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Admissions Office
Brighton Campus, Building 1-211

Applying to the College (Matriculation)

Students interested in pursuing a degree or certificate at MCC apply to a particular program through the Admissions Office and must meet all entrance requirements for that program. It is recommended that you submit a complete application and transcript(s) to ensure time for processing before the registration deadline.

Application Process

To apply for admission, apply online or contact the Admissions Office and ask for an admissions packet.

Why apply?
• Lock in degree requirements

• Apply for financial aid

• Receive advisement information for your program

• Preferential registration

• Develop closer ties to department faculty

• Attain full-time status

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Typically, an early application helps assure qualified applicants of acceptance to their program of choice.

Certain programs such as Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, and many health degree programs are high-demand programs. These programs fill early in the application year. Applicants to these programs are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications for Clinical Laboratory Technician, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Technology, and Surgical Technology must be submitted by January 31. Applications for Nursing must be submitted by January 31 for the Fall semester and October 31 for the Spring semester.

How To Apply

1. Complete the Application for Admission

2. Submit transcripts from high school and colleges (if applicable) directly to MCC. Applicants with High School Equivalency Diplomas must also send their score reports.

3. Complete Accuplacer Placement testing, if required.

The results of standardized tests, such as the American College Test (ACT) or the SAT, assist the Admissions Committee with admissions decisions but are not a requirement for admission.

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant may be conditionally admitted into a program of study. This means that the student must satisfy certain requirements before or during the first semester. Examples of conditional acceptance include:

• Submission of transcripts.

• Completion of entrance requirements during the summer or first semester.

• A minimum grade-point average for the first semester of enrollment.

• Limited credit hours during the first semester of enrollment.

Failure to satisfy admission conditions can forfeit your matriculation or result in academic suspension.

Admission Categories

A. High School Graduates

Students who will earn or have earned a local or Regents high school diploma.

B. Students Who Have Earned a High School Equivalency Diploma (GED/TASC)

C. Early Admission

Recognizing that certain high-achieving high school students may benefit by beginning college earlier than their scheduled college entry date, MCC offers an Early Admission Program for qualified high school students.

The student is admitted to a specific degree program on a full-time basis at MCC before completing formal course work for the high school diploma. Successful completion of the freshman year at MCC and prior agreement with the student’s high school entitles the student to their high school diploma.

Students may apply for early admission to all programs except Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Surgical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technician and Radiologic Technology.

Please note: early admission students are not eligible to receive federal Title IV Financial Aid.

D. Honors Institute Admission

High achieving students who meet the following criteria are automatically accepted into MCC's Honors Institute and are invited to enroll in specialized Honors coursework with the opportunity to earn an Honors Advanced Studies Certificate or an Honors Advanced Studies Certificate with Thesis:

• 87% or better high school GPA

• top 10-15% of high school class

• 550 Math or Verbal SAT

E. Home-Schooled Students

All home-schooled students are strongly encouraged to meet with an admissions counselor prior to enrolling at MCC to be advised on the policies for home-schooled students. Policies are subject to change.

F. Transfer Students and Advanced Standing Credit

A candidate for admission who has completed previous college coursework is required to follow the regular application procedure. The candidate must also request that the registrar of the college(s) previously attended send an official transcript of his or her academic record to the MCC's Admissions Office. For more information visit

G. Readmitted Student

A student who has previously attended MCC but has stopped out for more than one semester or is returning to a different program must reapply. Students who stopped out for one semester and are returning to the same program don’t need to reapply.

H. Second Degree Candidates

A student wishing to pursue a second degree at MCC must reapply for admission.

I. International Students

Any student seeking an F-1 student visa must apply to the College via SUNY Application for Admission Applicants must demonstrate graduation / completion from high school and satisfactory academic achievement in any previous college work (if applicable).

Application Procedures for International Students

1. Review the International Student Application Instructions.

2. Meet program of study requirements as outlined in this catalog. Programs of study that are available to International Students are listed in the International Student Application Instructions. International students are not eligible for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

3. All applicants from countries where English is not the primary language or the language of education must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum score for consideration is 55 on the Internet-based TOEFL and minimum score band is 5.0 for IELTS.

4. Submit translated official high school and college transcripts. International students seeking transfer credit should have their foreign credentials evaluated by World Education Services (WES) at: 1.800.937.3899 or

5. Submit documented evidence of adequate financing to cover cost of tuition, fees, books, room, board and other living expenses. Complete the SUNY FSA-4 form (International Student Financial Statement) to accompany your evidence of financial support. Financial aid is not available to international students.

6. International students who hold an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to have accident and illness insurance. It is necessary to purchase health insurance to receive care when you are sick or injured. The health insurance requirement can be met through the purchase of the student health insurance plan available through the college. Further information about the plan is available online. The cost of the insurance is added to your student bill. Insurance is also available for dependents of students.

Students who submit proof of alternate comparable U.S. insurance coverage may be eligible for a waiver to decline the college health plan. Requests for a waiver from the college health insurance should be submitted in writing to the Health Services Department, Building 3, Room 165, within 30 days of the start of the semester. Please include a copy of the insurance identification card and verification of the benefits. The alternate insurance must include comprehensive benefits for doctor and dentist visits, diagnostic tests, medications, emergency care and hospitalization.

Application Deadline for International Students

Applicants for January admission must complete admissions procedures by November 15. Applicants for September admission must complete admissions procedures by June 1. Final evaluation will take place when all admissions credentials have been submitted. Accepted students will be issued an I-20.

J. Competitive Admissions Programs

Clinical Laboratory Technician, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, RadiologicTechnology and Surgical Technology are competitive admissions programs. Please review current program criteria and/or geographic limitations.

K. Correspondence High School Diplomas
Students from other states possessing non-traditional high school diplomas, such as correspondence schools, must provide proof that the Department of Education from the state the student lives in recognizes this diploma as indication of high school graduation.

Note: New York State does not recognize correspondence school diplomas as completion of high school for New York State residents.

L. Admission of Ex-Offenders

State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits SUNY [CAMPUS] admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history. After acceptance, the College shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such individual seeks campus housing or participation in clinical or field experiences, internships or study abroad programs. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy regarding such convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee consistent with legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law.

Students who have been previously convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the dean’s office of their intended academic program.

M. Non-Diploma High School Exiting Credentials

New York State offers two credentials, the Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential and Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential. If a student receives one of these credentials, and it is not accompanied by a regular diploma, the student may not be eligible for financial aid at MCC using this credential. Formerly, the state offered IEP diplomas.

Registering for Courses for Personal Enrichment

A non-matriculated student is one who is taking courses to satisfy personal needs and interests without applying for candidacy for a degree or certificate. Students attending non-matriculated are not eligible to receive financial aid.

The College reserves the right to require placement testing and/or a personal interview for anyone wishing to register for classes. Non-matriculated students required to take placement testing must score at a satisfactory level according to Monroe Community College in order to register. MCC will deny registration privileges to any student who does not comply with this procedure.