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What Should I Expect at MVCC?

In most cases, students experience greater success their first year of college when they know what to expect out of the institution. You can expect to find the following at Mohawk Valley Community College:

Class sizes that vary

While most classes are less than 30, class sizes will vary depending on the location and the course. The largest classes are often required courses that are freshman level, such as PY 101 (Introduction to Psychology), BI 101 (General Biology), etc.

Student's need for personal responsibility

It is your responsibility to attend class and complete assignments. No one will monitor your progress and no one will be checking up on you. You are expected to be responsible for your own academic progress. Enjoy the freedom and use it well!

More emphasis on tests and less on homework

Your instructors may give homework assignments that are often never graded or checked. Students who want to receive good grades will do the assignments anyway; they know that they will be quizzed or tested on the material at some point.

Critical Thinking Skills

You will be expected to learn and understand what you read. You will be asked to draw conclusions, form opinions, and evaluate the ideas of others.

Class time versus independent study time

Professors and instructors will present material in class via lecture; however, you are expected to do much of your learning on your own. The general rule is: For every hour you spend in class, you should spend one or two hours out of class – reading, studying, and completing assignments.

Low grades come with consequences

MVCC has academic standards that students must meet in order to stay enrolled and receive financial aid. Students who fall below a 2.0 overall grade point average (GPA) and don’t pass at least two-thirds of their classes are in danger of losing their financial aid eligibility. Additionally, some majors have higher standards than that, and all MVCC students must have at least a 2.0 GPA to graduate.

People who care for you and your success

As your look around your campus, you will find that the faculty, college staff, and administrators are here to make your journey a fulfilling one. We value you as an individual and are here to assist you in furthering your academic and personal achievement.