Howard Community College

10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044
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  • 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 9,632 students (28% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is higher than the state community college average of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 68% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 58%.

Top Rankings

Howard Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Maryland for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 446 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Howard Community College(MD) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty446 staff179 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Howard Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has decreased from 29:1 over five years.
The Howard Community College diversity score of 0.77 is more than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has grown by 9% over five years.
Total Enrollment9,632 students3,988 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio22:121:1
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# Full-Time Students2,683 students1,012 students
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# Part-Time Students6,949 students2,976 students
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% Asian
15%
6%
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% Hispanic
12%
10%
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% Black
29%
31%
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% White
32%
42%
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% Two or more races
6%
4%
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% Non Resident races
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4%
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% Unknown races
6%
3%
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Diversity Score0.770.71
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College Completion Rate
19%
22%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,800$37,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,280 is less than the state average of $7,421. The in-state tuition has declined by 42% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $3,988 is less than the state average of $9,449. The out-state tuition has declined by 41% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,280$7,421
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Out-State Tuition Fees$3,988$9,449
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid57%73%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,800$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Sports

Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketball, Cross Country,
Lacrosse, Soccer,
Softball, Track and Field,
Volleyball
Source: 2019 (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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Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Howard Community College is Lincoln College of Technology-Columbia (3.7 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For Maryland public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,421 per year for in-state students and $9,449 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Maryland community colleges have a diversity score of 0.71, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in Maryland is Howard Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.