Located just minutes from historic Frederick near the Catoctin Mountains, the 110-acre campus of Frederick College is 40 miles from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The Frederick County campus boasts a conference center and 10 academic buildings.
In the fall of 1957, 77 students enrolled for the first courses offered by Frederick Community College. Classes were held at Frederick High School, and there were nine students in the graduating class of 1959. By 1963, the enrollment reached 248 students and the college moved from Frederick High School to a site on North Market Street in Frederick. The present campus was formally dedicated in 1971.
Student services include career planning -- job fairs, resume preparation, resume referral, career counseling, a careers library, a job bank and job interviews. Other services include student employment services, financial aid counseling, on-campus daycare, placement for graduates, veterans' counseling and women's services. The Multicultural Student Services Program provides assistance for ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) students. There are also adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and off-campus study programs at Hood College and Mount Saint Mary's College.
Opened in 1995, the Library Building is the largest building on campus. It includes interactive classrooms, more than 50,000 books and 300 serials, a video production studio, a computer graphics laboratory, a language laboratory, a satellite downlink and a small teleconferencing center. The library has acquired a collection of 500 electronic books in the fields of current affairs, psychology and literature. An online collection of business journals includes approximately 3,000 full-text periodicals. Titles cover business and related fields in finance, industry and economics.
Academic Hall contains more than two dozen classrooms equipped with a TV and an overhead screen. Each room is capable of receiving signals from the teleconferencing center on campus. Science and Technology Hall contains chemistry, biology and computer laboratories, as well as general classroom seating space.
The most popular majors include business/marketing, health sciences and liberal arts. Other majors available include biology, wildlife management, engineering, mechanical/equipment repair, parks/recreation and protective services.
Clubs and organizations on campus are as diverse as the student population. Of the more than 20 clubs available, some of the unique ones include: The Nursing Students Association, which helps nursing students develop a professional identity; the S.T.A.R. Group (Self-help, Talk And Recovery), which offers support for those overcoming problems relating to drugs and/or alcohol use; the Students for Healthy Lifestyles Club, which encourages physical fitness; the G.R.E.A.T. Group (Gay/lesbian Resources for Education and Trust), which offers social and support services; and the Outdoor Adventure Club, which offers caving, climbing, camping, white water rafting and backpacking excursions. There is also a Fencing Club, a Science-Technology Club and an Aviation Maintenance Club.
Frederick also has several arts-related clubs. The Drum Circle Ensemble, which focuses on African and Latin drumming styles, provides a meeting place for campus and community percussionists.
The FCC Campus Drama Group produces six plays each season in the 400-seat Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, located in the Arts and Student Center. Open to everyone on campus, the center also holds workshops, welcomes visiting artists and organizes theater trips to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.
In recent years, Frederick athletics have enjoyed national success. In 2002, the basketball team placed second in the country and the women's basketball and golf teams also competed in national championships. A member of NJCAA, the Frederick Cougars compete in intercollegiate baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball. The College Field House features a gymnasium with four basketball courts, five volleyball courts and four badminton courts. Students also have access to a fully equipped weight room, a mirrored activity room, locker rooms and showers. Outdoors, the college maintains six tennis courts, a quarter-mile six-lane track, a cross-country course, a softball field, a baseball field and a soccer-skills rebound wall.
After more than 40 years, the college's mission remains simple and unchanged -- to serve the academic needs of the students and the community. Students benefit from a selection of nearly 500 classes and the Frederick County community enjoys free arts programs, gallery exhibits and athletic events.