Mercer County Community College is a two-year public school located in West Windsor, New Jersey. MCCC was established in 1966 as a comprehensive educational institution that provides opportunities for higher education through an open-door admission policy. Mercer County Community College offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees.
More than 35 percent of Mercer's graduates transfer to senior colleges or universities. Students can enroll in a dual admissions program, which guarantees transfer into the third year at six New Jersey colleges: Rutgers University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Montclair State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Thomas Edison State College. More than 35% of Mercer's graduates transfer to senior colleges or universities.
Students may attend day, evening or weekend classes offered on the West Windsor Campus, the James Kerney Campus in downtown Trenton, or through MercerOnline. The West Windsor Campus is the school’s main campus serves the Windsor area and the newly expanded James Kerney Campus serves city residents. MercerOnline classes are designed to create convenience for students who may have additional responsibilities. Students that take online courses should be self-motivated and have basic Internet and computer skills.
Mercer County Community College has 9,381 students (all undergraduates) and 645 faculty members, giving the university a 19 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. The average class size is 21. Of all faculty members, 128 teach full-time and 517 teach part-time. About 41 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 49 percent study part-time.
The student body contains 53 percent female students and 47 percent male students. About 41 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being black (35%), Hispanic (15%), and Asian (9%). About 61 percent of students are ages 24 and younger with 39 percent of students being ages 25 and older. The average age of a full-time student is 22 and the average age of a part-timer is 30. About 98 percent of students are from New Jersey and two percent are from out-of-state.
The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 61 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 37 percent. The overall graduation rate is 18% and the overall transfer-out rate is 22 percent. The overall graduation rate by gender is 15 percent for males and 20 percent for females.
Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers. Special learning opportunities include distance education and study abroad.
Student life consists of 34 student clubs, six student organizations, student government, and athletics. Mercer welcomes the opportunity to start new clubs. To charter a club, students need a membership list of at least 10 students, a faculty advisor and a constitution. Student Government Association and Student Activities staff members will help club members prepare the constitution. Mercer offers intercollegiate competition in men's and women's soccer, basketball, and tennis, men's baseball, women's softball, and women's cross-country. The Vikings are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region XIX and the Garden State Athletic Conference. Many Mercer student-athletes successfully transfer with full-tuition scholarships to four-year schools throughout the United States.
Tuition costs $3,312 per year for in-district students, $4,380 per year for in-state students, and $6,468 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost $1,180 per year. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 38 percent of those attending Mercer County Community College receive financial aid.
Mercer County Community College has an open admissions policy. Students must complete an admissions application and provide high school transcript(s), any college transcript(s), and the results of any standardized test (not required). Students who haven’t earned a high school diploma can submit GED scores. Applicants will then be contacted to take a placement test. Once the placement test scores are in, the student will meet with an advisor to choose classes for the first semester. MCCC welcomes applications from students in other New Jersey counties and from other states and countries but reserves the right to limit such enrollments in programs with limited staff and physical capacity.
Mercer County Community College is accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Many of the college's academic programs are also accredited by national professional associations and their boards of certification:
- The nursing program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission.
- The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and approved by the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.
- The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel.
- The Physical Therapist Assistant program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.
- The Legal Assistant program is approved by the American Bar Association.
- The Funeral Service program is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.
- Aviation Flight Technology is accredited by the Council on Aviation Accreditation.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,659
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