Prince George’s Community College was established in 1958 with an aim of providing an enriching learning experience to all its students. With an average class size of less than twenty students, the faculty provides resources that help students in increasing their professional value and academic qualifications by giving them one to one attention.
The school has special online classes for working students in 11 disciplines, ranging from arts, law and business administration. Students also have the option of choosing hybrid programs which are a mix of classroom training and online classes. Apart from this, students can earn credits through internships, weekend programs and personal assessments.
With more than sixty different courses on offer through campus programs, students can choose from a wide range of subjects in healthcare, social sciences, liberal arts, science and technology.
Available programs are segregated into transfer programs, which are primers to four year programs offered in universities; and career programs, which provide the skills and technical expertise necessary for career advancement. A transfer program helps you complete the pre requisites of four year degree programs without the requirement of SAT or ACT scores!
Prince George’s Community College also offers three special programs:
1. The Hillman’s Entrepreneur Program, funded by the Hillman family for students who want to become entrepreneurs. Continuing education for the entrepreneurial program is provided at the University of Maryland College Park.
2. The Honors Program specifically caters to academic over achievers. It provides them with a 100% scholarship and guaranteed admission to four year programs in participating universities.
3. The Collegian Centers provide mentoring, communication opportunities, and internship guidance to students. All subject disciplines have one collegian center each.
Prospective students are encouraged to visit the college for help with admissions and financial assistance.
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Prospective students can fill the online application form and submit it to the college after paying a nominal application fee. Official high school transcripts or General Education Diploma (GED) score reports are required. Students below the age of eighteen who are not yet high school graduates are required to provide a letter from their educational institution requesting to withdraw from the school system.
Additionally, students are also required to take placement tests conducted by the college to determine the subject they best fit into. These tests are also mandatory for transfer students, who can fill out the ‘Request for Transfer Evaluation’ form and send official transcripts from the previous institution to the admissions office.
International students must submit TOEFL scores while filling out the application forms and are required to have a minimum score of 450 or more on the written test.
The college also provides concurrent enrollment programs, early admission programs and talented and gifted program for students still in high school. Under these programs, students can enroll in two courses per semester which can be continued depending on their performance.
Health technology programs such as EMT Paramedic, Health Information Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiography and Respiratory Therapy have different admission criteria. Students interested in taking admission in these programs should first complete a set of courses like MAT 112 or MAT 114 for Nuclear Medicine Technology, EGL 101 for Radiography and BIO 205 for EMT Paramedic. More details can be found here.
These prerequisites also apply for nursing programs. The nursing and health technology programs are available year round and do not have any application deadline.
Class schedules vary for credit and non credit courses.
The college offers need based federal and state financial aid. Thirty merit based scholarships are awarded by the Prince George’s Community College annually, which include the Board of Trustee Legacy, the Honors Academy, the AOBA, the Hillman Entrepreneurial Program, and the Kathy and Jerry Wood scholarship.
All merit based scholarships have specific GPA requirements, with a minimum GPA between 2.5 and 3 for most scholarships while others require high SAT or ACT scores.
International students applying for need based financial aid should meet the requirements of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can read about federal financial aids offered by the FAFSA on their website.
The financial aid office of the college assists students with documentation, cross training and effective communication with the enrolling departments.
The college has a unique financial assistance program called the Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance which helps students with food and utilities so they can continue their education uninterrupted. Students applying for the Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance should have earned a minimum of 15 credits at the college and are required to write a personal statement citing reasons for requirement of assistance.
The campus provides ample opportunities for students to meet and communicate through college clubs, athletic societies, community education programs, and recreational facilities such as the Olympic sized swimming pool in the Robert I. Bickford Natatorium.
At the college, students can participate in a myriad of co-curricular activities depending on their area of interest. The intramural program at Prince George’s Community College involves faculty, staff and students.
When you enroll in a program, you also have the option of joining multiple college clubs, which are a great way to meet your fellow students and get involved in a community. Some of the clubs are the Campus Bible Fellowship, the Classy Modeling Troupe, the French Club, the OWL – which is also the campus newspaper, the Phi Theta Kappa, and the Student Development Board.
The Prince George County has a rich history so there is a lot to explore outside the college too! The county is home to several monuments of the 18th century that stood testament to the Civil War like Fort Stevens, Fort Weed, and the Dinwiddie County Courthouse. The Henricus Historical Park is a throwback to old colonial history of the county.
The county has several sports parks like the Ironbridge and the Rockwood Sports Parks and the Pocahontas State Park.
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The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Maryland Junior College Athletic Association. Athletic teams at the college are fondly called ‘The Owls’.
Sports for men include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, and outdoor track and field. Similar sports are available for women with the exception of baseball.
The Owls were 2011 Outdoor Track and Field National Award winners. The men’s soccer team of the college was ranked among the top ten teams in a 2010 NJCAA poll.
Students of other local and state colleges and universities can also take athletic training at the Prince George’s Community College. The sports facilities at the college are also available for local public use.
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