Holyoke Community College

Holyoke, MA 01040
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Holyoke Community College (HCC) is located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. This public community college was established back in 1946. This school even has the distinction of being the first community college in all of Massachusetts. It has been serving the needs of the community for many decades and offers students many programs to pursue. Students can enroll in courses to pursue various associate degrees, and there are also many certificate programs. HCC has a transfer program as well for students who want to earn credits to transfer over to a four-year university. The success of HCC in the community has lead to the school having an exceptionally high rate of graduates, and it continues to provide students with the best educational opportunities possible.

The HCC nursing program offers students the chance to pursue the practical nursing certificate program or the associate degree in nursing program. HCC has designed the nursing program to help support and nurture the nurses of the future. Nursing students will be able to enjoy multimedia-equipped classrooms that offer great simulation experiences. Students will receive thorough training in order to prepare for the NCLEX licensure exam. This program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. The associate of science in nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students5,565
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate58%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 8 44
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 1 9
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 81%
  • NCLEX-RN: 84.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1970 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1976 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$183/credit
In State Students$183/credit
Out of State Students$389/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $8,235 $8,235 $17,505
ADN 70 $12,810 $12,810 $27,230
BSN 125 $22,875 $22,875 $48,625
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 79% of Holyoke Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 57% $4,090
Other Federal Grant 23% $293
State Grant & Scholarships 52% $1,310
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 24% $380
Federal Student Loans 30% $3,719
Private Loans 1% $3,278


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$6,486
$30,001 to $48,000$7,374
$48,001 to $75,000$9,723
$75,001 to $110,000$11,493
Over $110,000$12,326

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.
Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave
Holyoke, MA 01040

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