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51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD

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Montgomery College (MC) is a three-campus, two-year institution of higher learning, offering more than 130 areas of study in both credit and noncredit programs. It also offers Workforce Development & Continuing Education Programs for students who are in career transition, reentering the workforce, maintaining cur­rent technical skills, or seeking continuing educational enrichment.

Students may work towards an Associate of Arts degree in Arts degree in liberal and fine arts, business, computer sciences and technologies and general studies. Studies in engineering, sciences or nursing can lead to an Associate of Science degree. Other programs of study at MC are designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year universities to complete their bachelor's degree. Professional certificates and letters of completion are awarded to students completed one of MC's many workforce development programs.

A Bioscience Education Center and a 40-acre Science and Technology Park are soon slated for construction. To support its programs in health sciences and visual and performing arts, Montgomery College has opened new health sciences facilities and a performing arts center with a 500-seat theater and a dance studio.

Other programs at MC include an Honors Program for high-achieving students, Renaissance Scholars for honors students who wish to earn credit for work or travel experience, and Montgomery Scholars for outstanding high school graduates, among others.

History

The first classes were held at Montgomery College in the evenings at a local high school in1946. The initial student enrollment was 186 men and women. Over the years, the college expanded to become a multi-campus institution serving thousands of students.

Academics

The academic calendar for Montgomery College follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters. It also offers a short winter "Intersession," and two short summer sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The academic units at Montgomery College are divided into departments that cover study areas ranging from accounting and anthropology, to business and science, or engineering to music and theatre.

Student Life

Montgomery College offers many student clubs and organizations for involvement, with particular focus on groups that encourage students to explore the world around them. MC has a very diverse student body, and is committed to supporting all students through a variety of campus events, including World Peace Day, International Student Week, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Arab American Heritage Month, the World Arts Festival, and more.

Intramural sports and athletics are available, as are opportunities for service learning and volunteerism.  Students have plenty of access to arts and entertainment through performances produced at the Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring, the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, the Black Box Theatre, Summer Dinner Theatre, a College Music Concert Series, a variety of music ensembles, and a selection of art galleries on all three MC campuses.

Athletics

The athletics teams at Montgomery College are represented as both the "Knights" and the "Gryphons." These teams participate in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Montgomery College is comprised of three campuses:

  • Germantown Campus
  • Rockville Campus
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus (MC's first campus)

Community Life

Montgomery College is located in the center of the Washington, D.C. metro area, in a very diverse community. All the history, culture, recreation and entertainment offered by a major metropolitan city is within easy distance. The student body of MC also reflects a diverse community, with the students representing a wide range of ages and origins.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,600. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $25 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $3,400-$4,000
    • Out-of-State: $9,400-$11,300
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $110-$130 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $310-$380 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid55%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships48%$5,023
Receiving Student Loans16%$3,995

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 7%.

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Student Services

To help support students, Montgomery College may provide services like:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for MC compared to community colleges in Maryland, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 MCMontgomery CountyMaryland
Graduation Rate15.0%-14.5%
Transfer-out Rate29.3%-19.1%

Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities

The following 4-year schools are popular destinations for many students of Montgomery College to transfer out to. You can click on the school profiles below to get additional admissions information:

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Montgomery College Takoma Park Campus

  • Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.) Program
    • Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (since 1996)
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1972)
  • Registered Nurse (RN) Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program

Campus: Montgomery College

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

  • Building and Construction Finishing, Management and Inspection (A, C)
  • Electrician (C)

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

  • Architectural Drafting cad (A, C)
  • Computer Systems Technology (A, C)

English Language and Literature

  • Technical and Business Writing (C)

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Ethnic Studies (C)

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Child Care Provider (A, C)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation (A, C)
  • Sign Language (A)

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

  • Restaurant, Culinary and Catering Management (C)

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

  • Biology Technician, Biotechnology Laboratory Technician (A, C)

Security and Protective Services

  • Fire Protection and Safety Technology (A, C)
  • Police Science (A)
  • Crisis, Emergency, Disaster Management (C)

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Commercial and Advertising Art (A, C)
  • Commercial Photography (A, C)
  • Interior Design (A, C)
  • Art Studies (A)

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