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Step One -- Apply for Admission

New students should complete the ONLINE ADMISSION APPLICATION.  If you are unable to access the online application, contact Enrollment Services at (276) 523-2400 or visit the Enrollment Services Office on the first floor of Godwin Hall. Returning students who have not been at MECC during the last three years must resubmit an admission application.

Step Two -- Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

All full-time students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at  in order to qualify for scholarships and financial assistance. Individuals who need assistance completing the FAFSA can visit MECC's Financial Aid Office on the first floor of Godwin Hall. MECC's financial aid assistants are on hand to help students complete their FAFSA. The application should be completed several months in advance of the beginning of the semester in order to avoid delays in paying for college. Students, please note if you apply for financial aid less than two weeks prior to the start of classes, you will have to pay out-of-pocket for tuition and books and be reimbursed by financial aid later in the semester.

Once you have completed your FAFSA, all students should apply for scholarships at MECC. Scholarship opportunities for 2014-15 will be available by March 1. Learn about the various scholarship opportunities available for students by visiting the MECC website at You must submit the FAFSA before applying for scholarships at MECC.

Step Three -- Submit High School/College Transcripts & Complete the Skills Assessment

Submit official transcripts if you are a high school/GED graduate. Also, have official college transcripts to the MECC Admissions Office for all colleges attended.

MECC requires an assessment in reading, writing, and math skills PRIOR to registration for the first-time student and/or for the student desiring to take English or Math courses. Students must have completed an application to MECC and have a Student ID number in order to complete the test.
The Virginia Placement Test (VPT) is a free, untimed computer test. The VPT test is offered between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday in the MECC Testing Center located in Holton Hall, Room 138. Access to a computerized calculator is available when test questions permit. Please allow 3 hours for testing.

To access test preparation materials, please visit

 ACT scores of 22+ or SAT scores of 520+ in the Math assessment are acceptable in lieu of the VPT Math Test. ACT scores of 21+ or SAT scores of 500+ in the English assessment are acceptable in lieu of the VPT English Test. For more information call(276) 523-2400 ext. 472.

Step Four -- Complete FOX Online Orientation
All students must participate in MECC's college online FOX orientation session at After completion of FOX orientation, students will be contacted by the college to schedule an appointment with an advisor to develop their class schedule.

Step Five -- Meet with an Advisor

Students will be contacted by MECC to set up an appointment with an advisor. Your advisor will assist you with your first course selections and registering for classes.

Step Six – Access your MECC email account

All registered students will be assigned an email account. If you need assistance with your email account, please contact MECC's technology office at (276) 523-2400.

Step Seven -- Pay your Tuition

Pay your tuition and fees by the due date. You can make tuition payments either in person or online via MyMECC. Failure to pay your tuition balance by the due date will result in your removal from your registered courses.

Step Eight -- Obtain your Photo ID & Parking Permit

Obtain your student photo ID at the MECC Library in Robb Hall. Register for your parking permit at the MECC Business Office located on the first floor of Godwin Hall.

Step Nine -- Purchase Your Books
The Mountain Empire Community College Bookstore, located in Holton Hall, carries textbooks and educational supplies for all college courses. The bookstore also offers MECC merchandise and food vouchers for the Red Fox Grill.

Step Ten -- Come to Class!

• Meet with your advisor. Your advisor will assist you with selecting classes. Check with the Student Services Office (276) 523-2400 if you do not know the name of your advisor.
• Enroll online from your home computer or on campus. Log on to MECC OnLine at to register for classes. If you do not have access to the web from home, you may enroll at Enrollment Services on the first floor of Godwin Hall.


Other Resources:

You may need to refer to our online Class Schedule or the online version of our current Catalog for more information and course listings.

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