Frequently Asked Questions & Answers



Who attends Middlesex Community College?

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Middlesex Community College has a diverse student population who may attend days, or evenings and weekends, or both. All people with an interest in all that Middlesex has to offer are encouraged to apply. The student population at Middlesex ranges from recent high school graduates to adults returning to school. Recent demographic studies show that 43 percent of MCC students attend full time, 21 percent have dependent children, 82 percent are employed, 41 percent receive financial aid, and 45 percent have had prior college experience. Survey data and follow up studies of MCC graduates reveal that within one year of graduation, 93 percent are either pursuing further higher education or are employed in a field related to their training at MCC.

When can I visit the Campus?

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Tours are available at both the Bedford and Lowell campuses during the day, in the evening and on weekends. Click here to view a monthly schedule of campus tours, or to sign up for a campus tour. You may also call 1-800-818-3434 for further information.

Do I need any testing to be admitted to Middlesex Community College?

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SAT scores are not required. You may need to take the College Placement Test prior to registering for courses. Click here for more information about College Placement Testing.

When does the next semester begin?

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Click here for semester information.

Is parking available on campus?

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Free parking is available to registered students in designated lots. Click here to see garage and parking lot locations.

In Lowell - There are a limited number of 30 minute visitor parking spots available in front of the City Campus Building on Merrimack Street. For longer parking, day students should park in the Early Garage on Middlesex Street or the Davidson parking lot, or on the street in metered spaces. Evening students may park in any of the city garages.

In Bedford - There are a limited number of 30 minute visitor parking spots available in front of the Campus Center building. For longer parking, there are several lots available adjacent to various campus buildings. There is also parking available in lots near the VA hospital. A shuttle bus runs frequently between many of the lots.

Can I take classes at either the Bedford or the Lowell Campus?

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Students are allowed to take classes at either the Bedford or Lowell Campuses to fulfill their degree requirements. Some courses are only offered on one campus. Click here to view the class schedule, which gives further information on the courses being offered on either campus for the semester that you request.

What does it cost to attend Middlesex Community College?

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Click here for a list of our tuition and fee charges for the current semester.

Do you offer financial aid, payment plans, or scholarships?

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Yes, and all students are encouraged to apply for financial aid.

Middlesex Community College participates in most federal and state grant, scholarship and loan programs that are available to students attending a post-secondary institution. Please click here for a listing of the aid programs. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid to help meet the expenses of attending college. Financial aid awards are based on financial need, enrollment status in an eligible program and availability of funding. Click here to find out more about how to apply for financial aid.

Several organizations including The Middlesex Community College Foundation make available several scholarships each year. These awards range from $500 to more than $1,000 per year for students enrolled full time. Click here for more information on MCC Foundation Scholarships.

Middlesex Community College is pleased to offer a payment plan to meet the needs of its students. For more information, contact the Student Accounts office at 978-656-3292 or click here for more information.

How do I choose a major?

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Explore your interests and think about what you like to do and where your talents lie. An MCC advisor is ready to assist you and to discuss your plans and the educational pathway needed to meet your goals. Call 1-800-818-3434 to schedule an appointment.

How do I register for classes?

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You may register for classes in person at the Student Information Centers on either campus, via phone by calling 1-800-818-3434, or online. Click here for additional registration information or to register online.

How do I request my Middlesex Community College transcript?

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Middlesex Community College must receive your transcript request in writing. Click here to download a Transcript Request Form. When completing the form, be sure to include your name, Social Security Number, your approximate dates of attendance, the complete address where the transcript will be sent, and enclose $2 per transcript. Please sign the request, as your signature is required in order to release the transcript. You may either mail your request or visit the Student Information Center on either campus to return the completed form.

Will Middlesex prepare me to transfer to a bachelor's degree program?

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Yes. There are many degree options that are designed to facilitate transfer to a bachelor's degree program as well as maximize your transfer credit. Academic Counselors in the Academic Planning Center can help you plan your transfer program. Call 1-800-818-3434 to schedule an advising appointment.

Where can I buy my books?

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Required textbooks and course materials may be purchased in person and online from MCC Bookstores.

MCC Bedford Bookstore
Campus Center
590 Springs Road
Bedford, MA 01730
781-276-4211

MCC Lowell Bookstore
Derby Building
88 Middle Street
Lowell, MA 01842
978-322-8323

The bookstores accept cash, personal checks, major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover), and MCC Financial Aid Vouchers.

Do you offer online courses?

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Yes. You can complete an entire associate's degree online in the following majors: Business Administration Careers, Business Administration Transfer, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Liberal Studies. Middlesex Community College also offers many online courses - both credit and noncredit - in a variety of subjects. Click here for an updated listing of online courses offered each semester.

Do you offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses?

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Yes. Middlesex Community College offers English as a second language courses in Reading & Writing, Grammar, and Listening & Speaking. Before registering, students must take a College Placement Test and meet with an advisor. Call 1-800-818-3434 to schedule this test and an advising appointment.

Do you offer disability support services?

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Middlesex Community College is committed to the policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. The College provides a variety of academic support services for students with documented physical, psychiatric and/or learning disabilities. Services are coordinated through the Disability Support Services Office. Support services may include: pre-registration advising, tutoring, scribes, copies of class notes, distraction reduced testing, print enlargement, extended time testing, and assistive technology. Click here for more information or call 781-280-3630.

How can I get involved in campus life?

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There is a broad spectrum of activities available to students including opportunities that enhance leadership skills through participation in clubs, events and student government. Students are encouraged to visit the Student Activities Office located on the second floor of the Campus Center in Bedford and on the fourth floor of the Lowell City Building Room 407. Club and Student Resource Fairs are held where students can sign up to participate in an activity. All MCC students are invited to participate regardless of the campus where the activity is located. Click here for more specific information about "Student Activities" on the MCC portal.

Do you offer academic support services?

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Academic support/tutoring is available, free of charge to all students. Tutoring centers and labs are located at the Bedford and Lowell Campuses and offer both drop-in and individual appointments depending on the subject matter. Professional and peer tutors staff the Writing Center and Reading/Study Skills, Math, Science, Computer and Accounting Labs, and assist students with assignments and projects, lead study groups and provide guidance in the use of computers and other multimedia. Online tutoring is also offered in many subjects. Students are encouraged to take advantage of all the support early in the semester.

Tutoring hours and locations differ from campus to campus. Click here for more information about the Academic Support Program.

Last Modified: 8/28/13