Higher education

September 19, 2005

University System of Maryland at Hagerstown

32 W. Washington St., Hagerstown

The main phone number for the campus is 240-527-2060.

The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown opened in January.

Students can complete bachelor's degrees and earn master's degrees in a variety of programs offered by three universities at the center in the former Baldwin House complex in downtown Hagerstown.

Classes are offered nights and weekends by the University of Maryland Baltimore, the University of Maryland University College and Frostburg State University. Most of the University of Maryland University College's programs are online.

The University of Maryland Baltimore offers nursing programs, and the University of Maryland University College offers accounting and information systems management. Frostburg State University, which attracted 382 of the spring semester's 527 students, offers a majority of the center's programs, including sociology, business administration, criminal justice and education.


According to its Web site, University of Maryland University College charges Maryland residents $230 per undergraduate credit hour. Tuition for out-of-state undergraduates is $423 per credit hour. Most classes are online.

Tuition for University of Maryland Baltimore is $3,445 for full-time, in-state nursing undergraduates and $8,980 for full-time, out-of-state nursing students. Tuition for in-state graduate students is $409 pre credit hour and $731 for out-of-state graduate students, according to the university's Web site. Graduate students pay an additional flat rate of $173 to register as full-time students and $148.50 to register as part-time students. Undergraduates pay an additional flat rate of $148.50.

Tuition for Frostburg State University's Hagerstown undergraduate classes is $218 per credit hour for in-state students and $385 per credit hour for out-of-state students. Graduate classes are $290 per credit hour for in-state students and $331 for out-of-state students.

Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown.

The main phone number for the campus is 301-790-2800.

Established in 1946, HCC was the first community college to open its doors in Maryland. Today, it serves the Tri-State area by offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs for university transfer or job entry, as well as continuing education and adult basic education. Classes are offered throughout the year in traditional 15-week semesters, and there are several shorter sessions.

HCC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

The 316-acre campus is home to 15 buildings, including a full-service business incubator and outdoor amphitheater. Special programs, such as the Job Training Institute for adults in need of immediate job skills, and the ESSENCE Program for high school students have expanded the college's services to the community.

Enrollment is more than 3,700 credit students each semester, and 9,000 continuing-education students each year.

To learn more, go to HCC's Web site at

Tuition per credit hour for the fall 2005 semester is: Washington County residents, $89; out-of-county residents, $142; out-of-state residents, $186.

Hagerstown Business College

18618 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown.

The college's phone numbers are 301-739-2670 and 1-800-HBC-2670.

Hagerstown Business College, founded in 1938, is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. HBC offers 13 associate's degrees and 10 certificate programs in the areas of business, allied health, dental assisting, criminal justice, legal assisting, graphic design and computer information technology. All degree programs incorporate an externship (on-the-job training).

Financial aid is available to eligible applicants. Lifetime job placement assistance is offered to graduates. Apartment-style housing is available in an on-campus residence hall. The college's Frederick, Md., campus offers programs in medical and dental assisting.

The school enrolls more than 900 students in career-oriented programs. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students, and varies by program.

The college is a division of Kaplan Higher Education, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Co.

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