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

3,194 Full-Time Undergraduates
$6,318 Avg In-State Tuition

Where Is 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

Can I Afford HCC?

$6,318 In-State Tuition
12% Take Out Loans
12.6% Loan Default Rate
For the 2017-2018 academic year, part-time HCC students paid $234 per credit hour if they lived in-state. Out-of-state students paid $284 per credit hour. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $6,318 $7,668
Fees $711 $711
Books and Supplies $2,400 $2,400

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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.


Gender Diversity

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


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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.


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 #715 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 Trade School Concentrations

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

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 10 16 6 32
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 10 8 0 18
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 0 17 0 17
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 0 14 0 14
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 0 0 14 14
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 0 12 0 12
Biomedical Technology 0 8 3 11
Laboratory Technician 0 11 0 11
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 0 10 0 10
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 0 6 1 7
General Drafting & Design Technology/Technician 5 1 0 6
Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 4 1 0 5
Other Building/Construction Finishing, Management, & Inspection 1 3 0 4
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 0 0 2 2
Other Engineering Technologies & Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 0 0 0 0
Other Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 30 107 26 163


*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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