Get to Know Harford
As much as you want to get to know us, we also want to get to know you.
We hope that you reach out with questions and that your interest extends to all aspects of our campus—our events, our success stories, our work in the community—and that you look to us as both an asset and a resource to the County as a whole.
Harford Community College is a vibrant, open-access institution offering 140+ affordable degree, certificate, and career and workforce programs to more than 6,300 full- and part-time students, as well as community education courses to nearly 6,000 students a year. We provide the tools and platforms for students to discover who and what they want to be and to see their aspirations develop into realities. Let curiosity inspire you to walk through our open doors—to get to know us—and to meet your future.
Harford's Mission, Vision, and Values
At Harford, we strive for:
Demonstrate excellence in all we do as measured by those we serve.
Do what it takes for students to achieve their goals.
Prepare all constituents to make a positive impact and inspire change in the world.
We trust the capacity of individuals to act both independently and collaboratively in carrying out their job responsibilities and to make informed decisions based on diverse perspectives and data. We are courageous in our decision-making. We are accountable for the decisions we make and appreciate that self-reflection is a learning opportunity.
EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Our shared purpose unites us, and our diversity strengthens our actions. We intentionally engage many voices and seek to understand existing inequities before taking action. We bring open minds and appreciation of backgrounds, expertise, talents, and experiences to every conversation.
COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION
Honesty, integrity, and clarity are the foundation of our communications. We practice civil discourse: we listen more, talk less, and say what we mean. We work toward common understanding. We lead by example, appreciating that our actions are more powerful than our words. We work in and across teams to accomplish our shared goal of student success.
We act in the best interests of our students. We consider the perspectives, feelings, wishes, rights, and traditions of others. We are kind and courteous in our interactions and engage in courageous conversations for the betterment of our students, our College, and ourselves. Our expertise and contributions are valued and as such we are happy and productive.
We encourage creative thinking and taking chances in the pursuit of excellence. We let our curiosity propel us toward new, smarter ways of working and serving our students. Our agility enables us to be responsive to each other, our students, and the competitive environment.
Facts and Figures
Founded in 1957, Harford's vibrant main campus occupies 352 acres near Bel Air, Maryland, and has 24 buildings totaling approximately 372,525 assignable square feet, as well as five miles of walking trails. The College also operates several off-site facilities containing another 41,156 assignable square feet. The oldest building on campus, The Hays-Heighe House was built in 1808 and was part of the horse farm that originally occupied the campus property.
The value of Harford Community College influences both the lives of students and also the County economy. The College promotes economic growth in Harford County by helping students increase their employability, supplying trained workers to county businesses and industries, employing more than 1,000 faculty and staff, and purchasing goods and services.
Take a closer look. You'll be surprised how the College contributes to the overall quality of life in Harford County.
Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, Harford Community College undertook an extensive, inclusive, collaborative strategic planning process that brought together members of the campus community with leaders in local business, government, and public education. Led by three tri-chairs and a steering committee representing a diverse cross-section of the College, the strategic planning process was dedicated to developing a mission, a vision, values, and strategies that would enable Harford Community College to best serve the needs of students, employees, and the larger community.
The College's 2020-2024 strategic plan was officially approved by the Board of Trustees on June 11, 2019, and went into effect on July 1, 2019, the start of fiscal year 2020.
Student Consumer Information
In compliance with federal regulations, Harford Community College provides the following disclosure of student consumer information for current and prospective students. Written copies will be provided upon request.
- Harford Community College is accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (ph: 267.284.5000). The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Commission's Statement of Accreditation status is posted on the Commission's website. The accreditation process involves an eight-year cycle of review that includes a Self-Study Report prepared by the institution to assess the College’s progress along seven standards: Mission and Goals | Ethics and Integrity | Design and Delivery of the Student Experience | Support for the Student Experience | Educational Effectiveness Assessment | Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement | Governance, Leadership, and Administration
- The Associate of Science degree nursing program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (ph: 404.975.5000).
- The Histotechnology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018.
- The Paramedic program and the Medical Assisting Certificate program are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 (ph: 727.210.2350).
- The Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), 750 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611. The College holds membership in numerous national, regional, state and local professional associations.
Questions regarding accreditation may be directed to the Office of the President at 443.412.2230.