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Howard Community College Named One of Nation’s Best Two-Year Colleges for Adult Learners

Only Maryland Community College to Earn Top 30 Ranking for Four Consecutive Years
an adult student at commencement.

Columbia, MD – For the fourth year in a row, Howard Community College (HCC) has been named as one of the nation’s best two-year colleges for adult learners, according to rankings released by Washington Monthly. Howard Community College came in at number 30 on the list and is the only Maryland community college to have earned a spot in the top 30 every year since the rankings began in 2016.

“Howard Community College strives to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all students to find their pathway to success,” said Dr. Kate Hetherington, president of Howard Community College. “Washington Monthly’s rankings recognize the dedication and commitment of HCC trustees, faculty, and staff to serve the needs of adult learners.”

"Howard Community College should be rightly proud of its #30 place in the Monthly's Best 2-year College for Adult Learners ranking," says Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly. "What this shows is that Howard Community College is serving both its students and the country at large."

During the fall 2018 semester, HCC served nearly 9,500 credit students seeking college degrees or certificates, with adult students (ages 25 years and above) amounting to 35 percent of the population. The average age for the college’s credit students is 26 years old.

Howard Community College received Washington Monthly’s highest scores for ease of transfer and services for adult students. Washington Monthly also looked at program flexibility, percentage of students over age 25, earnings 10 years after attending college, graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and tuition and fees. To develop its rankings, Washington Monthly used data from the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) survey, College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges, and the College Scorecard. Washington Monthly, based in the nation’s capital, is the only publication that recognizes two-year and four-year colleges for their service to adult students.

At Howard Community College, adult students have the option to earn their associate degree, advance with professional certification, or update their job skills. Academic programs vary from science, cybersecurity, and engineering to teacher education, accounting, business, and allied health. Adult students receive support from on-campus services such as academic advising, tutoring, and veterans’ assistance. Students may also seek career and personal counseling through the college’s Counseling and Career Services Center.

For more information on services and support for adult students at Howard Community College, visit

To learn more, visit the Washington Monthly’s college rankings.
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