College Night at Frederick Community College
Wednesday • October 3 • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
FCC Athletics Center, Gymnasium
Attend Frederick County College Night at Frederick Community College to meet representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities. Get an insider's look at college programs, campus life and so much more.
This information-packed event will highlight financial aid and scholarship opportunities and deliver valuable insight into choosing the right college, navigating admissions, getting ready for the college experience and succeeding throughout your experience in higher education.
Reservations are not required and there is no charge to attend. To attend College Night on Wednesday, October 3 from 6:3O-8:3O p.m. in the FCC Athletics Center, please use the north entrance to the College (across from Monocacy Middle School) for parking.
Explore FCC Programs of Study
Frederick Community College is an excellent choice for many high school graduates. With an average annual enrollment of 17,000 students, the College offers more than 85 academic programs to individuals planning to earn a degree, transfer to a four-year college, or begin a career. Learn more about FCC programs of study.
This comprehensive, information-packed guide features
- Glossary of Common College Terminology
- Questions to Ask College Representatives
- Helpful College Transfer Tips
- Scholarship Search Services
- How to Pay for College
- Web Resources for College Search
- Colleges & Universities at College Night
Frequently Asked Questions About College Admissions
What courses should I take in high school?
Be sure to take math, starting with algebra and continuing through your senior year. Take two or three years of a foreign language. Four years of English with heavy emphasis on writing, two or three years of laboratory science, three or four years of social studies, and some course work in computer science will round out your basic academic preparation.
How important are my high school grades?
When you apply to college, your high school transcript is more important than any other factor, including standardized test scores. Your transcript offers the best evidence that you have a good attitude toward studying, the best predictor for success.
What will my class schedule be like in college?
Freshmen usually take four or five courses each semester. Most classes meet twice a week for an hour and fifteen minutes. Many schools have academic requirements, usually called a core curriculum, for all students which are taken in the freshman and sophomore years. The core curriculum will include English; math; social sciences (history, psychology, sociology, government); and natural sciences (biology, earth science, chemistry, physics). Almost all degrees at both community colleges and universities accept these courses as the foundation for most programs of study or major.
A rule of thumb is that for every hour you spend in class, you should allow two hours outside of class for studying. Twelve credit hours is considered full time. If you wish to graduate from a community college in two years, or from a senior college/university in four years, however, you need to enroll for 15 credit hours every fall and spring semester. Winter and summer course enrollment is also an option.
The times of classes depend upon your lifestyle and when the college schedules the classes you need. All colleges offer daytime courses from early morning into the evening hours. Community colleges offer evening courses for students who work days, and some offer “Weekend College” for people with shifting work schedules, parenting responsibilities, etc.
What is “credit” and how is it calculated?
For every hour you are in class during the week, you earn one college credit. After earning a certain number of credits in specific courses, you earn a degree. Freshman English (EN101) is a three-credit course and meets approximately three hours per week. Biology (BI101) meets approximately three hours per week for lecture and three hours per week for lab, which equals four credit hours.
What is an associate degree?
This degree represents at least two years of study in a specified program or general area. An associate in arts (AA) degree enables a student to transfer to a senior college or university as a junior (third year undergraduate). The associate in applied science (AAS) degree means a student has successfully completed a field of study and is ready for immediate employment in an entry-level position.
What degrees can I earn beyond the associate degree?
Four-year institutions grant bachelor’s degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees). Graduate institutions award master’s degrees (Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Fine Arts degrees), and doctoral degrees (Doctor of Philosophy, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Medicine degrees).
How big are college classes?
In community colleges, classes generally average between 20-25 students. In large universities, freshmen classes can be as large as 300-500 in lecture classes although some classes can be as small as 25-30. Also, many universities have graduate students (teaching assistants) teach the freshmen classes. These “TAs” are working on their master’s or doctorate degrees.
Do community college classes transfer to universities?
Yes, “core” courses easily transfer. If you already know where you want to transfer and have decided upon a major at that university, be sure to work closely with your community college academic advisor to align the community college courses with the exact requirements of the chosen university. In Maryland, the ARTSYS website (http:// artweb.us.md.edu) provides details regarding the transfer of specific courses and programs to four year colleges and universities.
I’m not sure about a career. When do I have to declare a major in college?
You generally don’t have to declare a major until the end of your second year. If you are not absolutely sure of your ultimate major, it’s wise to go to an institution with many undergraduate majors. Then if you want to change your major, you can do so without starting your college search all over again.
How can I visit a college?
Call the admissions office at the college or request information from the college’s website. They’ll send you information about tours and information sessions. Some colleges have overnight stay programs.
My parents are concerned about my safety on campus. What can I tell them?
Colleges are required to publish information regarding safety on their campuses. Annual reports must include statistics on the incidence of crime on campuses and descriptions of campus policies for preventing crime. The reports are available, on request, to students and their parents.
Taking Tests for College • SAT and ACT Exams
The SAT • www.SAT.org
A multiple-choice the SAT exam consists of verbal, math, and writing sections. The verbal questions test your ability to recognize the relationships between pairs of words, between parts of a sentence, and understanding of what you read. The math questions test your ability to solve problems involving arithmetic, elementary algebra, and geometry.
The writing section includes both multiple choice questions and a direct writing section in the form of an essay. You receive three SAT scores (verbal, math, and writing), each reported on a scale of 200 to 800. Each SAT consists of several sections and lasts about four hours. Each section is timed separately, and you will be told when to begin and when to end each section. Your test book may be in a different order than your friend’s, even if you both take the test at the same time.
