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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The college continues to diligently monitor local, state, and federal guidance concerning developments with the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you for your patience as we hold the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as the college’s utmost priority.

Please continue to visit this page, and watch for announcements from other sources as well, as MCCC strives to keep all informed as developments warrant.

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Will classes be in person or online this year?

As in the years before the shutdown, most classes are being held in person on the West Windsor and James Kerney campuses. Options include: fully in-person, hybrid, fully online with scheduled class meeting times, and fully online with no scheduled class meetings. If the health situation in the state warrants it, classes will be prepared to convert to a fully online modality.

Can you clarify what the different types of courses mean

There are four course options, so you can choose the one that’s right for you. Fully in-person courses (described as “Lecture” in the course catalog) will meet on campus in the classroom; hybrid courses (listed as Hybrid Campus/Online) will meet on campus in the classroom and also livestreamed to allow students to log in from a remote location; fully online with scheduled class meeting times (listed as West Windsor Campus or James Kerney Campus Mercer Online Remote) will meet online during published class times; and fully online with no class meetings (listed as Mercer Online Web Based Instruction) allow students to sign in from anywhere at any time. All course materials for fully online courses are available in Blackboard.

 

How can students determine whether their courses have online meeting times?

Two of the four course options have online meeting times, with students expected to be present during the published class times: courses listed as hybrid, which give you the option of attending in person or signing in remotely, and courses listed as fully online with scheduled class meeting times, which meet online during published class times.

How do I register for classes?

Registration for Winter Session and Spring Semester begins November 15. You can select courses from our catalog by clicking here. If you have questions about registering or anything else related to enrolling at Mercer, visit our virtual One Stop Center, where staff members are ready to assist you. Virtual office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Register as soon as possible for the best course selection and a schedule that suits your needs.

How will I know what to do on the first day of class?

Faculty members will review the syllabus and required reading materials for your course on the first day of class. Whether you are attending in person or online, be sure to arrive or sign in promptly. Check your MercerMail prior to the first day to see if your professor has reached out with specific instructions. If your course is fully online with no class meetings, you will be able to sign into the course management system, called Blackboard, a few days before the official start date of the class.

How can students make all their classes online?

If your goal is to learn fully online, you can mix and match from three options. Select courses listed as Hybrid Campus/Online, which have published meeting times but give you the option to learn remotely; fully online with scheduled class meeting times; and/or fully online with no class meetings. Keep in mind that online classes require access to a computer and steady Internet connection. Some classes might also require access to a webcam, specific software, or other equipment. We will work with you on securing as much of this as you may need. 

What if I prefer a specific type of class delivery for a specific course?

There are often multiple offerings of the same course in different instruction modalities. Check the course catalog to see what is being offered this semester. If you are looking for a course that is not offered in your preferred modality in the fall, it may be offered in the spring. Reach out to your academic advisor for details. Advisement information is available here.

If a student has an accommodation and needs additional resources, how will they get them this semester?

MCCC provides an array of free student support services for all students and specific services exclusively for students with special needs. These services include academic accommodations, professional tutoring at The Learning Center, academic counseling and advisement, technology lab, and a study skills support class. More information about special services, including a staff directory, is available here.

What if a student is immunocompromised and unable to attend classes that are only being offered in person?

Mercer offers a long list of online courses. A number of programs can be completed fully online. Reach out to an enrollment specialist, your faculty advisor or your success coach to help you create an online academic plan that meets your program requirements and keeps you on track for graduation.

I’m not familiar with Blackboard. How do I access it? How can I learn how to use this tool?

Blackboard is a Learning Management System that provides centralized access to online classes and class information. Students are able to log on at any time, day or night, to complete course work. Learn more about how to access Blackboard and how it is used, click here.

How do I know if the laptop I have will meet my needs in my courses?

A reliable desktop or laptop computer will be sufficient for your most of coursework, whether in person or online. Mobile devices can be used to view course materials, but desktop or laptop computers are highly recommended to complete assignments. Especially for fully online classes, you will need high-speed Internet connection. For those with limited access to a home computer, the college has several computer labs where you can complete your assignments. Ask you advisor or Success Coach about available resources to help you with your technology needs.

What if I do not have access to a computer for my courses due to affordability issues?

