Academic Experience

Location
Frederick, MD
Undergrads
2,179
Tuition (in-state)
$8,257 ($6,058)
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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Once you know your major you can put all of your effort into the major

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Class registration is easy to use

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: Some programs are very useful and some are waste of time. But i'd have to say the school has alot to offer in academic success in every individual.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: All of the instructors are very talented (some famous even) in my field of study! Workload is average and job opportunities are widely ranged.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: General Education majors I find is more enjoyable. I have taken a lot of classes I would not have taken if I had a specific major. I am learning what I want to do and what I don't by majoring in Gen Ed.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 207th
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 379th
    Best Class Availability
  • 848th
    Most Accessible Professors
  • 1457th
    Best Class Sizes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kathleen Cayer
Hometown
All over the place
Major
Emergency Management
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Instructors at FCC are usually good at keeping in touch with students. For online classes, it's a must. Most instructors are also enthusiastic when it comes to classes. Many bring more to the table than just a lecture. Professors have used table-top exercises, movies, debates, and more to engage students. 

Academically, FCC is strong in most fields of study. The degree programs at FCC are very well planned and incorporate the same types of required courses as four-year institutions. Allied heath is a popular program, as it has many different degrees in the medical field.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
98
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
451
Full-Time Retention Rate
64%
Part-Time Retention Rate
47%
Transfer-Out Rate
24%
Graduation Rate
24%
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
33
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other: Unknown
  • Registered Nursing (RN): Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: Yes
Class Sizes
Classes are small, with a student-teacher ratio of 18:1 at most.
Student/Professor Relationships
Instructors know how to relate to students. Many will go out of their way to help students in their classes, and some even become friends with students after classes are finished. It never hurts to foster a good relationship with an instructor, especially those within your major.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Grading policies differ from instructor to instructor. Some classes are graded based upon participation. Others use quizzes, tests, and homework assignments. Online test grades are calculated automatically, while print tests can take up to a week. All grades are reported online, but some instructors also give a grade sheet when students request it.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
Most classes start on time; rarely does an instructor start late. Some will include PowerPoint presentations, while others will choose movies or exercises.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
Most courses start out with a "who's who" sort of deal. Students and instructors spend time introducing one another and getting into the first bit of the course. Around the middle of the semester, students will take a mid-term exam and most instructors post grades. Some finals are cumulative (meaning everything from the beginning of the semester to the end is included in the test), but the majority are about what was learned from the mid-term on.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • Don't expect to take an 11 a.m. class and find parking readily available. It won't happen. Arrive early to find spots. Parking is hardest to find during popular class times-late morning and early afternoon.
  • Save money for books, because they can be really expensive. Tuition can be paid in small installments, which makes it more affordable, but you have to pay the full price for your books at the time of purchase. Students can buy them online from FCC or from outside sources, which are sometimes cheaper.
Tips to Succeed
Always check with a student adviser. He/she can help you get situated and schedule your required classes. They can also answer other questions pertaining to education at FCC.
Full-Time Faculty
98
Female Faculty
59%
Male Faculty
41%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 89%
Unknown: 1%
Average Faculty Salary
$66,890
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
FCC has 14 different allied health and wellness programs, which culminate in both certificates and degrees.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 33 responses

  • 35% Applicable to the real world
  • 22% Learned a lot of new things
  • 22% Will advance my career
  • 14% Learned a few new things
  • 7% Will help me switch careers
  • 0% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 0% Waste of time

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