College Profile

Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) is a two year college in Utica, NY with 90 academic and vocational programs.  MVCC is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of higher education universities and colleges.

MVCC offers affordable courses.  Students can decide if they will complete their Associate Degree and begin to work or if they would like to transfer to complete a Bachelor’s Degree at another university/college.

The application process is simple; we do not require the TOEFL exam.  MVCC has a free placement test to determine which classes are at your level.  We have a strong English as a Second Language (ESL) program, which prepares students for academic level English.

Class sizes are small, and MVCC’s emphasis is on excellent teaching—and student learning—rather than on research. It is easy to meet and speak to professors.  We have a large tutoring center and library which provides extra help if you need assistance in your classes.

Residence hall dormitories are available for 600 students, and there are many sports, activities and student clubs and organizations. Every semester we have concerts, comedians, and cultural events.  Many clubs also organize trips to locations such as Boston and New York.

MVCC is in a safe, medium-sized American city of 60,000 people.  There is a large international population in the city, with lots of ethnic restaurants and food markets! Utica, NY is four hours by car from New York City and there is also a train and bus station which can connect you to many cities throughout the state and country. The area is very historic and offers many opportunities: there is a zoo, a beautiful art museum, visiting Broadway shows, and concerts. A casino resort with a dance club is nearby.

Programs We Offer

Associates Degrees

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies
  • International Studies
  • Business Management
  • Computer Science
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Graphic Communication: Graphic Design
  • Nursing
  • Engineering Science
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • Financial Services Management


  • Airframe and Powerplant Technician
  • Cybersecurity
  • English as a Second Language
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Photography
  • Welding


6000 Total Enrollment
6000 Undergraduate Enrollment
60 International Student Enrollment
66% Male
44% Female
20:1 Faculty-Student Ratio
150 Faculty: Full-Time
28 Faculty: Part-Time
23 Countries Represented
Top 5 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

We have 5 on-campus residence halls with high-speed internet, cable TV, a game room, a kitchen, laundry, weekly activities and several dining options.  For more details:


First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

Financial Aid

MVCC does NOT offer direct financial aid to international students, however, students may apply for part-time jobs on campus.

Student Activities and Campus Life

MVCC hosts many events and concerts; including comedians, musicians, an international festival, dance, and movies.  There are nearly 50 clubs, including the International Club, Drama Club, Digital Animation Club, Ski Club, Strategic Gaming Club, Hiking Club, and the Muslim Student Association. Many international students are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.




Central New York

Mohawk Valley Community College (SUNY)


Emily Gifford
Coordinator of International Student Services

Visa Information

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

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

Cost of Attendance & Financial Assistance


Major Areas of Study

Arts and Humanities
Arts, Visual, and Performing
Communication and Journalism
Communications Technologies
Computer and Information Sciences
Education, Teaching ESL
Engineering Technologies
English Language and Literature
Health and Medical Administrative Services
Health and Medicine
Health Sciences
Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Hotel Management
Languages, Intensive English as Second Language
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Math and Statistics
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Nursing / Other Allied Medical
Parks, Recreation, and Fitness
Public and Social Services
Science, Math, and Technology
Security and Protective Services/Criminal Justice
Social Sciences
Sports Medicine


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