Academic Experience

Location
Baltimore, MD
Undergrads
8,373
Tuition (in-state)
$9,012 ($6,152)
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3 College Student

Academic Experience: I am perusing an Associates in Science currently at CCBC. Some unique aspects of my program is being able to learn about the world around you from a scientific stand point. The workload is not difficult as long as you put in the time and effort to get the grade you desire. As for the actual classes the curriculum requires, some of the classes required for the AS program they have at the campus are not always available that semester forcing some students to either take other classes in its stead, or travel farther to a different campus which offers it (and sometimes not even other campuses offer it!). This option is not always feasible for some students. As far as the actual curriculum itself, I'd say the classes required are just. They cover the particular fields of science you need to progress to a four-year school of your choice. The facilities, I believe are upheld quite nicely. I've never had a bad experience using them at my campus. The internship/job opportunities at the campus are quite unknown to me, as I have not applied to any internships at this campus. My internship would be best suited for my major elsewhere.

3 College Student

Academic Experience: The Academics offered at my school are quite average I'd say. Now granted, I have not experienced every professor of every class on the campus, but I have run into quite a few professors that just don't really do their job well enough to be a college instructor. Ratemyprofessor.com has also given me some insight at other students experiences with professors I have either already taken or would plan on taking due to the classes that are required for my major. Many bad reviews on most of the science teachers that instruct the classes I need, at the times that are most feasible with my college schedule. I am paying good money for these classes and sometimes its a little disappointing that so many other students have had bad experiences when it can reflect their GPA/College experience. These ratings are only subjective though, as everyone's opinion varies. With that being said, there are also a good amount of amazing professors on campus that are knowledgeable about their field. They enjoy teaching it, and can express the information to the students in a way to which it will stick in their minds and make it fun in the process. Those are the kinds of professors that I'd want for the rest of my college experience.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Make sure, if any, to take all prerequisite classes, so you can start on time and graduate on time.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: For professors, they want students to come to their office hours if you need help or want to look for opportunities. Also take notes so may have PowerPoints that can be printed out and take the class the next day.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The application process is super quick and easy. The advisor hours are very accomadating to a full time working adult and for my intended major (Nursing) they even have weekend and evening coursework. The school's tuition is reasonably priced. I have found other community colleges to be a tad bit cheaper when it comes to credit and lab fees, but the trade off is the hassle and extra (unnecessary) coursework. CCBC streamlines you for your career set up.

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  • 129th
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  • 1286th
    Best Class Availability
  • 1411st
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 1569th
    Most Accessible Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lawanda Johnson
Hometown
Baltimore
Major
English
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The academic experience at the Community College of Baltimore County is very diverse, mainly because there are five campuses located in the Baltimore county area. CCBC is located in Catonsville, Dundalk, Essex, Hunt Valley, and Owings Mills. On each campus, every student is assigned an academic adviser to make the transition from high school to college run smoothly or to make the transfer student feel more at home. An academic adviser will set out the general requirements for a student's major. The areas of study that are available at CCBC include art, astronomy, criminal justice, environmental science, and even massage therapy. There are courses that are lecture only; however, the experience is still worthwhile.

Inside many classrooms are computers, while others are designed strictly for lectures. Either way, it isn't what's in the classroom that counts, but how the class is taught that makes the experience. In many environmental science courses, field trips are offered to give students a more hands-on experience. In every department, the professors are dedicated to their work and students. Even after leaving the classroom, students will learn something new by interpreting the lectures through real world experiences.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
426
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
990
Full-Time Retention Rate
49%
Part-Time Retention Rate
37%
Transfer-Out Rate
15%
Graduation Rate
8%
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
70
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other: Unknown
  • Police and Criminal Science: Unknown
  • Registered Nursing (RN): Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: Yes
Class Sizes
Class sizes are usually pretty small, with an average student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.
Student/Professor Relationships
Professors are generally very helpful. You can ask them questions, and they are always willing to help. They basically just want students to succeed.
Testing & Grading Procedures
It varies from instructor to instructor, but generally the final exam holds the most weight in terms of grading.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
The lectures are often based on PowerPoint presentations and can sometimes be unbearable. The field trips outside of class are a welcome change from the day-to-day lectures.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
Be prepared for lectures. Typically, a course mostly consists of lectures with some class activities and homework thrown in. There's usually a final exam at the end.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • How awesome college life can be, but how much work it is
  • What I was going to major in
Tips to Succeed
Stick with it, and it will be worth it in the end.
Full-Time Faculty
433
Female Faculty
59%
Male Faculty
41%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 12%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 1%
Average Faculty Salary
$63,584
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • The Dundalk campus houses the Baltimore County police training academy.
  • The Catonsville, Dundalk, and Essex campuses each have an honors program for day and evening students.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 141 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 24% Will advance my career
  • 23% Learned a lot of new things
  • 12% Learned a few new things
  • 10% Will help me switch careers
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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