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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

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 accountnew window (video). Go to MyMCnew window and click on "Claim Your Account." You will be prompted to enter your MyMC 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 2022
  • Registration open now
  • August 29: Fall classes begin
  • September 12: 13-week classes begin
  • October 26: 7-week classes begin
  • December 18: Fall classes end
Winter 2023
  • September 26: Course offerings published online
  • October 10: Registration opens
  • December 19: Winter session classes begin
  • January 20: Winter session classes end
Spring 2023
  • October 10: Course offerings published online
  • October 24: Priority registration opens
  • October 31: General registration opens
  • January 23: Spring classes begin
  • February 6: 13-week classes begin
  • March 27: 7-week classes begin
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