Why Choose HCC?

A Good Investment!

Students who attend HCC can expect a 12.8% rate of return on their investment. (The stock market only provides a 6-7% return on investment.) For every dollar spent at HCC, students can expect to earn $2.4 due to the skills learned and degrees earned at HCC.

Over the lifetime, community college graduates earn $250,000 more than those with only a high school diploma. At only $76 per credit in-state tuition, an education at HCC is the best investment around!

Classes to Fit Your Needs

Small Class Size

The average number of students per HCC class is 19 students. Lab courses and advanced (200 level) courses are often much smaller. Small class size allows for individual attention to students. Our faculty are some of the finest specialists in their fields and are able to share their stories and experiences with students because we keep class size small.

Flexible Delivery Methods

Many of HCC’s courses and programs are available online, including over 15 fully online programs.

Individualized Support and Education

North Carolina’s Most Beautiful Community College Campus

HCC has one of the prettiest college campuses in the state, featuring a pond and working millhouse, rhododendron gardens, walking paths, Frisbee golf course, and numerous historic trees and shrubs.

Haywood County boasts over 500 scenic square miles and 14 peaks over 6,000 feet in elevations, including Cold Mountain. The county is bordered in the south by Blue Ridge Parkway and in the north by the Great Smoky Mountains and Pisgah National Forest.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

HCC’s Financial Aid office and Foundation work with students to help them complete their educations. If students are ready to work hard and study, we’ll help them with their financial needs.

A Fun Place to Be

  • Enjoy competition?
    Many HCC clubs engage in state and national competitions, including SGA, Cosmetology, and the Timbersports Team. The Timbersports Team is a repeated national champion with several former HCC students moving on to professional Stihl championships.

  • Interested in program-specific skills or community service?
    Join one of HCC’s student clubs, such as Criminal Justice Club, Investment Club, or Vets Helping Vets.

  • Enjoy a party?
    Each spring and fall the entire college gathers to celebrate with food, games, and music.

You’re in Good Company

If you graduate from a community college, you’ll join these notable graduates:

  • Walt Disney – Founder of The Walt Disney Company
  • Queen Latifah – Grammy award winning hip-hop pioneer
  • George Lucas – Academy Award-winning film director, screenwriter, and producer
  • Ken Grossman –  Founder/Owner of Sierra Nevada Brewery
  • Amy Tan – Author of several best-selling novels, including The Joy Luck Club
  • Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers quarterback
  • Bonnie Blair – Winner of five Olympic gold medals in speedskating
  • And many others