In 1961, the Allegany County Board of Education proposed that a community college be built for residents in Appalachian Western Maryland. The resolution passed and Allegany College of Maryland opened its doors with the intent of providing liberal arts transfer programs. Success and rapid growth quickly followed, and Allegany College of Maryland continues to evolve.
Today, the College targets specialized curriculum and prepares students for the workplace through career development programming. The public two-year institution is located on a 316-acre main campus in Cumberland, Maryland, with two additional satellite campuses in Bedford and Somerset Counties in Pennsylvania. More than 3,500 students attend the College and the student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. Allegany College of Maryland is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Day, evening, and online coursework is offered at ACM and students can pursue multiple opportunities in the fields of Applied Technical Studies, Business, Computer Science, General Studies, and Psychology. Programs include Associate’s degrees, certificates, and letter of recognition programs that take one semester to two years for completion. Associate’s degrees range from fields of study in Business Management and Criminal Justice to more hands-on skills, including degrees in Automotive Technology and Culinary Arts.
Students can also enroll in the transfer program and ACM retains degree-specific articulation agreements with various colleges across the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. For example, students successfully completing the Forest Technology degree program may transfer into Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University or West Virginia University. In addition, year-long certificate programs include more than twenty options, including Biotechnology, Marketing and Sales, and Practical Nursing. A large variety of semester programs are supported, ranging from Cooking Essentials to Web Page Development.
Coordinated through Instructional Technologies and Multimedia Services (ITMMS), Allegany College of Maryland also provides distance learning. The College supports eight online programs, including:
- Applied Technical Studies
- Business Administration
- Computer Science
- General Studies
- Nursing (LPN to RN)
- Social Sciences
Tuition is based on state residency. The following rates do not include additional fees.
- Allegany County resident, $105 per credit hour
- MD resident, other than Allegany County, $196 per credit hour
- Non-MD resident, $235 per credit hour
- Pennsylvania resident, Bedford County campus, $187 per credit hour
- Pennsylvania resident, Somerset County campus, $176 per credit hour
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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