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Official Names

About Our Name

Our official name is Montgomery College. Montgomery College is used in news releases, feature articles, publications, and on the web. “MC” is acceptable after a first reference to “Montgomery College,” but it should not be used repeatedly or solely. Do not use “MC,” “Montgomery” or any other shortened form in titles of publications, on signs, or in any formal publication. Prior to 1969, Montgomery College was named Montgomery Junior College. 

These are the official names and terms specific to Montgomery College:

Admissions and Enrollment Management (refers only to the entire unit)

Admissions and Records (refers to any physical office spaces or where admissions takes place)

Advancement and Community Engagement, Office of (OACE)

The Center for Professional & Organizational Development, CPOD

ALERT (service)

Budget Office (note: this is an exception to the Office of ___ structure used for all other MC units)

The Center for Teaching and Learning, or CTL

Collective Bargaining Agreement

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)

eMAP, electronic Montgomery Advising Program (not eMap or Emap)

English as a Second Language, ESL

Faculty Council

First Year Experience, or FYE (no hyphen)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA

General Equivalency Diploma, GED

GPA (no periods)

Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education, GITE

IMAP, International Montgomery Advising Program

Macklin Business Institute (MBI)

MATLAB (not MatLab or Matlab)

MCTV (also: "MCTV, cable channel 10 in Montgomery County"), (formerly, ITV)

Media Arts & Technologies (formerly,Communication Arts Technologies and formerly, the VCT curriculum)

Montgomery Advising Program (MAP)

Montgomery Scholars Program (MSP)

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center


New Student Orientation

Office of Records and Registration (formerly, Office of Admissions, Records, and Registration)

Office of Advancement and Community Engagement (formerly, Office of Institutional Advancement, and Office of Advancement)

Office of Safety and Security

Parent-Student Information Session

Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement

Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College (PIC MC), formerly Hercules Pinkney Life Sciences Park

Policy and Procedure

Request for Services Form (refers to DSS)

School of Art+Design at Montgomery College (SA+D)

Smithsonian Institution

Speakers Bureau (no apostrophe)

Study Abroad Program

Takoma Park/Silver Spring


University of Maryland (refers to the College Park location)

University of Maryland, Baltimore

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (or UMBC)

University of Maryland Global Campus (or UMGC)

Universities at Shady Grove (or USG)

Visual, Performing, and Communications Arts (not Communication)

Washington, DC

Women’s Studies Program

Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE)