MCC was founded in 1961 and began offering degree programs in September 1962. The college is part of the State University of New York system, also known as SUNY.
Of the approximately 41,000 students who take classes through Monroe Community College annually, more than 60 percent are under 25 years old, and more than half are women. The majority of students are enrolled in certificate and degree programs. In addition, the college trains the area's workforce through open enrollment and corporate training programs, serving small to mid-size employers such as Melles Griot and large employers including some of Rochester's largest, such as Kodak and Xerox.
Many students opt to take a "2+2" transfer program, in which they enroll in a program to earn their Associates Degree in two years with the intent of transferring to a college or university — primarily the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Saint John Fisher College, Roberts Wesleyan College, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, Nazareth College, or the Eastman School of Music — to complete a Bachelor's degree.
Graduates have moved on to more than 100 different schools. In 2005, 2,680 people graduated from MCC. Of those who transferred to another college, 62 percent chose one of the region's four-year colleges and universities. Of those graduates who enrolled at MCC to prepare for a career, 89 percent stayed in the greater Rochester area and found work in business, communications, technology and health care.
The Student Government Association is the governing body of the Student Association. The Student Senate is the Legislative Body composed of 14 student senators representing different areas of the Curricular and Co-Curricular programs. The Executive Body comprises the President, Vice-President and Presidential Cabinet.
The Campus Activities Board, CAB, is the events organization on campus. The CAB sponsors on-campus activities such as Freestyle Fridays, Fall Fest and Spring Fling. CAB also brings in Guest Speakers to present on various current issues facing students.
The college offers smart classrooms, interactive videoconferencing capabilities, eight electronic learning centers (the largest of which has 100+ workstations), the Warshof Conference Center (open to the public), dental and massage therapy clinics, fitness and dance studios, a new synthetic turf field, and a variety of dining and restaurant options on campus. Brighton Campus is one of the few college campuses that is nearly completely enclosed. Also, it is entirely wireless, as is the Applied Technologies Center on West Henrietta Road; and most of the Damon City Campus is equipped with 'hot spots.' The newest addition to the campus will be The PAC Field House for which construction is to start in the Fall of '08.
Unlike most U.S. community colleges, MCC provides residence halls for on-campus living. The Alice Holloway Young Residence Halls opened in 2003 on the Brighton Campus and ground was broken in July 2006 for another set of Residence Halls. The housing boasts modern technology services and a strong sense of community.