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One Seahawk Drive
North East, MD 21901-1999
p. 410-287-6060
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Cecil College

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Located in the northeastern corner of the state of Maryland and just a half a mile from the I-95 corridor, Cecil College is a member of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges. The public two-year institution has been in operation since 1968 to meet the needs of the surrounding Cecil County and broader communities.


Academic programs of study include a variety of certificate programs, associate degree programs, and non-credit as well as professional training courses. Accreditation is granted by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and complies with Maryland’s Higher Education Commission standards.

The school has a particularly good reputation in the field of nursing, with additional accreditation from the Maryland State Board of Nursing as well as from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Specifically, the school’s offering of academic programs fall within the following categories: Arts, Business Administration, Business & Commerce Technology, Business Start-Up, Computer Information Systems, Education, Engineering, Equine Studies, Fire Science Technology, General Interest, General Studies, Health Care, Law Enforcement Technology, Math & Sciences, Professional Development, Transportation & Logistics, Visual Communications, Vocational, and Workforce Training.

Students who intend to earn a bachelor’s degree can benefit from credit arrangements the college has with many other Maryland state schools and institutions throughout the country. Eligible students can transfer to a four-year college or university after completing two years at Cecil.

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The school offers open admissions, like many community colleges. Applicants who intend to earn academic credits for their studies must possess a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). Official academic transcripts (including college experience, if applicable) and a placement test focused on reading, math, and English proficiency may also be required.

Non-credit seeking students are not obliged to submit an application form to enter, and the minimum age for non-credit seeking students is 16 unless stated otherwise by a given course program.

Separately, the Accelerated Degree Programs do in fact apply a selective admissions policy which is not only based on academic assessment but also on availability of space, resources, etc, as well as a person’s previous workplace history.

Financial Aid

The college participates in the federal government’s Title IV financial assistance programs. Students who are interested in receiving financial aid to pay for their educational expenses must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be completed online and should be submitted as soon as possible each academic year.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5572nd for the average student loan amount.
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The student body is highly diverse and the school has consistently ranked as among the fastest-growing colleges throughout the state’s community college system in terms of student population On-campus housing is not available, but the school offers amenities such as a bookstore, a cultural center, a gymnasium, art gallery, library, memorial theater, and student help center.

There is a vibrant mix of student organizations operating on- and off-campus which includes: the Alpha Alpha Theta fraternity, an art club, the cheerleading squad, the Student Government body, and a Minority Action Union, among a few other active groups.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletics teams, collectively known as The Seahawks, form part of Maryland’s Junior College Conference and compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NCJAA). The school has three men’s sports teams (in baseball, soccer and basketball) and five women’s teams (volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis and soccer). Athletic scholarships are available.

Information Summary

Ranks 47th in Maryland and 3401st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.16
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 6 0.17
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 31 0.86
Larceny 109 3.02
Vehicle theft 5 0.14

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near North East, MD 21901-1999
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population12,496 (6,775 urban / 5,721 rural)
Households4,521 (2.75 people per house)
Median Household Income$49,621
Families3,395 (3.14 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall 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 District2401

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3945th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,850 $5,550 $6,900
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $660 $660 $660
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $95 $185 $230
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 $5,410 $8,110 $9,460
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,410 $18,110 $19,460
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,010 $11,710 $13,060

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,010 $3,302 $5,710 $6,002 $7,060 $7,352
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800 $1,900
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,300(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,600(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,600(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
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2040th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,329 ($60,287 male / $55,982 female)
Number of FT Faculty 50 (18 male / 32 female)
Number of PT Faculty 242
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $1,357,275

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