Baltimore County Colleges and Universities Expand Educational Opportunities
Once upon a time, Goucher was a women’s college; Strayer was strictly a business college, and Towson was a teacher’s college. All of that is ancient history now. The colleges of Baltimore County in recent years have expanded enrollment and programs to accommodate the wider diversity of the county’s population.
Goucher, for example, is completely co-ed now and has been for about 15 years. More than 1,500 students attend this small, private liberal arts college on 127 wooded acres. An equestrian center offers riding courses, and one special requirement at the college is an off-campus experience for one semester – students must either study abroad or take an internship in a community service setting.
Strayer University has strayed more geographically than academically. Founded in 1892 in Baltimore City, Strayer now boasts an enrollment of more than 12,000 attending its 17 campuses in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Strayer Online teaches both synchronous and asynchronous distance learning classes. Business remains a strong emphasis, and with that technology at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Professors typically work in the field that they teach, often in Open and Teaching Computer Labs.
Towson University is still Maryland’s largest producer of teachers, despite its expansion into the arts, sciences, business, communications, humanities, health professions, education and computer information systems.
It is the second largest university in the state, with more than 16,000 students enrolled, including international students from nearly 100 countries, and it is part of the University System of Maryland. Established in 1866, Towson’s 328-acre campus is eight miles north of downtown Baltimore.
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
The University System of Maryland has another strong local presence: University of Maryland at Baltimore County, in Catonsville. Highly ranked among research universities nationwide, UMBC offers degree programs in computer science, electrical engineering, and biological sciences.
Community College of Baltimore County and Villa Julie College
Two more colleges round out the county’s higher education contingency: Community College of Baltimore County and Villa Julie College. CCBC serves students in credit and non-credit programs at three primary campuses: Catonsville, Dundalk, and Essex. Extension centers are in Owings Mills, Hunt Valley, and on Eastern Boulevard in Essex.
Students work toward associate degrees or certifications, or attend work force training, or follow a transfer track that leads to a four-year institution.
Villa Julia serves more than 2,000 students earning four-year and graduate-level degrees. Located in Stevenson near Green Spring Valley, it is the fourth largest private college in the state, known for career preparation plus liberal arts, evening and weekend programs, and a 12-to-one student-faculty ratio.