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10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
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312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
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Then and Now

Since its founding in 1970, Howard Community College has seen significant changes as it has expanded and evolved — while remaining true to its original vision to provide high-quality higher education opportunities.

ThenNow
1 building on campus
In 1970, HCC opened with a two-story cinder-block building that housed all the offices, classrooms, labs, and a cafeteria.
14 buildings on campus
With state-of-the-art facilities, athletic fields, and a visual and performing arts center, HCC has continued to enhance the campus environment.
Cows, deer, foxes, and Scampy the Squirrel
Animal sightings were common in HCC’s early years. One faculty member created a story about Scampy the Squirrel, a fictional animal that lived on the campus grounds. At times, cows from the neighboring farm wandered onto HCC’s fields.
Nature trails, a pond, and arboretum
While cows no longer roam the campus, HCC maintains trails, rain gardens, bee hives, an arboretum, and pond where wildlife like deer, ducks, and hawks still make appearances.
Punch card registrations
Before the first building was constructed, HCC’s earliest students signed up for classes using punch cards that were manually tallied by staff.
Online registrations and more
Today, students register for classes online, and can take classes and access a host of services remotely, from counseling to library and tutoring help.
594 students
HCC’s first student body numbered just under 600 credit and noncredit students.
26,143 students
In fiscal year 2020, the total number of HCC students is nearly 45 times higher than the first student body.
Sandwich vending machines
HCC had a cafeteria with plastic tables and chairs and food and drinks only available through vending machines in its early years.
Starbucks and Café on the Quad
Today, students can dine in the Café on the Quad, drink coffee from Starbucks, and find offerings like burgers, pizza, and sushi.
10 full-time faculty
The tight-knit faculty met frequently to develop programs and formed a number of committees that continue today.
201 full-time faculty
In 2020, faculty members continue to demonstrate a strong dedication to supporting pathways to success, most recently seen in the college’s campuswide transition to remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Iron Horse Express
HCC’s original mascot from the 1970s was a train, serving as a nod to the county’s historic connection to the B&O Railroad.
Duncan the Dragon
HCC’s current fire-breathing mascot was selected by a panel of students, faculty, and staff after a contest was held in 2000.
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