Mohawk Valley Community College (SUNY)

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College Profile

Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) is a unit of the State University of New York (SUNY) and offers the first two years of a university education as well as vocational programs. Students begin at MVCC at half the cost of a major university and then MVCC assists them in transferring to another university to complete their B.A.The TOEFL is not required; instead, MVCC gives all entering students a placement test and helps them choose courses in which they will succeed. Some students begin in one of the four levels of academic English as a Second Language and then proceed to their majors after earning the ESL certificate, and others, depending on their ability in English, go directly into their chosen major. Classes are small, and MVCC’s emphasis is on excellent teaching—and student learning—rather than on research. All students are required to complete a Diversity/Global View requirement for graduation, including classes, online tutorials, and attendance at cultural events.
Residence halls are available for 500 students, as are a wide variety of athletic activities and student clubs and organizations. A diverse and popular cultural series offers 50 events on campus a semester, and clubs regularly organize visits to locations such as Boston and New York.

MVCC is in a safe, representative medium-sized American city of 60,000 people four hours by car from New York City. The area is very historic and offers many opportunities for its size: it hosts Broadway shows, concerts, and world-class museum exhibits. A casino resort is nearby.

MVCC is fully accredited


Programs We Offer  

Associates Degrees
Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies Airframe and Powerplant Technician
International Studies Cybersecurity
Business Management English as a Second Language
Computer Science Heating and Air Conditioning
Civil Engineering Technology Photography
Graphic Communication: Graphic Design Welding
Engineering Science
Financial Services Management

Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 6000
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6000
  • Graduate enrollment: 0
  • International Student Enrollment: 60
  • Male 66% Female 44%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 20 to 1
  • Faculty: Full-Time 150, Part-Time: 28
  • Number of countries represented on campus: 23
  • Top five countries represented on campus: Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Canada

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?

The Intensive English Program combines levels three and four of ESL into one semester. A TOEFL PBT score of 437-497, TOEFL CBT of 123-170, TOEFL IBT of 41-60 or an IELTS of 5 is required for acceptance into the IEP.


Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?

Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?


Does your institution conditionally admit students to degree programs if they have not met the English proficiency requirement?
Yes, We are an open admissions institution and do not require the TOEFL. There is an office dedicated to services for international students.

International Student Housing Options

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 or M-1 visa status? YES

Does your institution issue DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?  YES

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

Tuition: $6,750

Room and Board: $9,970

Fees: $896

Health Insurance: $1,492

Books/Supplies: $2,000

Total: $21,108

Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?

No, However, students may apply for part-time jobs on campus.

Student Activities and Campus Life

MVCC has a lively cultural series and many opportunities for students in nearly 50 clubs, including the International Club, Drama Club, Caribbean Club, East Asian Culture Club, Digital Animation Club, Ski Club, Strategic Gaming Club, Judo Club, and the Muslim Student Association. During their time at MVCC, many international students are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.