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    Tallahassee Community College
   
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
TCC Catalog 2017-18

Admission, Enrollment, Advising and Registration



Tallahassee Community College welcomes applications for admission for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. To assist students with their transition to college studies at TCC, the Admissions and Records office provides important services that include, but are not limited to, processing applications for admission, evaluating high school transcripts and college transcripts for transfer credit, granting permission for international students to study at the College, and certifying graduation. The Department of Student Success and Retention provides advising and registration assistance for students.

The Admissions and Records office and the Department of Student Success and Retention are both located on the second floor of the Student Union.

Admission Policy and Equity Concerns

Tallahassee Community College is a college of equal opportunity and open admission. All applicants for admission and student jobs are considered solely on the basis of individual qualifications, without regard to the applicant’s race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or age. However, TCC reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant about whom there is evidence the individual may be disruptive or may interfere with the orderly conduct, processes, functions or programs of the College.

The complaint of any student who has reason to believe he or she has been affected by discrimination or harassment will be considered through appropriate procedures. The Student Complaint Form may be obtained online or from the Human Resources department. In accordance with the Educational Equity Act, the College’s human resources director is the equity coordinator. For grievance procedures, call the TCC human resources director at (850) 201-8510. The Human Resources department is located on the first floor of the Administration building, in suite 154.

Prior Violations Policy

All students who have had a prior legal and/or educational discipline violation must provide this information on the TCC admission application. This information will be referred to the Student Conduct and Community Standards office for review.

All violations are reviewed case-by-case and weighted in favor of the safety and welfare of the campus community. When appropriate, the Student Conduct office reserves the right to place conditions on a student’s enrollment or recommend to the Admissions and Records office that the student be denied enrollment. When denied admission, the student may have the right to appeal based on specific criteria or circumstances.

Any applicant recently released from incarceration will be placed on deferred enrollment for a period of six months. After a six-month waiting period, the applicant’s enrollment status will be reconsidered. Barring no additional incidents during the waiting period, this judicial hold will be lifted and the applicant will be allowed to register for classes. Any appeal of the deferred enrollment policy may be made to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs within five business days of notification of enrollment status. An appeal does not guarantee the six-month deferment will be overturned.

Admission Information and Procedures

Enrollment Call Center

The Enrollment Call Center provides information related to enrolling at the college encompassing admission and records, advising and financial aid questions. More information and a list of frequently asked questions is available on the Student Central web portal or by calling the Enrollment Call Center at (850)201-4444.

Meta-majors

As required by section 1008.30(5), Florida Statutes (F.S.), the State Board of Education has established eight meta-major pathways. Meta-majors were developed to advise entering, first-time-in-college students in regard to their intended academic and career goals and align gateway courses. A meta-major is a collection of academic programs that have common or related content. The meta-major pathways are as follows:

  • Art, Humanities, Communications, and Design
  • Business
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Industry/Manufacturing and Construction
  • Public Safety
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences and Human Services

To learn more about meta-major pathways, contact the TCC Advising Center at (850) 201-8440.

Beginning, First-year Students

A student who has never attended college before will be considered a first-year student or a first-time-in-college student. This includes students who took dual enrollment (college credit) classes while in high school.

Florida and non-Florida students applying for associate degree programs or college credit certificate programs may be admitted if they have satisfied one of the following:

  • Standard High School Diploma
    High school graduates must have earned a standard high school diploma from a regionally accredited high school. An official high school transcript with high school graduation date is required for admission. (Note: Should the quality of the educational program of the institution attended appear unsatisfactory, the director of the Admissions and Records office will have the authority not to accept the document.) High school transcripts should be sent either electronically from the high school to TCC or via U.S. mail directly from the school to TCC. TCC will not accept opened copies of transcripts.
  • GED Diploma
    Students who have earned a state-issued GED diploma are entitled to admission. An official transcript of the GED test scores is required for admission. Official GED transcripts must be submitted electronically from the GED office to TCC or sent via U.S. mail directly from the GED office to TCC.TCC will not accept opened copies of transcripts.
  • Home-educated Students
    Home-educated students must complete the Affidavit for Home Educated Students form verifying high school graduation. Students must certify that their program has satisfied the requirements of section 1002.41, F.S. This form may be obtained from the Admissions and Records office and must be notarized before submission.
  • Undocumented Immigrants
    Undocumented immigrants who graduate from a regionally accredited high school or earn a state-issued GED diploma are eligible to be admitted but will be considered nonresidents for tuition purposes.

