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McLennan Community College (MCC) is a public community college in Waco, Texas. MCC was first founded in 1965. The 200 acre campus is connected to the Bosque River and Cameron Park. The college also owns an Emergency Services Education Center and a 200 acre horse farm, Highlander Ranch, located just five miles away from the main campus in Bosqueville. The catchment area includes all of McLennan and Falls Counties as well as the Bremond and Calvert school districts. Today, there are around 9,000 students at MCC.


The student body at MCC is fairly evenly split between transfer track academic programs and direct-entry career programs. Direct-entry career training is available in over 40 technical, health, business, computer, commercial music, emergency services, human services, and veterinary fields.

There are a variety of academic programs available at MCC to fit many student profiles. The college offers remedial classwork for those needing assistance to get up to college level classwork; English as a Second Language for recent immigrants; part-time weekend and evening degree coursework for students with jobs, young children, or other significant obligations; distance learning opportunities for those who wish to study from home; and educational services that extend into the schools, prisons, and workplaces within their catchment area. MCC offers classes in basic literacy, GED, ESL, and workplace skills to around 3,500 students a year. The adult basic education program is a winner of the US Department of Education Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Adult Literacy Programs.

Students who have been in the workplace, especially those working in their field of study, may be eligible to receive credit for life experiences, therefore shortening the amount of time they need to be in college to complete a degree. Furthermore, MCC offers a wide range of community programs to benefit the general public in Waco and beyond. Programs include cooking classes, fitness programs, art seminars, day trips for seniors, and more.

Four Year Programs

MCC Partners with several four-year colleges and universities to allow students to earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees through the University Center on campus. Partner schools include the University of Texas at Arlington, Midwestern State University, Tarleton State University, University of Texas at Brownsville, Texas Tech University, and University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

High School Academics

Dual credit classes at MCC allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to homeschooled students as well as public and private school enrollees. Many students enrolled in dual credit choose to take online classes to best suit their high school schedules, although they may also take classes on campus.

Most Popular Fields of Study


In keeping with their mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, MCC offers open admissions. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, MCC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5394th for the average student loan amount.
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About 80% of students at MCC work at least part time while attending college and 40% of students work full-time in addition to taking classes. About 62% of MCC students are European American, 18% are African American, and18% are Latino American. The gender division at MCC is roughly 32% male and 68% female. The average age of students is 26.

Clubs and Organizations

There are dozens of student organizations on the MCC campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters.

Student Services

The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.

Furthermore, the Student Services office arranges a wide variety of extracurricular academic and recreational activities to enhance student life and the learning experience on campus. The Bosque River Stage is an outdoor amphitheatre which hosts a wide variety of musical and theatrical performances for the student body and the general public throughout the school year. Art exhibits, lecture series, and community service projects are all popular with the MCC student body.

Child Care

The Helen L. Greathouse Children’s Center, licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, provides high quality child care and developmentally appropriate curriculum to children aged 4 months to 5 years. Priority is given to students who require child care in order to attend classes. Students in the child care provision field help staff the Center. The Center also provides educational training to students in the nursing, psychology, and child development departments. The Center is open five days a week throughout the school year.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletics department at MCC is known as the Highlanders, after the Scottish settlers who immigrated to Central Texas. The Highlanders compete in the NJCAA. Men’s sports include basketball, golf, and baseball. Women’s sports include basketball, golf, and softball. The McLennan Community College Dance Company is among the top dance and drill teams in the nation.

Local Community

MCC is one of three colleges in Waco, along with Texas State Technical College and Baylor University. There are many entertainment venues, eating establishments, and other amenities geared towards the college crowd.


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Information Summary

Ranks 131st in Texas and 2378th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 13th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 12 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 440 0.35
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 11 0.01
Forcible Rape 70 0.05
Robbery 245 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,670 1.31
Larceny 4,593 3.60
Vehicle theft 159 0.12

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Waco, TX 76708
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population21,278 (17,400 urban / 3,878 rural)
Households7,941 (2.57 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,608
Families5,245 (3.20 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

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

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4817

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4527th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,544 $2,976 $4,344
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $216 $216 $216
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $106 $124 $181
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 $3,982 $4,414 $5,782
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,020 $15,452 $16,820
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,005 $9,437 $10,805

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,568 $2,760 $2,904 $3,192 $4,056 $4,560
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,163 $1,204
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,472 $6,701
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,025 $4,167
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,084 $7,333

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)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 2008th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,601 ($62,771 male / $58,869 female)
Number of FT Faculty 223 (84 male / 139 female)
Number of PT Faculty 444
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,833,163

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