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About MVCC

International Student Services

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and by appointment.

Location: Payne Hall, Room 101C. Please sign in with the Admission Office receptionist where you will be asked to complete any necessary paperwork.

Appointments: International students can meet with the International Student Services Coordinator on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Please email or call 001 315 792 5350 for more information.

College History

Mohawk Valley Community College was the first community college established in New York State. Founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences at Utica, it was one of five post-secondary institutions established on an experimental basis after World War II. The two-year public college offered programs leading to technical and semiprofessional employment in business and industry.

In 1948, the State University of New York was created and authorized to recommend the establishment of community colleges. The College became a constituent unit of the State University in 1950. The following year, the College was authorized to grant the Associate in Applied Science degree. In 1953, the County of Oneida assumed the sponsorship of the College, then known as Mohawk Valley Technical Institute, under the "Community College Law" section of the 1948 Education Law. This section authorized the cost of operating a community college to be shared equally through student tuition, state aid and charges to the counties of New York State.

The following year, MVCC began offering classes in Rome, New York, to better serve the needs of northern and western Oneida County. Classes were offered at the former Griffiss Air Force Base from 1954 to 1958 and again from 1969 to 1974, a branch campus was established in Rome at the current location on Floyd Avenue.

As a community college, MVCC saw its enrollment and facilities grow. From 1946 to 1960, the College occupied temporary quarters in New Hartford and downtown Utica. In 1960, the College moved to new buildings on an 80-acre site in southeast Utica.

The Utica Campus completed a Master Plan in 2002 that included renovating virtually every building on campus and adding a new information technology/performing arts/conference center building. The College's academic offerings have continued to expand in response to the community needs determined through community surveys. The College now offers an exceptionally wide variety of transfer, career and vocational programs.

College Overview

Founded in 1946, Mohawk Valley Community College is a public, co-educational, two-year institution. The College is a unit of the 64 campus State University of New York System (SUNY). Mohawk Valley Community College offers choice, opportunity, and hope by providing accessible and affordable higher education, training, and services that emphasize academic excellence, diversity and a global view for all students. The College has approximately 5,300 students with 128 international students.

All Mohawk Valley Community College international students benefit from a variety of support services, including on-campus housing, assistance in finding suitable off-campus housing, health services, academic advising, personal counseling, orientation, multi-cultural and international student services and advisement, transfer services and career counseling. Mohawk Valley Community College students participate in a broad range of activities, clubs and organizations, including an active International Club. Both intercollegiate athletics and intramural sports are available to men and women students.

Mission Statement

Mohawk Valley Community College transforms lives through education, providing accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of our students. We are the community’s college, committed to student success through partnerships, transfer and career pathways, and personal enrichment.

What Is a Community College?

The Community College Concept

Community colleges are a uniquely American institution; their mission is to provide access to higher education to everyone – regardless of race, gender, social status, income, geographic location, etc. In support of this goal, community colleges have a tradition of open admissions and low tuition. Public support enables them to keep tuition low and quality high.

Across the U.S., more than 10 million students attend community colleges to improve their future – and that of their families. In return, they improve the country's ability to compete with the rest of the world, and they provide the educated populace on which a free nation depends. For this reason, community colleges have been referred to as "democracy's colleges."

Community colleges are teaching institutions. As such, their entire focus is on creating a learning-centered environment. Classes are kept small, and opportunities for interaction between instructor and students are frequent. Community colleges are leaders in developing new programs and new instructional techniques.

Community colleges are strongly oriented toward meeting the needs of the areas they serve. They are actively involved in providing continuing education for adult students, and training needed to support employers services. The Center for Community and Economic Development and two campuses are all the result of its commitment to this orientation.

To summarize, a community college:

  • Represents the first two years of your four-year degree program. "MVCC First!"
  • Offers two-year associate degree programs designed for career and transfer opportunities.
  • Gives you access to countless transfer opportunities to the four-year university of your choice.
  • Offers 2 2 programs with specified four-year universities.
  • Offers you a valuable college experience.
  • Charges a fraction of the cost of attending a four-year university.


Here at MVCC you will not find yourself in overwhelming lecture halls that you might find in larger universities. You will notice the difference immediately when you attend your classes. There is a 20-to-1 student-faculty ratio in classes. You will have an academic advisor who you can get to know and trust, and your teachers will know your name here at MVCC. Please feel welcome to have open discussions and class participation, and be comfortable to raise appropriate questions in class.


MVCC Accreditation Page

The College has enjoyed accreditation by the 1Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1960.

Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology curricula, and the Surveying Technology curriculum are accredited by the 2Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, The Nursing Program offered at MVCC is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).  The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing website is:  Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses, NCLEX-RN offered by the National Council of State Board of Nurses (NCSBN) through New York State Department of Education, Office of the Professions.  New York State Office of Professions website is:

The Respiratory Care Program offered at MVCC is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Graduates are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) and Clinical Simulation Exams sponsored by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) website:

1 Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680
Tel: (267) 284-5000 Fax: (215) 662-5501

2 111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202
Tel: (410) 347-7700
(c) 61 Broadway
New York, NY 10006
Tel: (212) 363-5555, Ext. 153)

Why Choose MVCC?

  • MVCC is part of the SUNY System, the largest university system in the world
  • MVCC is affordable
  • Small class sizes
  • No TOEFL required
  • Many transfer opportunities
  • Location
  • Safe location
  • On-campus residence halls
  • Countless campus facilities
  • Full range of ESL courses