Holyoke Community College

Holyoke Community College

Holyoke Community College, also referred to as HCC, is a coeducational, public, state-funded, two-year community college located in Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States. It was established in 1946 as Holyoke Junior College. It was re-christened to its present name in 1958. The campus today spreads over 135 acres of suburban land.

The departments at Holyoke Community College include:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business
  • Communications, Media and Theater Arts
  • Environment Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Nursing
  • Social Sciences

The sports teams of Holyoke Community College are called the Cougars. The official mascot is the Cougar. Students compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

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Contacting Holyoke Community College

Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave
Holyoke , MA 01040
General Phone: (413) 552-2001

Holyoke Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts341liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities
Business and Management161business management, electronic commerce, accounting technology, small business operations, human resources, retail
Family and Social Work99child care management, human services, community organization, social work
Medical Support and Technology83medical assistant, pharmacy tech, veterinary assistant, radiation therapist, opticianry, ophthalmic support services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine80registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Security and Law Enforcement67criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Computer Science and Engineering24computer applications programming, computer networking, computer security, computer support
Art Studies22art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy18health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Cooking and Culinary Arts13chef training
Hospitality10hospitality administration
Medical Administration7medical records tech
Therapy and Counseling3communication disorders services, substance abuse counseling
Office and Administration2administrative assistant
Photography and Commercial Art2commercial art, film and photography
Education and Teaching1physical education teaching

Number of programs and degrees for Holyoke Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree77721
Award of less than 1 academic year14326
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years412

Holyoke Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Holyoke Community College had a total enrollment of 6,461 students (4,474 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 6%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 33%
20-21 19%
22-24 12%
25-29 11%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 8%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Holyoke Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %
Part-Time 40 %

Holyoke Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Holyoke, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Holyoke Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,880
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,824
Books and supplies $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Holyoke Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 217000)

Holyoke Community College Faculty

Holyoke Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1637

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year28$70,08339$62,660
Associate professoracademic year13$54,3487$52,290
Assistant professoracademic year4$47,21416$50,110
Instructoracademic year5$45,63318$48,313
All faculty totalacademic year50$61,71780$56,015

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Holyoke Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Retailing and Retail Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Systems Security

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Education And Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management
Community Organization and Advocacy
Human Services, General
Social Work

Hospitality Administration/Management, Other

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Ophthalmic/Optometric Support Svcs and Allied Professions, Other
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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Holyoke Community College Highlights

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What Sets Holyoke Community College Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Holyoke Community College % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Holyoke Community College Number of students
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Holyoke Community College % of degrees in family and social work
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Holyoke Community College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Holyoke Community College Number of degree programs
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Holyoke Community College % of degrees in art studies
% of degrees in music
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Holyoke Community College % of degrees in music
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Holyoke Community College % of degrees in business and management

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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