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Mercer County Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research Mercer County Community College in Trenton, NJ. Learn about its admission requirements, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Mercer County Community College

Originally established in 1890 as an evening drawing school, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is a 2-year, public institution that awards certificates and associate degrees. Located in Trenton, NJ, the school officially became MCCC in 1966 and added a second campus in West Windsor, NJ, in 1972. Roughly three-fourths of the student population are Mercer County residents. MCCC is a comprehensive institution that sees more than 35% of its graduates continue on to 4-year colleges or universities. The average class size at MCCC is 21.


Mercer County Community College has 70 associate degree and 30 certificate programs available in a wide variety of academic tracks. MCCC offers associate degrees in the arts, fine arts and sciences that are designed as transfer degrees and an Associate in Applied Science for students seeking entry-level employment in a specific field upon graduation. Degree options are available in areas of study including accounting, aviation management, information technology, digital media arts, early childhood education and plant science. Popular majors in 2011 were liberal arts and sciences, criminal justice, registered nursing and business.

MCCC's certificate programs give students the training and skills needed for specific professions, and many can be completed in one year for students enrolled full time. Certificate program options include catering management, computer-aided design, funeral service, professional cooking and web design.

Additionally, MCCC has an online program that allows students to either earn a degree entirely online or take courses to supplement a degree being earned in the traditional classroom setting.


Mercer County Community College employs an open and rolling admissions policy, accepting applications throughout the year from aspiring students who are at least 18 years old and have earned either a high school diploma or GED equivalent. All students are required to submit a completed application, official high school transcripts or GED scores and immunization records. Applications can be printed out and sent in or submitted online. Upon acceptance, students are required to take a college skills placement test and schedule an advising appointment. While it is not required, students are encouraged to submit SAT scores to help with the placement process.

Students interested in applying to one of the four health professions programs (nursing, radiography, medical laboratory technology or physical therapist assistant) will have specific admissions requirements, prerequisites and deadlines.

MCCC's enrollment in fall 2011 was 9,381; the school reported a higher enrollment of female students than male (54% v. 46%), and 42% of the combined population were enrolled full time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 year at MCCC are as follows: $138 per credit for Mercer county residents, $182.50 for non-Mercer county residents and $269.50 for out-of-state or international students. MCCC includes a $15 college fee and a $13.50 technology fee in these rates. In addition, all students must pay the $25 registration fee. Additional fees may be charged, but costs vary depending on the courses taken.

Students are required to pay their tuition bill in full upon registration unless they are taking courses totaling at least $250 and are opting to enroll in the tuition payment plan. MCCC offers a tuition payment plan for a $50 non-refundable fee that allows students to make monthly payments throughout the duration of the semester in which they are enrolled.

Several forms of financial aid are available to help with the cost of attendance, including scholarships, grants, loans and federal work-study.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Rural *
Student Body 9,381 undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing No*
Programs 70 degrees and 30 certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Associate: Liberal Arts and Sciences (336), Registered Nursing (134), Business Administration and Management (89), Criminal Justice (51)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began in 2007: 5% (within 'normal time' for the program), 15% (within 150% of 'normal time') and 20% (within twice as long as 'normal time')*
Admission Rate Open admission policy*
Entering Class Size 2,017 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 61% for full-time and 37% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Applications accepted throughout the year**
Decision Notification Date Decision notifications sent out upon review**
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $138 for Mercer county residents, $182.50 for non-Mercer county residents and $269.50 for out-of-state residents (all per credit hour; includes a college and technology fee)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving it) In 2011: Grant or scholarship aid (30%), federal grants (25%), Pell grants (25%), other federal grants (12%), state/local government grant or scholarships (24%), student loan aid (13%), federal loans (13%) and other student loans (1%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 38% for first-year students enrolled full-time in 2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; **Mercer County Community College; ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Mercer County Community College, PO Box 17202, Trenton, NJ 08690
  • Phone: (609) 570-3139
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