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a great place to begin your future


LOWELL CAMPUS • 33 Kearney Square • Lowell, MA 01852 BEDFORD CAMPUS • 591
Springs Road • Bedford, MA 01730





a great place to begin your future
For more than 40 years, Middlesex Community College has helped thousands
of students meet tomorrow’s challenges. Our dedicated faculty, staff and
counselors are eager to help you get the education you need to achieve
your goals. In 1970, we opened the doors to 500 students. Today,
Middlesex serves more than 12,000 credit students, enrolled in 75 degree
and certificate programs, offered at a variety of times during the day,
evening, on weekends and online. The college also offers hundreds of
noncredit courses and short-term professional development opportunities
designed to help you upgrade your skills. Many programs also have built-
in experiential learning and internship requirements as well as service-
learning components that employers appreciate. I invite you to visit our
website at and read our student success stories,
or schedule a tour of our beautiful 200-acre campus in the town of
Bedford, or our dynamic campus in center city Lowell. I think you will
agree that Middlesex is a great place to begin your future. - Dr. Carole
A. Cowan, MCC President

About Middlesex

Average Class Size: 21
75% of our students come from...
• Acton • Arlington • Bedford • Billerica • Burlington • Chelmsford •
Dracut • Lawrence • Lexington • Lowell • Medford • Methuen • Reading •
Stoneham • Tewksbury • Tyngsborough • Waltham • Westford • Wilmington •

A Great Beginning...
A community college is part of the public higher education system and is
designed to provide academic preparation for transfer to bachelor’s
degree programs, career preparation to meet area workforce needs, job
retraining and lifelong learning. Community colleges award associate
degrees and certificates. Partial public funding keeps the cost of
attendance significantly lower than tuition and fees at other colleges
and universities. Admission is open to anyone with a high school diploma
or equivalent. Open access and affordability are critical components of
our mission. In addition to providing responsive, innovative educational
programs to a very diverse student population, a community college always
strives to be an integral part of the communities it serves. Middlesex
goes above and beyond what is expected to meet these goals.

Middlesex at a Glance
Middlesex now enrolls more than 12,000 credit students annually. In fall
2009: • 44% of students were enrolled full time; 56% were enrolled part
time • 87% were enrolled in an associate degree program • 52% of full-
time students were female • 48% of full-time students were male

White 69%

Hispanic-Latino 13% American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or
Other Pacific Islander LESS THAN .5% Black or Afro-American 5% Asian 11%
Non-Resident Alien 1%


Beyond Middlesex

our students are hired by...
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Alpco Diagnostics BAE Systems Beth Israel
Hospital Biogen Idec Boston Children’s Hospital Bristol Myers Squibb
Charles River Laboratories Dell U.S. Department of Defense Dracut School
System Emerson Hospital Genzyme Lahey Clinic Lowell Education Department
Lowell General Hospital Lowell Spinners • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Massachusetts General Hospital Millipore Corporation MIT Lincoln Labs
National Grid Nordstrom Putnam Investments QualxServ Raytheon Saints
Medical Center Textron Defense Systems UPS Valley Patriot and Billerica
Minuteman Verizon Wyeth Biotech YMCA …among others

Begin Your Bachelor’s Degree at MCC
Begin your bachelor's degree at Middlesex and we'll help you transfer to
a baccalaureate program. Our transfer agreements with public and private
colleges allow you to save money by maximizing the number of credits you
can transfer. We open the door to your bachelor's degree, whether you
plan to study at MCC for just a semester or two, or want to complete your
associate degree. Our MassTransfer program allows you to complete an
associate degree at Middlesex and transfer into a linked bachelor's
degree program at a Massachusetts state college or University of
Massachusetts campus. We make the process easy. Just complete a
MassTransfer Application Form during your final semester at MCC and if
you have a 2.5 grade point average, your admission is guaranteed. If you
earn a 3.0 or higher GPA, you are eligible for a 33 percent tuition
waiver on your in-state tuition costs. Visit the MassTransfer website at for complete details. Our transfer agreements
with other colleges and universities, both locally and nationally, are
designed to ease your transfer process. You can plan a curriculum that
will fit your chosen bachelor’s degree program at a selected college or

our students transfer to...
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Bentley University Boston College Boston
University Brandeis University Bridgewater State University Cambridge
College Clark University Emerson College Fitchburg State University
Framingham State University George Washington University Harvard
University Extension School Hesser College Johnson & Wales University
Keene State College • Lesley University • Massachusetts College of Art •
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy • Merrimack College • Northeastern
University • Plymouth State University • Regis College • Rivier College •
Rochester Institute of Technology • Salem State University • Simmons
College • Southern New Hampshire University • Suffolk University • Tufts
University • • • • • • • • • • • University of Connecticut University of
Hartford University of Illinois University of Maine University of
Massachusetts at Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth & Lowell University of
Pennsylvania University of Rhode Island Wellesley College Wentworth
Institute of Technology Westfield State University Worcester State
University …and many others

