Become A Highlander
Please note that this process may take up to two months to complete, so be sure to start early.
Notice: Attention International, Dual Credit and Summer- and Minimester-Only Students
You have additional or different applications procedures to complete. Please see these links for information:
Please note: Winter minimester applicants apply using the Spring application and Summer minimester applicants apply using the Summer 1 application.
- Apply to McLennan
- Apply for McLennan Scholarships and Financial Aid
- Submit Required Documents
- Meet with an Advisor
- Next Steps
Apply to McLennan
Degree and certificate options at MCC have been organized into Academic Pathways. Please review our Academic Pathways prior to applying to McLennan.
How to submit your application:
Online through ApplyTexas. Computers are available for your convenience in Highlander Central in the Enrollment Services Center on campus.
If you DID NOT attend MCC during the last year, you must submit an updated application through ApplyTexas. If you have any questions about whether you should or should not submit an updated application, please contact Highlander Central on campus in the Enrollment Services Center, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 254-299-8622.
Please note: Applications received via ApplyTexas are typically processed and reviewed within 24-48 hours, however, during busy times, it may take longer.
After you apply to MCC, you can start on the steps to become a student immediately. The steps do not need to be completed in the order they appear on the website, but you will want to make an appointment with an advisor as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment, please call 254-299-8614, email email@example.com or drop by Advising & Career Services in the Student Services Center, 2nd floor, during regular business hours.
Apply for McLennan Scholarships and Financial Aid
We encourage you to apply for both MCC Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Even if you do not think you will be eligible for a scholarship, it doesn’t hurt to try, right? Through gracious gifts from our many friends, the MCC Foundation is able to to award more than 400 scholarships each year. Please visit the MCC Foundation’s Scholarship page to learn more and find out how to apply.
Federal Student Aid (including the Pell grant, work-study opportunities, and loans)
When you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), use McLennan’s Federal School Code 003590 on the application.
About 70 percent of MCC students qualify for some sort of financial aid. MCC’s Financial Aid Office provides students with information about the types of financial aid available and how to apply for financial assistance.
In order to apply for federal financial aid, you need to fill out the online FAFSA application. Filling out this application can sometimes be complicated. For more information, follow these 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA or visit MCC’s Steps to Financial Aid.
Deadlines for applying for Federal Financial Aid:
- Fall semester: June 1
- Spring semester: Nov. 1
- Summer terms: April 1
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit Required Documents
- If you have graduated from high school and have not attended another college or university, you are required to submit your official transcript or
GED scores. Contact your previous school or a GED office to order your official transcript.
- If you have attended another college or university previously, you are required to submit all of your college transcripts.
Many high schools, colleges, and universities offer transcript requests via their website. Also, you may try www.getmytranscript.com to find out if your previous school participates through this website.
- Transcripts may be submitted by mail or in person. In many cases, high schools and colleges will send transcripts directly to MCC, if requested.
- Or you may submit your transcript(s) in person to: Highlander Center in the Enrollment Services Center (Look for the big “Start Here” banner on the front of the building.)
- Or submit your transcript(s) by mail to:
McLennan Community College
1400 College Drive
Waco, TX 76708
- If you are under the age of 22, Texas law requires you show proof of immunization against bacterial meningitis before you may attend classes.
- You may acquire an exemption from the immunization by filling out and submitting this form. You will need to print the form and submit it to Highlander Central or your advisor before you will be able to register for classes.
- Review the complete requirements and how to submit documentation on MCC’s bacterial meningitis page.
According to the Texas Success Initiative, all students are required to submit test scores that show college readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing, unless the student qualifies for an exemption. See if you qualify for an exemption.
If you took your test somewhere other than MCC’s Testing Center, you will need to submit your test scores in person to Highlander Central or your advisor.
- Or submit by mail to:
McLennan Community College
1400 College Drive
Waco, TX 76708
Options for taking the test:
- Register and pay the testing fee ($28.50) online at MCC’s Register Blast. Choose TSI Assessment (for the group and the exam).
- Or pay a $25 testing fee to the MCC Business Office in the Administration building on campus and take your receipt to the Testing Center to schedule a time for your test.
Meet with an Advisor
Academic advising is an important part of your education at McLennan. In fact, it is mandatory to visit with your academic advisor each semester.
An academic advisor is assigned to you according to your Pathway in order to assist you in achieving your academic goals. The academic advisor’s task is to guide you toward success and completing your desired degree plan. College is a new experience for most students, and it is different from high school or the workplace. Your advisor can assist you in making the transition, allowing you to get the most out of your time at McLennan.
Who is my advisor?
All new students will initially meet with an academic advisor after applying to McLennan.
To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor, call (254) 299-8614, email email@example.com , or stop by Advising and Career Services on the second floor of the Student Services Center.
All students who are new to McLennan Community College must complete the online New Student Orientation and the New Student Orientation (in-person) offered by Advising & Career Services at MCC. During the New Student Orientation (in-person), you’ll establish meaningful relationships with your peers as well as with faculty and staff members dedicated to supporting you throughout your academic journey at MCC. You’ll also engage with campus traditions and familiarize yourself with the campus as part of the New Student Orientation Tour. You can register for New Student Orientation at: https://www.registerblast.com/mclennan/Activity/Index/140.
Paying for Classes
By now, you should have applied to MCC through ApplyTexas, met with an advisor, submitted all required documents, and applied for financial assistance. If you have completed all of these steps, you should be registered and ready to pay for your classes.
4 options for paying your tuition & fees:
- Online: Checks and credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express) are accepted 24/7 through WebAdvisor.
- By mail: Make checks payable to MCC and write the student’s MCC ID number on the check. Mail to MCC Business Office, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX 76708.
- On campus: Cash, credit cards, checks or cashier’s check are accepted at the MCC Business Office on campus (Mondays-Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
- Payment Plan: To set up a payment plan, go to WebAdvisor and find “All Payment Options (Pay Now)” under the heading Financial Information. If you have questions, please call the MCC Business Office at 254-299-8627.
New Student Orientation
MCC offers a two-part new student orientation program that is both educational and fun! It is important that you complete all of the other previous steps before registering for orientation. Also, when you meet with your advisor, he or she can help you register for New Student Orientation.
If you have already met with your advisor, you may start the Part I of New Student Orientation (online). When you have completed Part I, you may register for Part II of New Student Orientation (face-to-face). Good luck & Go Highlanders!
- Is there a deadline to apply to MCC and register for classes?
- What are the Academic Pathways and why do I need to know about them?
- I don’t know which Academic Pathway to choose. What do I do?
- What is Highlander Central?
- Does MCC offer GED classes?
- How do I request more information about MCC?
- How can I schedule a campus tour?