General Enrollment Criteria for New Students
Any person may be enrolled who is at least 16 years of age* and wishes to benefit from a program of study at the College. Enrollment at the College does not mean admission to all courses or programs is a guarantee of financial aid. Students using financial aid are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent.
The College reserves the right to evaluate requests for admission into certain degree programs and to refuse admission to certain programs when considered to be in the best interest of the College.
MCC accepts high school diplomas from accredited high schools and those earned through the Correspondence High School online program offered by UNL and accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education. All other high school diplomas earned online are not accepted.
Individuals who have not completed high school are encouraged to obtain the General Equivalency Degree developed by the General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education. More information on the MCC Adult Basic Education Program can be obtained at mccneb.edu/adulted.
Students may be required to take developmental coursework or prerequisite credit courses prior to entering select MCC classes.
The American College Testing (ACT) placement test is not required; however, students who have taken the ACT within the last three years may have their official ACT scores sent directly to the MCC Records Department.
Please note* a student must first APPLY and create an MCC student record for current ACT scores to be visible for advising purposes and course placement recommendations. If an ACT score is sent and there is no student record to apply it, Advising and Testing Services will not be able to access the student’s ACT score.
- As an Open Enrollment institution Metropolitan Community College has no admissions criteria and there is no application fee. MCC encourages all prospective students to learn more about MCC’s program offerings, locations, and resources at mccneb.edu.
- All prospective students with plans to take credit courses and obtain a certificate or associate degree with Metropolitan Community College should begin by submitting an enrollment application.
- An enrollment application can be submitted anytime by applying at mccneb.edu/Apply.
- To review enrollment procedures for current high school students, see “High School Admission Requirements”.
- To review enrollment procedures for international students, see “Admission of International Students”.
Admission to Specific Programs
Some programs have specific requirements and a formal admissions process.
Among the items considered in determining the eligibility of students for admission to programs, are educational and occupational experiences and other reasonable standards. These standards ensure that the student can complete the program successfully. Students who do not meet the requirements for a specific program might become eligible after completing appropriate work in developmental studies or prerequisite credit classes.
The College and programs reserve the right to deny admission to any students who would not be employable in their respective area of study.
The College may require students to provide a medical statement from a physician or background check for admission to a specific program or when it is otherwise in the best interest of the student and/or the College.
Full-time vs. Part-time Status
Students enrolled in 12.0 or more credit hours during a quarter are considered full-time students.
Students enrolled in less than 12.0 credit hours during a quarter are considered part-time students.
Students wishing to enroll in more than 25.0 credit hours need to meet with an academic advisor or advocacy or disability support services counselor to request permission.
Only students with a 2.5 or higher G.P.A. for the preceding quarters or who demonstrated academic success are permitted to carry more than 25.0 credit hours.
Reservation of Rights to Enrollment
The College reserves the right to limit the number of students enrolled at the College and/or to specific programs. Decisions regarding enrollment at the College and to specific programs are made in accordance with any lawful criteria and/or procedures. Whether published or unpublished, as determined by the College or its officials.
Students with Disabilities
MCC is committed to providing appropriate services and accommodations for any student with a documented disability through Disability Support Services (DSS). To be eligible for services, students must identify themselves to DSS and provide documentation of their disability. Once appropriate documentation is received, DSS works with students to determine reasonable accommodations. These accommodations may not always be the same as the student received in high school or at another college or university. DSS counselors are available to assist students with disabilities on an appointment-based system. For additional information visit www.mccneb.edu/dss.
Visiting students enrolled at other institutions who plan to attend MCC for coursework that transfers back to their home institution. Visiting students must meet the prerequisites or equivalency for the MCC courses selected if required.
Visiting students should complete the Visiting Student Application at www.mccneb.edu/Apply to get started.
The next step is to call Central Registration at 531-622-5231 for registration assistance.
Students with Transfer Credits
Transferring to MCC
Transfer Students who have attended another college and wish to transfer to MCC to complete a certificate or degree program should complete an enrollment application online at www.mccneb.edu/Apply
Once the enrollment application is submitted, the next step is to schedule an advising appointment to discuss the potential transfer of credits and to create an education plan. To schedule an appointment, call the MCC Contact Center at 531-622-2400.
* The MCC Records department will only evaluate courses pertaining to the declared program of study. For more information see “Transcript Evaluation”.
Evaluating Official Transcripts Based on Courses of Declared Major
Only courses pertaining to the declared program of study will be evaluated. If you would like to have specific courses transferred in, which do not pertain to your major, you must notify the Records office by completing the Transcript Re- evaluation/Specific Course Evaluation Request found under the Student Services Home tab in the portal.
