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Where do I start when
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MCC is ranked among the top 25 U.S. community colleges

“Where do I start when choosing a college?” is a question a lot of first-time college students have. It’s up there with “Should I start at a community college or go right to a four-year school?” and “What should I study?” and “How will I pay for it?” Only you know what’s best for you, but we’re here to help you figure it all out – and determine if MCC may be a good fit.

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This is not
like high school.


14,000+ students


100+ degree and certificate programs

Monroe Community College is probably not going to be like your high school. Unless you graduated with thousands of students from 40+ countries, MCC may even be a LOT different – and we think that difference is a really good thing.

You’re going to meet tons of new people. Sure, some will be like people you know, but many won’t. And even if you were a great student in high school, our professors are going to challenge you in new and exciting ways. However, we do have pizza in the cafeteria, so in that way, it may feel just a tiny bit like high school.

The bottom line is, if you’re ready to have experiences you’ve never had before, then you’re ready for MCC.

“I came from one of the best high schools in the country, so I assumed I wouldn’t have to do much to succeed. I was wrong.”

Ten reasons to say yes to MCC.


Can you picture yourself here yet?

  • 1MCC IS PART OF THE SUNY SYSTEM.

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

  • 2THE 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.

  • 3GREAT 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.

  • 4100+ DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS.

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

  • 5HONORS INSTITUTE.

    We’re one of only a few community colleges to offer a unique program for academically talented and highly-motivated students.

  • 6FLEXIBILITY.

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

  • 7AVAILABLE, AFFORDABLE HELP.

    Free tutoring. Personal counseling. 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.

  • 850+ CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

    Explore your interests. Meet new people. Develop leadership skills. MCC offers so many life-changing ways to learn and grow outside the classroom.

  • 9Your college years should be a full and rewarding experience.

    MCC gives you intramural and Division III sports, fitness center, indoor track, and pool. On-campus dining options.  Coffee shop.  You won't miss out on all the extras of college life when you come to MCC.

  • 10You'll gain the full college experience.

    Only 6 percent of U.S. community colleges have on-campus housing and MCC is one of them. Living on campus gives you the chance to be independent while enjoying the benefits of living in a very special, supportive community.

What about life on campus?


700+ students live on campus


60+ clubs and organizations

A great thing about MCC is you can have as little or as much of the "college experience" as you want. Want to attend your classes and then head home? That’s fine. And for those looking for a dive deeper, there’s a lot to explore at MCC. From our athletic teams to 60+ clubs and organizations, events at the Flynn Campus Center to study abroad opportunities and on-campus housing, get ready for some new adventures.

Some of the groups on campus:
  • Auto Club
  • Celtic Society
  • Electronic Gaming Society
  • International Students' Association
  • Martial Arts Club
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Pride Alliance
  • Student Music Association
  • Veterans Club

More about Life at MCC

A few Rochester favorites:
  • Saturday mornings at the Rochester Public Market
  • The International Jazz Festival
  • Red Wings Baseball on a summer night
  • First Fridays

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, tour our facilities, sit in a classroom, check out our housing, talk to professors, meet with an admissions counselor. In other words, come visit and experience MCC for yourself. The easiest way to do that is by RSVP’ing for our next Open House. Or, if you feel you’re ready to apply, you can start the application process today. Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it all – including finding and applying for financial aid and scholarships.

Some of our most popular majors:
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences - General Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Engineering Science
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences - Science
  • Health Studies

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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. Maybe you want to be a teacher, counselor or doctor. In that case, you’ll be continuing your education. And whether or not you take advantage of one of our 28 2+2 programs, we’ll help you transfer your credits and make the transition to your four-year school a breeze. Or, like many of our graduates, maybe you’ll be ready to enter the workforce in an in-demand field like healthcare or advanced manufacturing.

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, support doesn’t stop when you walk across the stage. And neither do the possibilities. Because once a 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.

Discovering Passion. 

Anthony's Story

Giving Back.

Deb's Story

From MCC to Cornell.

Elizabeth's Story

Investing in the Future.

Peter's Story