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Homeschooling students, 16 or older and who have decided not to attend a public/private high school in the future, can enroll in MWCC.  You can take courses to supplement your  homeschooling curriculum or to start college!  Your courses can transfer to most two and four-year public and private colleges and universities.  You will be considered an MWCC student and enjoy most of the same benefits.  Students are encouraged to participate fully in college activities and programs, including the Honors Program, academic support services, and other co-curricular activities.  Students may enroll at MWCC on either a part or full-time basis.


  • Local transition from homeschooling to college
  • Courses on campus & online
  • Build your college transcript
  • High value/low cost college courses
  • Honors Program


The Test of General Educational Development (GED) is also known as the high school equivalency test. It is a positive way of closing out a student’s high school career. When a student has successfully completed 12 college credits (the equivalent of one full-time semester, 4 courses) a student can apply to the military and other colleges without prejudice, and with a strong educational background.  For more information, contact Angela Lunn-Marcustre, the MWCC Chief GED Examiner, at alunn-marcustre@mwcc.mass.edu

Lots of Options

Online courses at MWCC cost less than those of many other colleges and look impressive on a high school transcript. You’ll also gain valuable information literacy and technology skills for your future. And with three campuses to choose from – Gardner, Leominster, and Devens – you have even more location and scheduling options.


Doing well at a community college can give a student the transcript that puts even more weight behind an application to a four-year institution. MWCC can be the place where a student thrives and grows academically, socially, and personally through the close-knit community, small class sizes, caring faculty, and diverse student body.

Through challenge and inspiration, a student will discover his or her academic potential and professional niche. MWCC also has some very attractive transfer agreements with all public Massachusetts 4-year institutions and a number of out of state and private institutions. Some specialty majors have special “3+1” agreements that allow a student to complete three years through MWCC (and at community college prices) while completing the fourth year through the 4-year institution.

Honors Program

The MWCC honors program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and is often of special interest to homeschooled students. Members of the honors program enjoy enhanced transfer opportunities to four-year institutions, a tuition waiver during a student’s final semester, use of the Honors Center, distinction at graduation and on transcript, and honors courses that transfer into the honors programs of Massachusetts public four-year institutions.

MWCC Honors students have transferred to:

  • Bentley College
  • Boston University
  • Clark University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Smith College
  • Wellesley College
  • Regis College
  • Northeastern University
  • Amherst College
  • All UMASS campuses
  • And more…

The Honors Program is a selective program with specific criteria for entrance and retention in the program. Information is available in the online college catalog. For more information, contact the Honors Program Coordinator at 978-630-9331.


The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows students to take an exam that is equivalent to a college course, allowing them to “test out” of the course and receive college credit equivalency. Colleges have varying policies as to how many CLEP credits will be accepted, but this is a very flexible and inexpensive way to earn a number of college credits. For more information, contact the Testing Center at 978-630-9244.