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There is a lot to know as a college student. This section breaks down a few important things you should know here at MVCC. For more in depth information on any of these topics search our website or talk to your advisor.

Click on each topic to learn more.

• Types of Programs
• Full-time vs. Part-time
• Credit vs. Non-credit Courses
• Diversity & Global View
• Cultural Series
• Computer Accounts
• We Are HAWKS

(**each list will open up a text box on the side to view the information)

Types of Programs:

AS: Associate of Science, for students who plan to continue at a four-year college.

AA: Associate of Arts, for students who plan to continue at a four-year college.

AAS: Associate of Applied Science, for those seeking to enter the workforce or a four-year college.

AOS: Associate in Occupational Studies, for students who intend to enter the workforce.

Certificate: Prepare students for gainful employment upon completion of the academic requirements.

Full-time vs. Part-time:
Full-time study: 12 or more billing hours and is a requirement for on-campus housing, athletics and some financial aid.

Part-time study: less than 12 billing hours. Financial aid is available for part-time study – see a financial aid counselor.

Billing hours include non-credit courses such as developmental math, reading and writing. These courses do not offer college credit or count toward your degree. However, they do count toward your tuition bill and as part of your course load for the purpose of financial aid eligibility.

Credit vs. Non-credit Courses:

Students earn “credit” for the successful completion of each college level course. Every major has a minimum number of required credits to complete for graduation.

Students with lower placement test scores in reading, writing and/or math may be required to take non-credit courses prior to taking some college level courses. These are called “developmental” courses and do not count toward your degree. The purpose of these classes is to help students strengthen skills in critical areas so that they will be successful in subsequent credit bearing coursework.

Diversity & Global View:

DGV is a program developed by the college to prepare you to succeed in an increasingly diverse and global world. Completing this program, through events and tutorials, is a requirement for graduation and is tracked in your Degree Works audit.
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Cultural Series:
In our state-of-the-art theaters and venues in Utica and Rome, the MVCC Cultural Series brings musicians, comedians, magicians, theatre, movies, and more to the community. Many events are part of MVCC’s Diversity and Global View initiative. This series is brought to you by MVCC’s Cultural Events Council with significant support from the Student Activity Fee. Cultural Series events are free for MVCC students; however, tickets are required for all events marked with ($) and are available at the Box Office.

Computer Accounts: 

E-mail, BB, Computers Labs
Each of these accounts use the same Log-in:
Username: your first initial, last name and day of birth (Mo Hawk born November 1st; mhawk01)
Password: last 4 digits of your social security number

Student E-mail:

The college communicates a variety of information through the use of a student’s college e-mail account. You should use your student e-mail account for all matters associated with the college; so check your e-mail often! Access e-mail from our website, under the Current Students tab.

Your e-mail address is your


If you are taking any online courses or have an online component of a classroom course, you will need to use our online portal - Blackboard. Faculty often use BB for supplemental instruction. Additionally, the tutorial component of DGV is located in BB. Access BB from our website, under the Current Students tab.

Computer Labs:

There are 5 computer labs available for student use.

Wireless access is available for many devices; visit the IT Help Desk.
In Utica - IT139 and in Rome - PC121

Student Information & Registration System (SIRS):

SIRS is your personal student account which includes your personal information, academic records (check your grades and degree progress), registration information (register for classes), financial aid (view & accept your award), as well as secure your classes and pay your bill.

Your SIRS log-in is different than your other computer accounts; access SIRS using your student ID number (M#) and a 6-digit PIN number, which can be obtained from Registrar’s. Access SIRS from our website, under the Current Students tab.

MVCC Hawks:

In the Fall 2012, MVCC welcomed “Mo” to the campus community. MVCC’s mascot, Mo the Hawk, can be seen all over campus at events, athletic games and more. Mo was named through our Name the Hawk contest on Facebook, by student David Lloyd.

MVCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and offers one of the most extensive and diverse two-year college intercollegiate athletic programs in the country. The diversity of the program assures you the opportunity to participate in or support the sport of your interest at MVCC.