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Frequently Asked Questions




1. What is Priority Registration?

Students who have earned 30 credit hours towards a degree at MC as of the end of the most recent semester will be the only students able to register for the upcoming fall or spring semester in the first week registration opens. This provides students, especially full-time students, an opportunity to register early for classes they may need to complete their degree program. For example, if you earned 30 credit hours by the start of the spring 2015 semester, you may take advantage of priority registration for fall 2017. Priority registration for fall 2017 begins April 24, 2017. Priority registration for fall 2017 runs April 24, 2017 through May 1, 2017. 

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2. What is a “part of term?”

Montgomery College schedules its credit courses following a term schedule (Fall and Spring) and also has additional classes offered during Summer and Winter sessions. A term runs about 15 weeks.
A part of term is just that - part of a full term. This allows Montgomery College to offer a larger variety of class delivery options by using multiple parts of term. MC currently offers nine parts of term. Parts of term are only used in the Fall and Spring terms and are not used for the winter or summer sessions. Check the Schedule of Classes for parts of term classes, and be sure to check the start and end dates for all classes.

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3. Are there any exceptions?

  • You may register in person for a class if it has not begun, such as registering for a class at 10:00 am and the class begins at 1:00 pm..
  • If you are assessed by the instructor or the department and it is determined that you need to be assigned to a different course, the Admission and Registration office will help register you for another class.
  • If the College cancels your class too late for you to add another class online, the Admission and Registration office will help register you for another class. For example, if the College cancels your Monday afternoon class on Monday morning, and you need to add another Monday class.
  • If there is a documented registration error by a College staff member, the Admission and Registration office will help register you for another class.
  • If you have a documented medical emergency that prohibited you from registering online or in person prior to the start of the class, the Admission and Registration office will help register you for another class.
  • If you registered on time, attended the course, but were dropped from the course for reasons other than listed above, the Admission and Registration office will help you reregister for the course.



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    4. How do I get an exception?

    Go to the Admission and Registration office on any MC campus with the documentation of your situation. Staff will review your situation and documentation to determine if the registration exception can be approved.

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    5. Who can approve an exception?

    Deans and Department Chairs for academic departments after consultation with the instructor(s) of the class(es). The Admissions and Registration office will assist you on how to obtain approval from the Dean or Department Chair. 

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    6. Can I just go to class and ask the professor?

    Do not go to the class and ask the professor. Your appeal for a registration exception must be reviewed by the Admission and Registration office and approved by the appropriate Dean or Chair.

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    7. What if the professor said I could? What if I have an email/note/letter from the professor?

    Deans or Department Chairs provide the approval for registration exceptions to the Admissions and Registration office. Your appeal for a registration exception must be reviewed by the Admission and Registration office and approved by the appropriate Dean or Chair. Deans and Chairs work with faculty to determine if space is available in classes and if students may be registered.

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    8. How do I get on the waitlist for a class that is full?

    A waitlist is created when maximum enrollment capacity for a particular course has been reached. When you attempt to register for a course that is full, you have the option to place yourself on the waitlist. When a seat becomes available, and you are the next student on the waitlist, you will be notified via your MC e-mail address. As of the fall 2017 semester, the waitlist will cut off three calendar days before the start of the class. Visit Waitlist Information for more, or watch How to Waitlist to see how to waitlist yourself for a class.

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    9. I am a current high school student taking classes at MC. Who should I talk to about my registration questions?

    If you are a high school senior planning to enter MC after graduation, please contact the College Recruiter assigned to your school. You may also contact the Response Center at (240)567-5000 or visit one of our campus Welcome Centers.

    If you are a current high school student taking MC classes while you are in high school, please contact the Office of Academic Initiatives Early Placement Program at (240)567-4140.

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    10. Who do I call if I have more questions?

    Please contact the MC Response Center at (240)567-5000 or one of the Enrollment Services personnel listed below if you have questions.

    Germantown Campus
    Katie Kelpy 
    240-567-7817

    Rockville Campus
    Eunice Akitobi-Ndoung
    240-567-7338

    Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
    Marjorie Davis
    240-567-1493

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