Note: The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, certain Associate in Science degrees, and certificate programs have additional admission requirements. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to these programs.

Note: Students seeking admission to any of the health-related limited-access programs should visit the Healthcare Professions Division webpage (www.tcc.fl.edu/healthcare) for specific application procedures.

Transfer Students 

Students who have earned credit at another college or university are considered transfer students. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from high school and from all colleges and universities previously attended before registering for classes at TCC. Official transcripts should be received and evaluated before the student attends new student orientation and before Financial Aid is awarded. This will assist the advisors who will be working with the student at orientation. All transcripts must be official and sent directly from institutions to TCC.

The Admissions and Records office has the institutional authority to administer the College’s transfer policy. Credit evaluations made by the Admissions and Records office are subject to review by the provost.

Transfer students who are not eligible for readmission to an institution they previously attended may apply for admission to TCC. The academic records of transfer students will be evaluated and students will be required to follow TCC’s Standards of Academic Progress .

Postsecondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) Certificate Programs (Clock-hour Programs)

Admission requirements vary depending on the specific postsecondary adult vocational (PSAV) program. Students must review the criteria for the desired program regarding application, placement testing, and the need for a standard high school diploma or GED diploma. Students interested in PSAV programs that require a separate program admission application and prerequisite criteria need to complete all admission requirements by the published application deadline. In general, a person wanting to enroll in a PSAV program must complete the following:

  1. Submit an admission application and provide supporting documents.
  2. Submit an official high school transcript or an official GED transcript for programs requiring a standard high school diploma, or an official transcript from an accredited college or university attended that provides proof that the diploma has been accepted, as defined in Section 943.22(1), F.S., for entrance into a degree seeking program.
  3. Take the appropriate placement test as indicated in the program description (see Programs of Study ) or present evidence of allowable substitutes. Allowable substitutes include Associate in Arts, bachelor’s or graduate degree; achievement of required minimum ACT or SAT scores; or successful remediation of any academic deficiencies identified by the Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness (FPERT) Test/College Placement Test and cumulative GPA of 2.5 in college-level coursework.

Note: Persons seeking admission to any of the Florida Public Safety Institute’s programs should visit fpsi.tcc.fl.edu for specific application procedures. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to these programs.

Certificate Programs

Admission requirements vary by certificate program. Students must contact the appropriate department and/or program chair and review the criteria for the desired program regarding TCC and departmental application, placement testing, need for a standard high school diploma or GED diploma, application deadlines, and required supporting documentation.

Adult Education: GED & ESOL

The Adult Education program delivers GED preparation and testing, English language instruction, and career counseling to facilitate students’ transition into postsecondary education, technical programs and the workforce. Courses are offered in Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED preparation and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The GED test is administered in the TCC Testing Center. To apply:

  1. Submit an application for admission to TCC.
  2. Schedule to take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).
  3. Attend Orientation for GED students.
  4. Register and pay for classes.

For GED and ESOL information, call (850) 201-8760.

Non-degree Students

A student taking classes but not seeking a degree or certificate from the College is considered a non-degree student. A non-degree student who wishes to take credit classes must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an application for admission to TCC.
  2. Submit a complete Residency Declaration as part of the College application for admission.
  3. Submit a high school transcript or GED transcript, and an unofficial transcript from the college or university where any prerequisite coursework has been taken. (Students seeking enrollment in courses that require prerequisite work must submit proof that course prerequisites have been met.)
  4. Submit the Non-degree Student form to the Admissions and Records office each term the student wants to enroll.
  5. A staff member from the Admissions and Records office will approve or deny the non-degree form.

Transient Students

Incoming - A transient student is a student who is enrolled in a degree-seeking status at another college or university (home institution) but wants to take classes at TCC (host institution) and transfer the credits earned back to his or her home institution.

Florida students must submit a transient application through FloridaShines. Select Succeed in College, then select Take a Course at Another School. Then complete the Transient Student Admission Application.

