Moraine Valley

Moraine Valley Community College is dedicated to ensuring students gain the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of a changing world. With nearly 150 programs, expert faculty, state-of-the-art learning facilities, and a vibrant campus culture, you’ll see why we are among the nation’s premier two-year institutions of higher learning.

The Moraine Valley Community College District 524 covers 139 square miles in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. The district has population of about 400,000 people and includes 26 communities. 

Admissions Recruiter Andriana Esparza is in the Reavis Student Cafeteria every Tuesday during lunch periods to assist students and answer questions about becoming a student at Moraine Valley. She can also be reached at 708-974-5356 or

Steps To Enroll:

1. Complete the admissions application online.  

Within an hour of submitting your completed application, you will be able to use the Account Lookup tool to find your Moraine Valley username and password. These credentials will give you access to your student email and the MVConnect student portal. You will also receive a welcome letter in the mail.

Students will need their Social Security number to complete the application. Students who do not have a Social Security number will need to complete the paper application.

Students who have already earned dual credit at Moraine Valley do not need to complete an application. Call the Registration Office at 708-974-2110 or visit Building S Room 103 to request your status be changed to full-time degree-seeking student.

2. Apply for financial aid. 

The Financial Aid Office offers information for funding at the federal, state, institutional, and private agency levels. Types of aid include grants, scholarships, work-study employment and loans. They offer free financial aid assistance to help students complete their FAFSA.

The Moraine Valley Community College Foundation offers scholarships for both incoming and current students. These scholarships are based on academic achievement, personal achievement, financial need, leadership skills and community involvement. There are additional scholarships designed for specific programs and fields of study. 

3. Take placement tests.

New students take placement tests after applying for admission, and must complete placement requirements according to the degree, certificate, or course they intend to register in. Please note that all Degree Seeking students must complete placement requirements before registering for courses, and all students must satisfy course prerequisites before registering in a specific course. All placement testing occurs in the college’s Testing Services Center, located in Building G, Room 231.

Students may be eligible for exemption from the placement test based on SAT/ACT scores.

SAT Scores

  • Students who score a 480 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of the SAT will be exempt from the reading and writing portions of the placement test.

  • Students who score a 520 or higher on the Mathematics portion of the SAT will be exempt from the mathematics portion of the placement test. 

ACT Scores

  • Students who score or 20 or higher on both the English and Reading sections of the ACT will be exempt from taking the reading portion of the placement test.  

  • Students who score a 20 or higher on the Mathematics section of the ACT will be exempt from the mathematics portion of the placement test.

Students who have achieved the minimum score and are exempt from placement testing must provide proof to the Academic Advising Center. Students can submit an official transcript or SAT/ACT score report in person in Building S Room 201 or send them via email to

Register and Pay Online:

  1. Log into the MVConnect student portal. 
  2. From the Self-Service Menu, click Registration.
  3. Select Search, register, and pay for non-credit classes. 
  4. Select Placement Testing in the topic code drop-down menu and click Submit. 
  5. Check the box next to the date and time you would like to register for and click Submit. 
  6. Continue through the remaining screens and pay the $25 fee with a credit card.
Register and Pay In Person:
  1. Visit the Registration Office (Building S Room 103) to register for the test.
  2. Visit the Cashier's Office (Building S Room 105) to pay the testing fee.
  3. Bring the receipt to the Testing Center (Building G Room 231).
Preparing For the Test:
The Academic Skills Center offers free workshops to assist students in preparing for the placement test. College Board also offers a study guide and free web-based study app.


4. Attend New Student Orientation.

Students who plan to enroll part-time or full-time at Moraine Valley and pursue an associate’s degree are required to complete a two-part orientation program.
  • Part I: Online Orientation
    • The online portion of the program will present you with academic policies, procedures, and additional crucial information to prepare you in becoming a successful Moraine Valley student.  Part I will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete, but it is not timed. You may leave the online module and return to it at any time. You must pass the final test with a 100% score before you can move on to Part II.
  • Part II: Advising and Registration
    • ​The on-campus portion is mandatory for all students who are planning to complete a degree.  You will meet with an academic advisor and/or counselor to discuss course options, and then register and pay for your first semester courses.  Part II will last approximately two hours. During Part II of orientation, students will:
      • Meet with an academic advisor and counselor
      • Select and schedule classes.
      • Make a tuition deposit (unless your financial aid has been completed and you have been cleared to register by the Moraine Valley Financial Aid Office).

