Admission Policies

Location: Red Mountain Building 319
Phone: 775-673-7042
Fax: 775-673-7028

Community College Admission-General Policy

Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 18

  1. In the admission of students, community colleges shall not discriminate on the basis of a person’s age, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
  2. All applicants must qualify for admission by satisfying at least one of the following:
    1. A graduate of a high school or its equivalent; or
    2. A qualified international student.
  3. A student who does not meet the community college requirements for admission established in subsection 2 may apply to be admitted under alternate criteria or test scores that demonstrate college readiness. Each college shall establish procedures and requirements for such alternate admission.
  4. When admitting a student, the institution may consider the student’s standing at a previously attended institution, including, but not limited to, records of disciplinary action.
  5. All applicants for admission shall complete such tests, furnish such information, and meet such deadlines as required by the regulations published in the admissions sections of the catalog governing the semester of initial enrollment. The initial semester of enrollment shall be considered the date of matriculation except where otherwise defined by the institution.
  6. Admission to an NSHE community college implies general admission to the College only and does not constitute admission to a specific curriculum or courses that may require additional admission criteria, as published in the College catalog governing the semester of initial enrollment.
  7. Programs designed as limited entry require fulfillment of selective admissions criteria as contained in the institutional catalog and other appropriate college documents. Continuation in selective admissions programs is likewise contingent upon fulfillment of conditions specified by the institution and contained in official institutional documents.

Admission Criteria for Students Less Than 18 Years Old

Student(s) under 18 years old can be considered for special admission.

Admission is for one semester only.

Students must reapply each semester until they graduate from high school or turn 18.

Registrations are processed through the Admissions and Records Office.

Early Admission for Juniors and Seniors

Juniors with a 3.0 GPA and seniors with a 2.5 GPA can take any class for which they meet the prerequisites.

Juniors and seniors who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may only take occupational or community service classes.

TMCC or WCSD Dual Credit Program

Students requesting dual credit should indicate dual credit by marking the appropriate box on the admission application form.

Student’s signature on application form allows TMCC to release transcript to home high school at the end of the term.

Students must be eligible high school juniors (GPA 3.0) or seniors (GPA 2.5).

Student must meet all course prerequisites.

Students pay for all costs of college enrollment, including the application fee, class fees and textbook costs.

Students Below Junior Level

Students below the junior level may register in workforce development classes for audit.

Academically talented students below junior level may take academic classes on a case-by-case basis upon review of transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, grade reports or other evidence of academic aptitude. Evidence is reviewed and student is interviewed by the director of advising for approval.

Students Excused from Compulsory Attendance (Home Schooled)

Students provide a letter from the school district stating they have been excused from compulsory attendance and proof of level of education (grade level).

Students below junior level follow same criteria as listed above. See “Students Below Junior Level.”

Special Admissions

Students who do not qualify for any of the above programs or who have special circumstances can be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis by presenting grades, test scores, courses taken, recommendations and other supporting documents to the Admissions and Records and Advising directors.

TMCC High School

TMCC High School students must follow the admissions procedure and complete the admission form. For more information, contact TMCC High School at 775-674-7660.

Community College Admission of International Students

Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 19

To qualify for admission to a community college, an international student must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Official evidence of an educational level equivalent to graduation from an accredited United States high school;
    1. Official transcripts of permanent academic records (must be in English). Applicants should have their transcripts certified or notarized by an appropriate official prior to submitting them for evaluation.
  2. Competency in the English language as defined in the College catalog governing the semester of initial enrollment; and
    1. Students who speak English as a second language should be able to demonstrate English preparedness for college classes by having completed one of the following:
      1. Intensive English Language Center (IELC) at UNR or,
      2. International TOEFL score of at least 61 (iBT) or 500 (PBT). (Institution code: 4960).
      3. Completion of ENG 113 or ENG 101 (or equivalent) at a U.S. college or university.
      4. Passing scores in the reading and writing sections of the U.S. high school proficiency examinations.
      5. International English Language Testing System (IELTS - must be academic version) with an equivalency score of 6.
      6. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 500 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section. College Board Code: 1096.
      7. American College Testing (ACT) score of 21 or higher. College Code: 2499.
        Exemption: Students coming from the following English-speaking countries are exempt from the English language testing requirements: Australia, Bahamas, British Guyana, Canada (except for Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, and United Kingdom.
    2. International students admitted into the country on an I-20 from TMCC must be enrolled in the College as a full-time student (a minimum of 12 credit hours) until they complete their full course of study or transfer to another institution and meet the progression standards.
  3. Evidence of sufficient financial support as defined in the College catalog governing the semester of initial enrollment.

    Admission to TMCC implies general admission to the College only and does not constitute admission to a specific curriculum or courses which may require additional admission criteria.