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Student Guidance: Returning to Campus

Get Your Shot

We urge all eligible MC students and employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Student Services 

All of our student services have remote options. In August, we'll begin offering some in-person services. See how to access what you need

Emergency Financial Assistance

Federal funds are available to help cover emergency costs related to the coronavirus pandemic. Most MC students are eligible. Apply now for financial assistance.

Montgomery College is moving to offer more in-person classes and services.

We’re excited about seeing some of you in person—and continuing virtual services for those who prefer them. 

Fall Semester

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.

Please review your schedule carefully. If a building and room are assigned for the lab section, it will meet on campus. Some sections also have a section note that the lab will meet on campus. Classes that meet on campus are marked with a campus building and room number in the course schedule.

  • Many remote lecture and discussion sections are scheduled just prior to or after the on-campus lab. There is not time to travel to or from campus between these adjacent section meetings. Campus spaces will be available for students to complete remote coursework when they are on campus for in-person classes.
  • Wi-Fi is available in designated on-campus parking lots and parking garages for your convenience. 
  • If you start a class online, it will remain online. Classes will not switch from online to on-campus in the middle of the course.
  • Check the course schedule throughout the summer to look for more on-campus courses. Courses will be added as enrollment demands and conditions improve.

Noncredit Classes

Many hands-on courses have on-campus sections scheduled for fall.  Healthcare careers, technical programs, information technology, driver safety, surveying, and many more can be found in the noncredit course schedules.

Class Types


What does this mean?

Distance Learning courses are offered completely online and allow students to learn independently, on their own schedules, as they meet specific deadlines and complete assignments.  Instructors guide students’ learning with lessons, activities, and feedback through a Blackboard course site.

Distance learning courses are indicated in the course schedule as Distance Learning with a DL WEB course location.

Will students be required to come on campus?

No, all distance learning classes will be online.

Are students required to attend at specific class meeting times?

No, distance learning courses do not meet at specific times. Students must complete assignments according to a schedule set by the instructor.

What does this mean?

courses are scheduled on specific days and at specific times.  Students meet as a class remotely through Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate; instructors will tell students which software to use.  Students complete reading and assignments according to the course schedule.  Class sessions take place in real time, and the instructor leads course sessions.

Remote courses are listed in the course schedule with specific times and campuses with REMOTE as the course location. These classes will not meet on campus. Instead, they will meet remotely at the scheduled times.                         

Will students be required to come on campus?

No, all remote classes will be conducted online. 

Are students required to attend at specific class meeting times?

, remote courses meet on specific days at specific times noted in the class schedule.


On-Campus classes require specialized equipment and/or hands-on instruction. Students enrolled in these classes will need to come to campus on specific dates to specific locations.

On-Campus classes are listed in the course schedule with specific times and on-campus class locations. Some meetings may happen online and some on-campus. Instructors will contact students to provide details about course meeting times.

Will students be required to come on campus?

Yes, some course sessions will be held on campus, with safety measures in place to protect students and employees. If you are required to come to campus, follow the Health and Safety Guidance.

Are students required to attend at specific class meeting times?

On-Campus classes will meet on specific dates and at specific times, both online and on campus according to the instructor’s syllabus. Students are expected to attend on-campus meetings; however, students with health concerns should consult with the instructor about alternatives.

Student Services, Resources, and Support

Student Services

All of the College’s student services have remote options. Some departments have limited in-person options by appointment. Before you come to campus, check with the appropriate office or department

Financial Assistance, Resources, and Support

Apply for emergency financial assistance and find more resources and support

Shuttle Transportation

The 2021 Fall Semester Shuttle Service Schedule (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) is now available to help with your transportation needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to students' frequently asked questions about the coronavirus response and return-to-campus plans.

Return to Campus Student Forums

Please join members of the College's senior leadership, along with representatives from IT, Public Safety, and Facilities, as they present information about the college’s returning to campus plans for students followed by a question-and-answer session. Registration is required. 
To stay up to date with MC’s plans and guidelines visit the webpage You can also see the answers to students' frequently asked questions about the College's coronavirus response and return-to-campus plans on this webpage. The FAQ page is being regularly updated to reflect campus operations as well as the latest advice and information from county, state, and federal authorities. If you have questions about returning to campus, please contact  

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Return to Campus Guidelines

At this time, we ask that students only come to campus for scheduled classes or appointments.  

Before coming to campus each day, all students and employees must complete the online health assessment.

See Return to Campus for more information on Health and Safety Procedures, Campus Buildings and Facilities, and Reporting and Contact Tracing

Face Masks

Face coverings (masks) are required for all individuals (employees, students, contractors, and guests) who are indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. The College has reinstituted the mask requirement following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in consultation with MC’s Return-to-Campus Advisory Committee. See Health and Safety Procedures for more information.

Get Vaccinated

Montgomery College encourages all eligible students, faculty, staff, and visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. While the College is not requiring vaccination, we all share a responsibility to do everything we can to keep our community safe from the coronavirus.

Campus Vaccination and Testing Sites

  • Rockville: Counseling and Advising Building (CB). Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to students, staff, and the general public. Walk-ins welcome; appointments availablenew window.
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring: ST Building, 2nd floor student lounge. Open Thursdays to students, staff, and the general public. Times will alternate each week between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Next clinic: September 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-ins only.
  • Germantown: Details coming soon.

Text your ZIP code to 438829 to receive a list of vaccine locations nearest to you. En Español: Envíe su código postal por mensaje de texto al número 822862 para recibir una lista de los centros de vacunación más cercanos a usted.

Statement of Responsibilities

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Montgomery College has prioritized the health and safety of its students and employees above all else. The College continues to follow all applicable federal, state and county guidelines and has taken steps to implement substantial precautions, including, but not limited to, increased cleaning, use of facial coverings, use of daily COVID-19 self-assessment, contract tracing and isolating/quarantining when required, in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. However, maintaining a safe campus is a shared responsibility.  By entering onto any of the College’s campuses or leased spaces, students agree to abide by all applicable College safety guidelines and protocols related to COVID-19. Failure to comply with these safety measures may result in the denial of access to the College’s campuses or leased spaces, denial of services, and/or the denial of participation in any College events, programs or activities, including classroom participation, and may result in a referral to a campus dean of student development for potential disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.

Despite the safety measures that have been implemented, it is impossible for the College to fully mitigate the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 or any other communicable diseases, and students must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves. Students understand and agree that by attending in-person classes, engaging in any College services or activities, or otherwise entering onto the College’s campuses or leased spaces, they assume all risks attendant thereto, including the risk of contracting COVID-19 or any other communicable diseases.

As the state of medical knowledge related to COVID-19 continues to evolve, guidelines and protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19 may change.  As such, students are responsible for continuing to monitor their College email for any updates, as well as the main Coronavirus Response and Return to Campus page