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10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044-3197
p. 443-518-1000
w. www.howardcc.edu

Howard Community College

Howard Community College Rating: 4.0/5 (2 votes)

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Introduction

Located in Columbia, Maryland, Howard Community College (HCC) is dedicated to assisting prospective students in whatever educational goals they may have. Whether a student hopes to achieve an associate’s degree, begin a bachelor’s degree at HCC and then transfer to a four-year institution, receive specialized career education, or practice study skills and learning techniques, this school is uniquely suited to help a student reach these goals.

This community college is partnered with several distinctive four-year universities. This allows students to transfer smoothly to a bachelor’s degree program. Unlike other community colleges whose course credits may or may not transfer to a four-year university program, students here never have to worry about losing hard-earned credits in the transfer process. Students only take courses that are guaranteed to transfer allowing students to jump-start their bachelor’s degree program in a risk-free way.

Transfer of credits isn’t required, however. Many students choose to leave school with an associate’s degree and begin searching for employment in the career of their choice. These students benefit from the inexpensive tuition and renowned educational quality and often return to school later to finish their degree by using credits achieved at HCC.

Academics

There are a numerous amount of associate’s degrees offered and can be utilized in almost any future degree program or career path. Students who seek an associate’s degree in the arts and humanities will find options that include art, architecture, philosophy, film, theater, and music. Students can also choose to pursue an associate’s degree in business, management, health sciences, technology, English, mathematics and much more. These programs are designed to offer the most essential knowledge in the briefest period of time possible.

Students who do not wish to pursue an associate’s degree but still require some education to pursue their desired career can take advantage of extensive career certification programs. Those who are searching for a career in computers can pursue a certificate in one of a variety of different technical computing areas. Other certification areas include criminal justice, administration, management, consulting, television and film production and more.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Community colleges are well-known for accepting individuals whose high school academic performance is not adequate enough to secure admission into four-year institutions of post-secondary education. As such, this college is proud to accept students of all academic and socio-economic backgrounds. The application process can be completed online, by post, or in person in the admissions office on campus. Students are generally required to have either a high school diploma or its equivalent.

After admission, students will often take assessment tests that are used to place them in classes where they will be provided with the instruction needed to succeed. These tests do not affect admission. Rather, they are used to ensure that no student is placed in a class that will discourage or devastate his or her chances of achieving a degree.

After students are accepted and have taken the required entrance examinations or assessment tests, they will meet with a well-qualified academic advisor. This individual will take a specific interest in the goals and intentions of each student. Through several meetings and discussions, students will receive guidance from their advisor regarding which courses to take. Many academic advisors will also give students crucial advice about study habits and time management skills.

Financial Aid

The mission of Howard Community College is to provide affordable education to those who may not be able to immediately pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. The government works closely with this community college to carefully assess a student’s financial situation and provide him or her with the funds necessary to attend. Students can apply for financial aid in the Financial Aid Office with the full assistance of Howard’s expert financial aid faculty. These individuals will assist students in filling out the FAFSA and provide students with crucial knowledge about student loans, student grants, government loans and grants, and positive money management.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6449th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The students are encouraged to become actively involved in the daily operations and activities. Students can participate in student-led school government, various clubs and hobbyist groups, intramural sports, student-produced newspapers and other publications, on-campus performances, and varsity athletics.

There are many clubs that meet that facilitate meaningful relationships and professional contacts that can persist even after graduation. The fashion club, chess club, astronomy club, and nutrition and fitness club are just a few of the many opportunities for involvement provided to all incoming students. These clubs meet as often as once or twice a week, and club members often organize outings or events for club members.

Political, social, and religious activism is also prevalent. Bible study groups and religious discussion groups are always looking for additional members. Democratic and Republican political groups as well as social activist groups can help students expand their minds and understand the world from a different perspective.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The HCC Dragons are a Division III group of individuals dedicated to health, fitness and fun. It is simple to get involved with varsity or club sports. With an extensive staff of well-trained coaches and trainers, students can get the competitive edge needed to lead their team to victory. With sports such as basketball, baseball, tennis, volleyball, track, cross country, soccer and lacrosse, there is a team for athletes with a variety of different experiences. High school athletes that wish to continue developing their athleticism during college will not be disappointed by the athletics department at. For the amateur athlete, intramural and club sports are available for a fun and more laidback alternative to varsity sports.

Clubs such as the Lacrosse Club or Field Hockey Club also accept members that want to participate in student-led athletics. These programs are unique in that they rely on the leadership of older students to organize practices, training and competition. Many students love the opportunity to participate in sports teams such as these, and new students who participate in club sports can become club leaders themselves.

Information Summary

Ranks 34th in Maryland and 2277th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 1 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Columbia, MD 21044-3197
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population40,251 (40,251 urban / N/A rural)
Households15,979 (2.46 people per house)
Median Household Income$70,691
Families10,370 (3.06 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2407

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3952nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,375 $5,616 $6,831
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $565 $565 $565
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $125 $208 $253
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,940 $8,181 $9,396
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,581 $22,822 $24,037
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,584 $10,825 $12,040

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,168 $4,343 $6,658 $6,833 $8,008 $8,183
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,060(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,350(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,350(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 81 237 77 134 2 588 23 1,171
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 2 1 4 8
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 2 5
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 1 1 2
Biomedical Technology/Technician 4 12 2 15 1 35
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other
Business Administration and Management, General 1 2 3 6 12
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General 3 7 4 8 23 1 46
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 3 1 1 2 7
Chemistry Teacher Education
Child Care and Support Services Management 2 5 1 5 13
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 1
Computer Engineering, General 1 1 2
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 4 1 8 1 15
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 3 1 1 5
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 5 8
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 5 5
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 1 1 2 6
Education, General 3 2 2 3 13 1 24
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 1 1 3
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 3 1 5 1 12
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 1 11 15
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 1 5 7
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
Engineering, General 1 2 1 6 10
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2 2
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 3 3
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other
General Studies 39 83 37 51 237 7 469
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 2 2
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 14 43 13 24 106 4 210
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 6 2 3 1 12
Management Information Systems, General 2 2 3 3 20 2 33
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 3 1 4 5 1 14
Meeting and Event Planning
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other 2 3
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant
Physics Teacher Education
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 4 1 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 41 8 19 1 81 3 162
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 5 1 2 5 14
Spanish Language Teacher Education

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1221st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $71,784 ($72,602 male / $65,731 female)
Number of FT Faculty 181 (58 male / 123 female)
Number of PT Faculty 826
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $7,286,651
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Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.

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