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Gardner, MA 01440-1000
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Mount Wachusett Community College

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For students looking to take advantage of an excellent start to one’s college education in a beautiful setting, one great choice is Mount Wachusett Community College in the state of Massachusetts. A popular community college for students who complete their bachelor’s degrees both instate and far away, Mount Wachusett Community College offers associate degree programs and transfer programs specifically designed for those who want to finish their college education. There are more than 40 different courses of study available for students who are interested in earning their associate degrees, with the most common degrees earned the Associate Degree of Arts, the Associate Degree of Science, and the Associate Degree of Applied Science. Additionally, there are a number of certificate programs that are also popular.

Mount Wachusett Community College is well-known for its attention to conservation and its green-friendly policies. The college has won awards from the National Wildlife Foundation and a few other institutions for its renewable energy technologies, and the school also offers the chance for students to participate in programs of study focused on figuring out new types of renewable and environmentally friendly energies.

Some of the most popular programs of study at Mount Wachusett Community College include the broadcasting and electronic media program, the professional track arts program, and the energy management program. For those who are interested in technical programs, the fire science technology and automative technology programs are the most popular. The college is also well-known in the region for its thorough clinical laboratory science and liberal arts programs.

For students who are on a different path, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to earn a GED, as well as numerous adult education classes in a variety of different subjects. Campuses are easy to get to from over 30 cities and towns in the greater central Massachusetts area, and the school’s main campus provides enough space for a number of clubs and organizations, as well as for students who simply need to study before heading off to class.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Students interested in attending Mount Wachusett Community College should submit their GED or high school diploma, a high school transcript, a completed application form, and a small nonrefundable application fee at least a semester before the courses they are interested in begin. Certain programs might also require submission of SAT or ACT test scores, as well as a placement test. It is best to find out the name of the person heading your department so that you can ask them specifically. The school’s website is also quite efficient, offering links to the different departments where further requirements can easily be located.

Financial Aid

As an accredited community college, Mount Wachusett Community College provides national and state financial aid to its students through a number of grants and loans. Students should first fill out the FAFSA, and submit it as soon as possible. For any confusion with forms, it is best to schedule an appointment with the Mount Wachusett Community College Office of Financial Aid. Here, counselors who are well-versed in the forms and stress of getting grants, loans, and scholarships sorted out can assist you in organizing everything, making a plan, and figuring out if there are any other opportunities for financial assistance that have been missed in the shuffle.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5988th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Massachusetts.


With a main campus that is almost 300 acres in size, students attending Mount Wachusett Community College have the opportunity to enjoy campus life, even if there is not housing involved. Students often have performances scheduled at the Theatre at the Mount, which can hold over 500 audience members. Other popular parts of campus life include the school’s numerous clubs and organizations, including a drama club, athletic clubs, and a school newspaper. For extra help with classes, the Academic Support Center provides tutoring and assistance services, while there are computer labs and study facilities for students who are working on projects while on-campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics


While there are no official sports teams on campus at Mount Wachusett Community College, athletics are still a part of campus life. Students all have access to the school’s Fitness and Wellness Center, where it’s possible to work out or exercise during regular school hours. There are also a number of intramural sports teams to choose from, though they vary from semester to semester.

Information Summary

Ranks 100th in Massachusetts and 3585th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 115 0.57
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 12 0.06
Robbery 22 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 236 1.16
Larceny 326 1.60
Vehicle theft 19 0.09

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Gardner, MA 01440-1000
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population21,130 (19,845 urban / 1,285 rural)
Households8,424 (2.36 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,318
Families5,184 (2.97 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2503

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3602nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $600 $600 $5,520
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $4,300 $4,300 $4,300
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $190 $190 $395
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $6,100 $6,100 $11,020
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,200 $17,200 $22,120
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,800 $9,800 $14,720

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,730 $4,900 $4,730 $4,900 $9,650 $9,820
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,200
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,200 $7,400
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,500 $3,700
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,500 $3,700

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2927th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $54,869 ($66,507 male / $62,764 female)
Number of FT Faculty 75 (27 male / 48 female)
Number of PT Faculty 434
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $1,313,228

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