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Why This Matters


    There are 18 two-year institutions that grant associate degrees in Maryland, according to College Navigator.


    According to College Board, the average Maryland resident paid an estimated $4,905 in tuition and fees at in-district community colleges during the 2022-23 school year.


    The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 370,718 students attending two-year institutions during the 2020-21 school year received some type of financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best community colleges in Maryland. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality for post-secondary institutions. We included small, midsize, and large colleges as well as trade, technical, and vocational programs. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications like the U.S. News & World Report among others to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (MSCHE), a reputable organization that examines objectives, quality and overall effectiveness of education programs in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the student resources provided for students. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

The Top 50 Community Colleges in Maryland

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Carroll Community College

Allegany College of Maryland

Chesapeake College

College of Southern Maryland

Cecil College

Anne Arundel Community College

Garrett College

Baltimore City Community College

Community College of Baltimore County

Frederick Community College

Howard Community College

Hagerstown Community College

Harford Community College

Prince George's Community College

Montgomery College

Wor-Wic Community College

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What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in Maryland

When deciding where to attend community college, you should consider your career and earning potential. In 2021, the top five highest paying careers for associate degree holders in Maryland were air traffic controllers, dental hygienists, engineering technicians, funeral home managers, and aerospace engineering technicians.

Maryland job-seekers with an associate degree should examine fields that tend to have high employment rates. Occupations expected to have the most job openings in the next decade are preschool teachers, paralegal and legal assistants, computer network support specialists, radiologic technicians, and physical therapy assistants.

When reviewing potential career paths, associate degree holders should also take into account which fields are expected to see a decline in the employment rate. In Maryland, the jobs that are projected to undergo a decline include desktop publishers, funeral home managers, morticians, and nuclear technicians.

What’s Next?

While researching community colleges, you should consider which financial aid opportunities are available to you. This list describes some of the federal and state resources that can connect associate degree students with grants, scholarships, loans, and financial aid opportunities in Maryland.

  • Maryland Higher Education Commission. The Maryland Higher Education Commission facilitates access to a wide range of financial aid programs, including grants, scholarships, state loans, and work-study opportunities.
  • Federal Student Aid. The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid offers over $120 billion in financial aid every year. To see if you are eligible for a FAFSA scholarship or grant, visit the FAFSA4caster. You can also apply through the online FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. Sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerOneStop provides extensive information about the different scholarships available in each state, including details about award amounts, qualifications, and deadlines.

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