Howard Community College

Howard Community College

Howard Community College was founded in 1966 by the Board of Education in Howard County. The first classes were held in October of 1970, with 600 students. The college covers around 120 acres in Columbia, Maryland. Presently, the college offers more than 100 academic programs and is organized into the following divisions:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Computer Systems
  • English and World Languages
  • Health Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Sciences/ Teacher Education

HCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The athletic teams sponsored by HCC include men's and women's track and cross country, women's soccer, volleyball and basketball, and men's lacrosse and basketball.

HCC has more than 6,000 living alumni. Some of the notable alumni of the college are Tracy Goldstein, the Resource Manager of the Department of the Army; Larry Madaras, Jr., the Editor of Genesis Films; and M. Courtney Watson, the Chairperson of Howard County Council.

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Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia , MD 21044-3197
General Phone: (410) 772-4800

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Howard Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts332liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine166EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Business and Management78business, business management, business administration, MIS, merchandising and sales
Education and Teaching41education, elementary school teaching, early childhood education
Medical Support and Technology22cardiovascular tech, health diagnostic professions, mental health services tech
Engineering Technician15electronics tech, biomedical tech, computer systems tech, drafting, engineering technician
Cooking and Culinary Arts10restaurant and catering management
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science, computer networking
Photography and Commercial Art5commercial art, commercial photography
Office and Administration2administrative assistant
Family and Social Work2child care management
Landscaping and Horticulture0applied horticulture
Media0communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0recreation and leisure studies
Construction Trades0building inspection and management
Art Studies0arts management

Number of programs and degrees for Howard Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years4926
Associate's degree63520

Howard Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Howard Community College had a total enrollment of 7,523 students (4,682 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 51%
Black 22%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 11%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 28%
20-21 17%
22-24 13%
25-29 11%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 8%
50-64 5%
65+ 3%

Howard Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 45 %

Howard Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Columbia, Maryland for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Maryland Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Howard Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,483
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,833
Books and supplies $ 1,200

Financial Aid:
Howard Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 817500)

Howard Community College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5593

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$109,50012$100,071
Associate professorcalendar year1*4$87,405
Assistant professorcalendar year1*3$72,442
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
Lecturercalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year5$97,74822$88,513

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year11$86,56518$81,873
Associate professoracademic year14$69,12014$67,102
Assistant professoracademic year17$58,03322$58,871
Instructoracademic year7$51,68517$51,676
Lectureracademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year50$66,40571$64,603

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Howard Community College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):


Howard Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
General Merchandising/Sales/Related Marketing Operations, Other
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Construction Trades
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, & Inspection, Other

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Biomedical Technology/Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health Diagnostic/Intervention/Treatment Professions, Oth
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial Photography
Commercial and Advertising Art

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Top 18%Howard Community College Number of degree programs

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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