Computer labs for student use are located on both campuses. For hours and availability, click here.

Please ask you advisor or Success Coach about available resources to help you with your technology needs.

What if I do not have internet access?

Campus Wi-Fi is available. For more information, click here.

Has the timeline of the semester been adjusted?

The college calendar has returned to its full pre-pandemic schedule. See the schedule for the upcoming academic year here.

Will faculty have office hours?

Most faculty members have in-person office hours. Email your professor directly to learn their guidelines for in-person meetings with students.

How are advising services provided?

Student Success coaches and advisors are available virtually throughout the year. These staff members are your guide to understanding the requirements of your degree program and registering for appropriate courses. They can meet with you virtually as you plan your course schedule. Learn more on the Student Success website.

 

Will there be on-campus jobs for students?

Yes. MCCC has resumed its federally funded work-study program for students who need financial assistance to help with college expenses. The program provides a maximum of 14 hours of work per week when classes are in session and up to 28 hours of work per week during vacations. See the list of current jobs here. More work study details here.

Where can students go if they have food insecurity?

MCCC’s Food Pantry is available to students who are food insecure (when a person does not have reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food to maintain good health). As a donation-based pantry, supplies may vary. We suggest that you email foodpantry@mccc.edu for current information. See the full list of Mercer County Food Pantries here.

How can I apply for financial aid?

There are numerous avenues for financial aid available through the federal government, the State of New Jersey, and the college. The first step is filling out the FAFSA form. The June deadline for the fall semester has passed, but you can still fill out your form for later receipt of fall semester aid, and/or assistance for the Spring 2022 semester. (The deadline for the Spring semester is before September 15.) At this point, you should be prepared to pay tuition and fees for the fall semester, with the possibility of receiving financial aid after the semester begins. If an award is made, you will receive an appropriate refund. Details and help with filling out your FAFSA is available here.

How will students receive their Mercer IDs?

A validated, current photo ID card is required for access to all college services and facilities, as well as for admission to the Fitness Center, college events, and for picking up Financial Aid checks and work-study paychecks. New students should secure ID cards from the Office of College Safety and Security located in the Welcome Center on the West Windsor campus or at the Security Desk located at the Trenton Campus. Schedule an appointment to secure your ID here for West Windsor and here for the James Kerney Campus.

What about parking passes for students?

Student parking at the West Windsor Campus is available in the East and West parking lots I and II. Limited free parking is provided for students with a valid MCCC photo ID at the James Kerney Campus. Several parking garages are available in the immediate area. (See parking options for the James Kerney Campus.)

Will there still be a shuttle to and from the James Kerney campus?

Free shuttle service resumed weekdays in the Fall for students, faculty, and staff who wish to travel between the college's West Windsor Campus and either of two locations – to and from the college's James Kerney Campus, or to and from Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrenceville (where NJ Transit buses connect to Lawrenceville, the Ewing 609 route, and Princeton 605 route). More on shuttle service here.

How do I upload my vaccination record?

Instructions for uploading your vaccination record. (PDF)

As an employee, what workplace guidelines must I be aware of?

Read the employee guidelines here.

How do I upload my vaccination record?

Instructions for uploading your vaccination record. (PDF)

What should I do if I feel sick?

If you are feeling ill, particularly with a respiratory ailment, do not come to campus. If you are registered for a class with an online meeting time, you can sign in from home. If you are absent from class, get in touch with your professor as soon as possible. Depending upon the severity of your symptoms, you may want to see a health care professional and get tested for Covid-19.

If you become sick while on campus, head for home. Do not interact with other students and do not attend class. Email your professor to let them know of your health status.

How are classrooms, common areas and bathrooms cleaned and sanitized?

Key to our reopening is enhanced cleaning and building maintenance on both campuses. Deep cleaning occurs on a regular schedule, with more frequent cleaning schedules for classrooms and high-touch areas. Main entrances to all buildings are equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers. We ask you to help by frequently washing your hands and using hand sanitizer.

What do I need to know about masks?

In accordance with the CDC guidelines and pending the lift of Governor Murphy's Public Health Emergency Order, effective March 7, 2022, the College will no longer require students and employees to wear masks, both indoors and outdoors.