Classroom Success

Education Pays in Pays Earnings and Lower Unemployment Rates Education
Unemployment rate in 2009 (Percent) 2.5% 2.3 3.9 5.2 6.8 8.6 9.7 14.6 7.9
(Average, all workers)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey

Median weekly earnings in 2009 (Dollars)
Doctoral degree Professional degree Master’s degree Bachelor’s degree
Associate degree Some college, no degree High school graduate Less than a
high school diploma

$1,532 1,529 1,257 1,025 761 699 626 454 774
(Average, all workers)

Our Commitment to Your Success
Support Centers
• Academic, Career & Transfer Centers – Our counselors will help students
identify goals and develop an educational plan that incorporates academic
and career aspirations. Students can receive free admission counseling,
academic and financial plan development, and transfer and career
counseling. • Computer Labs – Computers are available for student use in
both campus libraries and in the Writing Centers. • Student Information
Centers – Students can obtain information, apply to the college, make
placement testing appointments, register for classes, and change their
class schedule. • Tutoring – Professional and peer tutors in our Academic
Support Centers assist students, free of charge, with assignments and
projects in reading and writing, math, science, computer science,
computers, business, economics and accounting. MCC also offers online
tutoring 24-hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week in writing, math, science, and
research methods.

The Library
• The MCC libraries in Bedford and Lowell offer materials in many formats
to supplement those used in your courses. Our library computers can be
used for online research. Our multimedia center allows you to use
multimedia-development tools, such as digital cameras and scanners, for
course assignments and projects. Middlesex librarians are available to
assist you with all of your research needs.

Student Services
• Disability Support Services - We provide services and resources to
empower students to attain their highest level of academic success and
learning independence. Individualized accommodation plans are developed
with disability support specialists for eligible students. • Financial
Aid - All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid to help meet
the expenses of going to college. Middlesex participates in most federal
and state grant, scholarship and loan programs available to students
attending post-secondary institutions. • MiddleNet – Online registration
and enrollment services are offered through MiddleNet, your key to
register for classes, review your grades, access and print your schedule,
view your tuition bill, learn the status of your admission application,
and much more! • Personal Counseling – Occasionally students may have
personal problems, such as test-taking anxiety, stress management or
other issues that interfere with their academic progress. Our licensed
mental-health professionals can provide short-term, confidential
counseling. • Student Financial Planning – MCC counselors can help
students develop realistic, affordable financial plans to obtain their
degrees. All services are available to students free of charge.

Learning Opportunities

our students do community service at...
• Anne Sullivan Early Intervention Center in Lowell • Boys & Girls Clubs
in Arlington, Billerica, Lowell, Woburn, Stoneham, Lawrence, Assabet
Valley, Medford and Waltham • Bright Horizons Child Development Centers
in Dracut • Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm • Chelmsford Integrated
Preschool (CHIPS) • Community Family in Lowell and Everett • Community
Teamwork - Head Start • Cor Unum in Lawrence • Edith Nourse Rogers
Memorial Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bedford • Family Life
Education Center • Fairhaven Nursing Home • Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell
• House of Hope Family Shelter in Lowell • International Institute •
Knowledge Beginnings in Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Maynard and
Tewksbury • Councils on Aging in Bedford, Lexington, Concord, Westford
and Methuen • Greater Lowell Habitat for Humanity • Lawrence Habitat for
Humanity • Lowell National Historical Park • Lowell Transitional Living
Center • Lowell Wish Project • Merrimack Valley Food Bank • Milly's Place
Family Shelter in Lowell • Nashua River Watershed Association • Project
BEAM in Billerica • Public Schools in Bedford, Billerica, Burlington,
Dracut, Lowell, Westford, Lawrence, Tewksbury, and many other towns •
Woburn Council of Social Concern • YWCA of Lowell, Lawrence, Medford,
Metheun, Nashua and Stoneham …and many other sites

