Garrett College

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Garrett College
Former names
Garrett Community College
MottoExperience. Explore. Excel.
TypePublic community college
PresidentDr. Richard Midcap[1]
Other students
Location, ,
United States

39°33′40″N 79°20′32″W / 39.56111°N 79.34222°W / 39.56111; -79.34222Coordinates: 39°33′40″N 79°20′32″W / 39.56111°N 79.34222°W / 39.56111; -79.34222
Sporting affiliations
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Garrett College is a public community college in McHenry, Maryland. The college has three outreach centers: Accident, Grantsville, and Oakland.


Garrett College was established in 1966, as Garrett Community College, and took its present name in 2002.[2] In 1968, the Garrett Community College Board of Trustees acquired a site in McHenry, Maryland and construction of the campus began shortly thereafter. It officially opened its doors to students in 1971.

In 2012, construction of the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) was completed. The CARC is a 42,500 square-foot facility that houses a gymnasium, six-lane competition swimming pool, fully equipped fitness facility, locker and shower rooms, a wet classroom for instruction, multi use classroom space, and a physical and occupational therapy facility.[3] Construction is currently underway to add a state-of-the-art STEM building to Garrett College's main campus and it is scheduled to open August 2018.[4] In 2018, Garrett College announced that it will be moving forward with a new performing arts center. Architecture and engineering work begins July 1, 2018 and construction the following year.[5]


Garrett College offers 5 different associate degrees: Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Arts in Teaching (AAT), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Science in Engineering (ASE), and Associate in Applied Science (AAS). Within these degree options, the college offers 12 programs of study and 25 different concentrations. The college also offers 10 non-degree transfer options, 4 certificate programs, and numerous continuing education programs. Taking advantage of its scenic surroundings and nearby Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Ski Resort and the Adventure Sports Center International, Garrett College offers an unusual associate degree in Adventure Sports.[6]


Garrett College is a member of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges and is one of 16 junior colleges in the state.[7] Garrett College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) oversees and coordinates higher education in the State of Maryland including academic and financial policies at the college. The college is also accredited and approved for operation by MHEC.


Garrett College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MD JUCO). Garrett College added wrestling in 2017 and became the first Maryland junior college to offer a wrestling program.[8] The college competes in:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling


  1. ^ "Midcap named Garrett College's 13th President". Cumberland times. 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  2. ^ "Md. Higher Education Comm. approves name change for Garrett Community College". The Daily Record. 24 April 2002.
  3. ^ Times-News, Elaine BlaisdellCumberland. "Garrett College's new complex to be completed by Sept. 1". The Cumberland Times-News. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  4. ^ Reports, From Staff. "Garrett College adds STEM building to campus". The Exponent Telegram. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  5. ^ "Garrett College moving forward with performing arts center". The Garrett County Republican. 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  6. ^ Tilghman, Mary K. (2010). Frommer's Maryland and Delaware. Wiley. pp. 218–219. ISBN 978-0-470-58248-0.
  7. ^ "Maryland Community Colleges". Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  8. ^ "Garrett College in Maryland adds varsity wrestling". Team USA. Retrieved 2017-12-06.

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