General Applicant

Admission Policy

Eastern Maine Community College requires applicants to have earned a high school diploma or state high school equivalency certificate (GED/HiSET). Algebra I is required for admission into all programs. In addition, applicants must meet all other program-specific requirements. The College maintains a “rolling admissions” policy for most programs, allowing candidates to apply and be considered for acceptance until the programs are filled with qualified students. However, applicants are advised to apply early because of competition for programs and limited enrollment capacities.

Application Procedures

Timeline: Although applications for admission may be submitted no earlier than one year prior to the starting date of the program, applicants are advised to apply early because of strict enrollment capacities and competition for programs.

Applications received within seven (14) calendar days of the official start of each semester will be reviewed for the next available semester. Limited exceptions may be made for certain programs at the discretion of the College.

How To Apply

Applicants may apply in one of three ways:

  1. Online:  To apply online, CLICK HEREto go to the MyEMCC Admissions portal.  Scroll down to the “Apply Online” section to begin the online application process.
  2. By mail: Contact the Admissions Office at 207-974-4680 or to have a copy of the Application for Admission mailed to your home or download a printable application (PDF) that you can print, complete, and mail in.
  3. In person: Stop by the Admissions Office in Katahdin Hall—354 Hogan Rd., Bangor, ME 04401. Our office is open 9am–3pm, Monday–Friday. (Other hours by appointment.)


Applications will be evaluated after the Admissions Office has received the following information:

  • Completed “Application for Admission”  and a non-refundable $20 application fee (waived if applying online).
  • Official high school and/or adult education transcript(s) for all years attended sent directly from the high school/adult education provider.
  • GED/HiSET test results (if applicable) sent directly from the Department of Education in the state issuing the exam.
  • Transcript(s) of all previous college work sent directly from each institution attended.  Regardless of whether transfer credit is being sought, applicants must disclose all prior colleges attended. Failure to furnish all information on past education may constitute adequate reason for disqualification of your acceptance or subsequent dismissal from the College as well as possible retraction or denial of financial aid funds.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores sent directly from the College Board or the high school for applicants who will graduate or have graduated from high school within the previous three years. ACT scores may be considered in lieu of SATs.

For Medical Assistant and Surgical Technology applicants ONLY:

  • Two References submitted on official EMCC reference forms.
  • Essay (Topic: What life experiences have led you to choose medical assisting or surgical technology as a career?)
  • All applicants to Medical Assistant and Surgical Technology who are offered admission to the program will be required to submit to a national criminal background screening process at their expense within 30 days of acceptance. For more complete details regarding this requirement please see Criminal Background Screening. If after reading this information you have questions or concerns please contact Stacy Green, at or 207-974-4679.

The “General Applicant” link should not be used to apply for Emergency Medical Services, Medical Radiography or Nursing.


A personal interview is required for selected Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating and Surgical Technology applicants and for other programs at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

International Applicants

Eastern Maine Community College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. Applicants who are citizens of countries other than the United States are expected to submit the same credentials as other applicants, including transcripts of courses taken and examination results. If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by an English translation certified by a recognized agency that specializes in evaluation of foreign educational documents. EMCC recommends World Educational Services to obtain an international educational credential evaluation.

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If English is not the applicant’s native language, EMCC requires a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 530 paper/197 computer based/71 Internet based (iBT).

Homeschooled Applicants

Homeschoolers are required to submit an official school transcript or an annual assessment of courses completed and one of the following: SAT, ACT or GED/HiSET results.

General Technology Applicants

Prior to completing an application, persons interested in the General Technology program should meet with the Department Chair of the General Technology program at Eastern Maine Community College, to determine the specific, individual requirements for this degree.

Admissions Status

Eastern Maine Community College determines the admissions status for applicants by considering the following criteria:

  • high school transcript or General Equivalency Diploma (GED or HiSET), including exam scores;
  • academic performance in prerequisites in the program of study;
  • class standing;
  • accumulative grade point average;
  • recommendations – level of motivation, aptitude, character and interests;
  • interview, when required; and
  • results of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Board or other admissions tests, if applicable.

Acceptance Procedures

  1. All applicants will be notified of admissions status as early as possible after the applications have been completed.
  2. To hold a place in the entering class, accepted students must pay a tuition deposit (currently $75) to the Student Accounts Office. This deposit is applied to the first semester’s tuition. In order to receive a refund of this deposit, applicants must submit a written request to withdraw the application prior to May 1 for fall enrollment and prior to September 15 for spring enrollment. After these dates, the tuition deposit is non-refundable.
  3. Accepted students wishing to live in a residence hall must submit a room deposit of $100 with the residence hall application. This deposit is credited to the first semester’s residence hall bill. In order to receive a refund of this deposit, applicants must submit a written request prior to July 1 for fall enrollment and prior to September 15 for spring enrollment.

Placement Testing

Because of its commitment to student success, Eastern Maine Community College utilizes placement testing using a computerized placement testing (CPT) system and a writing sample. Accepted students are required to take this computerized placement test and may be required to provide a brief writing sample so that the college may determine appropriate placement in math, writing and reading. Individuals who, within the past three years, have already taken the Eastern Maine Community College Admissions Test are excluded from testing; similarly, applicants with transfer credit for comparable coursework may also be excluded, as determined by the Admissions Office.