Howard Community College

10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044-3197
Tel: (443)518-1000
  • Howard Community College creates an environment that inspires learning and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. The college provides open access and innovative learning systems to respond to the ever-changing needs and interests of a diverse and dynamic community. As a vital partner, HCC is a major force in the intellectual, cultural and economic life of its community.
School Highlights
  • Howard Community College serves 9,920 students (38% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 52% of the student body (majority Black and Asian), which is more than the state average of 48%.
  • Howard Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Howard County, MD.
  • The nearest community college is Lincoln College of Technology-Columbia (3.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 446 teachers has grown by 28% over five years.
Howard Community College (MD) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 446 staff 152 staff
Howard Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 9,920 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has decreased from 31:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.71 is more than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment 9,920 students 4,515 students
Howard Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 22:1 24:1
Howard Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 3,729 students 1,174 students
Howard Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 6,191 students 3,341 students
Howard Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Howard Community College Enrollment Breakdown MD All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
12%
6%
Howard Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
8%
7%
Howard Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
19%
27%
Howard Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
48%
52%
Howard Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
3%
2%
Howard Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
8%
4%
Howard Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
1%
2%
Howard Community College Ethnicity Breakdown MD All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.71 0.65
Howard Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
15%
21%
Howard Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $41,800 $37,700
Howard Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,626 is less than the state average of $6,222. The in-state tuition has declined by 15% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,730 is less than the state average of $8,225. The out-state tuition has declined by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,626 $6,222
Howard Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,730 $8,225
Howard Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 51% 75%
Howard Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $9,600 $9,600
Howard Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $5,500 $5,500
Howard Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Situated beside a lake on a 120-acre wooded campus, Howard Community College (HCC) offers a wide range of academic pursuits and extracurricular activities for students of all ages and walks of life. About 5,000 students pursue studies at HCC in a variety of academic programs leading to transfer to four-year colleges or immediate employment upon graduation. An additional 12,000 students take courses for personal or professional development. Conveniently located in the heart of Howard County, the HCC campus features a Science and Technology Building, home to lasers, robots, computers, satellite links, and other tools for hightech learning. The Galleria, a spacious twostory windowed atrium adjacent to the building, provides a pleasing space for quiet study, informal gatherings, or special events. The physical education complex features an Olympic-sized pool, large gymnasium and weight room. Nine acres of athletic fields support archery, tennis, hardball, softball, soccer and track. Other facilities include the Library with more than 40,000 volumes of reference materials, the Nursing Building, and the Administration Building which contains offices, learning labs, and studios for painting, music, photography and sculpture. The Alfred J. Smith, Jr., Theatre for the performing arts provides the setting for an outstanding cultural arts program. The Theatre Outback is a "black box" performance space for experimental theatre and student productions. Howard Community College is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and by the Maryland State Department of Education to offer programs of learning and to award the associate in arts degree and certificate of proficiency.

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Did You Know?
For Maryland public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,222 per year for in-state students and $8,225 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,048 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Maryland community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.65, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Maryland is Montgomery College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.