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The Admissions Office is eager to help in whatever way we can -- whether you need more information or wish to schedule a visit. We attend high school fairs and events throughout the region, so stop by and introduce yourself. We would welcome the chance to meet you!


First Day of Class: August 17, 2015

New Student Convocation: August 14, 2015

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Visiting Campus

A scheduled campus visit is the most useful, meaningful thing you can do to help determine if attending one of our programs of study is a good "fit" with your interests, abilities, and goals. In seeing firsthand what we do in our classrooms, shops, and labs, and by visiting with our students and instructors, you will get a feel for how much you will or won't like attending a program of study.

Campus visits are conducted by appointment on most weekdays. It is helpful if you identify specifically which program(s) you want to visit and have several dates and times in mind. Your campus visit may include:

  • Meeting with a Manhattan Tech Student Ambassador and taking a tour across campus, stopping by the programs you are interested in.
  • Speaking with an admissions counselor or advisor regarding the requirements for your program.
  • Gathering information about financial aid and scholarships. 

You are welcome to bring friends and family members along on your campus visit…the more, the merrier!

To schedule a visit please call (785) 320-4560.  

Things to keep in mind:

  • Arrive in time to park.
  • You will meet up with your Manhattan Tech Student Ambassador in the front office. The front office is located at the entrance of the main building of the college and immediately to your left.
  • Have questions to ask your Ambassador and admissions. It is best to write these questions down and bring them with you.

Steps to Enroll:

1. APPLICATION  Complete and submit your admission application Apply Now!

  • Allow five business days for processing. Once the application is processed you will receive a letter detailing the next steps in the process.



2. TRANSCRIPTS  Submit official transcripts/GED

  • Be sure to send us official copies of transcripts from all institutions (high school included) attended prior to Manhattan Tech. Official transcripts can be dropped off at the office, or can be mailed to: Manhattan Area Technical College, 3136 Dickens Ave., Manhattan, Kansas 66503



3. TEST/ASSESSMENT  Schedule an appointment to take the COMPASS Assessment, if applicable.

  • We use the COMPASS assessment for placement into Math and English courses. If you have taken the ACT or college level Math/English classes you may not need to take the COMPASS. Call Manhattan Tech with questions or to schedule an appointment. To schedule a COMPASS test please call (785)587-2800 ext. 0)



4. FINANCIAL AID  Complete the FAFSA form.

  • Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans and work study. To be considered for federal and state financial aid programs, complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can submit the FAFSA online through the Department of Education’s site: Manhattan Tech’s school code is 005500.




  • Students are required to attend New Student Orientation and Convocation activities.  During these activities, faculty and staff provide vital information that will help students make a successful transition to Manhattan Area Technical College, including: Manhattan Tech Policies and Procedures, Program Course Schedules, Performance Expectations, Tools/Equipment/Uniforms/Textbooks.




  • Tuition is due at Final Registration & Fee Payment day which is held the week before classes begin


Please be aware that Manhattan Area Technical College is not currently SEVP-certified and cannot offer student visas for international students.

Individual programs may have admission requirements seperate from the college. See your program's page for more admission information.

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The application for undergraduate admission is only required for students seeking a technical certificate or associate's degree. If you are wishing to enroll in Continuing Education courses (C.N.A., C.M.A., Phlebotomy, etc...) or are a non-degree seeking student you do not need to complete this application.  Please contact the student services office for information on enrollment or click here.

To fax or mail in an application click here.

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Manhattan Area Technical College is not authorized by the U.S. Department of Justice to complete Immigration and Naturalization Service paperwork for students seeking admission through a student visa.

Admissions FAQs:

Does MATC Have Student Housing Or "Dorms"?

No. MATC does not offer student housing or dorms. However, we are able to offer you listings of property management companies to help your search.

University Crossing, located a short distance from MATC, offers fully furnished apartments for students and a roommate matching program.  You even get a reduced rental rate, just for being an MATC student! Check them out at!

Does MATC Have Childcare Available?

No, MATC does not provide childcare. However, we can provide students with a list of local daycare/preschool centers.

How Early Do Programs At MATC Fill Up?

Most of our programs fill about 6 months prior to the next program start date, so it is always a good idea to get your application in 6-12 months before your desired start date or even earlier if possible. Some of our most in demand programs like Air Conditioning & Refrigeration and Auto Technology tend to fill the quickest. Currently those who apply to our Electric Power & Distribution are on the waiting list for about 2 years.

How Early Can I Apply For Admission?

As early as you would like! If you are not age 18 or older when you apply, you will need a parent/guardian signature on your application. We frequently receive applications from applicants 2-3 years before they plan to begin their studies at MATC, so it is never too early to apply.

