique way. However, most of the campuses are rather dull and offer little to no college atmosphere. The atmosphere at this college in fact is like being in high school all over again except you are paying for it every semester.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food is always good.

    Academic Rigor

    Very stringent but not so difficult as well.

    In three sentences

    Great campus everything is easy to find. Great learning environment because I am able to focus on my work. All of my classes are right next to each other so I have no problem finding them.

  • 05/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I love the cafe they have. They also have a starbucks but I don't go, it can get pretty busy.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms but heard that it was kind of dangerous.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not extremely hard or anything but the Gordon rule sucks.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to going to the financial aid or advisers' office. There's always something wrong with your account so be prepared.

    In three sentences

    It's better than most community colleges I've heard of. Most of the professors are great and pretty understanding. I have fun in most of my classes, to be honest.

  • 05/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you look up each professor! You can really get lucky by getting some easy professors here!

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College is a great college to start out at and in my opinion it is a great way to focus on your grades and your degree path.

  • 05/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make notecards, stay dedicated

    In three sentences

    This school is what you make of it. The campus is average, however many environment-friendly changes are being maid, such as solar powered charging stations for laptops, and recycling. As far as the teachers go, I've stumbled upon a few great classes, but for the most part it's subpar.

  • 05/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is security on campus at all times. Also, you can register your phone number for all the latest update of bad weather or emergencies happening on or around campus.

    Greek Life

    We love everybody.

    Clubs and Activities

    Information on clubs and activities above.

    Great for these types of students

    Happy people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have our own 24/7 radio station. We play all the latest hits and updates. Just log on to www.hawkradio.com and listen to Ybor City's HCC D-jays doing their thing.

    Bang for the buck

    Try it you will like it.

    What to do for fun

    Hope on the Trolley and ride to Channel side, The Game Zone is walking distance from the College, The Movie Theater, and The Aquarium just to name a few. And, If you enjoy the night life of fun and laughs The Improv is also walking distance from the school its the best comedy club in Tampa, Perioood. lol. and a lot of the places gives discounts if you have your student ID.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome location tons of restaurants including diners, pizza, Cubans and every country you would want to taste without ever leaving Tampa.

    Dorm Life

    I live close by.

    Academic Rigor

    The classroom size varies from small to medium. The teachers have more time to spend assisting the students. Hands on is the best experience for me and I have had the best time jumping right in and learning new things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out all the others colleges and campuses, as long as you keep an open mind. Then check out Ybor City Campus and what it has to offer. You wont be disappointed.

    In three sentences

    Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus is a Very Clean Campus. The students are a diverse group of students from around the world. Ybor City Campus is located in the heart of Ybor City where all kind of restaurants, a movie theater, Game room etc.

  • 05/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus does not have gates, but i do not know of any campus that has gates surrounding the premises. I would consider the Campus to be safe, i do not see alot of speeding or dangerous things. It is a very quiet and calm campus

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs at all of the HCC campuses. A Christian club, feeding the homeless, student government, and all of these clubs are very active to assisting individuals and the community.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to save money for their First Two years of college

    What to do for fun

    Things to do for fun would be taking jogs, going to the gym at the dorms, or even hanging out with your friends. Meeting and making new friends does seem a little scary to me, but there are tons of things to do for fun, and this list is only naming a few.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the campus is just like an other fast food restaurant. It is very convenient because since the Dorm is right next to the campus, if you don't have a car, you can just simply walk 5 minutes to campus to get a bite to eat for the day with friends. The service is fast and reliable, and many of the stores have friendly service.

    Dorm Life

    The HCC Dale Mabry Campus dorm has a beautiful exterior. After two weeks when i applied for the dorm for the Fall of 2014, i read some reviews online about it. I was truly shocked because the dorms were not for me. After reading all of those reviews, i just felt more and more distant from choosing HCC Dorm as my home. But I don't want to take other people's reviews on how it is, because my version of justice and Truth is not the same as anyone in the world. I want to find my own Truth.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure to maintain your grades to high standards so that if you wish to pursue a higher degree later on, you will be accepted to the ones you desire ad so much more. The teachers also push you to excel in all you do, and to keep you on the right track. They have alot of faith in you!

    Tips for prospective students

    For new students, if you have a phone, make it to good use! Keep a track of application deadlines for scholarships, fasfa, class registrations, school holidays, and when the term ends. HCC keeps all of this information online so it is very easy to access.

    In three sentences

    I am starting HCC this fall, and so far, just being able to meet the faculty and staff before hand was a wonderful experience for me. They were well mannered, maintain a positive attitude, and wonderful people to work with. I cannot wait until the school year begins.

  • 05/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had an issue nor have I ever seen an issue on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Highly recommend spending your first two years here before moving on to a 4-year, at only about $100 a credit hour, it is far less expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There always seems to be something going on and there are tons of clubs you could join.

    Food and Dining

    Dale Mabry campus has Subway, and Pizza Hut in the cafe as well as a Starbucks in the lounge

    Dorm Life

    They have some apartments to live in but most students commute from home.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you pay attention and do your homework, the classes really aren't that hard. If you are even in need of help, they have a great tutoring facility that is free for all students and teachers are always available to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to go talk to an advisor, they can answer any question you have and help you plan out your classes.

