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Howard Community College Overview

Located in Columbia, Maryland, Howard Community College is a public institution. Columbia is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Howard Community College Known For?

1,427 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the associate's degree is the highest award a student can attain at HCC.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 21% of the faculty were full-time.

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Howard Community College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

HCC has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#198 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at HCC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Management Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Most Popular General Business/Commerce Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#112 Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#126 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#126 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#164 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#192 Most Popular Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Howard Community College?

Location of Howard Community College

Contact details for HCC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044-3197
Phone: 443-518-1000
Website: www.howardcc.edu

How Do I Get Into HCC?

You can apply to HCC online at: https://howardcc.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Apply/Account/Login

As long as you submit the requested materials to Howard Community College when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford Howard Community College?

12% Take Out Loans
12.6% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At HCC, approximately 12% of students took out student loans averaging $5,076 a year. That adds up to $20,304 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at HCC is 12.6%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Howard Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,194 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,110 undergraduate students at HCC, with 3,194 being full-time and 5,916 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  HCC

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,194 full-time undergraduates at HCC, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  HCC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Howard Community College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of HCC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 403
Black or African American 876
Hispanic or Latino 393
White 956
International Students 238
Other Races/Ethnicities 328

Over 72 countries are represented at HCC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Howard Community College

638 Took All Classes Online
2,265 Took At Least One Class Online
17.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,265 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at HCC has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of HCC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Howard Community College was 17.4%. This is the #988 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at HCC regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Howard Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 821 0 821
Nursing 0 144 0 144
Management Information Systems 0 76 0 76
General Business/Commerce 0 65 0 65
Allied Health Professions 10 45 1 56
Culinary Arts 10 16 6 32
Accounting 8 21 0 29
General Engineering 0 17 0 17
Human Development & Family Studies 2 8 7 17
Business Administration & Management 3 12 0 15
Computer Information Systems 0 15 0 15
General Education 0 15 0 15
Computer Systems Networking 11 3 0 14
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 14 14
Dental Support Services 0 12 0 12
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 11 0 11
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 8 3 11
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 11 0 11
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 10 0 10
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 5 1 0 6
Electronics Engineering Technology 4 1 0 5
Business Support & Assistant Services 4 0 0 4
Hospitality Management 4 0 0 4
Building Management & Inspection 1 3 0 4
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 4 0 4
Computer Engineering 0 4 0 4
Public Health 0 3 0 3
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 2 0 2
Audiovisual Communications 0 2 0 2
Computer Engineering Technology 0 0 2 2
Electrical Engineering 0 1 0 1
Criminal Justice & Corrections 1 0 0 1
Horticulture 0 0 0 0
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0
Special Education 0 0 0 0
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0
Fire Protection 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 63 1,331 33 1,427

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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