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Manchester Community College

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About Manchester Community College

Academic excellence, technology-rich classrooms and learning spaces, flexible schedules, small class sizes and low tuition provide a quality education that’s accessible to all who wish to learn. Programs are designed to fit the varying needs of students. Classes are held days, evenings, weekends and online – in both traditional and accelerated formats – and they prepare students for entry into a growing career field or transfer to a baccalaureate institution for further study. Formal agreements with the state’s universities provide ease of transfer and maximize credits awarded. Financial aid is also available, including comprehensive packages of grants, loans, scholarships and work-study opportunities.

Partnerships with local business, and faculty members with both academic and professional credentials, provide an experience that extends beyond the classroom and connects students with practitioners in their field. In particular, the Institute for Community Engagement and service learning initiatives strive to sustain existing community relationships and foster new partnerships that are mutually beneficial to the college and community and are supportive of the college mission. Through numerous campus activities, student volunteerism, and a staffing commitment to community engagement, Manchester Community College partners actively with businesses and community organizations in order to:

  • Develop a clear understanding of the needs of shared constituents
  • Evolve program offerings to maintain relevancy
  • Link more effectively to the communities and people served

More than 200 faculty and staff hold leadership roles in their communities – in business associations, civic groups, faith communities and a host of volunteer organizations. Community groups interested in learning more about MCC or any of the disciplines or programs it offers can arrange for a faculty or staff speaker from the college’s active Speakers Bureau.

Campus information

Founded in 1963, Manchester Community College moved into its new facilities on the east end of its 160-acre, heavily-wooded campus in 1971. The East Campus, as it became known, comprised thirteen small single-story modular buildings organized around a central outdoor community space. Completion of the Lowe Student Services Center in 1984 provided space for both the consolidation and the expansion of the college; however, its location at the center of the property, and uphill from the East Campus, essentially created two separate campuses. The addition of the Learning Resource Center in 2000; the Arts, Sciences, and Technology Center in 2003; and Great Path Academy in 2009, coupled with the razing of the East Campus that same year, once again created a centralized campus.

The MCC campus of today is characterized by exciting indoor facilities, unique campus spaces, memorable vistas, and extensive natural resources. Nestled among undeveloped natural areas, playing fields, walking and biking trails, and open gathering spaces, the college buildings both command the space and flow neatly into the surrounding landscape. The LRC and AST are placed to the south of the Lowe Student Services Center in a way that flatters Lowe by carving out a sweeping oval courtyard among the three.  The courtyard is the heart of the campus —  a legible, strong space animated by a two-story glass gallery and landscaped with shady trees. On the east end of the campus buildings, Great Path Academy creates a second gateway to the college, echoing the architecture of the earlier construction.

Located at Great Path, Manchester, Connecticut.


The Office of Student Activities (OSA) works with local landlords and real estate agents to provide information to our students on local rental opportunities. Manchester Community College strives to engage our students and campus fully within the surrounding communities.

MCC cannot be involved in making housing arrangements for students and does not endorse any of the properties listed on their webpage. MCC provides the webpage in order for students to be able to visit one place for information on local landlords and available rental properties. 


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Beauty, Personal Care 1 Business, Management 1 Computer Science, IT 1 Education and Teaching 1 Hotel Management & Hospitality 2 Mass Communication & Media 2


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