Engaging Learning Opportunities
• Honors Program and designated honors courses have been developed for
high academic achievers. Participation can impact scholarship
eligibility, enhance transfer qualifications, and strengthen resumes.
Honors Program students receive Honors Scholar recognition upon
graduation. • Courses with Workplace Experience prepare students for the
demands of their intended careers. Internships, cooperative education,
and field experiences provide students with opportunities to gain work
experience in their fields of study. • Learning Communities pair two
courses with a common, interesting theme. Students earn six credits in
one longer class, which allows more time for engaged learning through
activities such as field trips, community service, videos and special
projects. • Service Learning is a method of teaching that combines
community service with academic instruction. It focuses on critical,
reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Service learning at
Middlesex is a unique collaboration among students, faculty, staff and
community partners, and connects the classroom to the community. • Self-
Paced Studies offers students the opportunity to take courses in a
variety of disciplines in a nontraditional setting. The courses are self-
paced and mastery-based, thereby encouraging independent learning.
Flexible scheduling meets the varying demands of participants academic
and personal lives.

Middlesex Interactive
A Comprehensive Online Learning Network
With our many online degree programs and courses, the classroom is as
close as the nearest computer with an Internet connection. You can choose
to take all of your classes online, or you may combine online coursework
with traditional face-to-face instruction. You can also complete some
degree programs entirely online. Visit our website at for an overview.
Student Completion Rate
Students enter community colleges with a variety of academic, career and
personal goals. Many enroll at the college planning to complete a degree
or certificate program. Others are more directly interested in improving
their basic academic skills, mastering specific job skills, preparing to
transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution or learning about
topics of personal interest. In addition, community college students
often must balance a variety of competing responsibilities, such as
family, work and school, which make it difficult for many of them to
enroll full time every semester. As of January 2010, 58 percent of the
full-time students entering Middlesex in the class of 2006: • completed a
degree or certificate program; • transferred to a bachelor’s degree or
other certificate granting institution; • or remained enrolled at MCC. Of
this entering class, 37 percent either completed a degree or certificate
program at Middlesex, or transferred to a bachelor’s degree-granting
institution. The completion rate for this student cohort (those who
earned a degree within three years or certificate within 18 months) is 13
percent, and the transfer rate is 24 percent. The retention rate for
first-time, full-time degree-seeking students enrolled fall 2008 is 59
percent. On a 2003 Student Goals Achievement Survey, 91 percent of the
students who left Middlesex Community College in good academic standing
prior to earning a degree or certificate reported they had completely or
partially satisfied their primary educational goal.

Student Life

Leadership Opportunities
Middlesex is committed to providing opportunities for students to develop
leadership skills and problem-solving skills. Students can take part in
student government (SUGA) or apply to become a the Paul H. Sullivan
Leadership Institute Fellow and interact with local business and
government leaders. Our Emerging Leaders program, a noncredit leadership
program, allows students to participate in free workshops and discussions
designed to enhance leadership skills. Students who complete the program
are recognized with a certificate of completion for each level.

Enjoy College Life Before, Between and After Class...
because something is always happening
MCC’s Student Activities Offices support numerous campus organizations,
clubs and events to enrich the college experience for everyone.
Participating in student activities encourages teamwork, enhances
communication skills, and develops leadership abilities, while providing
wonderful opportunities to meet new people and make new friends. Below is
a sample of some of the activities/events we offer: • Intramural
basketball, soccer, • Battle of the Bands ice hockey and bowling •
Spectrum • Flag football and volleyball • Veterans Club tournaments •
Academic clubs • Bedford Campus Fitness Center and UMass Lowell
Recreation Center memberships • International Club • Latinos Unidos Club
• Student Government Association • One World Speaker Series • Musical and
theatrical presentations
Beyond Our Borders
Middlesex hosts many international students and visitors each year and
sponsors a wide variety of events and programs designed to promote global
awareness. Our very unique international student fellowship program
allows selected students to take a three-credit international course that
includes a twoweek study abroad component. International fellowships have
taken MCC students to China, Ireland, Spain, Costa Rica, Russia and the

A Price You Can Afford

Cost of Attendance
• Massachusetts residents . . . . . . . .$160 per credit*
plus applicable fees

