Harford Community College

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Harford Community College
Harford Community.jpg
Established 1957
Type Community College
Endowment $4.1 million[1]
President Dennis Golladay[2]
Academic staff 106
Students 10,000
Location Churchville, Maryland, USA
39°33′38″N 76°17′2″W / 39.56056°N 76.28389°W / 39.56056; -76.28389Coordinates: 39°33′38″N 76°17′2″W / 39.56056°N 76.28389°W / 39.56056; -76.28389
Campus suburban
Athletics MD JUCO, NJCAA
Mascot Fighting Owls
Website www.harford.edu

Harford Community College is a community college in Churchville, Harford County, in the U.S. state of Maryland. The college was founded in 1957. The campus occupies 332 acres (1.34 km2), and has 21 buildings totaling over 273,000 square feet (25,400 m2).[3]


HCC was founded in 1957 as the Harford Junior College in the basement of Bel Air High School. In 1964, it moved to its current location on Thomas Run Road in Churchville, where it continued to grow and eventually became Harford Community College in 1971. In the mid-1990s, the college began expanding, adding a new library, Fallston Hall, Edgewood Hall, new parking, and an expanded baseball facility. Future expansion is expected.


HCC has 7 academic divisions[4] that offer 61 associates degrees and 21 certificate degrees.[5] The divisions are:

  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Business, Computing & Applied Technology
  • Nursing & Allied Health Professions
  • Educational & Transitional Studies
  • Humanities
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
  • Visual, Performing & Applied Arts

HCC is a member of Maryland Association of Community Colleges.[6]

Student Clubs[7][edit]

  • Actors Guild
  • ASID
  • Anime Media Society
  • BCAT
  • Campus Christian Life Club
  • Campus Lions Club
  • Future Educators of America
  • Gamers Club
  • Harford Dance Theater Company[8]
  • History Club
  • Improv Club
  • Journalism Club
  • Lambda Epsilon Chi National Honors Society
  • Martial Arts Club
  • Multicultural Student Association
  • Outdoor Adventure Club
  • Paralegal Students Association
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Phoenix Festival Theater Company[9]
  • Political Awareness Association
  • Rainbow Alliance (LGBT)
  • Science Club
  • Social Empowerment Club
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Art Gallery Association
  • Student Athlete Advising Club
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Health Association
  • Student Nurse Association
  • The Warriors
  • Veterans Club
  • Vowlunteers


Harford Fighting Owls logo

HCC is represented by the Fighting Owls. This nickname was chosen during the institution’s early years, when it was largely an evening college and the nocturnal nature of the Owl represented that fact.

Harford has traditionally had a successful athletics program, with over 70 students being named All-Americans.[10]


The Fighting Owls compete in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference of the NJCAA. Harford offers 14 varsity sports, 7 men's and 7 women's.

Men's Women's
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Lacrosse
Golf Soccer
Lacrosse Softball
Soccer Tennis
Tennis Volleyball


From 19964-1985, Harford ran a successful football program. The program went to the NJCAA football championship in 1984, where it lost to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The following year, Harford was forced to close the program due to lack of funding. The discontinuation of the football program was met with heavy opposition by students, who signed many petitions to bring the program back. However, proper funding never came in, and the program had to remain closed.

Field Hockey

Harford ran an extremely successful field hockey program from 1975-2000. The program won the national championship in 1995, Harford's only national championship. NJCAA field hockey discontinued in 1997. Harford started playing NCAA Division II and Division III schools, even some Division I Junior Varsity teams to try and keep the field hockey program alive. In 2000, after 3 years of strain, the program was forced to shut down.


The Fighting Owls compete at the Harford Sports Complex. The facilities at the Complex are:

Facility Capacity Sports
APGFCU Arena 2,500 Basketball
Harford Stadium 1,000 Soccer
Harford Baseball Field 500 Baseball
Harford Softball Field 150 Softball
Tennis Courts N/A Tennis

Administration offices for the athletic department are located in the Susquehanna Center, which also houses the AGPFCU Arena. The Susquehanna Center also contains locations for fitness classes, such as martial arts and yoga, as well as a swimming pool.

Flight Night[edit]

Flight Night is the name of the rivalry between the HCC Fighting Owls and the Hagerstown Hawks. It is an all-sports based rivalry.

For a school to be the winner of the competition, it must accumulate at least 5.5 points. The point is awarded to the team that wins the season series in the head-to-head competition. If the team plays head-to-head once in a given season, then the school that wins will receive the point. If it is a tie, each team receives a one-half point. All regular season head-to-head games count toward the season series tally with the school that wins more games receiving the point. If the teams split the regular season matchups, then each team receives a one-half point.

In the event of an overall tie, the school that won the previous year will retain the trophy.[11]

Fight Song[edit]

We’re Fighting Owls from Harford Community, and Victory, we will win.
Our College fights with pride to conquer our foes, and Battle, we begin.
And it is true, that the White and Blue that we wear will strike up respect among our foes,
For we’re the Fighting Owls from Harford Community College, that’s where the Victory goes.


The school's newspaper is The Owl Magazine, which is published twice during the fall and spring semesters.[12]

HCC hosts WHFC, a radio station that serves the Baltimore area, as well as southern Pennsylvania. It is set in the variety format, with shows ranging from jazz, to alternative, to talk show.

Notable Buildings[edit]

The library is located on the east side of campus.

In the center of the campus is the Chesapeake Center which hosts the Chesapeake Gallery, a collection of artwork from emerging and established artists as well as students and faculty, as well the Chesapeake Theater, a theater venue utilized by the Phoenix Festival Theater Company.

To the north is the Joppa Hall, which houses the Joppa Recital Hall, used for musical recitals, and the Blackbox Theatre, an additional theater venue utilized by the HCC Actors Guild and the Harford Dance Theater Company.

The Harford Sports Complex is located on the south side of the campus.

Notable alumni[edit]


More students transfer to Towson University than any other college.

The mascot for HCC is Screech the Fighting Owl.

Photo gallery[edit]


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