Recent Alumnus 2012-01-10T19:26:12Z
Variety of Age and Work-Loads – My school consists of all types of students. from kids still in high school all the way us to senior citizens. The younger students tend to have part time jobs but the older students juggle a family, a full time job and take classes on the side. The ethnicity is well diverse, and there is rarely any conflict between them. In class most students are accommodating to everyone. Many are there for the education and nothing else.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-10T19:20:23Z
Wireless Drops – I don't have a problem with the wireless network speed, but sometimes there were spots on campus I could not access wireless. I also did not like that after 5 minutes of inactivity the wireless spot would drop you and you would have to sign in again. For most students we have to pause and read something on a page that make take too long, which results with us signing in continuously. I just recommend that the extend that time period to 10-15 minutes before they drop you.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-10T19:12:30Z
Good College for a Small Town – I enjoyed my school. I took the classes I needed and rarely was I disappointing with my teachers. Most were friendly, entertaining in class and made the material easy to comprehend. While I never participated in any school activities or functions, there was always something going on and the kids that did attend always had a good time. I am pleased with my college, it is an experience that I would not trade even if I could.
College Senior 2012-01-07T18:38:40Z
Student Resources – Student resourses are great, there is a writing center a math center and the library also has great resources. It is really easy to attend school here and not be forced to own a computer becuase you have acess to one whenever needed. The math center offers help and provides books or videos and much more to help you in your studies. There is also tutoring for any academic class you need and its almost always free.
College Senior 2012-01-07T18:28:47Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
The reason I gave it an A was that when a semester is about to start the financial aid office gets really packed and you have to stand in line for about an hour or maybe more.
but other wise they now have made direct deposit into a specially designed card for financial reinbursement. It is much faster than waiting for a check in the mail. And building a new building for the student resource center is in prosess and will definitly improve the long lines for future incoming students once its is finished.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-05T20:34:15Z
if i had to do it again, i would chose a different school. some of the staff makes students' lives more than difficult.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-05T20:32:15Z
ahc staff has been frustrating, as some of teachers make it as hard as possible for students to pass a course.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-31T19:01:34Z
Public Speaking Experiences – Shortly after 9-11, I had to stand up and give a speach to my class of ages ranging from 17-65. We all could hardly focus on anything else. I think that speaking about it was the first step to dealing with the un-measurable tragedy! We will never forget...
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-31T18:56:48Z
Great for Students of ALL Ages! This college attracts students of all ages which I feel is an added benefit to gaining real world experience. I learned how to relate to elders as well as young people right out of high school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-24T22:05:20Z
Happy With What I Have – I like my school. I don't have the typical college 'pride' that you see in four year universities as AHC is a junior/community college. However, AHC is giving me the education that I need to transfer to a four year university. I haven't attended many school events or functions as I'm here to complete my education, but I have attended some to further enhance my college experience while I'm here.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-16T21:23:48Z
Most Have Other Priorities – If you had friends in high school that are in the same college with you, chances are you still hang out and study together. When I started attending this college, I had left high school with only 3 best friends, 1 of which is attending the same college. I've made a few acquaintances since I've been attending, but none of which seem to be developing relationships any further. The students seem to have their own crowd of people and, if you're on the shy side, it's easy to be discouraged by this. There are college clubs, but sometimes you just don't know what to expect. Because this city is of medium size with a growing population yet lacking any attractions, it's very boring and it seems as if everyone who's attending the college is just trying to get their education and get out (even my best friend rarely has time to hang out anymore). Many of the students have part time or full time jobs that they've managed to hold onto during this recession just to pay for their college education.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-16T21:11:45Z
AHC Is Good Once You're Past the Paperwork Process – Admittedly, paperwork is always a hassle. Allan Hancock College is currently in the process of building and upgrading their administration office space, however, parking is a huge issue. With the economy the way it is, everyone is going back to school and AHC couldn't have picked a worse time to start renovating. They've shut down 2 main parking lots, and won't be done till Fall 2013 (that's around the time that I should be transferring)! Right now, the administration building is small with cramped corridors, and it's hard to get past people when it's busy.