Transient students who apply through FloridaShines will need to call TCC’s Information Technology Help Desk at (850) 201-8545 to request a username and password for TCC Passport.

Out-of-state students should submit a TCC application online. These students will receive their login information at the time of application.

Outgoing - A TCC student who desires to enroll at another college or university should review the requirements for transient student status. Students requesting transient student status for an out-of-state institution must meet with an advisor in the Advising Center to begin the application process.

Students requesting transient status at FAMU or FSU must meet additional requirements:

  1. Must have completed 50 semester hours or be in their last semester at TCC (exceptions for ROTC)
  2. Must NOT take courses at FAMU or FSU that are available at TCC
  3. NOTE: FSU has strict deadlines of August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring) and April 1 (Summer)

Note: For appropriate reasons, one institution through its designated represetative may approve dual-enrollment students who fail to meet some basic criteria. Even so, the approval of one institution does not bind the other to comply.

International Students

The College is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. A student who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States will be considered an international student. For assistance, international students may call (850) 201-8258 or visit www.tcc.fl.edu/admissions/apply/international-student. International students must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the International Student application online at www.gototcc.com. The application must contain a local and an international mailing address. (Neither address can be a post office box.) Due to the time required to process the application and the student’s need to make a visa appointment and financial arrangements, applications are not normally accepted after the established deadlines. The application for admission and all supporting documents and credentials must be received by the dates indicated below:
  Fall July 1  
  Spring November 1  
  Summer March 1  
  1. Provide official or certified copies of all secondary (high school) and postsecondary (college and/or university) transcripts and other examination results. All academic records must be issued in the native language and be accompanied by a certified English translation.
    • Beginning first-year students must provide the Admissions and Records office proof of U.S. high school equivalency. Official high school transcripts must be evaluated course-by-course by a certified evaluation agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) or the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (www.aacrao.org). Examples of such agencies include World Education Services (www.wes.org) and Josef Silny & Associates (www.jsilny.com). Any costs associated with the evaluation are the student’s responsibility. All evaluations must be in English.
    • Transfer students interested in receiving transfer credit for coursework completed at non-U.S. schools must provide a course-by-course evaluation done by a certified evaluation agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) or the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (www.aacrao.org). Examples of such agencies include World Education Services (www.wes.org) and Josef Silny & Associates (www.jsilny.com). Any costs associated with the evaluation are the student’s responsibility. All evaluations must be in English.
  2. Official minimum TOEFL test scores required for admission are 45 on the internet version, 133 on the computer-based version and 450 on the paper version. For information, visit www.toeflgoanywhere.org. A minimum official IELTS score of 4.5 is required. For information, visit www.ielts.org.
  • Exemptions from the requirement to demonstrate English proficiency are allowed if one of the following exists:
    • Completed the equivalent of English Composition or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university
    • Graduated from an accredited U.S. college or university
    • Graduated from an accredited U.S. high school
  1. Submit a completed Certificate of Finances (CFR). This is a certification letter from a bank (on official bank letterhead) with financial data recorded in U.S. dollars and sponsor(s) letter(s).  The 2016 annual estimated cost of attendance for international students is $23,850, which includes tuition, books and supplies, personal and living expenses, and health insurance.
  2. Submit proof of health insurance, which is required by the end of the first two weeks of classes for all new international students. Information about purchase of health insurance is available in the International Services office or at  www.tcc.fl.edu/admissions/apply/international-student.

Upon completion of all admission requirements, a Certificate of Eligibility (form I-20) will be issued to the student. 

Since on-campus housing is not available at TCC, international students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. 

Because TCC does not have financial aid for international students and delays of up to 30 days may occur before foreign bank drafts or wire transfers can be deposited, students are urged to bring sufficient funds in U.S. dollars and be prepared to pay for tuition, books and other expenses the first semester as well as to continue to have disposable money in their bank accounts throughout their stay at TCC.

International students must register for 12 semester hours during the Fall and Spring semesters in order to maintain their student immigration status.

