Welcome to the world of MCC.

As one of the most innovative community colleges in North America, we’re pleased to welcome students from all around the world. And you’ll be pleased to know that many of our students go on to succeed at colleges like Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell and other excellent four-year schools.

We're ready to help you!

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How to Apply, Step by Step

Here are the steps to get through the application process at MCC quickly and easily. We’re happy to help you in any way during the process. That’s why we’re here. Please contact us at InternationalAdmissions@monroecc.edu.

Take a closer look at MCC by checking out our majors and programs. Each is led by a team of award-winning professors dedicated to teaching, offering an unmatched value in college education. If you need help choosing a course of study, our admissions counselors can speak with you personally to advise you of all your academic choices.

If you’re planning to move on to a four-year school, check out MCC’s unique transfer programs. You’ll find out just how valuable your MCC education can be.

NOTE: International students are not eligible for admission to competitive health-related programs (nursing, dental hygiene, dental assisting, surgical technology, clinical lab technician or radiologic technology), the automotive technology programs or any one-year certificate program.

Majors & Programs

Here are the steps to apply to MCC as an international student:

  1. International applicants must fill out and submit the State University at New York (SUNY) application. (There is a $50 U.S. application fee.) Submit your application by June 1 for August admission and November 15 for January admission.
  2. Submit the following supporting documents: 

    • High school transcripts – Submit your official high school transcripts (marks sheets, exam results, certificates). Photocopied transcripts are acceptable as long as they bear an original signature or certification from a school official. Transcripts must be in English and include proof of graduation or completion.
    • English language proficiency – You must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if English is not your native or first language.  We also accept the Duolingo English Test! MCC requires a minimum score of 55 on internet-based TOEFL, 5.5 band score on IELTS, or a minimum score of 80 on Duolingo to be considered for admission. To have your TOEFL test score sent to MCC, use school code 2429.

      Note: Students who submit a TOEFL iBT score between 55-69, an IELTS score between 5.5-6.0, or Duolingo score between 80-95 will meet our Admission requirements to the College. However, students will be required to take an ESOL placement test upon arrival. These students may require ESOL support courses in addition to their academic program courses, but only for the first 1-2 semesters of study. Automatic placement into the ENG 101 College Composition course requires a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 70, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or a minimum Duolingo score of 100. 

    • Financial documentation – Submit official bank statements showing availability of sufficient funds to pay for at least one year of study AND if supported by a sponsor, a completed SUNY International Student Financial Statement signed and stamped by your sponsor's bank and sponsor. The proof of financial support is required of all F-1 applicants seeking a Certificate of Visa Eligibility (Form I-20). The statements should be current, official and written in English.
    • Photo identification – Provide a copy of the ID page of your passport. 
    • College transcripts (if applicable) – Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary coursework. If you wish to transfer foreign college credit to MCC, you must use a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES).

Please mail your documents to:

Admissions Office
Monroe Community College
1000 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, New York 14623-5780 USA

To submit electronic documents:

Documents must be clearly scanned, PDF files. Please email to internationaladmissions@monroecc.edu 

If you need help during this process, please contact our Admissions Office online, or call us at (585) 292-2200 (please add your country’s dialing code).

SUNY ApplicationMCC International Student Application Instructions (PDF)
International Student Services DepartmentSUNY for International Students  
GDPR Privacy Notice (PDF)

Below is a list of estimated annual expenses, which is used to determine how much you or your financial sponsor will need to demonstrate that you have available to fund your education at MCC: 

Tuition $9,512
Fees $1,882
On-campus Housing (optional) $6,950
Food $3,500
Books & Supplies $1,000
Medical Insurance $2,591

NOTE: The costs listed above are an estimate based on the current or previous year. Monroe Community College reserves the right to make changes to tuition, fees and residence hall charges annually. Medical insurance costs also update annually. 

As an international student, you are required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agency to provide documented evidence of your financial resources for the first full academic year (9 months/2 semesters) before MCC can issue the Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 student visa). 

For any student who wishes to have a dependent family member accompany them to the U.S., you must demonstrate additional financial support in the amount of $3,500 for dependent child and/or $7,000 for spouse.

Bills for tuition and fees are created at the time of class registration each semester (fall and spring) and payment instructions will be included with your bill. Please make your payments directly to MCC’s Student Accounts Office.

After you are accepted and have submitted all necessary financial documents, you will receive your Form I-20 from MCC by email with further instructions for next steps. You will also receive instructions for setting up your student network account. This account will allow you to use on-campus computers and access the myMCC Portal where you can view your student records, register for classes, and access a variety of MCC online services. This account must be activated prior to your advisement & registration.

NOTE: You must activate your network account before you can apply for on-campus housing.

You’ll need to pay the SEVIS I901 Fee, apply for your student visa, schedule a visa interview, book travel and complete other tasks before you enter and study in the United States.

Here’s a list of what you need to do after your acceptance to MCC:

  • Pay the fee for the SEVIS I-901 (Only required for new students, issued an initial I-20 from MCC.  Students transferring to MCC do not have to pay SEVIS fee.)
  • Follow our instructions for completing your F-1 student visa application
  • Schedule your U.S. embassy visa interview
  • Book your travel arrangements to arrive in Rochester in time for the mandatory international student orientation. We’ll email orientation information to you upon admission. (If you plan to live on campus, you’ll need to arrive by the move-in dates stated in your admissions packet.)
  • Apply for housing before July 1
  • Submit your immunization records
  • Contact International Student Services to register for classes
  • Pay your bill after you complete your class registration. You can pay online by credit card through your student account page or you can send an electronic wire transfer of funds through Flywire.

Welcome to MCC! Rochester is served by the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), AMTRAK trains and several inter-city bus companies. When you arrive in Rochester you’ll need to arrange for your own transportation to your residence hall or apartment. Taxis are available at the airport and train and bus stations.  There are also rideshare services (such as Uber and Lyft) available around Rochester. 

Here’s what you’ll do in your first few days at MCC:

  • Move into your MCC residence hall or off-campus apartment
  • Attend international student orientation
  • Take your placement test
  • Get a parking permit, if you have a car

Life in Rochester, NY

The team at MCC's Global Education & International Services office is ready to help you after you complete the admission process. We'll assist you with everything from orientation to class advisement. We work with international students one-on-one (via email, phone, Zoom and in-person meetings) to make the process of adjusting to MCC as simple and personal as possible. We can even help you with immigration, visa, and F-1 status questions.

Get in touch with our International Student Services office today by contacting Coordinator of International Services, Carly O' Keefe. You can email her directly at cokeefe7@monroecc.edu or call our office at (585) 292-3170 (please add your country’s dialing code). We look forward to helping you succeed at MCC!