    In three sentences

    Even though it is a large school, the teachers are very friendly and most will learn your name. The campuses are clean and very nice. There always seems to be something going on on campus.

  • 06/21/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I never ate on campus. I heard it was awful though.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't stay in them, but they seemed nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the teacher and the class. If you pay attention and do the work assigned, you're fine. Unless you get one of the terrible teachers, but there really aren't many of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the teachers before you pick your classes! Especially if you care about your GPA! If you don't and end up with a poor teacher it can easily make the difference between getting an A and failing the class. Aside from that, just relax. Everyone's pretty chill there and there are plenty of places to just sit and study, relax for a few, or people watch.

    In three sentences

    If you get a teacher who's there because it's their passion, and they know how to teach, it's a great experience. The students were overall pretty nice. It's about what you'd expect when you think of community college in Tampa.

  • 08/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do on and around campus. They have a gym for working out, playing basketball, etc. There is even an art gallery for those students who enjoy that sort of thing.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria here with Subway and Pizza Hut. You can also go by the Bookstore for a quick bite out of convenience.

    Dorm Life

    I do not reside in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The students are generally good students and want to succeed. The staff definitely want their students to succeed, so they are very helpful and will assist you in any way possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get here early! Everything is dependent upon timing. So be early, because on time is late here at HCC.

    In three sentences

    HCC is a great place to learn! The staff is helpful and there are a lot of resources. The only real problem is waiting in all the lines everywhere because there are so many students.

  • 08/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    go home

    Food and Dining

    there are food trucks out there everyday and a bookstore with quick snacks

    Dorm Life

    i stay at home i save money but i would rather be meeting new people in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    some of the classes are a little challenging but if you study you should do fine

    Tips for prospective students

    stay on top of your work

    In three sentences

    I attend the south shore campus. it is a very nice and quiet campus, easy to get around and the people are friendly.

  • 10/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Again, the classes are intimate, allowing for ample learning. I am seeking an AA with dance emphasis, so the smaller classes definitely allow more time for corrections from the professor, and partner working with other students. The class pricing is great, you really get more than what you're paying for.

    Food and Dining

    There is a local food place right on campus, that offers healthy food, at a reasonable price. They offer salads and wraps, made with healthier options. It's a really good option for protein to give you energy to get through long days of classes and work.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus. I don't know how the dorm life is.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes move very quickly. There is a lot of information to cover in a short amount of time, as long as you are prepared, you will do well. Each class I have taken, has challenged me, and taught me something new everyday.

    Tips for prospective students

    Every professor provides a syllabus, for each class, be sure to familiarize yourself with it. Almost daily, I see students panic about a quiz, or a discussion, simply because they didn't plan ahead. As long as you make the time to study, and prepare for daily classes, things will go very smoothly for you.

    In three sentences

    The classes are smaller that what you would find at a large school, allowing more interaction time between the professor, and students. With the smaller classes, learning, understanding, and asking questions is always an option. I also really enjoy that the campus isn't spread out, I can get from class to class very quickly.

  • 10/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency response procedures for every campus. Look for the blue poles in parking lots and around the courtyards--you can press a button and get ahold of security instantly. I feel really safe walking around campus at any time because of this feature! I've never once felt unsafe on an HCC campus.

    What to do for fun

    There's club activities, volunteer options, and community service projects galore! HCC also has some sports teams and 'hangout' areas on every campus that you can take advantage of. SGA lounges are a great place to meet people and blow off some steam.

    Food and Dining

    Each campus (except Plant City) has a cafe area or cafeteria environment for chowing down. PLant city has recently started having food trucks come to campus on select days to make meals more available to students. There's some variety in beverages and foods. It's usually pretty good stuff, so give it a chance sometime!

    Dorm Life

    I haven't experienced this yet, so it would be unfair for me to speak about it!

    Academic Rigor

    My rating is largely based on the Honors Institute curriculum. Just like honors programs in high school, their classes are more vigorous than normal ones. the classes offered through the institute are diverse, taught by esteemed professors, and can really help you decide on where your interests lie. They also have the best academic advisors in all of HCC! The rigor of normal classes really depend on the course. I've yet to feel totally bored or unchallenged in any class. Like any school, some are known for being more simple or easy, while others are more intense or difficult. It just depends on which of the many paths you choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    You definitely need to plan to meet with academic advisors with ample time before the semester begins. You want to have time for the hustle and bustle of paperwork, scheduling classes, and getting an appointment set in stone. Make sure to introduce yourself to each of your instructors. A simple meeting in their office hours or an email will do! You want them to know you, so that going to them for guidance or assistance isn't a conversation between total strangers.Take advantage of events on your campus and the variety of clubs you can join. They are there to liven your experience and it helps with transferring to later schools!

    In three sentences

    HCC is definitely a community college that holds a diversity in activities and professors. Each campus has its own reputation for guest speakers, campus contests/activities, and clubs that you can get involved with. The Honors Institute is TOP NOTCH--I wholeheartedly recommend applying for that program!