Admission Steps for College-credit Courses

Students applying for admission for the first time must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an application for admission to TCC online. Preferred admission application dates are established for each term:
    August Main   August 1
    August Mini   August 1
    August Express   August 1
    September Express   September 1
    October Express   September 26                                                                                  
    January Main   December 11
    January Mini   December 11
    January Express   December 11
    February Express   January 29
    March Express   February 15
    May Main   April 19
    May Mini   April 24
    May Express   April 19
    June Express   June 5

     

  2. Have an official high school and/or college transcript(s) sent to the Admissions and Records office.
    • High school seniors must submit transcripts with the official graduation date and diploma type (withdrawal code) posted.
    • GED diploma recipients must submit an official copy of their GED test scores.
    • Transfer students must request official transcripts from high school and all colleges and universities they have attended.

To complete your admission file, all official transcripts should be submitted before orientation advising and registration for classes.

  1. Take the appropriate tests, if applicable. These tests are used for advising purposes only; they will not be used for selective admission. Students who meet the following criteria are exempt from placement testing:
    • A student who entered grade 9 in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma, or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services.
    • Non-degree seeking students
      • Note: The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test/College Placement Test or unofficial transcripts may be required for students taking English or math courses for the first time.
    • Transfer students who present transcripts showing a grade of C or better in college-level English and/or mathematics
    • Students with ACT or SAT scores at or above the state minimum. Test results must be less than two years old. Listed below are the minimum ACT/SAT scores for college-level placement:
      Enhanced ACT    
      Reading = 19    
      English = 17    
      Mathematics = 19    
      SAT I    
      Prior to 3/1/16    
      Verbal/Critical Reading = 440    
      Mathematics = 440    
      After 3/1/16    
      English = 24    
      Reading = 24    
      Math = 25    

       

  1. Submit at least two acceptable forms of residency documentation as part of the College application. In order to be classified a Florida resident for tuition purposes, one document must be a valid Florida driver license or state issued ID.

Incomplete information will delay admission to the College. False information can result in immediate dismissal without refund of fees paid. Any student who fails to complete the admission process may not be permitted to register for classes until all procedures are fully completed.

Readmission

Former TCC students who have not been enrolled at TCC within the last 12 months must submit an application for re-admission to the Admissions and Records office before the term’s deadline, along with official transcripts from high school and all colleges and universities attended since the last term of enrollment at TCC. The student will complete requirements for graduation under the catalog in use at the time of re-entry. The application for readmission is available on the College’s website.

View information about Graduation Requirements and Year of Entry .

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Admission

Admissions for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program comply with TCC nondiscrimination admission policies for all students. The College has general admissions criteria and procedures for several classifications of BSN applications. These classifications include articulated A.S. graduates, readmitted students and transfer students, as described below.

  • Articulated A.S. graduates: Students applying to the BSN program who completed their Associate Degree in Nursing at TCC, have not attended any other college or university since graduating from TCC, and have been enrolled within the past 12 months will complete a change of program objective form identifying them as an Articulated A.S. graduate.
  • Re-admissions: Students applying to the BSN program who completed their Associate Degree in Nursing at TCC and have not been enrolled within the past 12 months will apply to the institution as a readmit student. They must submit an application for readmission and submit official college transcripts for all colleges attended since their last term of enrollment.
  • Transfer admissions: Students applying to the BSN who completed their Associate Degree in Nursing at another college or university or have attended another college or university since graduating from TCC will be considered transfer students. In accordance with the College’s admission’s policies and procedures, transfer students seeking admission must meet established requirements and provide the following documentation:
    • TCC application for admission
    • Official high school and/or college transcript(s)
    • Residency declaration (as part of the TCC application for admission)

Separate Admission Requirements for the BSN Program

Separate admission requirements for the program, which are available on the College’s website, are listed below:

  • TCC baccalaureate degree application
  • Graduation from an accredited Associate in Science Degree in Nursing program
  • Valid, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license in the state(s) the student will reside in while completing any portion of the course work

The BSN program is a limited-access program with a limited number of seats per class. Applicants are accepted based on the admission requirements and deadlines.

Dual Enrollment for High School Students

Dual-enrolled students are students who are taking classes at both the high school and TCC. These students may enroll in only those courses that are creditable toward both the high school diploma and the associate or baccalaureate degree or career certificate, in accordance with s. 1007.271, F.S., and State Board of Education Rule 6A-14.064. Only college-credit-level classes will be considered part of the dual enrollment program. This excludes any non-credit or developmental courses and physical education courses. The college class load will be determined by the high school principal or designee and may not exceed 11 hours of college credit per semester.

