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Academic Experience

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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: At least for me it's great. I've had the opportunity to participate in the Honors Program and have access to some of the more challenging classes. They had the added benefit of small class sizes. More math and science classes in that program would make it better. Even in classes which the Honors Program did not offer I had excellent instructors whose rigorous classes exceeded expectations. For example, my biology instructor was a genetics researcher at Yale. Not only was he super qualified, but he was demanding and fair.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Some courses were challenging, but I came across a professor who really did not know what he was doing as far as coursework and the way he taught, that class was a waste of the semester.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: It's interesting very in depth information. The workload isn't every overwhelming it's just enough to keep you learning. This program has a group of people who you can meet with regards to any new information about your degree and they have workshops as well.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: A very good academic experience so far, with the very best of professors, always ready and willing to help a student out in any possible way they can.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: This year a new instructor is the primary professor for my major. He is awesome! He gives each student feedback and he is patient and encouraging. My classmates and I had the privilege of being his first class at this college. I learned a lot from him and I look forward to being in his class next semester.

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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 183 responses

  • 27% Applicable to the real world
  • 25% Learned a lot of new things
  • 24% Will advance my career
  • 12% Learned a few new things
  • 9% Will help me switch careers
  • 2% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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