Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, Moraine Valley Community College is one of 12 national Vanguard Colleges and is a member of the League for Innovation in the Community College. The second largest community college in Illinois, this two-year college has weekday, weekend, night, online, video, and short-term classes. Other nontraditional options include independent study classes. Off-campus study and study abroad programs are accessible. Moraine Valley offers fast track associate’s degree programs, transfer programs, career programs, developmental education programs, continuing education programs, leisure learning opportunities, and customized training for businesses. Students also have a wide range of career counseling services and learning support available to them. Moraine Valley offers free tutoring in different subjects and advisors are available to help students with planning their schedules and transferring schools. All new full-time students take COL-101 during their first semester. This class helps students with the transition to college.
Some popular areas of study include Tourism / Hospitality, Business, Fine Arts & Humanities, Computer-Integrated Technologies, Health Sciences, and Developmental Education. For students interested in the sciences, there is a strong Biological Sciences department and a geologically unique Nature Study Area and Observatory. There is also a student massage clinic for students who are in the Massage Therapy program.
Moraine Valley offers a unique educational guarantee. Students who fulfill certain requirements and successfully complete the college’s transfer programs are guaranteed that their credits will transfer to their predetermined colleges or universities. If their credits are declined, Moraine Valley will refund the tuition and course fees. Students should contact the academic advising center for more information.
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It is easy for both full-time and part-time students to complete the application process. Applicants must complete either the paper or the online version of the application form and submit either an official transcript or the results of a GED exam. It is mandatory for all new full-time students to submit ACT scores or take Math, English and Reading Placement exams. Study guides are available at the circulation desk in the library and in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. All new full-time students must attend orientation, where they will review their placement test scores and receive help with planning their schedules. After registering for classes, students also need to stop by the Student Services Center with their class schedules and photo ID so that they can be issued student ID cards.
Part-time students, transfer students, adult learners, international students, and applicants to specialized programs such as the Nursing program may have additional requirements, so they should review the admissions information on the Moraine Valley website.
The Financial Aid Office provides a wide variety of service to assist students with understand and applying for financial aid. Office staff can assist students with all aspects of the application process and can even help students search for private aid sources.
Financial aid is awarded in the forms of grants, scholarships, work study employment, and loans from federal, state, institutional, and private agencies. Certain certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid but some students may be eligible to receive financial aid for summer courses in addition to the fall and spring semesters. The college offers numerous scholarships that are not need-based. Many of those scholarships are based on major and grade point average. In order to receive financial aid awards, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The college’s priority deadline is in early May. Failure to complete the application process on time could result in the loss of financial aid. A partial payment plan is available to help students pay for tuition charges that are not covered by their financial aid awards.
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Although on campus housing is not available at Moraine Valley Community College, there are still plenty of opportunities for students to get involved on campus. There are about 40 clubs and student organizations on campus. There are clubs that are dedicated to special academic interests, diversity and awareness, cultures, religion, community service, and student government. There are also recreational facilities like the Bob & Marge Social / Cultural Lounge where students can relax, a game room, a Cyber Café that is located near the bookstore, a jogging path that is nearly 2 miles long, and an observation deck where students can participate in monthly open viewings of the galaxy. Students can also visit the Performing Arts Center to watch concerts and plays. Shows, art exhibits, networking events, and other interesting activities are held frequently. Training sessions, classes, and fitness evaluations are offered at the the Health Fitness Center. Multicultural Student Affairs organizes fun and educational events that teach students about different cultures through music, dance, food, and presentations. There is a large library and there are more than 1,500 computers for student use on campus. Other student services include a student savings club, child care services, housing assistance, career placement services, and student health insurance. There are also many services that are designed to help international students adjust to life and school in America.
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The athletic teams at Moraine Valley Community College were once known as the Marauders, but are now called the Cyclones. Part of the NJCAA and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC), the Cyclones compete in intercollegiate sports such as men’s baseball, soccer, basketball, cross-country, golf, and women’s cross-country, basketball, softball, golf, soccer, and volleyball. The women’s basketball is particularly well known as it has won the last four ISCC Conference Championships. There are intramural teams for sports like flag football, ultimate frisbee, soccer, volleyball, and basketball.
The Moraine Valley baseball team plays on a field southwest of the campus while the men’s golf team plays at the Water’s Edge Golf Club. The Cyclone Cross Country Course has been location of two ISCC championships and one NJCAA championship. The newly renovated Moraine Valley’s Gymnasium, also known as the Cyclone Center, is home to the women’s volleyball team and the men’s and women’s basketball teams. There are also fields and a stadium, as well as ten tennis courts.
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