Students in the dual enrollment program are exempt from paying tuition, matriculation and laboratory fees. TCC does not handle book vouchers or book purchase for dual-enrolled students. Students must work with their high school in regard to the purchase of books. College-credit courses may be conducted at public or private high schools or on the TCC campus, in accordance with terms specified in the dual enrollment articulation agreements. Contact the Admissions and Records office at (850) 201-8555, 201-6128 or admissions@tcc.fl.edu for additional eligibility information.

Requirements and documentation:

  1. Submit an application for admission to TCC online. (For more information, visit www.tcc.fl.edu/dualenrollment.)
  2. Submit an official high school transcript indicating the student has an unweighted high school grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  3. Submit satisfactory scores on an approved placement test (SAT, ACT, PERT or state-approved placement test). Scores must be less than two years old and are required before enrollment in any dual enrollment course.
  4. Submit a completed Dual Enrollment Permission to Register form, indicating the number and type(s) of courses to be completed at TCC.

Dual Enrollment for Home-educated Students

Students who do not attend a high school but receive instruction at home are considered home-educated students. The TCC Home School Dual Enrollment program offers home-educated students the opportunity to earn college credit before high school graduation.

Students participating in dual enrollment take classes that will satisfy high school graduation requirements and are creditable toward the associate or baccalaureate degree or career certificate, in accordance with s. 1007.271, F.S., and State Board of Education Rule 6A-14.064. The college class load may not exceed 11 credit hours per semester. Only college-credit classes will be considered part of the dual enrollment program. This excludes any noncredit or developmental courses and physical education courses. TCC waives tuition, matriculation and laboratory fees for all courses through the high school/home education dual enrollment program. Students are responsible for books, materials and transportation to the TCC campus.

Home-educated students are eligible to dual enroll for a maximum of three semesters per grade level (including summers) from the time they enter the program. Students will matriculate through the dual enrollment program based on an equivalent public school cohort. Contact the Admissions and Records office at (850) 201-8555, 201-6128 or admissions@tcc.fl.edu for additional eligibility information.

Requirements and documentation:

  1. Submit an application for admission to TCC online. (For more information, visit www.tcc.fl.edu/dualenrollment.)
  2. Submit qualifying scores on the SAT, ACT, PERT or state-approved placement test. Scores must be less than two years old and are required before registration for any dual enrollment course.
  3. Submit a Dual Enrollment Permission to Register form signed by both the home-education administrator (parent) and the appropriate county official.
  4. Submit a completed Home Education Dual Enrollment Agreement, outlining the requirements and parameters of the home education dual enrollment program.

Early Admission Dual Enrollment

An early admission student is an eligible high school senior who enrolls on a full-time basis in courses at TCC that are creditable toward the high school diploma and a career certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree. Early admission students must be recommended by their high school or home-educated administrator giving permission for the student to enroll at TCC. Students enroll in a minimum of 12, but no more than 15, credit hours per semester. Students enrolled in this program are exempt from paying registration, matriculation and laboratory fees. TCC does not handle book vouchers or book purchase for early admission students. Students must work with their school district in regards to the purchase of books. Contact the advising specialist for dual enrollment at (850) 201-6128 for information.

Requirements and documentation:

  1. Submit an application for admission to TCC online. (For more information, visit www.tcc.fl.edu/dualenrollment.)
  2. Submit an official high school transcript reflecting an unweighted high school grade point average of 3.5 or better.
  3. Submit satisfactory scores on an approved placement test (SAT, ACT, PERT or state-approved placement test). Scores must be less than two years old and are required before registration for any college course.
  4. Submit a completed Dual Enrollment Permission to Register form, indicating the number and type(s) of courses to be completed at TCC.
  5. Submit a completed Permission for Early Admission form.

Dual Enrollment and FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is the federal law that protects students’ rights to privacy regarding their student records. It governs the release of education records maintained by an educational institution and access to these records. All college students have rights under FERPA, even those who are younger than 18 years of age. FERPA protects the education records of a student who is attending or who has attended the institution and all records that relate directly to a student and that are maintained by the institution. A record is directly related to a student if it contains personally identifiable information about the student.

