The college began in 1961 with only 270 students learning out of Severna Park High School. Six years later, AACC established a permanent home at its 165-acre Arnold campus. A year later, the school achieved full accreditation. Now the Arnold campus sits on more than 230 acres of land and is drawing students from around the globe.
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A fully accredited, public, two-year institution, AACC enrolled a record high 57,726 credit and noncredit students in about 2,800 credit and noncredit courses in fiscal year 2006.
Credit programs may lead to an associate degree, a certificate or a letter of recognition. Students may prepare for transfer to a four-year institution or for an immediate career.
- Average credit student age: 22
- Fall 2006 tuition per credit hour:
Anne Arundel County resident: $86
Residents of other Maryland counties: $165
Out-of-state resident, foreign student: $292
"We continue to create new programs to meet expanding workforce needs in fields such as homeland security, information systems security and K-12 education," AACC President Martha A. Smith said. "This fall, for example, we are enrolling students in our new degree programs of Homeland Security Management and Information Systems Security."
AACC truly embraces the community. The college offers convenient and unique ways for students to learn, including offering more than 90 sites around the county where students can attend classes.
Additionally, AACC offers online courses and hybrid courses. Hybrid courses combine the ease of online courses with the benefit of face-to-face interaction. In these courses, students take the course online but meet with the professor once a week, whereas with online courses, students take the class entirely through the Internet and e-mail and never meet with their professor.
With more than 60 clubs and organizations, every student can find a way to fulfill interests outside of the classroom. Students can join the staff of the Campus Crier Newspaper, the concert band or even any of the several religious organizations on campus.
The school also offers courses for seniors and children. Seniors who are age 55 and older and disabled retirees can take senior courses, which include classes in computers, exercise and world religions. Highlights of AACC's Kids in College program include classes in tennis, Japanese anime, chess, Irish dance, Spanish, PC repair basics and cooking. AACC also reaches out to companies in the area.
"Our Center for Workforce Solutions partners with employers around the county to offer training to companies' employees," AACC President Martha A. Smith said. "We also now offer an extensive lineup of preparatory training for licensures and certifications."
With so many options available, AACC is a great choice for any student who wants a quality education close to home.