Carroll Community College began in 1976 as a small rural branch of Catonsville Community College. The College grew steadily through the years, gaining students and facilities that made it more and more autonomous. It became an independent institution in 1993 and graduated its first class in 1994.
Since becoming a separate college, the school has continued to expand. The Random House Library was constructed in 1997, and the Robert Annis and Phyllis Barrett Scott Center for the Fine and Performing Arts was completed in 2002. The campus also has a Business Training Center and a Nursing and Allied Health Building.
The school helps meet the needs of the Maryland workforce, but participating in such programs as the Skills2Compete, which was implemented by the state governor. These are skills needed in the area that require more than a high school-level education but less than what a traditional bachelor’s degree at a University demands. There are also a variety of non-credit courses available, which helps those already established in a career keep their skills current.
This school offers a small, integrated learning atmosphere. The average class size is only 20 students, and over 90 percent of students are residents of Carroll County.
There are two major types of classes: credit (degree-seeking) and non-credit. Degree-seeking students have a choice of over 50 majors broken into eight academic clusters. The most popular majors here are General Studies, Business Administration, Nursing, Arts and Sciences, and Teacher Education.
Degree students are required to take a core set of general education classes across a multidisciplinary spectrum. These classes ensure that every student has at least a basic understanding of many subject areas and a strong foundation for their upper-level classes. They focus on the College’s Learning Goals, which include critical thinking, scientific reasoning, information and technology literacy, creativity, and global awareness.
Non-degree students have access to any of the classes in the Non-Credit (Continuing Education) class schedule. A wide variety of classes are offered for continuing education, whether you want to brush up on a skill you already have or learn something completely new. Simply register for a class and pay.
Hill Scholars Program
A select group of students is eligible to participate in the Hill Scholars Program, which offers additional academic and extra-curricular enrichment through seminars, learning experiences, and special honors courses.
Hill Scholars devote one credit per semester to an honors seminar, and use the rest of their time to pursue their chosen degree and other activities. Upon graduation, scholars receive an associate’s degree with the Hill Scholar designation. Students interested in this program should fill out the admissions application and essay available online.
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High School Opportunities
The Concurrent Enrollment program lets students spend half of their day at their high school and half of it at Carroll. Students must apply for approval from their high school counselor or principal. It is recommended that prospective Concurrent Enrollment students take placement tests to facilitate class selection.
The Gifted and Talented Program is a highly selective and challenging program that lets young students begin college coursework before turning 16. To qualify, students must score in the 96th percentile or above on an approved Carroll County test, or provide proof of an SAT score of at least 1200. Students must also obtain approval from the Director of Admissions before being allowed to register.
The Early Admissions Program lets students skip their senior year of high school and enroll early in college. If you are interested in this program, you should meet with high school officials during your junior year and obtain at least a “B” average in your high school classes. You will also need to take placement tests to earn eligibility.
Applying begins with an application form, which is available online under the Apply & Register webpage. Once you’ve filled out the application, request official transcripts from any school you’ve previously attended. Carroll is happy to accept any qualified student with a high school diploma or the equivalent for its degree programs.
After applying, you will need to take assessment tests to help with class placement. Speak to an academic advisor about the best classes to take, and then take an online advising session at your own pace. Once you’ve registered and gotten your schedule, you can also participate in New Student Orientation or Virtual Orientation to get accustomed to the campus and its policies.
There are many opportunities to get involved on campus at Carroll Community College. One unique program is “Let’s Do Lunch,” which lets students take faculty members out to lunch on campus using the Office of Student Life’s credit account. If you want to build stronger relationships with your professors, this is a great opportunity to sit and talk in a casual environment.
The school also hosts a number of community events, including Fall Fest, Crab Feast, and outdoor movies. Students can gather and socialize with their families and friends at these open, often free events.
First-year college students can ease the transition to higher education with the First-Year Success Program (FYSP). FYSP students take a one credit course in the fall semester and participate in activities that supplement their classroom experiences. At the end of the program, students are eligible for a scholarship of $100 to $200.
A series of exploratory programs called First-Year Interest Groups (FIGS) have been developed. FIGS programs are designed to help students ‘try out’ their prospective major or learn about a common career theme through a mini-schedule of three courses that provides a thorough introduction to the topic. Examples of FIGS courses include Deciding on Business, Pathways to Success, and Examining Health Careers.
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The library offers students access to thousands of texts and journals, both on-site and online. All of the campus’s classrooms are smart-technology enabled, and the most recently completed building is a classroom complex with state-of-the-art facilities.
The fitness center is free to all currently enrolled students. At the fitness center, you can attend classes taught by certified instructors or work out on your own. Students also have access to the computer labs, which offer free internet access and printing services.
The Carroll Theatre and the theatre program bring performance to the local stage with student-run shows like William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and movie screenings like Speech & Debate and The Crucible. Some events are free to students, and most have reduced admission for anyone enrolled in classes.
The school is accredited by the Middle States Association to award associate degrees in many subjects, as well as certificates and letters of recognition.