Whether you’re looking for a liberal arts college with a variety of majors and minors or a large university with religious affiliation and championship athletics, Frederick County has it all. If you’re interested in pursuing higher education, consider Frederick Community College, Hood College, or Mount St. Mary’s University.

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Frederick Community College (FCC)

Frederick Community College (FCC)

Known as Frederick County’s “leader in workforce training,” this community college offers classes for more than 16,000 annual students seeking an associate’s degree, a transfer bachelor’s degree program, or continuing higher education and certificates. More than 85 programs of study include the following:

  • Arts and humanities, such as graphic design, speech communication, music, and theatre, paralegal
  • Arts and sciences, such as health and exercise sciences, pre-health professions, nursing, emergency management, fire service administration.
  • Business administration and management
  • Computer science, such as information systems management
  • Early childhood education/special education
  • English
  • Game simulation and development
  • General studies
  • Mathematics and accounting
  • Social sciences, such as criminal justice, history, human services, psychology, and sociology
  • Spanish
  • STEM, such as biology, chemistry, engineering, audio production, data science, and cybersecurity

Frederick Community College also offers sports teams, including men’s and women’s basketball, lacrosse, and soccer; men’s baseball; and women’s softball and volleyball. The campus also boasts an arts center with two theaters and a gallery.

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Hood College

Hood College

This 125-year-old independent liberal arts college is located in the heart of Downtown Frederick and offers more than 30 major fields of study including the following degrees:

  • Accounting
  • Art and archeology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communication arts
  • Computer science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Early childhood education
  • English
  • Environmental science
  • Global studies
  • Humanities
  • History
  • Law and criminal justice
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, also offers 18 programs of study that lead to master’s degrees, 10 post-baccalaureate certifications in education, and a doctoral program that leads to a doctorate in organizational leadership or business administration. Aside from academics, this liberal arts college offers more than 60 clubs and organizations, 22 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports in NCAA Division III, 17 honor societies, and an Honors Program.

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Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMU)

Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMU)

This private college in Emmitsburg, Maryland, is 210 years old. Located in the rural, mountainous area of Frederick County, Mount St. Mary’s offers 40 undergraduate majors and more than 35 minors, including the following areas of study:

  • Accounting
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer science
  • Criminal justice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Economics
  • Elementary education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental science
  • Fine arts music/theatre/art
  • Health sciences
  • History
  • International studies
  • Mathematics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sports management

A huge part of Mount St. Mary’s identity is its Catholic roots. “Our vibrant spiritual community assists everyone…along his or her journey of faith,” according to its website. “Nearly everywhere you turn on this campus, you’ll hear — and take part in — a dialogue about social justice and the search for higher meaning.” MSMU also boasts a spot in NCAA Division I athletics with men’s baseball; men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field; and women’s bowling, rugby, and softball.

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Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMU)
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