Monroe Advantage for High School Students

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Why take class at MCC while you’re still in high school?

  • Get a head start on a college degree
  • Complete required classes before entering college
  • Learn more about a subject that interests you, but is not taught in high school
  • Start investigating careers
  • Complete high school graduation requirements while earning college credit (with the approval of your high school)
  • Get a chance to experience college life

Participating in the Monroe Advantage Program will give you an edge when you enter college — you’ll already have completed a college course in a college environment, so you’ll have more confidence and an easier transition from high school to college.

Earn College Credit

When you take a course through the Monroe Advantage Program, you’ll receive the same academic credit as any college student at MCC. This credit can be counted toward a degree at MCC or you can transfer the credit to colleges and universities nationwide. Unlike an AP course, MCC courses take just one semester (11 or 15 weeks) to complete (6 weeks for a summer class), and you are graded on a full semester’s work, not just one exam.

If you enroll in just one college course each semester and summer of your junior and senior years, you’ll have accumulated an entire semester of college credit before graduating from high school!

Flexible Scheduling

It’s easy to fit an MCC class around your high school schedule. Classes are offered throughout the day and into the evening, on Saturdays and online. Evening courses generally meet once a week, daytime courses meet two or three times a week, and online courses have no specific meeting times.

The cost of an MCC course is based on the number of credit hours for which you enroll. For current tuition rates and fees, visit, and click on Prospective Students. The majority of MCC courses are 3 credit hours, some specialized courses are 4 credit hours.

Services for Monroe Advantage Students

The Monroe Advantage Program offers a number of special services to its students, starting with individual counseling before enrollment, an orientation session before classes begin, and continuing contacts during the semester. Monroe Advantage students also have access to the library, computer centers, student clubs and activities, plus athletic and recreation facilities, fitness centers, the PAC field house, pool, and racquetball courts.

To Apply

  • Download and complete the Monroe Advantage Program Application. You must include the signatures of one parent or guardian and your high school counselor on the application.
  • Submit the completed application and your high school transcript to:
    Office of Admissions
    Monroe Advantage Program
    Monroe Community College
    1000 East Henrietta Road
    Rochester, NY 14623-5780

When this application is approved, we will contact you regarding registration.

Note: If you were enrolled in the Monroe Advantage Program previously, you must submit a new application each semester.

Convenient Locations

MCC classes are offered at the Brighton campus (1000 East Henrietta Road), the Damon City campus (downtown in the former Sibley Building), and at extension sites at high schools in East Rochester, Greece, Spencerport, and Webster.


  • RTS buses stop at both the Brighton and Damon City campuses.
  • If you drive to the Brighton Campus, you’ll need to purchase a student parking permit when you register for classes. (Ask about GreenSaver Rideshare passes that save on the cost of driving and parking.)
  • Damon City campus students can park in the St. Joseph’s Garage at a reduced rate (no charge on Saturday and in the evening). MCC also offers a free shuttle service between the Brighton and downtown campuses.