The Enhanced ACT (American College Test) • www.act.org
The Enhanced ACT assessment is comprised of four tests: English, math, reading, and science. Each of these tests contains multiple-choice questions that offer either four or five answer choices from which you are to choose the correct or best answer.
- The English test is a 75-item, 45-minute test with two sub scores, usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills.
- The math test is a 60-item, 60-minute test with three sub scores, pre-algebra/elementary algebra, intermediate
- algebra/coordinate geometry, and plane geometry/trigonometry.
- The reading test is a 40-item, 35-minute test with two sub scores, social studies/sciences and arts/literature.
- The science test is a 40-item, 35-minute test.
There is also an optional Interest Inventory that students may complete to help them explore career options as they prepare for college.
FCC Study Skills and SAT Prep Courses are Now Enrolling
SAT and ACT Prep classes at Frederick Community College are especially designed to deliver essential tools, proven tips, and important information to help you earn your best score. In-depth instruction focuses on exam structures, successful test-taking techniques, content management strategies, sample exams, and more. Review course descriptions and register online >>
SAT Prep - Math Review
Prepare for success with individualized semiprivate sessions. Acquire test-taking strategies for optimal SAT performance while reviewing geometry, algebra, and mathematics. Bring a calculator and the latest edition of the Barron’s SAT book to class. Homework assignments strengthen learning between sessions. Small class size ensures one-on-one instruction.
SAT Prep - Verbal Review
Get ready to earn your best score with this in-depth review. Study vocabulary, improve reading comprehension, and acquire test-taking strategies for optimal SAT performance. Bring a calculator and the latest edition of the Barron’s SAT book to class. Homework assignments strengthen learning between sessions. Small class size ensures one-on-one instruction.
SAT Strategies – Math
Maximize your test performance by understanding test elements, identifying patterns, and developing a better understanding of the rules and clues. Discussions focus on identifying strategies and methods to earn your best score. Also find out what type of calculator is permitted during testing and learn how to make the best use of its functions.
SAT Strategies - Verbal
Increase your confidence by understanding what types of questions will be asked and discover the best methods for choosing correct answers. Knowing directions prior to the test allows you to focus on questions and reading passages while you're there. Also learn to identify and strengthen your weak spots in order to achieve the best score possible.
Study Skills and Test Taking Strategies for High School Students
Acquire effective strategies and techniques for scoring well on essay, multiple choice, quantitative/math, true/false and open book tests and exams. Discover effective note-taking tips, ways to reduce anxiety, and effective last-minute review (cramming) techniques. Instruction provides solid study skills foundation for high school and college students.
SAT and ACT Exam Scores at FCC
FCC does not require submission of SAT or ACT scores. The College, as do many others, requires completion of placement tests (reading, sentence skills, and math) offered on our campus. However, students who take the national examinations may be exempt from FCC placement testing through the following means:
- Submit a copy of the official SAT or ACT score report to the Admissions Office.
- For exemption from math assessment: score of 530 or above on the math section of the SAT, 21 or above on the math section of the ACT, or earning an A or B in Algebra II or higher in a FCPS high school during your junior or senior year.
- For exemption from the reading and sentence skills assessments:
- score of 480 or above on the critical reading section of the SAT or a composite/average score of 21 or above on reading and writing section of the ACT.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Attend one of our workshops to receive assistance from our financial aid experts and complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Participants will be entered to win one of five $1,000-$2,000 scholarships.
FCC FAFSA Finish Workshop
Frederick Community College Conference Center
Saturday, November 10 • 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Register online for the FAFSA Finish Workshop
beginning October 1
Tips for Transfer Students
Tips and tools to guide you during the transfer process include:
- Decide the academic discipline in which you want to major, and define other important characteristics (like geographic location, cost, or reputation) that you feel are important with regard to the next college you attend.
- Choose several colleges that offer your preferred major. Reference books like Barron’s, Peterson’s Guide, and The College Blue Book are helpful, as are computerized search programs available in counseling. Also, check with a faculty member regarding tips on schools in his/her discipline.
- Visit college websites to check on specific transfer procedures, and to check out the college in general.
- Attend the FCC Transfer Fair each fall and spring, where you have the chance to speak to representatives from many colleges and universities.
- Visit potential transfer colleges to get a sense of the atmosphere there and to compare each school. Interviews are not generally necessary but can be arranged with the admissions office if needed.
- After reviewing transfer student information on the college website, reach out directly to the Admissions Office for further information or to ask questions. This is especially important for out-of-state colleges.
- If SAT scores are required for transfer students, you can get the necessary forms to either take the test or to request the scores by writing or calling The College Board ATP, CN 6200, Princeton, NJ 08541-6200; 609.771.7600. Check the website at collegeboard.com for information about testing dates and how to request your scores.
- When applying to colleges, observe application deadlines and checklists.
- Ask your favorite professors for recommendations, if they are required. Some transfer schools require a statement from the dean of students regarding your success at the current school.
- Request that the registrar’s office send a copy of your transcripts to all the schools to which you are applying. If a college requires high school transcripts, you must request them directly through your high school.
The prime time for fall transfer admissions applications to be submitted is between January 1 and March 1 of the same year. Many schools, however, have much later deadlines. Mid-year transfer requires individual and special information from the potential receiving college about deadline, space availability, and course accessibility.
Frederick Community College
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702