Admission to TCC
The college has an open-door admission policy which reflects its commitment to access to higher education. Consistent with its open-door policy, Tacoma Community College practices equal opportunity in its educational programs. No one is denied admission to the college because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran.
New Student Admission
New student admission is a simple process. Simply submit an admissions application on the web or to Enrollment Services as early as possible and at least 30 days prior to the quarter in which you want to begin. Admission to TCC is available to individuals who are high school graduates, at least 18 years of age, or have obtained a GED. Applicants under 18 years of age who have not graduated from high school may be eligible to enter TCC through either the Running Start or Fresh Start programs. Other applicants, age 16-18, must obtain written releases from the principal of the high school they last attended. Admission of these applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Readmitting students who previously attended TCC (including any of the off-campus sites) and who have not attended for one quarter or more (excluding summer quarter) must reapply to the college. If the student attended within the past year, he or she may reapply verbally over the phone. If it has been over a year, the student can apply online or in person at the college. For more information, contact Enrollment Services at 253.566.5325.
Attended Another College
If you attended another college, mail or bring in your official college transcript(s) to the Enrollment Services (TCC, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma WA 98466) for a transcript evaluation. Evaluations usually take up to three months. Once it is completed, you can review your transfer-in credits at MY TCC portal (go to the TCC website, select Quick Links, click My E-Services and then Your Transfer Credits). You can also obtain a copy of your transfer-in credits at the Enrollment Services office, Bldg. 7 (picture ID required).
After reviewing your transfer-in credits, email one of the Credentials Evaluators if you have questions (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). You do not have to wait for your transcript to be evaluated before you meet with an advisor. Bring your unofficial transcript to your appointment.
To learn more about transferability of credits earned from other institutions, contact the credential evaluator in Enrollment Services located in Bldg. 7, or call 253.566.5325.
Students who plan to enter a career training program, the English for Academic Purposes program for international students, the Running Start, Fresh Start, or Worker Retraining programs or take continuing education or personal enrichment courses, and students who are not seeking degrees should check below for additional admissions information.