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Anne Arundel Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About Anne Arundel Community College

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) is a 2-year, accredited public college located in Arnold, Maryland. It was established in 1961 with an entering class of 270 students. The college provides credit and non-credit courses and now serves approximately 53,000 students annually. The campus occupies 230 acres and is less than 20 minutes from Maryland's capital city of Annapolis.

In 2012, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education recognized AACC with a rating of silver, making it the state's first postsecondary institution to be rated by the association. The school's Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Police Academy, cyber forensics team, and the transportation, logistics and cargo security programs have received individual accolades.


Anne Arundel Community College is divided into four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences; the School of Business, Computing and Technical Studies; the School of Continuing and Professional Studies; and the School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education. The college offers nearly 50 associate's degree programs, each requiring a minimum of 60 credit hours.

AACC also provides education programs for students hoping to enter the workforce more directly. These programs award credit certificates, continuing education certificates, professional certifications, and letters of recognition. Through the college's virtual campus, students can take online and hybrid classes.


Anne Arundel Community College suggests that students apply 30 days before the beginning of the starting academic term. High school records (or copy of GED) and any transcripts from other colleges must be submitted to the school's office of admissions. Future students may apply for enrollment in person or online and aren't charged an application fee. If new students have not taken the SAT or ACT, they must complete placement testing.

In Fall 2011, 70% of students attended AACC on a part-time basis. Females accounted for 61% of the student body, and 58% of the school's population were 24 years old or younger.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012, tuition cost $97 per credit hour for residents of Anne Arundel County. In-state residents paid $97 per credit hour for courses designated as part of the statewide or Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program classes, and $186 per credit hour for all other courses. Out-of-state and international students paid $330 per credit hour.

Additional costs include general student fees, such as the athletic, educational services, student activity, and registration fees. Books and supplies were estimated to cost $1,517 per student for the 2011-2012 school year. Payment plans are available.

AACC offers a number of scholarships, including the Engineering Scholars Program: Increasing Access and Diversity Scholarship and departmental scholarships for the athletics, performing arts, and science departments. Students may pursue 140 scholarships with the completion of the institutional scholarship application.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's degree, certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 17,957 students, all undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Schools and Programs 4 schools, over 200 areas of study**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Certificate: Business Administration and Management (133)*
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities (627)
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 4% within normal time
14% within 150% of normal time
20% within double normal time*
Admission Rate Open admission policy*
Entering Class Size 3,060 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 61% for full-time and 45% for part-time students*
Application Due Date 30 days before the academic term begins**
Tuition (2011-2012) Estimated full-time cost was $3,652 for in-district students, $6,142 for in-state students, and $10,132 for out-of-state students (tuition only)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving it) In 2010: Federal grants (28%), state and local grants (7%), institutional scholarship (3%), federal loans (16%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 43% in 2010*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator, **Anne Arundel Community College, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 101 College Parkway Arnold, MD 21012-1895
  • Phone: (410) 777-2246
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