Does MATC Offer Job Placement?

Yes. Although we cannot "guarantee" you will land the ideal job, we can meet you halfway on your quest for it. As an MATC student, you will receive instruction and assistance in all aspects of your job search, including resume/cover letter preparation, researching prospective employers, and interviewing. We have an extensive network of area employers who routinely look to MATC first when hiring new employees. If you complete your program of study, and if you are somewhat flexible as to where you go to work and what type of company/business you want work for, we average better than 90% placement of our graduates.

Do I Need A High School Diploma Or GED To Attend MATC?

No, we do not require any of our students to have a high school diploma or GED to attend any of our certificate programs of study (except for nursing). Students wishing to enroll in an A.A.S. degree program must have a high school diploma or GED. Also, you are only eligible for federal financial aid and a degree or certificate if you have earned a high school diploma or GED.

Does MATC Require The ACT/SAT Exam Before I Can Be Admitted?

We do not need these scores for admission. We can use your ACT or SAT scores for placement in your math and writing courses if you have already taken one of those assessments, however, you are not required to complete the ACT or SAT.  The majority of our programs do require you to take a COMPASS test. These scores are not used for admission, but for placement in math an english courses. MATC offers the COMPASS test on-site at no cost. We must have scores on file in order to enroll you in your courses.

Does MATC Require Entrance Exams?

If you are looking into one of our allied health programs, it is best to check with the admissions office regarding the required criteria. The majority of our programs do not require entrance exams.

I Would Consider Myself To Be An "Older" Student, Not Right Out Of High School…Will I Be Out Of Place Going To College With All Of These Kids?

Absolutely NOT! About half of our student body is made up of students age 21 or younger, but every semester we have students in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and older. All adult learners are welcome on our campus.

I'm Not Sure If I Want To Earn A One-Year Technical Certificate Or A Two-Year Associate Degree. Which Is Better?

It depends on your program of study.

In Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Automotive Collision Repair, Building Trades, Business & Computer Technology, Electric Power and Distribution, Practical Nursing, and Welding Technology, graduates are very employable for entry-level jobs with only a one-year certificate. That being said, having an associate degree in these programs can make you more promotable and give you a "leg up" on other job applicants who only have a certificate. In Associate Degree Nursing, Automotive Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting Technology, and Information Technology, the associate degree is the minimum requirement for an entry-level job.

What If I Earn A One-Year Technical Certificate Now But Later Decide That I Want To Earn An Associate Degree?

No problem! Our graduates have 5 years from the date they graduate with a technical certificate to earn the additional courses required for an associate degree. MATC grads can return at any time to continue coursework for their degrees.

Can I Transfer In Courses Taken At Another Institution?

Absolutely! The only limitations on transfer credit are (1) the course(s) must be equivalent courses to those offered at MATC and taken from a regionally-accredited college/university as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and (2) only courses with a grade of C or better will transfer. Simply have the institution(s) where the other courses are completed send an official transcript to MATC for evaluation.

Will MATC Courses Transfer To Another College Or University?

Maybe! It is always up to the receiving institution how credits will transfer. If you plan to transfer to another institution after completing your studies at MATC, you should check with that institution to see how your MATC courses will transfer.

I Wasn't The Best At "Bookwork" The Last Time I Was In School, But I Did Very Well In "Hands-On" Courses. Does That Mean I Will Do Better At MATC Than I Did At My Last School Or College?

That all depends on YOU! Although many of our programs are structured around lab, shop, clinical, and "hands on" activities, there are still lectures, reading assignments, and quizzes/tests. Experience has shown that 3 factors above all others determine a student's failure or success: attendance, interest and determination.

It may seem obvious, but those students who regularly attend classes and actively participate in activities will succeed at a higher rate than those who do not, regardless of ability. Writer/producer Woody Allen once said, "90 percent of success is just showing up!"

Likewise, the students who are legitimately interested in their programs and enjoy what they are doing find it easier to study, learn and participate. When students enter a program of study only for the money they expect to make once they graduate or because someone else talked them into enrolling, they often "fizzle out" and tell us "my heart just isn't in this."

Many students who in their own words were "poor students" in high school or college before have enrolled at MATC, worked very hard, and ended up graduating at the top of their classes! Conversely, many students with outstanding ability have enrolled at MATC and either quit or failed all of their courses due to poor attendance, interest, determination, or all of the above. Will you be successful at MATC? That's entirely up to you.

I'm Still Not Sure About Signing Up. What Else Can I Do To Help Me Decide?

Schedule a campus visit, research the occupation on the Internet, talk to someone who works in your field of interest…but by all means, don't be afraid to ask for help! We would love to have you as a student on our campus if that matches with your interests and goals. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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