The Rouse Scholars Program at Howard Community College is a selective, challenging honors program designed for transfer to a distinguished four-year school at the end of your sophomore year. It combines a high quality education, projects with community mentors, opportunities to sharpen your leadership skills, and cultural and recreational activities. In short, it's all the things you want college to be. Yet it costs far less than a four-year school.


James W. Rouse spent much of his life seeking solutions to the problems that plague our cities. He was known nationally and internationally, not only as the founder of Columbia, but as a leader and innovator. For his accomplishments, Mr. Rouse was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

Mr. Rouse always saw Howard Community College as an essential part of Howard County. The Scholars Program is a tribute to him. Its goal is to prepare a select group of young people with outstanding abilities to become the next generation of leaders and innovators.

As a Rouse Scholar, you'll have many exciting opportunities and benefits. Click here to read about them!


Ask your friends who have been here - they'll tell you HCC is a great place to start your college education. For one thing, it's large enough to provide all the classes and services you want from a college, but small enough to let you be a part of things. So you don't have to beat out hundreds of people for a spot on the team, or a part in the show, or membership in a club. You're more than a number here - everyone knows your name.

And HCC is affordable. In fact, beginning your four-year education here can reduce the cost of college by as much as 50 percent. That's an important consideration, not just for now, but for later, when student loans come due.

Here are some more ways that HCC can get you off to a great start:

OUR PROFESSORS: You won't find graduate assistants teaching classes at HCC. Our faculty work full-time to share their knowledge and help students succeed and grow. And they're good at their jobs - more than four out of five transfer students say they're well-prepared to transfer.

OUR FACILITIES: At HCC, you'll find everything you need on campus. If you love science, check out our Science and Technology Building with its lasers, state-of-the-art computers and other high-tech tools. If you're a bibliophile, visit the library and lose yourself for a while in one of our 35,000 books or explore our numerous electronic data bases. And if you're an environmentalist, walk the campus and explore our 120 acres of meadows and woods. At our Physical Education complex, you can swim in the Olympic-sized pool, work out in the weight room or meet a friend for a tennis game on the outdoor courts.

ATHLETICS: HCC is nationally-ranked in men's basketball and has soccer, women's basketball, track and cross country teams. Yes, you can get there from here -- many HCC graduates have transferred to four-year schools with the help of athletic scholarships.

THE ARTS: You don't have to leave campus to see national touring companies or hear important lecturers and Nobel Prize-winning writers. You'll find them right here, at the Smith Theatre. Experimental productions have a place at HCC too, at the Theatre Outback.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: At HCC there are all sorts of opportunities to get involved. You can audition for a show or help set the stage of the Smith Theatre for a production. Use your leadership skills with the Student Government Association or Student Programming Board. Or put your talent as a writer to work for the monthly HCC Times.

HCC is serious about fun. The traditional mid-day "block times" feature magicians, comedians, barbecues, game shows ... even rock bands. You can work off after-test tension in the game room. Or you can stay active in intramural sports.


Howard Community College is committed to providing equal opportunity through its employment practices, educational programs, admissions and the many services it offers the community. It is the policy of the college to abide by all applicable requirements of federal and state law so that no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, ethnic background, marital status, sexual orientation, political persuasion or disability.