Admissions Policy

Moraine Valley Community College is committed to an “open door” admission policy. The college shall admit all high school graduates or the equivalent who demonstrate an ability to benefit from one of its programs, subject only to space limitations. Admission may be denied to an applicant when it is not in the best interest of the college or of the applicant to grant admission.

No person will be denied admission to the college or any of its programs on the basis of sex, race, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability.

Once admitted, students may select courses or programs according to their interests and ability. These are determined by evaluating the individual student’s high school experiences, previous test scores and college assessment results. Moraine Valley provides advising and counseling services to help each student choose an appropriate field of study according to individual abilities and interests. With some programs, particularly the Health Science programs, space may not be available for all applicants.

High School Students — Students still in high school, 16 or older, may be admitted to college classes if facilities are available and if there is sufficient evidence that they can profit from the instruction. To be accepted, the student shall be recommended by the local principal or designated representative.

Interested students shall submit completed admission information and a high school student authorization form signed by the appropriate high school official. Forms shall be returned to the Registration Office and presented at the time of registration. All courses taken at Moraine Valley will become part of the student’s permanent record.

The $25 Admissions Fee covers new student processing costs. These costs include the review of high school/college transcripts and documents, awarding of AP/International Baccalaureate /Biliteracy credit, New Student Orientation, Academic Advising and assistance with the enrollment process from the time of application.

Admission to Health Science Career Programs

Health Information Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy Technology, Sleep Technology, and Nursing are health career programs leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. Mammography Technology is a health science certificate program. All of these programs have special admission requirements and limited enrollment. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all admission requirements are met, and all documents and scores are submitted on time. Only complete application files will be reviewed for admission. As part of the admission process, most health science programs require that students submit a health history and physical evaluation. Students may also be required to complete a criminal background check. Students also may be required to have current medical insurance.

Student Classification

Student classification refers to the familiar names for the two undergraduate years at a community college: freshman and sophomore. Your classification is not determined by the number of years of college coursework you have taken but by the number of credit hours you have earned. Please see below to determine your student classification.

  • If you have earned 0-29 credits freshman
  • If you have earned 30 or more credits then you are a sophomore

Registration

New Students — Once admission steps have been completed, a new student will receive a welcome letter and information on registration.

Full-time Students — Full-time students (those who plan to enroll in 12 credit hours or more) must complete placement tests and attend orientation. Orientation will include registration for the first semester.

All new full-time students must enroll in COL-101 College: Changes, Challenges, Choices.

Part-time Students — Part-time students may register in person, by telephone, or online from the website. Students who need assistance with educational planning and course selection may attend an advising session. Students who enroll in composition and/or mathematics courses are required to take placement tests in these areas. A non-refundable fee of $25 is charged for these tests. Specific dates for registration are announced in the class schedule sent to every household in the college district prior to the start of each semester.

Continuing Students — Currently enrolled students receive priority registration dates for the fall and spring semesters. Academic information for registration is available in the class schedule. All students may register in person, by telephone, or online from the website. Students who need assistance with educational planning and course selection may attend an advising session. Specific dates for registration are announced in the class schedule sent to every household in the district prior to the start of each semester.

Registration for Late-Start Classes — A student may register for a course 12 to 17 weeks in length during the first week of the course. A student may register for a course five to 11 weeks in length during the first three days of the week that the course begins. A student may register for a course four weeks or less in length the first day of the course. After the midterm date of each class, no registration will be allowed and no additions will be made to the class roster.

Cooperating Colleges

A resident of the Moraine Valley Community College district may attend another Illinois community college if that individual is accepted into a program at another Illinois community college that is not offered by Moraine Valley. Both full-time and part-time attendance is allowed. Cooperative applications will only be approved if submitted by the appropriate deadlines: July 20 for fall, Dec. 16 for spring, and April 20 for summer.  Applications received after the due date will not be approved. The cooperative agreement does not apply if a student enrolls in: a transfer or remedial/developmental program, or classes that are part of continuing education, general studies, community services, or short-term job training programs (noncredit).

Download an application form or pick up a form in the Registration Office, Building S, Room S116. For more information on cooperative agreements, contact the office of Enrollment Services at (708) 974-5346.

Official Withdrawal

After the prescribed period of tuition refund, students may withdraw from courses by processing a drop form during regular office hours through the Registration Office, Building S, Room S103; by phone at (708) 974-2110; or, by accessing their academic record through MVConnect.

Every course has its own drop date. If a student has holds on his or her record, he or she is not permitted to withdraw from courses online. The student must either call (708) 974-2110 or visit the Registration Office, Building S, Room S103, during business hours to withdraw from a course. The deadline dates will apply regardless of any holds the student may have that prevent them from withdrawing online. Students with no holds may officially withdraw online through their portal on MVConnect.

International Baccalaureate

Students may be granted college credit through successful performance on International Baccalaureate exams. Students are responsible for submitting the scores to the Office of Registration and Records, Building S, Room S111. To post International Baccalaureate credits to Moraine Valley transcript, complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request in the Admissions Office, Building S, Room S101. Students must score the required score set by the appropriate department.