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Frederick Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Frederick Community College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial info to make an informed decision.

About Frederick Community College

Frederick Community College, located in Frederick, Maryland, was founded in 1957. It originally started as an evening school at Frederick High School and moved to its current location at Opossumtown Pike. The retention rate of the college is ranked first among Maryland community colleges. Frederick is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


This offers associate's degrees and one but less than two years certificates. There are over 70 academic and continuing education programs and most students choose transfer programs for the purpose of pursuing a bachelor's degree at a college. The majority of associate's degrees awarded in 2011 were in liberal arts, business, and health. The three most popular certificate programs were health, business and liberal arts.

Teacher certification, study abroad, distance learning and weekend-evening courses are learning options at Frederick Community College. Students can also seek employment services, remedial services, placement service for completers, on-campus daycare and academic-career counseling if necessary.


Frederick Community College has an open admissions policy. Applicants who are 16 years old or older, have a high school diploma or equivalent, are taking a program of study that is leading to a diploma or equivalent, and have shown the ability to thrive in college are qualified. Potential students have to complete and submit an application for admission, a copy of high school or college transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, Advanced Placement scores, Military transcripts, or CLEP scores. Every new incoming student has to take assessment tests for writing, reading, and math as well as attend an advising session.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at Frederick Community College for 2012-2013 is $181.10 per credit hour for in-county residents, $309.10 for out-of-county residents, and $393.10 for out-of-state residents. Other fees include instructional materials fees, student activity fees, capital fees, comprehensive registration fees, and technology fees. The estimated expenses for books and supplies during the 2011-2012 school year were $1,200.

Students who are interested in financial aid have to complete the FAFSA form. In 2011, Frederick Community College awarded students an average of $3,763 in grant or scholarship aid.

School Type 2-year, Public*
Degrees Offered Associate's, one but less than two years certificate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Small City*
Student Body 6,269 (all undergraduate)*
Student Housing None*
Schools and Programs Seven academic departments**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Associate's: Liberal Arts (423)
Certificate: Health (64)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 18% (for students who began their studies in Fall 2008)*
Admission Rate Open Admissions*
Entering Class Size 1,459 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 64% (full-time students in 2011 )*
Application Due Date Rolling Admissions*
Tuition In 2011-2012: $3,318 for in-district students, $6,542 for in-state students, $8,674 per semester for out-of-state students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (25%), Pell grants (25%), State-local grants (9%), Federal student loans (10%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 41% in 2011 for full time beginning undergraduates*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Frederick Community College , ***IPEDS Data Center

School Contact Information

  • Address: 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702
  • Phone: 301-624-2716
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