How to Register and Prepare for Online Classes

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Before you sign up for an online course, decide whether online learning is right for you. Our Online Learning Pre-Assessment Tool will help you determine your level of readiness for taking online courses. 

Ready to register for an online class at Montgomery College? Here's what to do. 

Step 1: Apply to MC

Before you can register for any class at MC, you must submit the admissions application and complete related steps. Follow the steps on Getting Started: How to Apply and Register. If you're already a student at MC, you can skip this step. 

Step 2: Look for Classes

Browse the listings of all available online credit courses. We also offer a variety of noncredit online courses through our Workforce Development & Continuing Education division. 

Step 3: Meet with an Advisor

If you're pursuing a degree, meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes. This helps make sure you're taking courses in the right order and staying on the right path toward your degree. Go to Make an Advising Appointment

Step 4: Register for Class

To register for classes, log in to MyMC and click on the Registration tab. (If you're taking a noncredit class, follow the directions on the Noncredit Online Courses page.) Please be aware of the payment deadlines. If you do not pay on time, you could be dropped from the class for non-payment. Please take note of any required course materials.

Step 5: Take Orientation

Online Student Orientation provides tips for student success and an introduction to Blackboard, the College’s course management system. We highly recommend that all new students go through this online orientation to get a feel for how online learning works. 

To access the orientation, go to and log in with the following credentials: username: mcguest | password: mcguest

Click on Online Learning Orientation under My Course on the right-hand corner to access the orientation. You can visit the orientation as often as necessary.

English (ENGL) Orientation

Students registered for the online sections of ENGL101, ENGL102, and ENGL103 are required to attend a face-to-face orientation on campus. Please contact your instructor or the campus English department for more information regarding the orientation. ELITE is not in charge of these orientations; they are conducted by the English departments.

Tuesday, September 3, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Germantown, PK 156

Saturday, September 7, 10;00 - 11:00 a.m., Takoma Park/Silver Spring, P3 210

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Rockville, HU 302

Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 - 8;00 pm, Rockville, HU 302

Tuesday, September 3,  8:00 - 9:00 p.m., Rockville, HU 202

Saturday, September 7, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Takoma Park/Silver Spring, ST 328

Saturday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Germantown, PK 180

Wednesday, October 23, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m., Rockville, HU 202

Please note that while you are recommended to attend one of the orientations below, the orientation is not mandatory.

Monday, August 26, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Rockville, CS 018

Tuesday, September 3, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Rockville, CS 018

Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 -7:30 p.m., Takoma Park/Silver Spring, P3 110

Wednesday, August 28, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Germantown, PK 181

Step 6: Obtain Your Course Materials

You may get information on required course materials for any given course by searching the dynamic class schedule (also available in MyMC). Browse by term and subject. Find your course, then click on the book icon to determine which text is required for the specific section. Note that course materials for online and on-campus sections of the same course may not be the same, so make sure you are checking the correct section. 

If you signed up for a Z-course, check with your instructor for information about course materials. Z-courses are courses in which all textbook materials are available at no cost for the section. For labs and art courses, all textbook materials are available at no cost; other course materials and supplies must be purchased. Regular internet access is required for access to materials.

Step 7: Familiarize Yourself with Academic Resources and Technical Support

As a distance learner at MC, you have access to all on-campus resources and facilities, as well as online tutoring, counseling, advising, and more. Visit Academic Resources and Technical Support to learn more. 

Step 8: Access Your Online Class

Approximately one week prior to the first day of the semester, log in to MyMC and select the Blackboard icon at the top. If you don't see your course listed under your My Blackboard screen, contact ELITE at 240-567-6000.

On the day that classes begin, log in to MyMC, then log in to Blackboard. Click on your class from the course list. Check for Announcements, download the syllabus, enter all your due dates into a calendar, and click through all menu tabs for content and resources. Start reading your text. You can also access your course through the Blackboard mobile app. 

Classes usually run from a set day of the week until the same day next week. Sign on at least three times a week throughout the semester unless directed otherwise. 

If you are taking a course that is not on Blackboard, follow the instructions that are listed with your class on your registration sheet or in MyMC. 

Out of State Students

As a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), Montgomery College is approved to offer distance education courses to students in all NC-SARA states. As a student of an NC-SARA institution, you have expanded access to educational offerings and better resolution of student complaints in SARA states. To date, only California is not an SARA state; therefore Montgomery College cannot offer distance classes to students in this state. Questions should be directed to ELITE at 240-567-6000.

See the complete listing of State Contact Information for Online Students (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .


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