Student Resource Guide



Succeeding at College

Attending college can be both exciting and scary, but there are some things you can do to lessen the fear and increase your chances of succeeding.

Student success at MTC is important. Learn and use every resource and service at the college to help you succeed. The course syllabus is a valuable tool. Use it to prepare for class. Use additional campus resources throughout the term, not just before important assignments. Check out the links below for additional information and tips.

The College's faculty and staff are committed to helping students achieve success in college, but each student is responsible for individual success.

College Services and Resources

There are many great resources and services at MTC to help students be successful. Take advantage of these resources and use them.

  • Tutoring and assistance with studies are available in the Academic Success Centers and the MTC Library.
  • Counseling, mentoring and a listening ear are available in Counseling and Career Services, Disability Services, Student Support Services, and CAREERS Office.

Managing Your Time, Setting Priorities

Another important success factor in college success is the ability to prioritize and manage time effectively.

  • Don't procrastinate.
  • Use a calendar/planner for reminders of commitments and goals.
  • Set priorities based on goals.
  • Set short-term and long-term goals. Create a time-table/deadline for completing each goal and task.
  • Establish a balanced routine between school, work and family.
  • Be realistic and flexible in planning. Don't take on too much. Allow "cushion time" for unexpected situations.

Other useful information is contained in the links below.

Course Load Considerations

Consider following these suggestions for a manageable course load in college:

  • If you don't work, consider 12 credits in your first term; 12 or more in subsequent terms.
  • If you work part-time, consider 3-6 credits in your first term; 6-9 thereafter.
  • If you work full-time, consider 3 credits in your first term; possibly 6 thereafter.

Be sure to check course load criteria if you have a Life Scholarship or other type of scholarship.

Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

College Enrollment SAP Information

Most students pursuing a degree, diploma or certificate who are enrolled in regular curriculum classes must maintain a minimum credit hour Grade Point Average (GPA) according to the following scales:

Cummulative Credit Hours Earned
0 - 20
21 - 30
More than 30
Cumulative Minimum GPA

See the Dropping/Withdrawing From A Class? Do You Know How it Affects You?Opens new window webpages for additional information.

Financial Aid SAP Information

In order to maintain Federal and State financial aid, students pursuing a degree, diploma or certificate who are enrolled in regular curriculum classes must sustain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0. An additional requirement is that you must pass at least 70 percent of credit hours attempted.

Students must not attempt more than 150% of credits required to complete your program of study.

For more information go to the Dropping/Withdrawing From A Class? Do You Know How it Affects You?,Opens new window or contact your FA representative.Opens new window

Plan Ahead

  • If you plan to transfer to a four-year college, check with the college to learn their transfer admission criteria and course transfer policies.
  • If you plan to enter directly into a career, learn the requirements for that specific job, along with what is expected to be promoted within that field.