E-mail your questions to an advisor.
If you are a new student, The Big Event is your gateway to a successful start at MCC. This event, hosted at your campus the week prior to classes starting, is a great way to connect with current students, staff and other resources, and to learn your way around. It also helps you get your student ID, parking pass, books and all the things you need for the first day of classes.
Advisors help select classes, plan course schedules and answer questions about transferring credits. Counselors assist with career exploration, personal development, academic challenges and short-term personal counseling. They can also refer you to community agencies.
Current students, transfer students, returning MCC students and degreed students can walk into a campus advising office and meet with the first available advisor. New students will be assigned an advising session at placement testing time.
It is not mandatory, however, we strongly recommend you meet with an advisor before registering for classes to make sure you are selecting the right classes for your degree plan and to discuss your academic goals.
Transfer degrees are designed for students who want to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer on to a four-year institution. Our Associate in Arts degree is the primary transfer degree but there are four others:
See an advisor for more information about transferring.
Our career degree, the Associate in Applied Science (AAS), gives you technical skills for entry-level employment in the workforce. It is not designed for transfer. It is also known as a career or occupational degree. MCC currently has about 80 career programs. Although the AAS is not considered a transfer degree, we have agreements with other institutions that allow smooth transfer of credits.
No. For business or accounting, you should use the AA degree plan. The AAS degree is best if you are not planning on transferring to a four-year institution. For computer science degree plans, meet with an academic advisor because there are both transfer and non-transfer degrees in this area of study.
The Associate in Arts degree requires
These courses meet requirements for a social science in the Associate of Arts degree plan. Two courses from two areas of study are required.
Geography (excluding 104 and 110)
These courses meet requirements for humanities in the AA plan. Three courses from three areas of study (one course must be literature or philosophy) are required.
Art History or Art 108
Foreign Language (101 or higher or SIGN 101 or 102)
Mass Communication 112
Music 108, 116, or 160
Speech 103, 104, 106, 110, 112, 114, 128, or 133
Western Civilization (HIST/HUMN 133 or 134)
Physical science courses that count towards the AA degree include chemistry, geology, geography and physics. The course must be four to five credit hours and include a lab.
These courses are part of the general education requirements for the Associate in Arts, Associate in Arts Teaching and Associate in Computer Science degrees.
There are three kinds of these courses:
You must complete at least a Writing Intensive course and either a Learning Community or a Human Diversity course.
This is a condition or requirement that must be met before enrolling in a course. To satisfy a prerequisite, you must receive a "C" or better in the course to advance to the next class.
Our courses are accredited, and those numbered 100 or above can transfer. If you plan to transfer, meet with an academic advisor early and often. Be sure to check about electives - most bachelor's degrees accept only a limited number of them.
These are agreements MCC has with more than 25 area colleges and universities to help you transfer. If you follow one of these agreements, you can move from an associate's degree to a bachelor's degree without loss of credits or duplication of courses. See course requirements for area colleges at transfer agreements.
A degree plan, or program plan, is a list of courses and requirements needed for a degree or certificate. Use it to plan your schedule and get approval for financial aid. You can get a copy of degree plans online, in the course catalog or in an advising office.
There are special degree plans you should follow for majoring in computer science, teaching, engineering, biology or chemistry to prepare for transferring to a four year institutions.
Most MCC students must take placement tests. It is the best way to make sure you get the right class. The wrong class could set back your college career. If you have taken the ACT test in the last two years, you may be able to use those results to place into English, math and reading courses at MCC. Bring a copy of your ACT results to the records office before you enroll in class or before you take the placement test. Check out some sample questions for the placement test at http://www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html.
Many MCC students test into a developmental course - those courses numbered under 100. Credit for courses numbered under 100 do not count toward your degree, but these courses form the foundation for success.
The class schedule is available online three to four weeks before the start of enrollment (last week of October for spring semester; last week of March for summer and fall). A printed version is on campus one to two weeks before the start of enrollment.
To create your schedule, take a hard look at how much time you can give college:
List classes you want, use the planning grid. Make sure you've covered the class prerequisites (background courses that are required) before you plug it in. Some suggestions:
To be considered a full-time student, you must take 12 credit hours in the fall or spring semesters, six for summer.
Use your Student Center at myMCCKC to enroll in courses.
Start with your instructor. Each instructor has office hours (listed in the syllabus given out the first day of class) when you can get extra help. If you need more assistance, visit one of the campus learning resource centers, where you can get free tutoring, help with reading, writing, math, study skills, note taking and more.
You may want to consider dropping a course if, after talking with your instructor, you see little or no chance of passing the class, or you realize you cannot regularly attend class due to unforeseen circumstances. However, be aware this could affect health insurance, child support, financial aid, scholarships or A+ eligibility. Withdraws from courses appear on your transcript permanently, so you don't want to establish a pattern. If you have questions about whether to drop a class, meet with an academic advisor.
Students may drop a class through their myMCCKC student center or by visiting with an advisor. Dropping a class after the 100% refund period will result in a grade of "W" on the transcript. During the last 40% of a class, students will receive a grade for their academic progress. Student who stop attending class during this time period could fall below satisfactory academic standards and therefore receive a failing grade.
To get a full refund, you need to make the drop decision early. Refunds are based on the date you officially drop a class. Talk with an advisor before you drop. Dropping courses could affect your health insurance, financial aid, scholarships or A+ eligibility.
No. If you stop attending class you will not be automatically withdrawn. You must officially withdraw at myMCCKC or by visiting with an academic advisor. If not, your grades will be recorded as "F", which will affect your GPA and may cause other problems. Do not assume your instructor will drop you!
Auditing lets you attend and review a class without grades or tests. No credit is given and fees are the same as for a credit course. If you wish to audit, you must declare this when you enroll.
See your grades at myMCCKC. Once there, click on "Grades" under Academic History in the Academic section of your StudentCenter. This is the only way to view them. Grades will not be mailed to you.
Your transcript is the record of your academic progress at MCC. To see your transcripts, go to the "Other Academics" drop down box, and select "Unofficial Transcripts."
See our College Success Toolkit for pointers for being a successful student. You should also be aware of your student responsibilities.
You must apply for graduation at least one semester before you plan to graduate. Apply before these deadlines:
June 15 - for fall (December) graduation
October 15 - for spring (May) graduation
February 15 - for summer (July) graduation
More graduation information.
More graduation information.
After your degree or certificate application is received:
More graduation information.