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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 moving to offer more in-person classes and services for summer and fall 2021. Many fall classes will be fully online, but classes that focus on hands-on skills and learning experiences will meet on campus. Most lab sections are scheduled on-campus for the fall semester.

See Student Guidance for more information.

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. 


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

Most classes are fully online until further notice.

Spring Semester 2021
  • October 19, 2020: Course offerings published online.
  • November 2, 2020: Priority registration opens.
  • November 9, 2020: General registration opens.
  • January 25, 2021: Full term (15-week) classes begin.
  • January 25, 2021: First seven-week classes begin.
  • February 8: Late-starting (13-week) classes begin.
  • March 29, 2021: Second seven-week classes begin.
  • May 21, 2021: Official end of spring semester.
Summer Sessions 2021
  • March 29, 2021: Course offerings published online.
  • April 5, 2021: Registration opens.
  • June 1, 2021: Summer I classes begin.
  • June 21, 2021: Midsummer classes begin.
  • July 12, 2021: Summer II classes begin.
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: Fall classes begin.
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