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IPEDS ID: 166957
OPE ID: 00217200
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Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green St, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440-1000
General information:  (978) 632-6600
Website:  mwcc.edu
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:  Rural: Fringe
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  3,854 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  11 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
11%
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty74367
Instructional74367
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees
In-state$5,068$5,188$5,308$5,4282.3%
Out-of-state$9,988$10,108$10,228$10,3481.2%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$7,400$7,400$7,400$7,4000.0%
Other$3,700$3,500$3,700$3,7000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,700$3,500$3,700$3,7000.0%
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
In-state
Off Campus$17,368$17,288$17,608$17,7280.7%
Off Campus with Family$9,968$9,888$10,208$10,3281.2%
Out-of-state
Off Campus$22,288$22,208$22,528$22,6480.5%
Off Campus with Family$14,888$14,808$15,128$15,2480.8%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • MWCC does not offer a prepaid tuition plan directly through the college. MWCC participates in the statewide UPlan through the Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority (MEFA), a program affording students or their families the ability to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years at current prices. http://www.mefa.org/products/u-plan/
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid144182%————
Grant or scholarship aid38271%$1,917,551$5,020
Federal grants28453%$1,360,998$4,792
Pell grants28453%$1,338,091$4,712
Other federal grants7514%$22,907$305
State/local government grant or scholarships32661%$381,178$1,169
Institutional grants or scholarships19236%$175,375$913
Student loan aid17733%$666,920$3,768
Federal student loans17433%$648,697$3,728
Other student loans31%$18,223$6,074
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,26057%$10,781,559$4,771
Pell grants1,82746%$7,935,196$4,343
Federal student loans1,15929%$4,255,761$3,672
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2014-20152015-20162016-2017
Average net price$7,839$7,638$7,693
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$6,469$6,091$6,135
$30,001 – $48,000$6,982$6,614$6,653
$48,001 – $75,000$8,631$8,615$8,366
$75,001 – $110,000$11,371$11,745$11,066
$110,001 and more$12,722$12,569$12,646
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2017
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)3,854
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment318
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 35%
Part-time: 65%Student Gender:
Male: 35%
Female: 65%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 7%
Hispanic/Latino: 16%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 68%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 57%
25 and over: 41%
Age unknown: 2%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 94%
Out-of-state: 4%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 2%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2016.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 12%
Enrolled in some distance education: 21%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 66%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
  • Nursing, Practical Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Paramedic Technology (new as of January 2018), Physical Therapist Assistant Degree, and Veterinary Technology (new as of January 2018) are not open admission. Please see catalog.mwcc.edu/admissions/selectiveprogramrequirements/ for admission criteria.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 54%
Part-time students: 44%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 31 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2017.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 21%
Transfer-out rate: 17%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 21%
Female: 21%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 22%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 15%
White: 25%
Two or more races: 24%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 10%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2013 or Fall 2014, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2013 or Fall 2014, by Time to Completion
[Began in Fall 2013]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 9%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 22%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 29%
[Began in Fall 2014]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 6%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 21%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: %
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 3%
Received an Associate's degree: 26%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 23%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 2%
Received an Associate's degree: 22%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 21%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 4%
Received an Associate's degree: 29%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 3%
Received an Associate's degree: 13%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 23%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 2%
Received an Associate's degree: 9%
Enrolled at same institution: 3%
Enrolled at different institution: 20%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 4%
Received an Associate's degree: 15%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 10%
Received an Associate's degree: 33%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 29%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 8%
Received an Associate's degree: 30%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 28%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 11%
Received an Associate's degree: 34%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 30%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 6%
Received an Associate's degree: 25%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 33%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 6%
Received an Associate's degree: 16%
Enrolled at same institution: 5%
Enrolled at different institution: 34%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 5%
Received an Associate's degree: 27%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 33%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
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Certificate
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Certificate
Associate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General--11
Biotechnology2-4
Category total2-15
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping18d--
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General5--
Business Administration and Management, General7d-29d
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other8d--
Business/Commerce, General--39d
Category total38d-68d
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician--22
Category total--22
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General--26
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance6--
Information Technology13d--
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design5-4
Category total24d-30
Education
Elementary Education and Teaching--9
Category total--9
Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering1--
Category total1--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician--0
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician--1
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other0-1
Category total0-2
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Care and Support Services Management--12
Child Development--11
Category total--23
Health Professions and Related Programs
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other21-22
Alternative and Complementary Medical Support Services, Other-25
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician--7
Dental Assisting/Assistant-5-
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist--14
Health Aide1--
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator--2d
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-47-
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary4--
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder5--
Medical/Clinical Assistant--5
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant--16
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--101
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling1--
Category total3254172d
History
History, General--1
Category total--1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Corrections--8
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration7-24
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician--7d
Category total7-39d
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal10d-8d
Category total10d-8d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies--21d
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies--76
Category total--97d
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician-104
Category total-104
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies--11
Category total--11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science--2
Physical Fitness Technician1--
Category total1-2
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General--1
Physics, General--7
Category total--8
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General14-35
Category total14-35
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General--2
Commercial Photography4--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General--1
Category total4-3
Grand total13364549
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
  • MWCC offers equivalent to DOD MOU to all active military and scholarships are available - Robert B. Mayer, Dir of Veterans Svc, 978-630-9408, http://ow.ly/oKl930eXjn1. MWCC doesn't offer ROTC on campus but partners with Fitchburg State Univ to provide ROTC. MWCC students must be full-time and can register for the ROTC basic course freshman and sophomore years, must transfer to a four year institution to contract into ROTC program and continue into ROTC Advance Course. http://ow.ly/T7ay30eXjxA
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: 133
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: $3,789
RETENTION, GRADUATION, AND TRANSFER-OUT
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
Full-time students: 72%
Part-time students: 46%
  • Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
GRADUATION AND TRANSFER-OUT RATES FOR FIRST-TIME EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
Rates by time to completion2010-112011-12
Graduation rate
150 percent of normal time14%28%
200 percent of normal time21%--
Transfer-out rate
150 percent of normal time39%28%
200 percent of normal time46%--
  • Depending on the program length, graduation and transfer-out rates can be measured over different lengths of time. The academic years, 2010-11 and 2011-12, are the cohort years students entered an institution. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program from the time they entered an institution. For example, the "normal" amount of time (or 100% time) for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., completion within 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., completion within 4 years for a 2-year program).
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  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Commission of Higher Education12/1/1968 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs6/1/1977 - 3/10/2017Accredited
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs(!)2/1/2009 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Hygiene (DH)1/28/2005 -  Accredited
Dental Assisting (DA)8/4/2011 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant10/30/1996 -  Accredited
Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
Massage4/20/2007 - 12/31/2011Resigned
  • (!) Estimated date
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession120
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape000
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault100
Burglary302
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201520142013
Default rate14.0%16.4%12.7%
Number in default154172143
Number in repayment1,0981,0471,118
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)