I also feel the college should do more to involve and remind students of upcoming events, as well as programs and clubs. I'm in my 2nd year and I wasn't even aware that this college had any club until my best friend, who is also attending AHC, got me involved. So far it has been a good experience, but my issues tend to reside with the financial end. Tuition is expensive, books are expensive, and I'm still appealing the financial aid board for grants that I'm eligible for but haven't yet received due to credit classes that I was forced to take while in high school. It's hard to find good help if you don't know who to ask or where to start looking.
As for the professors and instructors, I feel that a good deal of them actually want to teach and strive to make learning fun and interesting. However, there are teachers who don't try hard enough or just don't care. The workload seems to be fair for most classes. If you have a learning disability, you have to provide supporting documentation to be eligible to receive extra help like tutoring, leniency on homework, and special test/exam arrangements.
Enrolling in classes is probably the hardest. Students who've completed a certain amount of credits and/or are in a specified program get what is called "priority registration", therefore classes have a tendency to fill up quickly. There have been numerous times where I was not able to pay a student health fee by the deadline (because of the financial dilemma) and I was dropped from all of my classes. This college is good when you don't have to deal with the administration building, but when you do, it's always a hassle if you don't have all the paperwork you need.
College Junior 2011-11-16T17:54:27Z
I am working towards being a psychology major, but am at Hancock college to transfer to UCSB. So far my experience with this school has not been acceptable, I find it very hard to get help with anything, and the counselors are hard to see. I am a busy mom so I take mostly online classes, which can be frustrating but not too overwhelming.
College Senior 2011-11-12T21:40:18Z
We have a wide range of people who attend. From old to young and all races.
College Senior 2011-11-12T21:34:25Z
I love the school, this is only my first semester but when ever I have had a problem there was someone there to help. I have a 16 month old so I am glad that the schedules are flexible and the staff is super friendly.
College Sophomore 2011-11-10T00:55:11Z
Our on-campus library is very useful to me. The textbooks placed on reserve at the rotation desk are always helpful. I also like how there are quiet areas where you can work in silence, and areas where you can work with other people and be able to talk to each other.
College Sophomore 2011-11-10T00:49:27Z
I took an online English class last year, and it was a lot more difficult than I expected. There were a lot of assignments assigned and due within a short time period, and with being a full-time student, having an online class made it hard to balance all my classes at one time.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-14T18:46:39Z
Academic Flexibility – Having to live about twenty minutes away from the campus, the flexibility I am given to choose which classes that fit the requirements I need for my gen-ed and degree is great, and it also fits into my daily schedule.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-14T18:43:40Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
I am getting my financial aid, but it's the process and lack of information provided for me. It's difficult to know when the payments are distributed and that makes it difficult for me. I learned however, that the process of reviewing my information for financial aid takes much longer than what I anticipated but in the end, they are providing me with what I need.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-06T20:48:24Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
I recieved alot of help and in a month and a half I started recieving financial aid thier process is easy and understandable.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-06T20:46:55Z
Best experience so far willing to help at all costs no matter who you are or where you are from. I'd choose this school over and over because this school is reliable and takes and gives interest to the individual.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-27T06:49:47Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
The school financial aid process is good. They keep you inform and let you knew what papers they need copy's of. I do recommend to keep a copy of all papers you give, make a folder for just the financial aid. They let us knew when we should fill out the FASA papers and the deadline. They always were there to answer my questions.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-26T23:09:36Z
They're going to be great and I cant wait to get started..!!
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-26T23:08:37Z
I love my school it has the greatest teachers and professors there. It's a great and homey environment and I am very happy and pleased to be there.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-31T01:21:22Z
Depends on the Major – Besides the PCPA branch most students don't seem serious about their future. The PCPA students all take the work very seriously and want to get working after college or continue their education immediately. The core of the student body at Allan Hancock just seem to be there for fun or are casually working to get a degree. No talks of moving onto the next level of education
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