In order to help you make the best decision about your education, you can learn here about size, location, cost and graduation rates for trade schools in Maryland, according to information from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Maryland Trade Schools Near Large Cities
There aren't many trade schools located in large cities in Maryland according to the NCES. However, several may be found in small cities, or large suburbs of cities. The Community College of Baltimore County, for instance, is located near the major city of Baltimore, MD, and offers associate's degrees and certificates which can be completed in one year or less. Other schools in small cities or suburbs of cities are listed below.
- Allegany College of Maryland (Cumberland)
- Prince George's Community College (Largo)
- Frederick Community College (Frederick)
- Howard Community College (Columbia)
- Montgomery College (Rockville)
Largest Trade Schools in Maryland
The largest trade school in Maryland is Montgomery College, with a student population of 25,320. Located in the small city of Rockville, this public, two-year college offers certificates and associate's degrees. The next largest trade schools in Maryland are listed below.
- The Community College of Baltimore County (22,179)
- Prince George's Community College (13,228)
- Howard Community College (9,632)
- College of Southern Maryland (8,166)
- Frederick Community College (6,197)
Lowest Net Price
The NCES calculates net price by subtracting the average amount of aid received by undergraduate students from the total cost of full-time attendance. Information here is based on the 2014-2015 academic year. The following schools have the lowest net cost, per the NCES:
- Chesapeake College ($4,784)
- Frederick Community College ($5,381)
- Hagerstown Community College ($6,191)
- Garrett College ($6,758)
- Cecil College ($7,082)
Highest Graduation Rate
The NCES reports a school's graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, undergraduate students who complete their degree in 150% of normal time. The figures below represent data for students who began their studies in fall 2009. While some people may look at a school's graduation rate as a sign of its overall success, the figures do not account for part-time students, who make up a majority at many Maryland trade schools.
- North American Trade Schools (75%)
- Brightwood College-Beltsville (70%)
- Brightwood College-Baltimore (63%)
- Lincoln College of Technology-Columbia (60%)
- Frederick Community College (27%)
There are many options if you're looking for a trade school in Maryland, whether you want an urban campus, a large student body, or the best value tuition.