The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)

7201 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore, MD

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The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) is a two-year college comprised of three primary campuses and two satellite campuses in Maryland.CCBC also offers distance learning programs, and more than 100 academic degree and certificate programs. CCBC offers excellent transfer programs for students planning to transition into four-year universities to complete their bachelor's degrees.

High-achieving students at CCBC can join one of the honors programs to gain enhanced learning experiences and guaranteed admission to a four-year college or university. CCBC has affiliations with many four-year institutions, including Loyola College, College of Notre Dame, Towson University, and more.

Academic resources for students at CCBC include academic advising, international study and travel programs, developmental education, service learning, learning communities, a career training center, and job placement services, among others.


The Community College of Baltimore County was founded in 1957. The Catonsville branch originally operated out of the Catonsville High School basement. The college got its own campus in Catonsville in 1962. The Essex branch originally operated out of Kenwood High School. It got its own campus in the 1960s. In 1970, CCBC founded its Dundalk Campus.


The academic calendar for CCBC follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and a series of shorter summer sessions. There is also a short 3-week winter session available.

Colleges and Schools

  • School of Applied and Information Technology
  • School of Business, Social Sciences, Wellness and Education
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Justice
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Mathematics and Science

Student Life

At CCBC, campus involvement in student clubs and organizations is encouraged to foster "co-curricular learning." The mission and purpose of the Student Life Program at CCBC is: "To provide a comprehensive program that provides cultural, social, recreational, health and wellness, and an intellectual environment for all."

Student clubs, organizations and activities cover a broad range of interests, including fine arts, performing arts, sports, pop culture, student government, horticulture, and philosophy, to name a few.

Student services at CCBC include tutoring, counseling, advising, testing, career training, and more.


CCBC offers athletic programs at all three of its primary campuses: Catonsville (Cardinals), Dundalk (Lions) and Essex (Knights). Students should contact the athletics department at each campus to find out which sports programs are based there. CCBC men's and women's athletic teams compete in intercollegiate sports at the state, regional and national levels.

Intercollegiate athletics at CCBC include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse         
  • Soccer 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

CCBC is comprised of three primary campuses and two satellite campuses in Maryland. The three primary CCBC campuses are:

  • CCBC Catonsville
  • CCBC Dundalk
  • CCBC Essex 

The two CCBC satellite campuses are:

  • CCBC Owings Mills Extension Center
  • CCBC Hunt Valley Extension Center
  • CCBC Randallstown Extension Center 

The CCBC Distance Learning program provides easy-access alternatives to commuting to one of the campuses.

Community Life

CCBC offers many programs to the community. Programs that benefit local businesses include training for businesses, such as food safety, health care, workplace literacy, applied technology, and command Spanish, among others. Community education is available for life enrichment, adult literacy, children and young adults, career training, internships, and more. Performing arts productions are available to community members through the Catonsville Community Theatre Company, the Dundalk Community Theater, Senior Start Showcase, and the theatre, dance and music departments.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. 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 estimates are:
    • State Residents: $2,500-$3,100
    • Out-of-State: $7,300-$8,726
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $110-$130 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $300-$360 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 Aid68%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships61%$4,541
Receiving Student Loans18%$5,327

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 13%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, The Community College of Baltimore County may offer student services like:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • 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 this school compared to community colleges in Maryland, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 CCBCBaltimore CountyMaryland
Graduation Rate10.3%-14.5%
Transfer-out Rate11.0%-19.1%

Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities

The list of colleges and universities below are popular among students transferring out of The Community College of Baltimore County. Visit the following school profiles to get admissions information, including admissions requirements and contact information:

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: CCBC - Essex

  • Law Program
    • Accredited by the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (since 2005)
    • Find all the other law programs in Maryland
  • Funeral Service Education Program
    • Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 1991)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1987)

Campus: The Community College of Baltimore County

  • Funeral Service Education Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 1991)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2008)
  • Massage Therapy & Bodywork Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (since 2007)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1971)
  • Radiation Therapist Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 2009)
  • Music Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation (since 1974)
  • Theatre Program
    • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation (since 1972)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)

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 (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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