• Residents of CT , ME, NH, . . . . . .$172 per credit* RI & VT plus
applicable fees • Residents outside of New England and International
Students . . . . .$366 per credit*
plus applicable fees
*Based on fall 2010 rates and subject to change

Financial Aid
All Middlesex students are encouraged to apply for financial aid to help
meet the expenses of attending college. We participate in most federal
and state grant and loan programs for college students. Our Financial Aid
advisors will help you figure out the best academic and financial plan
for your situation. Students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate
program to receive financial aid. We offer: • Financial aid workshops •
Individual college financial counseling/planning appointments • Ongoing
communication and guidance through the financial aid process • Financial
Aid TV (on the MCC website) which makes information available 24 hours-a-
day, 7 days-a-week: Complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online at any time after January 1 to apply for funds for the
following academic year. Nearly 5,000 MCC students received financial aid
in 2009-2010: • 33 percent of first-time, full-time degree-seeking
students enrolled for fall 2008 classes received a Pell Grant • 27
percent of all full-time students enrolled for fall 2008 courses received
a Pell Grant.

Also consider when paying for college …
• MCC Pay Plan – For a small application fee, students can pay their
tuition bill each fall and spring semester in five monthly installments.
• Scholarships – The MCC Foundation awards scholarships annually based on
academic achievement. Students with an expected 3.0 or better GPA at the
end of the fall semester are welcome to apply. Visit the MCC Foundation
website for details: •
Employer Tuition Reimbursement – Students are encouraged to check with
their employer’s human resource department regarding the availability of
tuition reimbursement. • Veterans Benefits – Veterans should consider the
various Veteran Educational Benefit programs outlined on MCC’s Veterans
Resource Center website:

Campus Facilities

Founded in 1970, Middlesex has grown to become one of the largest
community colleges in Massachusetts. MCC now has a total annual
enrollment of more than 12,000 credit students, as well as thousands of
corporate and community education and training students on its campuses
in Bedford and Lowell.

Bedford Campus
Our beautifully landscaped Bedford campus, set on 200 acres just off
Route 3 at 591 Springs Road, includes: • The Enrollment Center houses the
Student Information Center, Academic, Career & Transfer Center, Financial
Aid Office, Placement Testing Center, Disability Support Services Office,
and International Office. • Academic Resources links to the Bedford
campus library, and contains Self-Paced Studies classrooms, graphic
design computer labs, computer classrooms, the Writing Center, and Math
Tutoring Lab. • Henderson Hall offers general classrooms, an art studio,
a darkroom, laboratory classrooms, and business & science tutoring. •
North Academic houses the MCC Concert Hall, the Medical Imaging Center,
and classrooms. South Academic houses computer aided design (CAD) labs;
engineering and computer, software & networking technology (CSNT)
classrooms. Classes are also offered in Bedford House and the Facilities
Building. • The Campus Center includes the Bedford campus cafeteria, the
MCC Fitness Center, the Bedford Campus Bookstore, a Student Lounge,
Health Services, the Student Activities Office and the Honors Center.

Bedford Campus

Lowell Campus
Our Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square (near Lowell Memorial Auditorium),
offers multiple buildings within easy walking distance of each other: •
The City Building includes the Enrollment Center, as well as classrooms,
the Lowell campus cafeteria, Academic Support (tutoring), Health
Services, Student Activities Office, and the Multicultural Center. • The
historic Federal Building (across the street from the City Building)
houses the Lowell campus library, classrooms, the Honors Center and an
art studio. • The Merrimack Building (across the bridge from the City
Building) contains a Student Lounge, the MCC Theatre, and theater
classroom space. Next door is the Howe Building, which offers a dance
studio and music classroom. • The Health, Science & Technology Center (on
nearby Middle Street) includes the Talbot Building: which houses the
Dental Hygiene Clinic, the Nursing Learning Center and laboratory
classrooms, as well as Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, and Dental
Laboratory Technology programs; and the Derby Building: which houses the
Lowell Campus Bookstore, classrooms and the MCC Law Center. • The Pollard
Building (across Middle Street from Derby and Talbot buildings) houses
Self-Paced Studies classes and additional classrooms.
Lowell Campus

Federal Building

Health Science and Technology Center

Getting Started at

1. Apply for Admission to the College.
• Select the Admissions link on our website at or
call 1-800-818-3434 to request an application. • Make an appointment to
see an academic counselor in the Academic, Career and Transfer Center to
talk about your goals and possible program of study. • Once we receive
your application, we will send you an admission letter and forms to
return to us. • Apply for Financial Aid.

