2019-2020 Catalog

Admission and Registration

Moraine Valley is committed to an “open door” admission policy. It shall admit all high school graduates or the equivalent who demonstrate an ability to benefit from one of its programs, subject only to space limitations. Admission may be denied to an applicant when it is not in the best interest of the college or the applicant to grant admission.

No person will be denied admission to the college, any of its program or activities on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, creed, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record, military status or unfavorable military discharge, citizenship status, or other legally protected characteristics or conduct.

Once admitted, students may select courses or programs according to their interests and abilities. These are determined by evaluating the individual student’s high school experiences, previous test scores, and college assessment results. Moraine Valley provides advising and counseling services to help each student choose an appropriate field of study according to individual abilities and interests. With some programs, particularly the Health Science programs, space may not be available for all applicants. See Admission to Health Science Career Programs in this section for more information.


A regularly admitted student is one who completes the college’s admission process. The admission process is not completed until the following has been submitted:

  • a completed enrollment form (available at  enroll.morainevalley.edu ) with all required information.
  • a final high school transcript, indicating the date on which the student graduated, or a high school equivalency certificate. Although not required for admission, it is strongly advised to turn in high school transcript or high school equivalency certificate. These documents are necessary for financial aid, special admission programs and athletes.
  • all college transcripts, if applicable.
  • the final admission steps will include the delivery of a new student welcome letter with instructions on academic placement testing, and New Student Orientation programming.
  • completion of the standardized academic placement tests will support enrollment through New Student Orientation.
  • SAT or American College Testing (ACT) generally is not required, but may be used to assist in academic advising and counseling placement of students, and for admission to designated programs.

For more information about the enrollment process by type of student, visit the Admissions webpages.

Admission to Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Transfer Degree Programs—Students enrolling in transfer degree programs must have completed the minimum high school course requirements as outlined in the following section, in accordance with Illinois Public Act 86-0954. Students who do not meet these requirements may be required to take additional developmental courses. These requirements will be exempted for (a) students who submit college transcripts showing successful completion, with a grade of “C” or better, of 24 semester hours of transfer college credit at the 100 level or above;  (b) students who successfully complete the high school equivalency exam; (c) students may submit ACT/SAT scores demonstrating their level of competency in English, mathematics, and reading or demonstrate equivalency proficiency through assessment or through courses offered at the college.

High School Course Requirements for Admission to Transfer Degree Programs

Subject Years Description
English 4 Emphasizing written and oral communication and literature
Social Studies 2 At least one year of United States history or a combination of U.S. history and American government; other acceptable subjects are anthropology, economics, geography, psychology, and sociology
Mathematics 2 Introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry or fundamentals of computer programming
Science 2 Selected from biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics (laboratory science)
Electives 2 Foreign language, music, art, and/or vocational education
Flexible Academic Units 3 Additional English, social studies, mathematics, science, foreign language, music, art, and/or vocational education

Transfer from Other Colleges—A transfer student must complete the college admission process. Students intending to obtain transfer credit must submit an official college transcript from each college attended to the Records Office. Transfer credit earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with Moraine Valley admissions policies. All materials submitted during the application process are property of Moraine Valley and will not be returned or reproduced.

Unofficial Evaluations—Prior to registration, previous college transcripts can be reviewed by academic advisors to help support the development of an education plan to meet the student’s education goals. An unofficial transcript may be brought to the Academic Advising Center, S201, to support the advising session prior to registration.

Transcript Evaluations—Before an official evaluation can be done, an evaluation request form must be submitted to the Records Office, and the student must be enrolled in credit classes at Moraine Valley. Evaluation request forms are available online via MVConnect under Student Resources. Click on Registration and Records for the online form. Official transcripts may be sent to Moraine Valley directly from the transferring institution. Sealed transcripts may be brought in and hand delivered. Evaluations may take six weeks after receipt of all official documents.

Catalog Expiration—Students have six years from the first semester of enrollment to complete their program of study.  If not completed within this time frame, the student must complete their studies under a newer non-expired catalog. Students who have a break in enrollment of six or more semesters (including summer semesters) must follow the policy for readmission.

Readmission—Any student who has not been enrolled at Moraine Valley for six consecutive semesters (including summer semesters), must be readmitted to the college. The student must visit the Registration Office to update current address, program of study, and catalog year to the current semester. If the student has attended one or more colleges during this interim period, official transcripts for all academic work taken since last attending Moraine Valley must be submitted. Students are encouraged to visit Academic Advising in S201 to discuss degree or certificate requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

High School Students—Students under 16 are not admitted to college classes. Exceptions to this rule may occur with approved programs of study within specialized Dual Credit Programs. Dual Credit enrolled students must complete an online enrollment form upon the approval of high school faculty and/or counselor. Students over the age of 16 who would like to pursue college courses must complete a High School Authorization Form, which can be obtained from and signed by the appropriate high school official.

Admission to Honors Program—After you apply for admission to the college, complete the Honors Program application available in G210 or online at morainevalley.edu/honorsprogram. You’ll need to meet two of the following prerequisites to enroll in the Honors Program:

  • a 3.2 GPA from your high school
  • an ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1050 (composite)
  • completion of at least one AP course with an A or B (AP score 4)
  • graduation in the top 10 percent of your high school class

Students need to present verification that they meet admission requirements. After that, students are eligible to register for honors courses. (708) 608-4186, morainevalley.edu/honorsprogram.

Admission for International Students—For international student admission procedures, see the International Students webpages for complete information.

College 101 Course Requirement—All degree seeking students are required to enroll in and successfully complete the freshman experience course COL-101 College: Changes, Challenges, Choices during the first semester of registration unless they have:

  • Previously enrolled in at least 30 semester hours of college credit. Credit must be documented on a college transcript or
  • Successfully completed Moraine Valley course COL-101 or specific sections of HDV-101.
  • Successfully completed a course equivalent to COL-101 at another college. Course must be documented on a college transcript.

Student Success/Dual Credit—

  • 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. Dual Credit agreements are renewed annually.
  • Dual Enrollment-Allows high school students 16 years or older, with permission from their high school to enroll in and earn college credit for courses at Moraine Valley. These courses can be taken during part of students’ regular school day, after school, online, weekends during the fall, spring and summer semesters at Moraine Valley’s main campus, Education Center in Blue Island or the Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park.

Students over the age of 16 who would like to pursue college courses must complete a High School Authorization Form, complete the colleges’ online enrollment form, meet course prerequisites and abide by college policy.


Once students have completed the admission process, they can register for classes in person, online or by phone. More information is available on the Admissions webpages.

Change of Program 

Request Form—

Students who need to change their existing program must submit the Change of Program Request form. Change of Program request forms are available online via MVConnect under Student Resources. Click on Registration and Records for the online form. Program changes may affect requirements and eligibility for educational benefits such as athletic, financial aid (including VA), and international student status.

Change of Program must be submitted for processing two weeks before the start of each semester for which the student is seeking a program change. Please note, if deadline is missed, student will have to wait until the following semester. 

Students are encouraged to visit Academic Advising, Building S, Room S201, to discuss degree or certificate requirements. For request to change programs to Health Science programs, students first must be admitted to the program. During the students first term of admittance, their program will be automatically updated.