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About FCC

Welcome to Frederick Community College!

We transform individuals and communities through learning.

Frederick Community College (FCC) is a public college accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). FCC is distinguished by its quality and affordability, making it attainable and valuable for local students. Accredited programs, comprehensive instruction, and affordable costs of attendance have made FCC the learning destination for nearly 30,000 graduates since 1957.

In traditional and alternative learning environments, we anticipate and respond to the needs of our local, regional, and global communities. FCC recognizes the different learning needs and preferences of students and offers instruction in flexible learning formats that include day, evening, weekend, online, and hybrid options. In addition, FCC offers current high school students access to college courses through its Open Campus and High School-Based Dual Enrollment programs. 

FCC offers 55 associate degree programs and areas of concentration, 39 certificate, and 51 subject areas in continuing education through credit and Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD).

Explore our wide variety of program options designed for career and transfer students, and those studying for job credentials, professional development, and personal enrichment.


Mission Statement

Focused on teaching and learning, Frederick Community College provides affordable, flexible access to lifelong education that responds to the needs of diverse learners and the community.



FCC Strategic Plan, Priorities, Accreditation, and Self-Study




Engaging all learners in critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and skills
 Encouraging creative thinking, technological solutions, and alternative approaches to advance learning and student success 
Being culturally conscious and inclusive by embracing the visible and invisible human differences that affect the learning and success of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the community
Providing educational experiences and programming that reflect high academic standards, quality instruction, and exemplary student support
Responding to the needs of Frederick County with accessible, affordable education while encouraging engagement, communication, and collaboration within and beyond the College
Applying fair and ethical standards in all policies, procedures, and practices

Student Profile


14,190 Total Headcount in Fiscal Year 2023
person icon 8,530 Credit Students Served
person icon6,064Continuing Education & Workforce
Development (CEWD) Student Served
person icon 426 Students took both Credit and CEWD



Credit Student Profile
gender 56% Female 43% Male <1% Non-Binary
Frederick County 92% From Frederick County
3 people 43% Students of Color 22% Adult Learners (25+)
CEWD Student Profile
gender 54% Female 44% Male 2% Non-Binary
Frederick County 89% From Frederick County
3 people 21% Students of Color 42% Adult Learners (25+)


Additional Credit Student Details


globe 32 Countries of Origin
pie chart 25% First-Generation College Students (Self-Report)
dollar sign hand 26% of Students Receive Financial Aid
pie chart 25% of 2022 FCPS Graduates Attended FCC within 1 year of HS Completion

Student Outcomes

Spring and Fall 2022 79%Course Completion Rate
Spring and Fall 2022 and Spring 2023
Within 3 Years of Entry First-time, full-time, degree seeking students, Fall 2019 - Spring 2022 22% Graduation Rate
Within 3 Years of Entry
First-time, full-time,
degree seeking students,
Fall 2020 - Spring 2023
Within 3 Years of Entry First-time, full-time, degree seeking students, Fall 2019 - Spring 2022 7% Transfer Rate
Within 3 Years of Entry
First-time, full-time,
degree seeking students,
Fall 2020 - Spring 2023
Fall 2021 to Fall 2022 65% Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate
Fall 2022 to Fall 2023



Associate Degree and Certificate Graduates by Fiscal Year FY19: 915 Graduates, FY20: 910 Graduates, FY21: 957 Graduates, FY22: 931 Graduates
Income Growth of Career Program Graduates FY16 Graduates: $17,052 / $43,392, 
FY17 Graduates: $19,200 / $44,968, 
FY18 Graduates: $22,752 / $44,552,
FY19 Graduates: $20,800 / $51,488

Top 5 Areas of Study

Healthcare 1 Health Sciences
Business 3 Business
General Studies 4 General Studies
Arts 5 Arts and Humanities

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Employee Profile

As of Fall 2023:
person icon 1210Total Employees 890 # Instructional Faculty 320 # Non-Instructional Employees
Male-Female62% Female Employees 38% Male Employees <1% Non-Binary Employees
Frederick County 20% Employees of Color


Frederick Community College (FCC) has grown from humble beginnings from its founding in 1957. There 77 students enrolled in the first classes held at FCC in the evening at Frederick High School in 1957. FCC was among the first four of the current 16 community colleges in Maryland. Nine students comprised the first graduating class of the College in 1959.
FCC moved to its second location on North Market Street in downtown Frederick in 1966, expanding programs to include day and evening classes. Meanwhile, continued growth and the need for a larger facility prompted a parallel search for a permanent home. County officials bought the Maude L. Thomas farm on Opossumtown Pike, and FCC employees helped move the College to its current location in 1970.
In 1977-78 academic year, a quarter-century after its founding, the fall enrollment for the college was 1,802 and there were 180 graduates. Over the next decade, the enrollment for the College had grown by 68% to 3,036 students. In Fall 2007, the College entered its fiftieth year and had an enrollment of 5,152 and had nearly 700 graduates.
Today, FCC students of all ages, backgrounds, and aspirations take credit and Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) courses annually on the main campus, at off-site locations including the Monroe Center, virtually, and even in their high schools for high school-based dual enrolled students. FCC strives to be an academic leader nationwide, while being a catalyst for economic growth. The College prepares students for the marketplace as they acquire immediate job skills, pursue degrees, or enrich their lives through lifelong learning.
In recent years, the College has added a vibrant Student Center, revamped its Library facilities into a modern Learning Commons, expanded its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) laboratories and classrooms, and opened an intimate Studio Theater. Jefferson Hall was remodeled to better serve students as they register, inquire about financial aid, or meet with counselors. The Monroe Center has been renovated to better serve the workforce development needs of our community and is now collocated with Frederick County Workforce Services.

Frederick County Maryland

Population Frederick County
Population: 279,835
Theatre Vibrant Arts & Theatre Community
Baseball Minor League & Social Sports
Downtown Historic Downtown & Small Business Shopping
Restaurants 400+
Restaurants & Eateries
Mountains 20 Minutes to the Appalachian Trail
Shell 3.5 Hours
to the Beach
Maryland 1 Hour to Baltimore, MD & Washington, D.C.
Farm Frederick County:
Home to 1300+ farms


For additional historical information and data, please visit the FCC Office of Planning, Assessment and Institutional Research.

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Frederick Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street - 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801. The college completed its last decennial institutional self study in 2016 and its reaccreditation was reaffirmed by the Middle States Commission in June 2016. The Statement of Accreditation Status can be foundhere. For more information contact: 301.846.2442.