Admission to the College
TMCC follows the Community College Admission – General Policy outlined in the NSHE Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 19. Students wishing to enroll at TMCC must complete an Application for Admission, which includes a $20 non-refundable fee, and follow the Steps to Enroll.
- New Degree-Seeking Student – You are seeking a degree and have never been to college, including TMCC.
- New Transfer Student – You have never been to TMCC, but have completed credits at another college or university.
- Returning Student – You are a previous TMCC student who stopped taking classes for at least two years and are returning.
- Non Degree-Seeking Student – You are not seeking a degree but are interested in taking classes for personal enrichment or career skills enhancement; you will not be eligible for financial aid, veterans education benefits, and some scholarships.
- Military/Veteran Student – You are a new or returning TMCC student, currently or previously active in the armed forces.
- High School Student – You are currently enrolled in high school and wish to enroll in one of TMCC’s signature programs for high school students.
- International Student – You are a new student from any country besides the United States and will have an F1 visa. International Students with F1 visas who are on TMCC I-20s must satisfy the conditions outlined in the NSHE Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 20.
To be admitted to TMCC as a degree-seeking student, students must meet one of the following criteria: be a graduate of a high school or its equivalent (certificate of attendance is not equivalent to high school graduation); or be a qualified international student.
Students who do not meet the above criteria will be admitted, but they will be assigned the status of non-degree seeking. Students who are non-degree seeking are not eligible to receive financial aid and some scholarships.
Continuous Enrollment in Math and English Courses
The NSHE Board of Regents requires degree-seeking students to complete their college-level English and math courses within their first year of school. Students working towards a degree or certificate must be continuously enrolled in English and math until completing the college-level classes required for their program. This may include: ENG 101, ENG 113, BUS 106, BUS 108 for English and MATH 120, MATH 120E, MATH 126, MATH 126E, BUS 117 or COT 110 for Mathematics.
Students Who Do Not Qualify for Degree-Seeking Status
Students who are not high school graduates or its equivalent or who are not qualified international students and score below ENG 98 or ENG 112 and MATH 95 in the ACCUPLACER, will remain admitted as non-degree seeking. These students will be referred to:
Changing From Non Degree-Seeking to Degree-Seeking
To qualify for degree-seeking status, students must:
- Provide proof of satisfactory completion of 6 credits of college-level courses equivalent to general education as established in the Board of Regents Handbook Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 25; or
- take the ACCUPLACER placement test and score a minimum course placement of ENG 98 or
- Request and present official ACT or SAT transcripts. Transcripts must show a minimum course placement of ENG 101 and MATH 120; or
- Take one of the three state approved HSE exams and present evidence of official HSE transcript showing successful completion.
Time Limitation for Degree-Seeking Undeclared/Undecided
Students are limited to “Degree-Seeking Undeclared/ Undecided” for two semesters, after which they must declare a degree or certificate. Fall, Spring, and Summer each count as one semester. Those who do not declare a degree or certificate will be placed into Non-Degree status. Students who are non-degree seeking are not eligible to receive financial aid, veterans education benefits, and some scholarships.