Once courses have been brought in and transcribed, they cannot be removed and will remain on your permanent record.
The following criteria must be met for a course to transfer to MCC:
- Institution must be regionally accredited by one of the following agencies:
- Course content must be similar to MCC’s;
- Grade of C or better must have been received;
- Credit hours should be equal (*);
- Courses are evaluated based on the program of study and general education requirements(**).
(*) When course credit hours are not equal, students may have to take additional courses to meet MCC degree requirements.
For example: ACCT 1200 (4.0 semester hrs) from the previous institution has been equated to ACCT 1100 & ACCT 1110 (4.5 quarter hrs each). The student would be given credit for 4.0 semester hrs (=6 MCC credits) instead of 9.0 credits. 3 credit hours shortage can be covered by extra credits in any other section or by taking an additional course to fulfill overall credit hours requirement for a program.
(**) Due to content being regularly updated for the following courses, non-MCC courses will only be accepted if they have been taken within a specific time frame:
HIMS 2400, HIMS 2420 and HIMS 2430 - courses need to have been taken within three years of the current catalog year.
INFO 1001 - course needs to have been taken within five years of the current catalog year.
Once evaluation is completed students are notified via MCC e-mail. Students without an MCC email will receive a letter stating their evaluation is complete. Students may log onto their My Services account to view credits that have transferred. (My Services for Students, Academic Profile, MCC Unofficial Transcripts). An email or letter will be sent if no credits are transferred.
Transfer credit is not listed on MCC’s official transcripts or calculated into the student’s GPA. Courses that are transferred in and replace courses taken at MCC may affect the GPA calculation, as transferred courses are not calculated into a student’s cumulative GPA.
- You changed to another program of study;
- Your transcripts were received by Records before a program was declared;
- You wish specific courses to be reviewed.
Credit For Earned Undergraduate or Graduate Degrees
MCC credit is awarded for some general education courses to students who have an official transcript on file in the Records office, noting conferred bachelor’s, master’s, juris doctor, or doctoral degrees from an regionally, accredited American institution. A student must have declared a major as well as actively seeking a certificate or/and degree. Qualifying students will receive full credit for associate of applied science general education requirements.*
4.5 credit hrs.
Quantitative/Numeracy Skills (GEN_QUANT)
4.5 credit hrs.
Critical Thinking/Creativity & Social/Cultural Awareness (GEN_SOC)
4.5 credit hrs.
Scientific Inquiry (GEN_SCIEN)
4.5 credit hrs.
Professionalism/Life Skills and Information Literacy (GEN_PROF)
4.5 credit hrs.
22.5 credit hrs.
* All Information Technology program majors are still required to take INFO 1001.
Some programs have special requirements for general education courses. In such cases a transcript will be evaluated on course-by-course basis. Check with your advisor to see which general education credits you may be eligible to receive.
International transcripts must first be interpreted by the current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. A course-by-course evaluation must be requested and the official report must be sent directly to Records. International transcripts that have been evaluated by a credential evaluation consultant will be reviewed using MCC’s transcript evaluation guidelines/policies.
Admission of International Students
Prospective F-1 students need to follow these application requirements to apply to MCC:
- All applicants are required to:
- complete an international application online;
- provide proof of English proficiency* by providing proof of successfully completing a comparable English course with a C or higher, placing into credit ESL or ENGL/RDLS classes through MCC’s placement test, scoring into college-level English through the SAT or ACT, or taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The applicant is responsible for making early arrangements for the test via online registration at www.ets.org or writing to:
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA
Official test results must be sent to MCC via TOEFL institutional code number 9621.
- provide an official copy of a high school or college diploma or certification in the original language and with certified English translations;
- submit a completed financial affidavit and a current (within six months) official bank statement or letter for a checking or savings account translated into English and in U.S. dollar equivalency; letters or statements for money markets, investments, or from employers about salaries are not acceptable.
- sign a statement acknowledging that they will be enrolled in an international student health insurance policy identified by the College; and
- Provide a copy of the passport.
- Applicants applying for a change to F-1 status need to consult with a designated school official in International Student Services for additional requirements. Consulting with an immigration lawyer is strongly recommended.
- Applicants in the United States need to provide a copy of the I-94, and visa (except Canadians) or I-797 Notice of Action indicating the current status.
- Applicants transferring from a language institution, high school, college, or university in the United States are required to provide official transcripts from the respective school(s). Copies of all previous I-20s, employment authorization cards, and transcripts are required.
- F-1 students must register for 12.0 credit hours or more each quarter to stay in status, unless they have prior authorization from International Student Services.
