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ADMISSIONS | BECOME A STUDENT
As an “open door" institution Mid-Plains Community College has designed the admissions process to allow educational access to those who can benefit from its programs.
HOW TO APPLY:
Diploma, certificate, or degree seeking students must:
Have an official high school transcript or GED transcript indicating graduation date
Take a college entrance assessment
or have COMPASS/ESL®, ACT, or other placement test scores sent to us.
That’s it! You’re IN!
Before completing an application, prospective students should determine which category applies to them.
(Students may qualify under one category.)
First-Time Student (Degree, Diploma, or Certificate Seeking)
A student who has not attended a postsecondary institution since graduating from high school must apply for admission as a first-time freshman applicant. First time students must:
- Submit a MPCC Admissions Application.
- Be 16 years of age or over/or provide a parent signature letter.
- Complete a college entrance assessment for placement in the appropriate math, English, or reading class (COMPASS/ESL®, ACT, ASSET scores accepted.)
- Have one of the following:
- An official high school transcript from an approved high school indicating graduation date or
- A high school equivalency certificate (GED)
Home School Student
A student who has earned a high school diploma in a home school environment must:
- Submit a MPCC Admissions Application
- Provide high school equivalency certificate (GED) OR demonstrate Ability to Benefit by passing all parts of the COMPASS/ESL® Placement Exam. If not, student must enroll in and successfully (grade of C or better in each course) complete the MPCC prescribed program as determined by their placement scores.
- Complete a college entrance exam for placement in the appropriate math, English, or reading class (COMPASS/ESL®, ACT, OR ASSET accepted).
- Submit a typed transcript of completed coursework.
Early Entry Student
Current High School Juniors And Seniors (16 Years Of Age Or Older) Seeking Admission To Mid-Plains Community College Must Submit Completed High School Application/Registration Form. Other Students Seeking Admission Must Have Permission From The Campus Vice President. Upon Graduation From High School, Students Who Wish To Continue Their Education At Mid-Plains Community College Must Submit A Completed Application For Admissions Form And Meet All Other First-Time Admission Requirements.
Transfer Student/Student with a Previously Earned Degree
A student who has attended an accredited post secondary institution other than MPCC must submit:
- A MPCC Admissions Application
- Official high school transcript indicating graduation date
- Official college transcript with degree conferred if applicable
- Placement exam if needed for appropriate for coursework
All must be received prior to registration for a second term.
- A transfer student on academic probation at another postsecondary institution must petition the Area Vice President for Instruction.
- A student must complete 30 hours or the last 15 hours of credit at MPCC to receive a MPCC degree.
- For evaluation of transfer credit from institutions located within the United States to occur, official transcripts must be sent directly from the transfer institution to:
Registration & Records
Mid-Plains Community College
1205 E 3rd St
McCook, NE 69001
For evaluation of transfer credit from institutions outside of the United States to occur, a detailed course-by-course report must be sent to the address above directly from an approved credential evaluating service agency.
The current MPCC approved agencies are:
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc
- International Education Research Foundation
- World Education Services
- The student is responsible for initiating the detailed course-by-course evaluation process with the selected credential evaluating service agency and for payment of any required charges for this service.
- Total semester credit hours transferred from each institution are recorded on the MPCC transcript. A maximum of 45 semester credit hours may be applied towards a degree through MPCC.
- Transfer credits not equivalent to semester hours are converted as:
- “quarter hour" credits are converted at a ratio of one quarter hour for each 2/3 of a semester hour.
- Vocational-technical “clock hour" credit is converted at a rate of 35 hours per semester hour.
- Only credit hours earned with a minimum grade of “C" may be considered during transfer evaluation.
- Grades earned at transfer institutions do not become a part of the student’s cumulative grade point average at MPCC. (MPCC does not issue copies of another institution’s transcript.)
- A student who misrepresents information about previous academic records is subject to dismissal.
Questions regarding MPCC evaluation of transfer credit should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-345-8110, OR (800) 658-4348 ext. 8110.
To be admitted to Mid-Plains Community College, international students must complete all general admission and special admission requirements.
