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Howard Community College is a public institution located in Columbia, Maryland. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

39 Undergraduate Degrees

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

How Do I Get Into HCC?

You can apply to HCC online at:

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?

10% Take Out Loans
8.5% Loan Default Rate

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 10% of students took out student loans averaging $4,886 a year. That adds up to $19,544 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at HCC is 8.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Howard Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,683 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,566 undergraduate students at HCC, with 2,683 being full-time and 6,883 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 2,683 full-time undergraduates at HCC, 46% are male and 54% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 384
Black or African American 685
Hispanic or Latino 325
White 801
International Students 194
Other Races/Ethnicities 294

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

3,788 Took All Classes Online
7,562 Took At Least One Class Online
119.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 7,562 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 119.8%. This is the #252 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 Teaching Concentrations

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

Major Associate’s TOTAL
Early Childhood Education 13 13
General Education 12 12
Elementary Education 9 9
English & Language Arts Education 2 2
Mathematics Education 2 2
Spanish Education 1 1
General Special Education 0 0
Chemistry Education 0 0
Physics Education 0 0
TOTAL 39 39


*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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