- F-1 students are considered to be non-residents for tuition purposes.
*Countries that are exempt from providing English proficiency proof:
Canada (except Quebec)
Common Wealth Caribbean
For more information, visit https://www.mccneb.edu/Prospective-Students/Resources/International/Admission-Information/Admission-Forms, email email@example.com, or call 531-622-2281.
International Student Health Insurance
MCC requires all F-1 international students to purchase a health insurance policy through MCC. Students pay the insurance premiums to MCC prior to class registration, and MCC submits the premiums to the insurance company. Call 531-622-2281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Current High School Students
High School Admission Requirements
In order to enroll at the College, high school students must:
- be classified as a high school student;
- have a minimum C average in high school subjects;
- follow the enrollment policies and procedures of the College (i.e., application, assessment testing and prerequisite coursework); and
- discuss enrollment with a parent/legal guardian and a high school official.
Students not meeting the above criteria who wish to enroll should contact Secondary Partnerships at (531) 622-2213 or email@example.com to determine eligibility.
AP-Advanced Placement Program® High School Credit Opportunity
The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program provides high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses and exams and earn college credit or advanced placement. MCC may award college credit in fulfillment of program requirements when students have acceptable AP exam scores. For consideration of college credit, students need to have official exam score reports mailed to:
Metropolitan Community College
P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103-0777
For more information about the AP Program, visit www.collegeboard.com/apstudents.
MCC has established numerous successful partnerships with area high schools for the benefit of students, including concurrent enrollment courses, career academies, Kickstart Online Institute, Collegenow!, and Gateway to College. Courses are at a college content level, rigor, depth and pace. For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/secondarypartnerships
MCC’s Career Academy program is designed to provide high school juniors and seniors with opportunities to jumpstart their postsecondary education. MCC Career Academies increase student knowledge in various career fields prior to high school graduation, so more informed career choices can be made. Through a MCC Career Academy, students gain practical skills for specific career areas, knowledge of safety procedures, job-seeking skills, interpersonal skills for the workplace, and exposure to a college environment. For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/careeracademy or call 531-622-2213.
CollegeNOW! is a program specifically designed for high school students to jumpstart their college education. Students may take college course (for which prerequisites are met) at an MCC location or online and receive MCC credit. For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/collegenow or call 531-622-2213.
Kickstart Online Institute
The Kickstart Online Institute (KSOI) is a series of MCC courses that are scheduled for college-ready high school students to kick start their college degrees while still in high school. These online college courses are provided in a 15-week format, count towards most MCC degrees, are transferable to many four-year institutions and are offered by NDE certified MCC instructors. For more information, visit mccneb.edu/ksoi or call 531-622-2213
Concurrent Enrollment is a college credit program for high school students. Concurrent Enrollment allows Nebraska high school students to earn both high school and college credit at the same time. MCC has a written contract with some school districts to provide college-level courses to qualified high school students. Concurrent Enrollment courses are offered at the high school by an approved high school faculty member during the regular school day. Students register for Concurrent Enrollment courses with their high school instructor or counselor. Students pay a discounted tuition rate and may transfer their college credit to almost any college or university or use towards an MCC degree. It is the responsibility of the student to verify whether the course transfers to the receiving institution. For more information, visit https://www.mccneb.edu/dualenrollment or call 531-622-2213.
Gateway to College
MCC’s Gateway to College is a nationally recognized scholarship and dual-credit high school diploma completion program. Gateway to College serves students ages 16-20 years old who have not experienced success in a traditional high school and seek a different educational setting more individually tailored for student success. While in Gateway to College, students are given the opportunity to earn their high school diploma while progressing toward a college certificate or associate degree. Interested students participate in an application and admission process. To learn more about the Gateway to College program, who is eligible, and how to apply, visit mccneb.edu/gatewaytocollege or call 531-622-2746.
Academic advisors can assist students with identifying a degree program, and developing an educational plan to support their academic, career, and personal life goals. Academic advisors help connect students to college resources and information about MCC’s programs, services, and policies. Academic advisors work collaboratively with students, program faculty members, and other College officials..
A placement test may be needed prior to registering for classes with prerequisites or placement requirements. Placement testing is available at each MCC Testing Services location. Students participate in basic skills assessments in English and mathematics.
Reviewing for placement test content can save tuition and time in classes. Placement review materials and success tips are available at https://www.mccneb.edu/Prospective-Students/Student-Tools-Resources/Testing-Services/Assessment-of-New-Students under “Test Preparation”. Learning and Tutoring Centers, Math Centers, and Writing Centers can provide assistance and preparation for placement tests.