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HISTORY
Founded 1966 as 14th of 16 Maryland community colleges.  Doors opened in fall 1970. 

LOCATION
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland 21044-3197, 443-518-1000
35 minutes south of Baltimore and 50 minutes north of Washington, D.C.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Seven citizens, appointed by the Maryland Governor for six-year terms, serve as the college's legal governing body.

PRESIDENT
Dr. Kathleen B. Hetherington, 443-518-1820, McCuan Hall (MH-250)

FACULTY & STAFF

  • Student:faculty ratio of 18.9
  • 177 full-time faculty; 553 part-time credit faculty; 112 part-time noncredit faculty, 452 nonteaching staff
  • 27 percent of full-time faculty hold doctorates
  • 10.9 years average at HCC for full-time faculty; 9.9 years average for full-time staff

STUDENT ENROLLMENT

  • 14,538 credit students enrolled in FY2014
  • 10,184 credit students enrolled in fall 2014 semester
  • 15,735 noncredit continuing education students enrolled in FY2014
  • 7,537 classes offered at HCC for Academic Year 2013-2014
  • 44.3 percent share of Howard County undergrads attending Maryland campuses
  • 24 percent of graduating seniors from Howard County high schools enrolled in fall 2014
  • From 2009-14, credit FTE enrollment increased 31 percent and noncredit FTE enrollment decreased 5 percent
  • 87.7 percent of HCC nursing students who pass licensure exam on first try for FY2013
  • 491,300 total HCC credit and noncredit headcount enrollments over the past 20 years

CREDIT STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS
As of fall 2014 semester:

  • Median age 22
  • 37 percent registered full time; 81 percent enrolled in day classes
  • Approximately 57 percent female
  • 74 percent Howard County residents
  • 1,435 students from 106 different nations

STRONG RETURNS FOR YOUR DOLLAR
Source: Socioeconomic study by CC Benefits, Inc. December 2007.

Strong investment returns for HCC students.

  • Students boost their earning power through their HCC education, resulting in a 21% return on their tuition and college costs.
  • Students earning a two-year degree at HCC will earn $457,200 more than someone with a high school diploma or GED.
  • The median income of HCC occupational program degree graduates three years after graduation outpaces ($53,153) the comparative peer and state earnings ($47,053, $42,507).

Strong investment returns for the community.

  • HCC pumps about $401.5 million annually into the local community.
  • For every $1 allocated to HCC, state and Howard County governments see a 7% return in the form of higher tax receipts and lower social costs (e.g., better health care and less incarceration).
  • Nearly 74% of HCC students stay in the region and contribute to the local economy.
  • Associate of arts: 2 years, transfers to 4-year program
  • Associate in applied science: 2 years, leads to employment
  • Certificate of proficiency: 1 year, leads to employment
  • Letter of recognition: set of courses to enhance skills
  • 79 percent of credit students majored in transfer programs
  • Top 5 transfer program areas by enrollment:  Arts & Sciences, General Studies, Nursing, Business Administration, Engineering
  • Top 5 occupational programs:  Business Management, Information Technology, Radiologic Technology, Culinary Management, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
TUITION & FEES PER SEMESTER
As of Fall 2014, HCC offers students in-county tuition at $127 per credit and a consolidated fee of 16.75 percent.
 
The Pay for College web page offers information to help determine an approximation of the expected costs and available options for payment.
 
FINANCIAL AID
In FY14, HCC processed more than $20.2 million in funding to assist more than 4,900 students.  Funding includes grants, scholarships, and student loans.
 
DISTINCTIVE COMMUNITY OFFERINGS
 KIDS & CAMPS
SPECIAL EVENTS
PUBLICATIONS
ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET
$108,490,934 fiscal year 2014 unrestricted budget
 
SOURCES OF FUNDING
County: 26.9 percent
State: 13 percent
Tuition/fees: 38.7 percent
Auxiliary: 5.7 percent

Other: 15.7 percent
 
Visit the Databook maintained by HCC's Office of Planning, Research, and Organizational Development (PROD) for more details.