Collegiate High School

According to F.S. 1007.273, each Florida College System institution shall work with each district school board in its designated service area to establish one or more collegiate high school programs.  At a minimum, the collegiate high school program must include an option for public high school students in grades 11 or 12 participating in the program, for at least one full school year, and to successfully complete 30 credit hours through the dual enrollment program under s. 1007.271 toward the first year of college for an associate degree or baccalaureate degree while enrolled in the program.

TCC2FSU and TCC2FAMU Programs

The TCC2FSU and TCC2FAMU Programs are an excellent pathway for TCC students who wish to attend Florida State University or Florida A & M University. Students in the TCC2FSU and TCC2FAMU Programs attend special workshops for their chosen university and benefit from personalized advising focused on meeting all transfer requirements. To learn more about the programs, click on these links and review the Frequently Asked Questions:

TCC2FSU

TCC2FAMU

How to Apply TCC2FSU or TCC2FAMU Programs

  1. Submit an application for admission to TCC online and mark which program you would like to join.
  2. Send official SAT, ACT or PERT scores to TCC.
  3. Have official high school transcripts sent to the Admissions and Records office.

Students must enroll at TCC as a degree-seeking student with plans to transfer to FSU or FAMU after earning the A.A. degree.

Note: The programs do not apply to students who transfer before earning the A.A.degree at TCC>

Academic Enrichment Programs

Global Gateway Program

The Global Gateway program is open to all interested students at TCC. It is designed to prepare students to live and work effectively in a global community. Participants develop a global perspective through traditional and nontraditional learning experiences. Students earn a Global Gateway designation on their transcript by completing 15 credit hours in courses designated as Global Learning, attending and/or participating in five Global Learning experiences, and completing a three-credit-hour interdisciplinary seminar course. Students are encouraged to participate in campus clubs such as the International Student Organization and Model United Nations and to take advantage of opportunities for domestic/overseas travel and study as part of the program.

For more information, visit the Global Gateway webpage.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Tallahassee Community College offers highly motivated students an opportunity to make the most of their college education. The advanced curriculum, special benefits and engaging student community provide a unique learning environment that places special emphasis on personal and academic success. 

Student Benefits

  • Early advisement and registration
  • Camaraderie with peers and faculty
  • Special seminars and activities beyond the honors courses
  • Smaller classes and honors modules offering innovative learning environments
  • Transfer assistance and letters of recommendation
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Use of the Pankowski Family Honors Lounge

Honors Program Admission Criteria

Interested students should complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an application for admission to TCC online.
  2. Complete the online application to the Honors Program.
  3. Submit an Honors Program application essay.
Graduating High School/First-time-in-college Students

Graduating high school students/incoming first-year students must provide proof of two of the following:

  • Minimum SAT score of 1170 (combined critical reading and mathematics) prior to June 27, 2016
  • Minimum SAT Redesign score of 1240 (evidenced-based reading, writing and mathematics)
  • Minimum ACT score of 25
  • Minimum 3.5 unweighted cumulative high school GPA
  • Graduation in the top 10% of high school class
Current, Dual-enrolled, Returning and Transfer Students

Current, dual-enrolled, returning and transfer students must show:

  • Minimum 3.25 cumulative college GPA
  • A minimum of 12 hours of earned college credit
  • Name of faculty sponsor

Graduation from the Honors Program

Successful completion of a minimum of 18 honors units as follows

  • Honors coursework: at least 15 credit hours
  • Honors seminar: 3 credit hours
  • Overall minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all honors coursework

A program diploma will be issued for the Honors Program graduate and the award so designated on the graduate’s transcript.

For information, contact Robert Fleischmann at (850) 201-8358 or honors@tcc.fl.edu.

STEM Programs

TCC has several programs that are designed to assist students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Students who participate in these programs have use of TCC’s Dr. Lei Wang STEM Center, a multipurpose study space for students majoring in a STEM discipline. Eligible students also qualify for scholarships and internships. Please visit TCC’s STEM Center in AC133 to receive more information about the programs available to STEM students.

ROTC Programs

Students at TCC may participate in ROTC programs conducted at Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Florida State University (FSU).

