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Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions

  • How do I apply to QCC?
    • The easiest way to apply to QCC is to complete the online application. Otherwise you can download and print a QCC Application which you would return to us by mail. Once you have submitted your application you will need to provide our Admissions office with a copy of your high school diploma or GED/HiSET certificate. Either fax (508.854.7525) or scan and email (admissions [at] or mail this document to Admissions, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606.
  • What is the deadline to apply for admission?
    • At QCC admission occurs on a rolling basis. This means that you may apply for acceptance into a program of study anytime! This does not mean, however, that you will start right away. Once you complete all of your admissions requirements, you will register for a particular semester--Check out our Academic Calendar for important dates. Please note that not all programs have the same start dates and that there is a priority deadline to apply for financial aid. For more information, check out our Enrollment Steps.
  • What are the admissions requirements?
    • Admission to the college requires an application and a copy a high school diploma or a GED or HiSET certificate. Some of our programs have additional specific requirements for admission. For program specific requirements Navigate to our Academics page and click on your area of interest.
  • Do you require the SAT/ACT test scores?
    • No, our mission is to provide access to higher education to all members of our community wishing to pursue their education so we do not require this standardized test.
  • Do I need to make an appointment to speak to someone in Admissions?
    • You do not need to make an appointment to visit the Admissions Office. Our staff is available to assist you with most enrollment questions on a first-come first –serve basis during our regular office hours.
  • What are your office hours?
    • Our office hours are: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Our summer office hours are: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  (Summer office hours generally run from early June until the middle of August.)
  • What is QCC’s school code?
    • Our Title IV School Code for financial aid applications is 002175.
    •  Our CEEB code is 003714 for the SAT/ACT tests, although we do not require either SAT or ACT scores for admission to the college.
  • What does New England Board of Higher Education’s Regional Student Program mean and do I qualify?
    • If you live in Massachusetts answer “no” to this question on your QCC application. This program provides residents of other New England states an opportunity to attend QCC, paying in-state tuition plus a 50% surcharge. To qualify for NERSP, students must be admitted to a QCC program that is not offered at their own state colleges.  Please contact admissions to see if you qualify.
  • Will QCC classes transfer to another school?
    • QCC classes 100 level and higher with a grade of C or higher are transferrable depending on the policies of the school you are transferring to. Please check with the school about their policies.
  • How do I transfer credits earned at another college or university to QCC?
    • Contact the Registrar of the school(s) you attended and ask them to send an official copy of your transcript to QCC. They will be evaluated for transfer once you have been accepted to a program.
  • How do I transfer my QCC courses to another college or university?
    • Each college has their own transfer requirements and it is up to the individual school to decide what courses they will accept for transfer. Contact the registrar’s office at the school you will be attending and ask what they would like you to do.
    • QCC has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide transcript ordering via the Web. You can order transcripts using any major credit card. Your card will only be charged after your order has been completed. To order an official transcript(s), please visit the Official Transcript Request Website.
      The site will walk you through placing your order, including delivery options and fees. You can order as many transcripts as you like in a single session. A processing fee will be charged per recipient.Order updates will be emailed to you. You can also track your order online. 

  • How much does each course cost?
  • Can I receive Financial Aid?
  • When do you offer campus tours? How do I schedule one?
    • Yes, we offer tours done by QCC Student Ambassadors Monday through Thursdays at 3 p.m., and on Fridays at 11a.m. throughout the academic year. We also offer tours at 11 a.m. during the summer. To learn more, visit the campus tour section. 
  • What does the phrase “acceptance to an Eligible Program” mean?
    • This means that you have been accepted to the college in a program that qualifies for federal and state financial aid. If you get a letter from financial aid that says you need to be accepted to an “Eligible Program” in order to qualify for financial aid please contact the admissions office to check on the status of your application.
  • What does “in-state tuition eligibility” mean?
    • Because QCC is a state institution of higher education we charge Massachusetts residents less tuition than students living in other states or international students. To be considered an instate student you must be a US citizen or permanent resident who has lived in Massachusetts for at least six months prior to your attending QCC. (There are exceptions to this general rule. Contact Admissions at admissions [at] or 508.854.4262 if you believe you qualify as an exception).
  • Does QCC help you get a job after graduation?
  • If I apply to one program and then want to change is this possible?
    • Yes, if you haven’t started attending classes yet you can send Admissions an email or visit us in the Harrington Learning Center room 201 to fill out a form. If you have already started attending classes, you can go to Advising to speak with an advisor who will assist you in making the change.
  • How do I schedule the College Placement Test?
  • How do I schedule an appointment with an academic advisor?
  • I have been accepted for the fall semester but I need to start in the spring? How do I defer?
    • Actually, you don’t need to do anything. In general, when you are accepted at QCC you are accepted for four semesters. If you need to wait to begin your program you will be able to enroll in the semester to which you have been accepted, or the following three semesters. (This is not true of high demand programs with waitlists.) You also have the option of sending an email to Admissions [at] to request that we change the date of your starting semester.