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Getting Started: How to Apply and Register

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If you're new to Montgomery College, this is your step-by-step guide to becoming an MC student. 

Are you a current or returning student? See How to Register for Classes
Looking for noncredit (Workforce Development and Continuing Education) classes? See Noncredit Course Offerings
Not ready to apply yet? Explore our programs, majors, and degrees and class schedules. If you're not sure which specific program will best suit your career or transfer needs, explore the Fields of Study

Returning to Campus

We are working to offer more in-person classes and student services.

  • Fall 2021: Many classes are fully online, but classes that focus on hands-on skills and learning experiences meet on campus.
  • Winter Session: All winter classes will be fully online. Register now.
  • Spring 2022: Classes will be offered on campus and online. Register now.
Students must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination by January 7, 2022 (or have an approved exception from the College) to access on-campus classes and services. Learn more.

Enrollment Steps for New Credit Students

Step One: Apply

Complete the admissions application.


  • Complete the MC admissions application.
  • Submit an official high school transcript. Due to the current COVID-19 situation with campus departments operating remotely, high school transcripts may be submitted electronically by high schools that use Naviance, or complete the Raptor Central Online Request Formnew window. We may request an official sealed copy of emailed transcripts for verification purposes.

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. 

In cases where the validity of graduation information is in question, Montgomery College will request supporting documentation, including any of the following:

  • Documentation from the secondary school to confirm the validity.
  • Documentation from the relevant department or agency in the state or country in which the secondary school is located to confirm that the secondary school is recognized as a provider of secondary school education.
  • An educational evaluation completed by an accepted credential evaluation agency


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.


  • Claim your MyMC account. Go to MyMCnew window 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). You can find your Student ID and M# in the letter that was emailed to the personal email address you listed on your application. 
  • Step Two: ActivateOnce 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 or may not need to complete our MC Remote Placement process. Visit the Assessment and Testing Centers/Remote Placement page for information and instructions about this process.
Step Three: Complete Your Orientation and Meet with a Counselor

Complete orientation and advising.

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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

Fall Semester 2021
  • April 19, 2021: Course offerings published online.
  • April 26, 2021: Priority registration opens.
  • May 3, 2021: General registration opens.
  • August 30, 2021: Full term (15-week) classes and first half of term (7-week) classes begin.
  • September 13, 2021: Late starting (13-week) classes begin.
  • October 27, 2021: Second half of term (7-week) classes begin.
Winter Session 2021
  • September 27, 2021: Course offerings published online.
  • October 11, 2021: Registration opens.
  • December 20, 2021: Online-only classes begin.
Spring Semester 2022
  • October 11, 2021: Course offerings published online.
  • October 25, 2021: Priority registration opens.
  • November 1, 2021: General registration opens.
  • January 24, 2022: Classes begin.
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