Basic and intermediate Army ROTC classes are offered through FAMU and FSU. A program in Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC) is available at FSU, and the Naval Science Program (NROTC) is conducted at FAMU.

Army ROTC

Army ROTC is conducted by the Departments of Military Science at both FSU and FAMU. The first two years of the program are open to any full-time student at TCC by registering for the appropriate course. This can be determined by contacting the Army ROTC program. These classes are designed to introduce students to Army leadership and management techniques. The classes include a leadership lab and an hour of physical fitness training. The classes are taught at TCC; however, the locations for lab and physical training vary between TCC, FSU and FAMU. While there is no military obligation for students who enroll in these courses, they will qualify students for the advanced ROTC programs at FSU or FAMU. Uniforms and textbooks for military sciences are provided free of charge. All students who enroll in Army ROTC must have a medical fitness statement from a physician. This form can be obtained through the Army ROTC office at FSU or FAMU. 

Scholarships paying full tuition, fees and allowance for textbooks and $300 per month for subsistence are available on a competitive merit basis. The scholarships also provide an option between free room and board and free tuition. Out-of-state fee waivers are also available. All Army ROTC students, whether on scholarship or not, will receive a $450 a month allowance once they begin the advanced program in their junior year. Special programs are also available for veterans and graduate students hoping to enroll in the Army ROTC two-year program. 

For more information on these programs and scholarship opportunities, contact the Department of Military Science at FSU: (850) 644-1016; or at FAMU: (850) 599-3515. Dual enrollment is not necessary and the ROTC classes taken at TCC transfer to either FSU or FAMU.

Air Force ROTC

Air Force ROTC is conducted by the Department of Aerospace Studies at FSU. 

The first two years of the program (the General Military Course, or GMC) are open to any student at TCC. All courses are held on the FSU campus.

No commitment for military service is required and students can learn about the Air Force while deciding if they want to pursue a commission as an Air Force officer. Uniforms and textbooks are provided free of charge. Scholarships paying full TCC tuition, fees, allowances for textbooks and a $300 per month stipend are available on a competitive basis and are later transferable to FSU or FAMU for students who remain in the AFROTC program. 

Admission to the second two years of the AFROTC Professional Officer Course (POC) is on a competitive basis and requires full-time attendance at FSU or FAMU. Completion of the POC combined with receipt of a college degree results in commissioning and entry into active duty as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Application for the POC must be made by the end of the sophomore year. All POC students receive $450 for juniors or $500 for seniors per month once contracted, regardless of scholarship status. 

Full details on this program may be obtained by contacting the Department of Aerospace Studies (AFROTC) located on the FSU campus in Harpe-Johnson Hall, room 212: (850) 644-3461; www.fsu.edu/~rotc.

Naval ROTC

Naval ROTC is a program of regular classes conducted at FAMU. This program leads to a commission in either the Navy or the Marine Corps. The first two years of the program are open to any full-time student at TCC through inter-institutional registration. Full scholarships are available on a competitive basis to students enrolled in Naval ROTC programs. These scholarships, which can be awarded for varying lengths of time, pay full college tuition (including out-of-state), fees and textbooks. They also provide up to $400 per month allowance. All required uniforms are free of charge whether a scholarship is won or not. 

All Naval ROTC students, whether on scholarship or not, receive $350 to $400 per month once they begin the advanced program. 

The final two years of Naval ROTC is called the advanced program and requires full-time attendance at either FAMU or FSU in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree. A student who does not participate in Naval ROTC during the first two years of college may still apply for the advanced program during the Fall or Spring term before the beginning of the junior year. If selected, the student will attend six weeks of paid summer training and begin the advanced course in the Fall. 

For further information about the Navy-Marine ROTC program, contact the Naval ROTC recruiting officer located in the Perry-Paige building on FAMU campus: (850) 599-3980 or (850) 599-8412; www.famu.edu/nrotc

Assessment of Academic Preparation

Before entering the for-credit instructional programs of the College, students are assessed in the areas of communication and computation skills using test instruments approved by the State Articulation Coordinating Committee or other assessments of academic preparation. Alternative assessments may include high school grade point average, math and English courses completed in high school, and length of time between high school graduation and enrollment in college courses. Based on the results of the assessment process, students are advised into appropriate coursework. Depending upon test scores and other relevant data, individual students who are not exempt from placement testing may be required to enroll in developmental coursework to remedy specific communication and/or computation skills deficiencies. (Learn more .) Students seeking entry to limited-access healthcare professions programs are additionally assessed using the means outlined in the admission criteria established for each instructional program.