In order to ensure sufficient time to process application materials, all requested international admissions materials should be sent six months prior to anticipated enrollment to one of the divisions of Mid-Plains Community College listed below:
International Student Advisor
McCook Community College
1205 East Third Street
McCook, NE 69001
International Student Advisor
North Platte Community College
601 West State Farm Road
North Platte, NE 69101
The issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility, Form I-20 will be issued after all the below requirements have been processed. Under no circumstance should the applicant travel to the United States prior to receiving the I-20. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make all necessary arrangements through official channels for entrance into the United States. International Student requirements consist of the following:
- A MPCC International Student Admissions Application
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other approved test of English proficiency – absolute minimum score of 61 for the internet based test. If your country’s primary language is English, a letter from your high school or college requesting we waive the TOEFL is required. International students who provide proof of having completed 24 semester hours or equivalent of coursework with a “C" or better at a college or community college in the United States are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency for admission to MPCC. International students applying to MPCC who have graduated from a United States high school which they have attended for a minimum of one academic year are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency for admissions to MPCC. (Note: We do not offer ESL programs.)
- Original/official high school transcripts or equivalent academic record, plus English translation.
- Original/official college transcripts for any college-level credit earned within the United States.
- To transfer credit, please refer to previous item number 4. Transfer Student/Student with a Previously Earned Degree.
- Course-by-course report, sent directly to MPCC from an approved credential evaluating service agency, for any college-level credit earned outside of the United States.
- Current (within three months), written notification from a bank (translated into U.S. dollars) as evidence of your ability to maintain yourself financially while attending MPCC. This is currently a minimum of $14,000 in U.S. dollars in your name for one calendar year of study, exclusive of travel expenses. If receiving a scholarship the amount must be $14,000 minus the amount of scholarship for each calendar year of study.
- If a sponsor is funding your education, an affidavit of support is required, as well as a current (within three months) copy of your sponsor’s bank statement verifying $14,000 in U.S. dollars in sponsor’s name for one calendar year.
- A deposit in the amount of $5,500 in U.S. dollars is due prior to issuance of the I-20 to cover tuition, fees, room/board, and books for one semester – this amount is based on 15 credit hours. Any unused portion will be applied to the following semester of attendance or refunded upon program completion and/or transfer to another institution. If you are denied a visa or decide not to attend Mid-Plains Community College, up to $100 may be withheld for processing charges and the remaining amount will be refunded.
- Written verification from an American or international insurance company that the applicant is covered for physician’s care, hospitalization, and major medical costs while in the U.S. is required prior to issuance of the I-20 and must be kept current each successive year at MPCC. In addition to a copy of the policy, a statement in English from the insurance company issuing the policy verifying dates and extent of coverage is required.
International students are required to live in the residence halls. The college placement test (COMPASS/ESL® or ACT) is required before you register for classes. Immigration laws require international students to attend college full-time. International students attending classes in the United States on temporary visas are considered non-residents for tuition classification. Length of stay, payment of taxes, or ownership of property, does not imply legal residency.
International students may only work on campus and need to be aware that on-campus employment is limited.
Students who have acquired student visas through acceptance by another institution will not be considered for Mid-Plains Community College admission until they have successfully completed at least one term at the other institution and have their SEVIS records transferred to Mid-Plains Community College from the institution. International students for whom an I-20 has been submitted must maintain satisfactory academic progress as a full-time student each term. MPCC will not approve or recommend employment of non-immigrant aliens who are students.
NOTE: CONTACT THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE FOR SPECIAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THESE MPCC PROGRAMS:
- Associate Degree Nursing Program
- Practical Nursing Program
- Medical Laboratory Technician Program
- Automotive, Diesel, Auto Body, Electrical, Electro-Mechanical, HVAC, and Machine Shop/Welding.
- High School juniors or seniors enrolled in technical classes in cooperation with MPCC.
Non-Degree Seeking Admission
A student enrolling in classes for personal enrichment and not working toward a degree, diploma or certificate should apply for admission as a non-degree student. Students admitted under this category are not eligible for institutional or federal financial aid. Students under 16 years of age must have permission from the Area Vice President of Educational Services and Student Development.