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Mt. Hood Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Mt. Hood Community College

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) was founded in 1966 and now has three campus locations serving around 33,000 students annually. It's accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The main campus and the Bruning Center for Allied Health Education are located in Gresham, Oregon, which is just outside of Portland. The Maywood Park Campus is in Portland.


MHCC offers 120 associate's degree, certificate and transfer programs at its three campuses and at various public school locations. The college also offers several apprenticeship programs in skilled trades, including carpentry, iron working, masonry and glass working. A health informatics program prepares students to work in areas related to electronic health records. Self-paced, independent study classes are available for some courses in the social sciences.

MHCC is among the top 10 community colleges for student enrollment and for participation in study abroad programs. Study abroad programs include language/cultural immersion in Japan, Latin America and Europe.


MHCC has open enrollment admissions. New, first-time students are required to take a college placement test. Certain programs that have restricted or limited entry, such as nursing, dental hygiene and automotive technology, have additional admissions requirements. There are special admission processes for international students and students under the age of 18.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees for full-time, in-state students were $97 per credit hour for 1-15 units in 2012. For full-time, out-of-state students, tuition and fees were $217 per credit. All students registered for at least one credit must pay a $35 access fee and a college service fee of $40 per term. Tuition and fees must be paid before the start of each term.

Nearly three-quarters of students received some sort of financial aid package during the 2010-2011 school year. Federal, state and institutional grants are available, along with student loans and work-study aid. The MHCC Foundation, along with a variety of organizations, offers an array of scholarships; information about these awards can be accessed through the school website.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate's, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 33,000 undergraduates across all campuses**; 46% full-time, 54% part-time*
Student Housing None*
Programs 120 associate's degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Liberal arts (287), registered nursing (76) for 2011*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 18% overall graduation rate for full-time students who started programs in 2008*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 2,205 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 55% for full-time and 36% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Tuition and Fees Full-time, in-state: $97 per credit hour; full-time, out-of-state: $217 per credit hour; full-time, international: $244 per credit hour (2012)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year, Full-Time Undergraduate Students Receiving It) In 2011: federal grants (55%), state and local grants (3%), institutional scholarships (8%), federal loans (37%)*
Percent of First-Year, Full-Time Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 72%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator, **Mt. Hood Community College, ***NCES IPEDS Data Center

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions, Registration and Records Office, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham, OR 97030
  • Phone: (503) 491-6422
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