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. Those seeking an exception to the college policy must contact the dean of Enrollment Services. All courses taken at Moraine Valley will become part of the student’s permanent record.

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.


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/Chargebacks

A resident of the Moraine Valley Community College district may receive a chargeback to 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. Chargebacks do not apply if:

  • You are enrolling in a transfer program.
  • The program you are seeking is part of a cooperative agreement with another community college. For more information about cooperative programs see the college catalog.
  • A student enrolls in classes that are part of continuing education, general studies, community services, or short-term job training programs (noncredit).

Chargebacks will be approved only if submitted by the appropriate deadline, which is at least 30 days prior to the anticipated enrollment at another community college. Download an application form or pick up a form in the Registration Office, Building S, Room S116.

Courses which are remedial (under the 100 level) are not covered under the chargeback agreement. Take remedial courses at Moraine Valley; repeated courses are the student’s responsibility and are not covered by chargeback.

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.