2016 - 2017 Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2016 - 2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Admission Policy

Montcalm Community College provides educational opportunities for all who seek them. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older, or whose high school class has graduated, is eligible to attend MCC as a degree-seeking student. Anyone younger than age 18 may attend as a non-degree seeking student. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to academic programs with specific entry requirements.

Montcalm Community College complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the education amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Michigan Handicappers’ Civil Rights Act.

It is the policy of Montcalm Community College that no person; on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, height, weight, disability or Vietnam-era veteran status, shall be discriminated against in employment, educational programs, activities or admissions. Additionally, arrangements can be made to ensure that the lack of English-language skills is not a barrier to admission or participation.

New Student Enrollment Process

A Prospective Student Should:

  • apply for admission;
  • apply for financial aid (if desired);
  • provide proof of high school or GED completion;
  • complete new student orientation;
  • activate student e-mail account;
  • complete assessment, which is required before enrolling in many entry-level courses;
  • register for classes; and
  • arrange payment for classes.

Admission Application

Applications for Admission are available from Student Services, located in the Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building on the college’s Sidney campus, and at all MCC off-campus sites as well as area high school counseling offices and the MCC website at https://www.montcalm.edu/1095. There is no application fee.

Prospective students may apply online, or submit a completed Application for Admission to MCC’s Student Services Office. Official transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities must be sent directly from those institutions to MCC.

Students who are admitted and do not attend within 18 months of acceptance must reapply. Students who return to MCC after five years of non-attendance must also reapply.


Academic assessment using COMPASS or ACT is required for all students pursuing a program of study at MCC or who wish to enroll in a course with a score listed as a prerequisite. Scores must be on file in Student Services. New students must complete and submit an Application for Admission prior to assessment. Students who have completed COMPASS within the previous five years, or attained the required ACT assessment scores (scoring 18 or above in individual test modules) do not need to re-test unless by choice. Assessment fees may apply to those who choose to re-test.

Those who have earned a bachelor’s degree, are age 60 or older, audit classes or obtain a waiver from the instructor may be exempted from assessment. Only COMPASS scores are accepted as placement scores for MATH prefix courses; ACT math scores cannot be used.

See the Placement Score Equivalencies Chart

Nursing and Allied Health Program Admission

Students who intend to apply to nursing or another allied health program must also meet the admission requirements for that particular program. General standards required by the health care professions include, but are not limited to, drug screens, finger printing, criminal background checks, immunizations, and other required documentation and certifications.

Admissions requirements for these programs can be obtained through the guide to Getting Started link on MCC’s website, the MCC Admissions Office, and from an academic counselor or advisor.

Admission of Non-degree Seeking Students

Applicants who wish to take selected courses for personal interest or enrichment should indicate this on their Application for Admission. These applicants are not required to submit college transcripts, but must complete entry requirements for specific courses. Non-degree applicants are not eligible for federal or state financial aid.

Admission of High School, Middle School and Elementary School Students

Students who wish to enroll in MCC courses prior to graduation from high school should meet with their school counselor to submit an Application for Admission and discuss readiness for college coursework.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is an educational option for high school students. Students are officially enrolled in high school and simultaneously enrolled in one or more college classes. The classes may be taken college and/or high school credit. The student’s high school pays tuition, fees and for required books. Students interested in dual enrollment must contact their high school counselor or principal for eligibility requirements and authorization to register. Students must meet all college admission and registration requirements. For additional information, visit www.montcalm.edu/dual-enrollment.

Guest Students from Other Colleges

Students currently enrolled at other colleges or universities may attend MCC on a guest student status by completing a Michigan Uniform Guest Student Application, available from the Admissions Office at the institution where the student is enrolled or MCC’s website at www.montcalm.edu/admissions/getting-started/ and select Guest Student Application.

International Students

International students must complete an International Student Application for Admission as well as an MCC Application for Admission; both are available on the MCC website at www.montcalm.edu/admissions/getting-started/ and select International Student Information. International students must submit original certified transcripts, in English, of all previous high school and post-secondary coursework; a financial statement or affidavit of support indicating ability to meet all educational expenses; documentation of English language skills (TOEFL); proof of housing and transportation,and a letter indicating their educational plans. Students must have established local housing and transportation arrangements.

International students who wish to have international post-secondary credit transferred to MCC must submit a course-by-course credit evaluation available through either World Educational Services (WES) or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

New Student Orientation

All new, credential-seeking students are required to complete a new student orientation session before beginning classes at MCC. New Student Orientation is available prior to each semester on MCC’s Sidney campus. Students can sign-up for orientation at http://www.montcalm.edu/sub-header/admissions/guide-to-getting-started/orientation/. Orientation is a key element of student success. Students learn strategies to assist them in acclimating to post-secondary education and learn about resources available to help them succeed.

Academic Advisement

Academic counselors and advisors are available to assist students with academic planning and defining educational goals. Counselors/Advisors guide students regarding course selection, meeting education and program requirements, dropping and adding courses, petitioning procedures and issues related to transfer. Academic advising is a collaborative effort between counselors or advisors and the students. Students are expected to read all pertinent MCC student information and participate in the advising process. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor or advisor prior to registering.

Placement Score Equivalencies Chart

MCC Readiness Levels






Courses (higher level courses will also qualify as a prerequisite)



Reading level  0

Reading 0-48






Reading level 1

Reading 49-65






Reading level 2

Reading 66-81




ENGL 050


Reading level 3

Reading 82->

Reading 18



ENGL 060 or ENGL 051



Writing level 0

Writing 0-20






Writing level 1

Writing 21-37






Writing level 2

Writing 38-69




ENGL 060 or ENGL 070


Writing level 3

Writing 70+

English 18



ENGL 071



Math level 1

Pre-algebra 0-35






Math level 2

Pre-algebra 36-43




MATH 050


Math level 3

Pre-algebra 44-> OR

Algebra 26-33




MATH 075


Math level 4

Algebra 34-65




MATH 090 or MATH 095


Math level 5

Algebra 66-> OR

College algebra 31-> OR

Trigonometry 31->




MATH 102, MATH 190, or MATH 104