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Moreno Valley College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Moreno Valley College

Located in California, Moreno Valley College (MVC) is a two-year school that provides programs for students interested in fulfilling core requirements before transferring to a four-year college or university. Additionally, students can choose from various vocational and technical programs designed to prepare them for direct career entry. MVC is part of the Riverside Community College District, along with Riverside City College and Norco College. It's less than 30 miles south of San Bernardino and around 70 miles east of Los Angeles. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits MVC.


Students at MVC can prepare for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification or participate in dentistry, early childhood education, physician assistant or other healthcare programs. Additionally, the humanities and social sciences department, which is the largest at MVC, offers courses in more than 15 liberal arts disciplines. Through the business and information technology systems department, students can pursue a video game certificate, in addition to courses in eight other disciplines. Students can pursue training in law enforcement, homeland security or fire technology at the Ben Clark Training Center. This facility also offers accelerated associate's degree programs in law enforcement and fire technology.

Most courses at MVC are transferable to the University of California and the California State University system. The school also offers workforce training and community education classes for working professionals.


Applicants to MVC must submit an online application and mail official transcripts to the college's admissions and records office. MVC requires that students have received a high school diploma or GED equivalent and passed the California High School Proficiency Exam. High school students can attend the college through a concurrent enrollment program.

Typically, applications are processed within two business days. First-time students must complete assessment testing and online orientation. Of the almost 10,000 enrolled students in 2011, 82% attended MVC part-time, 51% were female, 48% were Hispanic and 42% were 25 years of age or older.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of tuition in 2012 was $46 per unit for California residents and $226 per unit for non-residents. Students also must factor in the cost of textbooks, student fees and living expenses. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships and work-study programs.

School Type Public, two-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's, certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 9,928 students, all undergraduate (2011)*
Schools and Programs Six departments; nearly 90 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 26 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010:
Less than one year certificate: Health professions (85)
1-2 year certificate: Liberal arts (26)
2-4 year certificate: Health professions (19)
Associate's: Liberal arts (162)*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size 1,357 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 61% of full-time and 39% of part-time students*
Application Due Date Applications are due January 27th for Spring 2013**
Tuition (2012) $46 per unit for CA residents, $226 per unit for non-residents (does not include student fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010:
Federal grants (59%)
State and local grants (75%)
Institutional scholarships (0%)
Federal loans (2%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 76% in 2010 (for full-time beginning undergraduate students)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Moreno Valley College

Contact Information

  • Address: Moreno Valley College, Admissions and Records Office, 16130 Lasselle Street, Moreno Valley, CA, 92551
  • Phone: (951) 571-6101
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