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.
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.
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.
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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.
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