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7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702-2964
p. 301-846-2400
w. www.frederick.edu

Frederick Community College

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Frederick Community College was found in 1957 as a night school for local adults in the high school. It eventually grew into a comprehensive community college and moved into it’s own space in Opossumtown Pike.

Students enroll here to earn associate degrees and often enter the workforce right away or they have the option of transferring to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s. Others come here to earn a certificate or participate in the popular Continuing Education program to advance their careers or learn something new and useful. Students here can take classes online if they wish or use other distance learning formats such as cable TV to complete their coursework. Not only are there classes for adults, but a program geared towards enriching children with academics, sports, and the arts is available on campus.


There are many degrees and diplomas offered either online or in the classroom. Students have the option of enrolling in the following academic divisions:

  • Allied Health & Wellness Faculty
  • Communications, Humanities, & Arts
  • Computing & Business Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • English

In the Arts program, students may obtain an Associate of Arts, Design Media, or a Certificate in Computer Graphics. The Computer Graphics Certificate is a 20-credit program that lets students get real-world experience by working with industry-standard hardware including Quark Xpress and Adobe Illustrator.

The curriculum in the Culinary Arts Program offers a handful of diplomas and certificates including a certificate in the Culinary Arts as well as hospitality supervision. A combined Associates of Arts degree is offered in Culinary Arts and Supervision. This program is a 65-credit program with two internships working in a food establishment.

The Health and Wellness Program offers a bevy of certificates and degrees including an associate’s degree in Nursing, a pre-dental associate’s degree and a medical assisting certificate. The Nursing Program at the school is for LPNs and RNs. The degree requires prerequisites and clinical hours during the student’s time in the program.

The Humanities Program offers three associate degrees including drama, music and philosophy. The music program is a transfer program that helps students begin the four-year journey at FCC eventually moving on to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Frederick requires that students fill out an application with a non-refundable fee attached to it. Students must have a copy of their high school transcripts or an equivalent and if transferring have a copy of transcripts for all prior colleges attended.

Students may apply online.

Financial Aid

All students interested in financial aid are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The school offers many aid packages including scholarships, loans and grants.

Scholarships include the Ambassador Scholarship, the Frederick Singles Scholarship and the Loats Scholarship. Details are provided on the school’s web page.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5436th for the average student loan amount.
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The campus here offers many student clubs and organizations including Amnesty International, the Black Student Union, the Honor Students Association, and the Swing Kids Club.

The student newspaper at FCC is called the Commuter and the creative writing magazine is the Tuscarora Review.

The Jack B. Kussmaul Theater is a cultural resource center that serves the community as well as the school.

The Carl and Norma Miller Children’s Center at the school provides a daytime learning program where parents may take their children while in school.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Many intercollegiate athletics are available including men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, men’s golf, women’s volleyball, men’s baseball and women’s softball.

The Cougars compete in the Maryland Junior and Region XX Conference of the NJCAA.

Additional School Information

The school has an Emergency Management program and is the only college in the nation contracted with the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) to give college credit for the FEMA Independent Study Program.

From time to time, the college offers Study Abroad. Students usually travel to London, which is their most popular program. Other international trips either alone or with faculty or staff crop up, so be sure to inquire with the school if you are interested in going abroad.

The Honors Program gives high achieving students lots of additional opportunities during their college years. They can engage in an independent study project, present at an honors conference, and graduate from within the Honors College.

A unique component of this college is the Catocin Center. Students involved in this program conduct research on the history and culture of central Maryland and surrounding areas.


Accreditation is provided by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Information Summary

Ranks 44th in Maryland and 2950th 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 N/A N/A
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 189 0.29
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 19 0.03
Robbery 96 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 235 0.36
Larceny 1,474 2.24
Vehicle theft 78 0.12

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Frederick, MD 21702-2964
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population30,730 (27,821 urban / 2,909 rural)
Households11,632 (2.59 people per house)
Median Household Income$55,572
Families8,009 (3.09 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium 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 District2406

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3923rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,688 $5,856 $7,920
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $483 $483 $483
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $112 $244 $330
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 $4,371 $7,539 $9,603
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,271 $18,439 $20,503
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,171 $10,339 $12,403

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,318 $3,097 $6,542 $6,058 $8,674 $8,257
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(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 $8,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,800(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,800(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 1574th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,257 ($72,195 male / $64,716 female)
Number of FT Faculty 100 (41 male / 59 female)
Number of PT Faculty 539
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,677,763

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