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.

Timeline: Early application is strongly encouraged! Applications may be submitted no earlier than one year prior to program starting date, but applicants are advised to apply early due to strict enrollment capacities and competition for programs. Applications received within fourteen (14) calendar days of the official start of each semester may 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: Click Here to access the MyEMCC portal or select Apply from the sidebar to begin your application. (Application fees are waived!)
  2. By Mail: Contact the Admissions Office at 207-974-4680 or to have an application mailed to your home, or click here to download a PDF that you can complete and mail in.
  3. In Person: Visit our Admissions Office in Katahdin Hall, 354 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME, between 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Due to COVID-19, there are no in-person meetings, be in touch with admissions for any updates surrounding this change.


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

  • Completed Application for Admission with essay (if applicable).
  • Official high school and/or adult education transcript(s) for all years attended sent directly from the high school and/or 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) or American College Testing (ACT) 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.

Additional requirements for specific programs of study.

  • Pre-admission test results for applicants to the Medical Radiography and Nursing programs. Students seeking admission to the Medical Radiography program are required to take the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam at a cost of $30. Students seeking admission to the Nursing program are required to take the Kaplan pre-entrance exam at a cost of $20.  Pre-admission testing may also be required for other programs at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
  • Two recommendations are required (on official EMCC reference forms) for applicants to the Medical Radiography program.
  • Immunization records are required as part of the application process for applicants to the Medical Radiography program.
  • A questionnaire regarding your knowledge of the Surgical Technology field is required for applicants of that program.
  • Attendance at one of multiple information sessions will be required for select Medical Radiography, Nursing, and Surgical Technology applicants. Sessions are set up by the appropriate admissions committee in early spring and applicants are notified.

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.

Career Studies Applicants
Prior to completing an application, persons interested in the Career Studies program should meet with the Department Chair of the Career Studies program at Eastern Maine Community College to determine the specific, individual requirements for this degree. Contact Brian Doore, Interim VP of Academic Affairs, at to request an appointment.

Admissions Status

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

  • High school transcript or GED/HiSET, including scores;
  • Academic performance in prerequisites in the program of study;
  • Class standing;
  • Accumulative grade point average;
  • Recommendations (when required or voluntarily submitted) – level of motivation, aptitude, character, and interests;
  • Results of SAT or ACT of the College Board or other admissions tests, if applicable;
  • Other requirements as specified by a particular academic department.

Acceptance Procedures

All applicants will be notified of admissions status as early as possible after the applications have been completed. If selected for admission, enrollment requirements are communicated to the newly-admitted student via the Enrollment Checklist; which is mailed with the acceptance letter.

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, or prior to September 1 for spring enrollment.

Placement Testing

In light of the disruption caused by COVID-19, Eastern Maine Community College has adopted a test-optional status (Accuplacer/SAT/ACT) for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.
During this time, EMCC will use multiple measures which will include transcripts, college-level experience, and available test scores to make placement decisions. Additional placement assessments will be administered by the college after admission only if necessary. Individual academic programs of study (such as nursing) may, however, have specific entrance requirements; contact the college admissions office and/or webpage for specific entrance requirements.

Applications for Readmission

As stated in the 2019-2020 College Catalog

Matriculated students who do not enroll in program-specific courses each consecutive semester until the completion of all program requirements may be withdrawn from their program as a result of the break in attendance. Students who have been withdrawn, otherwise in good standing with Eastern Maine Community College, are asked to discuss their intent to re-enroll with an Admissions Counselor. Students may be required to complete an Application for Readmission. Re-entry into certain courses and/or programs will be on a space available basis.

Matriculated students who have taken a leave of absence, including military leave; have been dismissed from Eastern Maine Community College for academic or disciplinary reasons; or have not enrolled in program-specific courses for more than two consecutive semesters may seek readmission to the same program under the following provisions. The catalog in force at the time of readmission will be used to determine program requirements. Students shall be subject to all rules and regulations effective at EMCC at the time of, or subsequent to, readmission. Re-entry into certain courses and/or programs will be on a space available basis. Students seeking readmission must:

  • Submit an Application for Readmission along with a non-refundable $20 reapplication fee (this fee is waived for students returning from a leave of absence, including military leave);
  • Meet the admissions requirements (including prerequisites for individual courses) which apply to the program at the time of readmission;
  • Send official transcripts for all courses taken since attending EMCC (all previous academic transcripts will be required if the student is returning after five years);
  • Be recommended for readmission by the Readmission Team. Recommendation letters may be required.
  • In addition to the above-state requirements, applicants who have been dismissed from EMCC must also submit an essay outlining what steps were taken since dismissal from the College to ensure academic success upon return to the environment.

Student material may be reviewed by a Readmission Team comprised of program faculty, the Director of Admissions, and the Vice President of Academic Affairs. This Team will review all materials and may request additional information from other EMCC faculty and staff and/or the applicant. An interview with the Readmission Team and/or references may be required. The student will be notified of the decision via letter from the Director of Admissions.

Any one or more of the following are examples of reasons that a request for readmission to Eastern Maine Community College may not be granted; there may be other reasons not listed:

  • Lack of available space in the program.
  • More than one dismissal from EMCC.
  • Prior disruptive and/or damaging behavior.
  • Failure to demonstrate adequate personal improvement since dismissal.
  • Overdue balance owed to EMCC.