Who We Are
Garrett College's affordable credit programs equip you with the knowledge and ability to successfully begin or advance a career or to continue pursuing your educational goals. Garrett College offers a wide variety of accredited degree programs and certificates to meet the needs of our diverse student population.
On behalf of our faculty, staff, and administration, welcome to Garrett College! Surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and nestled in the heart of Deep Creek Lake, Garrett College offers a quality education while engaging with the scenic surroundings (Why Garrett College?).
With learning as its core mission, the Academic Affairs Division heightens the educational mission of Garrett College by responding to the career and transfer needs of our diverse student population through engaging and innovative curricula, augmented by a distinctly talented, compassionate, and inspiring faculty. We are dedicated to transforming the lives of our students by means of intellectually, culturally, and innovative learning opportunities. These aspirational standards set our priorities and drive our actions every day.
A Message from the Dean
Dr. Ryan Harrod, Dean of Academic Affiars
On behalf of our faculty, staff, and administration, welcome to Garrett College! Surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and nestled in the heart of Deep Creek Lake, Garrett College offers a quality education while engaging with the scenic surroundings (Why Garrett College?). Our motto encourages students to experience immersive coursework in programs such as Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology and Outdoor Leadership & Adventure Education, explore interests through a variety of coursework, and excel academically in preparation for a career or transfer to a four-year university.
Because learning is at the core of our mission, students are challenged by faculty dedicated to their profession. This dedication is reflected in the quality of teaching and the level of support for student success, and the knowledge our students gain stimulates both their intellectual and professional growth. Community engagement, citizenship, ethics, leadership, and the development of effective communication skills all contribute to students' personal and professional growth—qualities that are a necessity for success in an ever-changing world.
The Office of Academic Affairs is deeply committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Garrett College provides students with the opportunity to live on campus in residence halls while structuring flexible courses to accommodate students with full-time jobs and other life commitments. We offer face-to-face instruction, online classes, and a combination of both with our tri-modal option for Computer Science majors. We pride ourselves on established relationships in the local community and strive to connect our students with opportunities in Garrett County like internships, fine arts and athletic events, and outdoor recreation.
As Chief Academic Officer of Garrett College I invite you to experience the life that our beautiful college community affords, explore our campus, and excel in the knowledge that our team of dedicated faculty impart on your path to success!
Start Here, Go Further!
Dr. Ryan Harrod
Dean of Academic Affairs