Getting Started: How to Apply and Register

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What follows are the easy steps that will take you inside your first MC class.

Note that these steps are for new students who want to take credit classes. If you're a current credit student, see How to Register for Classes.

You can view class schedules and programs online.

For noncredit (WDCE) classes, you DO NOT need to follow the steps below: you just select your classes, then register and pay.

Summer and fall 2020 classes will be offered in either an online or a structured-remote learning format due to the coronavirus pandemic. MC is still accepting new applications and new registrations. View the Resilient MC webpage for additional information.

Enrollment Process for Credit Classes

Step One: Apply

Complete the admissions application.


General admission to Montgomery College is open to anyone who has either graduated from an accredited high school, satisfactorily completed the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) examination, or is at least 16 years of age and has graduated or left secondary school. Standardized test scores (e.g., SAT, ACT) are not required for admission but may be used to determine your course placement. 


Step Two: Activate Your Account and Determine Placement

Set up your MyMC account and your MC email. Then check whether you need to take a placement test.

Step Two: ActivateREQUIRED

  • Claim your MyMC account:  Go to MyMC and click on "Claim Your Account." You will be prompted to enter your MC Student ID along with your M# (nine characters including the M).
  • Once you are logged in to MyMC, set up your Montgomery College email account by clicking on the email icon. This is the way MC will communicate with you.
  • Based on your academic history, you may be exempt from taking a placement test. Otherwise, you will need to take NextGen ACCUPLACER English, ALEKS Math, or ACCUPLACER ESL. Visit the Assessment Centers page for more information about these tests and to schedule an appointment.
Step Three: Complete Your Orientation and Schedule Appointment with an Advisor

Complete orientation and counseling. 

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Step Four: Register for Classes and Pay

Register for your classes and be sure to submit your payment on time. 

Step Four: AchieveREQUIRED

Now, let’s prepare for the semester:

Important Dates

All classes are currently taught remotely and all fall 2020 semester classes will be offered in either an online or a structured-remote work learning format. View the MC Resilient webpage for additional information.

Spring Semester 2020
  • Remote teaching and learning will continue through the end of the spring semester.
  • May 2, 2020: The College will transition to a period designed to help students in need of academic support and assessment. This assistance and assessment period will last from May 4 to May 13.
  • May 22, 2020: Semester formally ends.
Summer Session 2020
  • April 20, 2020: Summer course offerings published online for viewing only.
  • April 27, 2020: Summer registration opens.
  • June 8, 2020: Summer Session I classes begin. Courses will be offered in either distance learning or structured remote teaching format.
  • July 11, 2020: Summer Session II classes begin. Courses will be offered in either distance learning or structured remote teaching format.
  • August 21, 2020: Summer session II classes end.
Fall Semester 2020
  • May 11, 2020: Fall course offerings published online for viewing only.
  • May 18, 2020: Fall registration opens.
  • August 31, 2020: Fall classes begin. Courses will begin online and in structured remote teaching format, with the addition of face-to-face teaching/learning if conditions improve.
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