Allan Hancock College

Allan Hancock College is a California public community college located in northern Santa Barbara County. The college is ranked as one of the five best community colleges in California and one of the top 120 community colleges in the nation.

Approximately 11,500 credit students enroll each semester at one of the college’s four locations in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Santa Ynez Valley, or at Vandenberg Space Force Base. The main campus is in Santa Maria, a 105 acre park-like setting that provides students with exceptional teaching and state of the art technology.

allan hancock campusThe college offers opportunities for those who want to begin a bachelor’s degree (university degree), earn an associate degree (two-year degree), prepare for a career, or upgrade skills. The college offers degrees and certificates in more than 100 areas of study. Allan Hancock College is well-known for its English as a second language program, its professional theatre program, and for providing superior support services for its students, including counseling and tutoring.

In every sense, Allan Hancock College is a college for the community. Over 98 percent of its students come from the local area. The college puts great emphasis on the success of its students and challenges them to excel. In return, Hancock students consistently enjoy one of the best, if not the best, acceptance rates to University of California and California State University campuses, including Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and UCSB.


Allan Hancock College fosters an educational culture that values equity and diversity and engages students in an inclusive learning environment. We offer pathways that encourage our student population to achieve personal, career, and academic goals through coursework leading to skills building, certificates, associate degrees, and transfer.


Allan Hancock College makes the following commitments to our students, our community and each other:

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  • We will change the odds for students by continuing to provide quality instruction while improving time to completion.
  • We will work to build inclusive communities that promote trust and social justice. Allan Hancock College is committed to equity and diversity by ensuring our actions are based on an awareness of the social and historical context of inclusionary practices.
  • We will work to address student financial challenges, including food and housing insecurities.
  • We will prepare our students emotionally, physically, and intellectually to pursue fulfilling careers that foster economic mobility.
  • We will provide an educational culture that values, nurtures, connects, and engages students.
  • We will provide opportunities that enhance student learning and promote the creative, intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our diverse community.
  • We will partner with the community to offer relevant and timely programs and services.
  • We will ensure a positive community presence by responding to community needs, including outreach to nontraditional students.
  • We will strive to ensure fiscal integrity and responsible management of resources.


Student Success | Equity | Academic Freedom | Diversity | Innovation | Mutual Respect | Inclusivity | Collaboration | Lifelong Learning | Excellence | Shared Governance

We at Allan Hancock College express our values in all that we do. Our commitment is to find innovative ways to enhance student achievement and to always put students first. We operate in a culture of mutual respect and lifelong learning, developing relationships among students and employees to enrich our collective appreciation for diverse ideas, thoughts, and experiences. Our culture is supported by a philosophy that shared governance and academic freedom are primary vehicles in promoting excellence in all teaching, learning, and services through open and honest communication.


At Allan Hancock College our employees are our greatest resource in our mission to provide quality educational opportunities that enhance student learning. Our diverse, student success-focused faculty and staff are dedicated to a college community built on mutual respect and shared governance.