2. Schedule your College Placement Test Appointment
• Visit, click on MCC Students and then “Make a
Placement Testing Appointment” or call 1-800-818-3434 to schedule an
appointment. • You may not have to take the test if you have previously
completed college-level coursework in English and mathematics. • You will
need to show a picture ID at your appointment.

3. Register for Classes
• Admitted students enrolling in day classes: Call 1-800-818-3434 or
visit • Five easy ways to register for evening
and weekend classes: Web log onto MiddleNet, our online enrollment link
at Phone - call 1-800-818-3434 from 8:30 a.m. to
8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Out of state - call 978-656-3370.) Fax
a completed registration form to 978-656-3443 Mail your completed
registration form to: MCC Enrollment Communications and Support, 33
Kearney Square, Lowell, MA 01852-1987 Walk-in - Bedford campus: Student
Information Center in the Enrollment Center, Room 118. Lowell campus:
Student Information Center in the City Building, 33 Kearney Square,
ground floor.

4. Take Care of Business
• Make arrangements to pay your tuition & fees. • Ways to pay your bill
include: the MCC Payment Plan, check, credit card, or financial aid.

Middlesex Community College

Associate Degree & Certificate Programs
Graduates of Middlesex Community College degree programs receive an
Associate in Arts (A.A.) or an Associate in Science (A.S.). The A.A.
programs are generally appropriate for students intending to transfer.
A.S. programs usually have a career-entry emphasis. Associate degree
programs require completion of specific course work in the area of
concentration, plus a core curriculum of general education courses in
liberal arts and sciences. Many serve as preparation for transfer to
bachelor’s degree programs in a related major. To receive the associate
degree, students must complete at least 20 courses and earn a minimum of
60 credits. The number of credits varies, however, with totals from 60 to
75, according to the requirements of individual programs. • Accounting •
Automotive Technology • Aviation Maintenance Technology • Biotechnology
Technician • Business Administration • Communications • Computer Aided
Design (CAD) Technology • Computer Forensics • Computer Science •
Computer Software & Networking Technology • Criminal Justice • Culinary
Arts • Dental Assisting • Dental Hygiene • Dental Laboratory Technology •
Diagnostic Medical Sonography • Early Childhood Education • Elementary
Education • Energy Utility Technology • Engineering Science •
Environmental Health • Fashion Merchandising • Fine and Performing Arts -
General • Fine Arts • Music • Theater • Fire Protection & Safety
Technology • Global Studies • Graphic Design • Hospitality Management •
Human Services • Information Technology • Liberal Arts and Sciences •
Liberal Studies • Life Science • Medical Assisting • Nursing • Office
Systems and Administration • Paralegal • Physical Science • Psychology •
Radiologic Technology • Studio Arts

There are several categories of career certificates awarded by Middlesex
Community College: Pre-degree Certificate Programs can serve as the basis
for further higher education or professional studies. They require
students to complete a minimum of 24 credits of specified course work,
mainly related to particular fields of employment. While generally taken
as preparation for direct entry into employment, many students return,
part time or full time, and apply the credits previously earned to an
associate degree program. • Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Counseling •
Biotechnology Technician • Computer Aided Design (CAD) • Computerized
Accounting • Computer Forensics • Culinary Arts • Dental Assisting •
Early Childhood Education • Energy Utility Technology • Entrepreneurship
in Small Business Management • Graphic Design • Hospitality Management •
Human Services – Direct Support • Law Enforcement • Liberal Studies •
Medical Assisting • Medical Receptionist • Medical Secretary • Nursing
Assistant • Phlebotomy • Studio Art • Travel Services Management Career
Development Certificates and Special Programs are made up of noncredit
courses that provide the targeted skills and short-term training needed
to gain expertise in a particular employment field. • Computer
Applications • Digital Photography • Interior Design • Meeting and Event
Management • Project Management • Web Design • Writing Indexes for Books
and Websites • Writing Technical Information Transition Program
Certificate - A two-year noncredit program for students with learning/
cognitive disabilities.

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Campus Maps
Bedford Campus
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Lowell Campus
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Boston & Maine Bldg.

Campus Directions
For the most up-to-date directions to MCC's Bedford and Lowell campuses,
visit the Middlesex website:
Smoking is not permitted in any college buildings.

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