Frederick, Maryland (MD) Colleges and Universities

Jul 13, 2020

The six traditional college options in and around Frederick, MD, include three 2-year community colleges and three 4-year private schools. The 4-year universities all offer master's degrees as well as bachelor's degrees. For those considering study in Frederick, here we use data from the National Center for Education Statistics to compare the schools according to their proximity to the city, their size, their tuition fees and their graduation rates, to give you a solid overview of Frederick's options.

Closest Schools to Frederick, Maryland

Frederick itself has only two schools located within it, while the next closest options are found within surrounding towns. If proximity to the city center is important to you, then Hood College stands out as a good option, as it is the only school located directly within downtown Frederick. The other schools are situated as follows:

  • Frederick Community College (5.8 miles from downtown Frederick)
  • Mount St. Mary's University - Emmitsburg (18.1 miles from Frederick)
  • Carroll Community College - Westminster (20.8 miles from Frederick)
  • McDaniel College - Westminster (20.8 miles from Frederick)
  • Hagerstown Community College - Hagerstown (24.9 miles from Frederick)

Largest Schools Near Frederick, Maryland

The six schools near Frederick range in size from around 6,000 students to 2,000 students. The three largest schools are the public schools, while the three smallest are the private non-profit schools. The largest school is Frederick Community College, which enrolled 6,000 students in the 2018-2019 school year. The populations of the other schools near Frederick are as follows:

  • Hagerstown Community College - Hagerstown (4,156 students)
  • Carroll Community College - Westminster (3,050 students)
  • McDaniel College - Westminster (2,780 students)
  • Hood College - Frederick (2,005 students)
  • Mount St. Mary's University - Emmitsburg (2,406 students)

Lowest Net Price

Cost is another important factor when considering prospective schools. The NCES calculates the net price for colleges and universities in the United States by subtracting the average amount of financial aid that full-time undergraduate students receive from the total cost of attendance. Although some of the schools in the vicinity of Frederick have net prices above $20,000, there are several less expensive options. The three most affordable schools are all public schools. The following list shows the five schools with the lowest net prices, according to 2018-2019 NCES data:

  • Carroll Community College - Westminster ($3,976)
  • Frederick Community College ($6,239)
  • Hagerstown Community College - Hagerstown ($6,997)
  • McDaniel College - Westminster ($19,304)
  • Hood College - Frederick ($24,567)

Highest Graduation Rate

The graduation rates of schools in the Frederick area vary between the public and private non-profit schools, with the three private schools achieving rates between 65% and 69%, while the three public schools have rates between 29% and 35%. The NCES calculates overall graduation rates based on the percentage of full-time undergrad students who graduate within 150% of the 'normal time' that it takes to complete a degree program (e.g., 6 years to complete a bachelor's degree). The school with the highest rate as of the 2018-2019 academic year is McDaniel College in Westminster, with 69% of its students graduating in normal time. The rest are as follows:

  • Mount St. Mary's University - Emmitsburg (69% graduation rate)
  • Hood College - Frederick (65% graduation rate)
  • Frederick Community College (35% graduation rate)
  • Carroll Community College - Westminster (31% graduation rate)
  • Hagerstown Community College - Hagerstown (29% graduation rate)

Frederick and its surrounding area offers a range of schooling options, and we hope this data can help students decide on the institution right for them, depending on how they prioritize location, cost, graduation rates and school size.

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