Allegany College of Maryland was established in 1961 in an old public school facility. It is a two-year public community college located in Cumberland, Maryland. The institute also operates branch locations in Pennsylvania’s, Bedford, and Somerset Counties. The college enrolls more than 4,000 credit students and nearly 16,000 continuing education students per year.
ACM is fully accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The institution presents tailor-made courses and programs to meet the cultural and economic demands of the community. The College offers more than 50 associate’s degrees, over 20 certificates, and 21 letters of recognition in diverse areas of study such as humanities, psychology, sociology, history, economics, political science, math, science, etc.
The college is composed of the following academic divisions: Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Division of Business and Technologies; Division of Hospitality and Culinary Arts; Division of Humanities; Division of Forestry, Math, and Science; and Division of Allied Health and Wellness.
The school’s online education division offers online degrees and certificates for students who are unable to attend a traditional college due to diverse personal and professional reasons. Some of the online courses offered are Business Administration, Communication Arts Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Student Development, Medical Assistant, and Nursing.
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Freshman students seeking admission must have a high school equivalency certificate or high school equivalency diploma issued by the state. Students must send the completed application form along with the official transcripts. Applicants for associate’s degree or certificate must send their American College Test or ACT scores to be considered for admission. Getting a transfer to the institute is easy. Applicants must send the completed application form along with the official transcripts from all previously attended institutes.
International students are welcome. Applicants seeking admission must send the completed application form along with all the official transcripts. Students from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL (the Test of English as a Foreign Language) test to provide a proof of their proficiency in English language.
The college provides financial assistance to the students through various mediums such as grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Grants and scholarships are gift aids that need not be returned. Some of these include: Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant; Pell Grant; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG); Distinguished Scholar Community College Transfer Program; EXTRA Scholarship Program; Learn for Life Transfer Scholarship; Presidential Transfer Scholarship; Blue Transfer Merit Scholarship; Grossnickle Scholarship; Bridge Grant; Tuition Scholarship; and Honors Scholarship.
Students can also opt for loans, including the Federal Direct Loan and Direct Plus Loan. The institute also offers Federal Work-Study (FWS) programs that enable the students to take up part time jobs to pay for college. Apart from helping the students earn money to meet their educational expenses, it also helps students gain work experience in their field of interest.
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Campus life presents an exciting environment for the students to participate in diverse events and activities that foster their overall development. The institution promotes student leadership and development by providing quality activities, services, and programs. Each semester, diverse activities and multicultural events are scheduled to encourage fun, socialization and recreation among all students.
The Student Government Association (SGA) works as the governing organization of the student body. It functions as a means of participation in College governance with the staff, faculty, and administration. Apart from serving as a link between the College administration and the student body, SGA also coordinates campus social activities, allocates student activity funds, and approves new student organizations.
Students are encouraged to participate in the various student clubs and organizations at the campus. Some of these include: C2J – criminal justice & criminology club; Essence Dance Team; Heifer International Support Club; Medical Assistant Club; Phi Beta Lambda; Physical Therapy Assistant Club; Radiologic Technology Club; Tutoring Club; Volunteer Club; Respiratory Therapy; Human Service Club; NAACP Student Club; SAHDA (Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association); and Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Club.
The campus presents safe, modern residential housing for the students. The housing options offered have the ability to accommodate more than 235 students. Each of the accommodation units is well furnished and equipped with modern amenities such as full refrigerator, attached bathroom, 4-drawer dresser, computer desk, closet, mini blinds, laundry and so on. The security department provides 24/7 access control and patrol functions to ensure residents’ safety.
The college also offers learning support and disability services for the students with physical, psychological, medical, and learning disabilities. ACM is committed to the integration of students with disabilities into all aspects of college life. Therefore, support services are offered to optimize the independence and participation of disabled students. The facilities include special accommodation, note taking, compensation for learning weaknesses, and resources for faculty and staff to learn more about learning disabilities and devise good teaching strategies.
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The athletic department fields men’s and women’s teams that participate in sports such as baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, and golf. The college is a member of the Maryland JUCO Conference. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Trojans. The sports teams participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division.
Student Advocacy Day is an annual event held in Annapolis sponsored by MACC and coordinated by Maryland State VPs and Deans of Student Services. It is typically held the second Wednesday in February. The day is organized with the goals of: letting the Maryland General Assembly know which bills pending before the legislature matter most to community college students statewide, allowing students to learn how state government operates, and giving them a chance to meet local representatives and discuss how the college benefits their lives and their community.
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