Academic Programs

Moraine Valley offers associate degrees and certificates designed to meet the needs of students who intend to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree or who desire to enter the workforce upon graduation. The college’s academic programs prepare students for the fastest growing jobs in Cook County, the greater Chicago area and the nation.

Students who wish to pursue complete an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) are considered Degree Seeking. Completing your two-year degree at Moraine Valley prepares you to either enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university post-graduation.

Transfer Programs

Students who enroll in a transfer program can complete their first two years of study at Moraine Valley for virtually any bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university. Each of the Moraine Valley’s four associate degrees (Associate in Arts, Associate in ScienceAssociate in General Studies, and Associate in Fine Arts) are a combination of core general education courses and major specific electives.

Students who know their intended transfer institution are advised to meet with an academic advisor each semester to create a detailed education plan that will make the transfer process simple and easy. Please refer to the iTransfer website for assistance in transferring between Illinois higher education institutions.

Transfer Agreements

Moraine Valley maintains more than 30 transfer agreements. The college is proud to partner with four-year colleges and universities to ensure a seamless transfer experience for its students who desire to earn a bachelor’s degree. The college’s various articulation agreements, as listed below, are designed to take any guesswork out of the transfer process, which saves students both time and money. Some programs may have additional application and admittance requirements. Please contact an academic advisor for more information.

Transfer Guides

Moraine Valley creates transfer guides to help students plan for transfer to a four-year college or university after completing an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree. These guides are not a contract or guarantee of transferability; the baccalaureate-level requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with an academic advisor from both Moraine Valley and their transfer institution throughout their schooling.

Moraine Valley also routinely hosts admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities on its campus so current students have the opportunity to learn more about their prospective or intended transfer schools face-to-face. Contact the Academic Advising Center at (708) 974-5721 for more information and schedules.

Engineering Pathways

The Engineering Pathways program offered at Moraine Valley is a smart and cost-effective way to guarantee transfer admission into the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This competitive program is designed for high school seniors who plan to enroll as first-time college students for the fall semester.

The typical applicant has earned mostly A’s in high school and has excelled in science and math courses in his or her senior year. Students who are female, low income, first generation, and/or from underrepresented ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

Career Programs

The Career programs at Moraine Valley are designed for students whose goal is immediate employment upon graduation. Students in these programs earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.). Many career programs also offer one or more certificates designed to further enhance a student’s credentials within their respective field.

The list of career programs is arranged by their respective occupation groups as designated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. View details on each of these programs in our online catalog.

Admission to Health Science Career Programs

Health Information Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy Technology, Sleep Technology, and Nursing are health career programs leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. Mammography Technology is a health science certificate program. All of these programs have special admission requirements and limited enrollment. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all admission requirements are met, and all documents and scores are submitted on time. Only complete application files will be reviewed for admission. As part of the admission process, most health science programs require that students submit a health history and physical evaluation. Students may also be required to complete a criminal background check. Students also may be required to have current medical insurance.

Certificate Programs

The certificate programs at Moraine Valley offer specialized training designed to enhance your knowledge and advance your career in a specific areas of study. Many certificate programs can be completed quickly, are offered alongside associate degree career programs, and are stackable, meaning you can be working toward more than one certificate at a time due to overlapping course requirements.

The certificate programs listed below are arranged under their respective occupation groups as designated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. View details on each of these certificates in our online catalog.

English Language Learner Program

Moraine Valley provides quality English language instruction for students whose native language is not English. We want to help prepare you for further academic study, employment, professional advancement and personal enrichment. Depending on your needs, you can choose from the English as a Second Language (ESL) program or Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

Early College Programs

Moraine Valley offers high school students opportunities to shorten the time needed to complete a post-secondary degree. These time- and money-saving opportunities include:
  • Dual Credit:  Allows high school students the opportunity to earn college and high school credits by enrolling in select classes, offered and taught by qualified college instructors at the high school. Students can also earn credit by taking AP courses in high school.  Dual-credit students can log into their MVConnect account to view their Moraine Valley transcript. 
  • Dual Enrollment:  Allows high school students 16 years or older to enroll in and earn only college credit for college courses at Moraine Valley. A high school authorization form must be completed and signed by your counselor. These courses can be taken during part of your regular school day, after school, online or even on weekends during the fall, spring and summer semesters.