First-time College StudentsAdult Students

An education
as experienced as you are.


We have more than 5,000 adult learners on campus

We know that students decide to attend MCC for many reasons. Maybe you’ve been to college and are now returning. Maybe this is your very first time attending college. Maybe you’re ready to make that career change you’ve been thinking about. 

Wherever you are in life, our flexible schedules and customized programs will help you earn a degree on your terms. Our Admissions Office is dedicated to giving you all the support you need along the way. It’s nice to have someone in your corner, yes? 

You may even get college credit for what you already know. That's one way to save time and money!

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We’ve learned
a thing or two, too.


1/3 of MCC students are older than 25

“If it wasn’t for MCC’s flexible schedule options, I wouldn’t have been able to go back to school.”

Because we have many adult learners here at MCC, we’re constantly receiving feedback on what works (and what doesn’t work) for busy adults. Here are just some of the ways we’re making learning more accessible for you:

  • Online, night, weekend and hybrid schedule options
  • Summer sessions
  • Time-shortened courses that cover the same material in fewer weeks
  • On-campus childcare
  • Affordable tuition
  • Career Services – for help before, during and after you attend
  • Fast-track associate degree programs
  • Personalized advisement hours to accommodate your work schedule
  • Non-traditional ways to earn credit hours
  • Multiple locations, including Brighton and Downtown campuses

Six reasons to say yes to MCC.


Can you picture yourself here yet?

  • 1Great value.

    You’ll get an education that helps you reach your educational goals for around $2350 per semester (not per credit hour) at one of the top community colleges in the country.

  • 2Flexibility.

    Nights. Weekends. Full-time. Part-time. On-line. On-campus. We offer schedules and formats as diverse as our students’ needs.

  • 3AVAILABLE, AFFORDABLE HELP.

    Free tutoring. Personal counseling. A food bank. An on-site child care center. Career and transfer counseling. Study labs. State-of-the-art fitness facility. You don’t have to settle on just surviving college. MCC helps you thrive here.

  • 4100+ degree and certificate programs.

    Yes, 100+. And if you’re undecided, we’ll help you find your path.

  • 5MCC IS PART OF THE SUNY SYSTEM.

    That means if you choose to continue your education, you can easily transfer your credits.

  • 6THE BEST PROFESSORS AROUND.

    We have award-winning faculty and staff and the stats to prove it -- 138 SUNY Chancellor's Awards recognizing excellence in teaching, librarianship, scholarship and creative activities.

Intrigued? Here’s what’s next.

$89.5 MILLION

Annual financial aid: $89.5 million


70% of students are enrolled in transfer programs

Would you like to learn more? Come to campus, ask questions, see our facilities, talk to professors, even meet with an admissions counselor. In other words, come visit and experience MCC for yourself. The easiest way to do that is RSVP for our next Adult Information Session. Or, if you feel you’re ready to apply, you can start the application process today. Too busy to come to campus? We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions if you contact us online or by phone (585-292-2200). And don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it all – including finding and applying for financial aid and scholarships.

Some of Rochester’s most in-demand career fields:
  • Technology
  • Business/Accounting
  • Health Care
  • Teaching

Explore more in-demand careers with MCC Career Coach

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What happens after MCC?


250,000+ MCC graduates


4,000+ employers have hired MCC graduates


It all starts at MCC

What you do after MCC is up to you. Whether you’re continuing on in your career, starting a new one, or looking to further your education, we’ll help you make the transition. And as an MCC graduate, you’ll have access to our alumni network – a great resource to help you get your foot in the door. The thing is, MCC support doesn’t stop when you walk across the stage. And neither do the possibilities. Once an MCC Tribune, always a Tribune.

Need a little more inspiration for the road ahead? See what some of our alumni have gone on to do after leaving MCC. 

Giving Back.

Deb's Story

Believing in Possibilities.

Cerri's Story

Navigating Challenges.

Clayton's Story

Discovering Dreams.

Lauren's Story