New Student Orientation

TCC’s orientation program encourages student success by promoting the intellectual, social and personal development of students through programming, academic planning and self-assessment activities.

New Student Orientation has two components:

  • An online orientation that students complete before registering for on-campus orientation (Both are required for all new students.)
  • An on-campus orientation, which is designed for students to meet with advisors, learn about their major and register for classes.

New Student Orientation also assists students in meeting their educational and career goals. One tool used to help students achieve their career and educational goals is the Career Coach. The Career Coach is a comprehensive, interactive, computer-assisted career guidance program designed to assist students in making career choices. Career Coach combines personal and occupational characteristics to identify career options. It has all the tools students need to help identify their future major and career path. New students will complete the Career Coach before orientation and bring their results to orientation. Career Coach is available online.

For information on New Student Orientation, visit www.tcc.fl.edu/orientation or contact the Department of Campus and Civic Engagement at (850) 201-8420 or cce@tcc.fl.edu.

Online Learning Note: Students enrolled in the following Associate in Science degree programs are required to complete the online workshop CDL-STU007. However, they are not required to attend New Student Orientation.

Email tcconline@tcc.fl.edu to enroll in the CDL-STU007 workshop.

Academic Advising

TCC is committed to providing students with appropriate guidance in planning their educational program. The College’s advising system is designed to do the following:

  • Help students develop educational plans
  • Inform students about academic progression and degree requirements
  • Help students understand academic policies and procedures
  • Provide resources to help students become academically successful
  • Enhance student retention and success by connecting students to the College through personal interactions

To accomplish this, the College uses online advising tools through TCC Eaglenet. This system allows students and advisors to share the responsibility of developing academic plans that help students meet their educational and career goals. The system also provides opportunities for students to refine their academic and life skills and become independent learners. To learn more about TCC’s advising system, visit www.tcc.fl.edu/academics/academic-advising.

Registration

TCC students register for classes through TCC Eaglenet, the student portal system at eaglenet.tcc.fl.edu.

Registration and Enrollment Terminology

  • Developmental Courses - The Developmental Program is designed to improve student performance in the college-entry skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Recent legislative revisions to section 1008.30, Florida Statutes, provide an exemption to the developmental course requirements for students who graduated from a Florida public high school system in the 2003-2004 academic year or later and earned a standard Florida high school diploma, or who are active service members.
  • Express Sessions - These accelerated sections of courses are offered each semester and range from 6 to 10 weeks in length. Express sessions give students more opportunities to take courses.
  • Class Schedule - At the end of each registration, the total fee assessment and due date will be indicated at the bottom of the student’s class schedule. A class schedule can also be obtained through TCC Eaglenet.
  • Online Courses - Online courses are accessed through tcc.instructure.com or through the Canvas quick link on TCC’s home page. Lecture material, assignments and other course materials are also available online. Students have access to the instructor and other class members through email and class discussion boards. Students considering a online course must be self-motivated and have good time-management skills. Students need basic computer skills, along with adequate computer hardware and software, to successfully participate in an online course. Registration for web-based courses occurs during regular registration periods.
  • Registration Hold - A registration hold is placed on a student’s record to prevent registration until an issue is resolved with the appropriate department. Some of the departments that can place registration holds on a student’s record include Campus Life and Civic Engagement, Cashier’s office, Admissions and Records office, Advising and Retention, Financial Aid, Library and Campus Police. Students must contact the department that placed the hold on their record to avoid registration delays.
  • Student ID Number - TCC student ID numbers are automatically generated for students upon completion of the online admission application and is emailed to your personal email account. When logging into TCC Eaglenet and clicking on any of the tabs, this ID will appear at the top of the page along with the student’s name. This is the official ID number used by all TCC offices and departments to identify students.

The Importance of Registration before Classes begin

Tallahassee Community College values the first day of class and understands the importance of students registering for classes before the start of a term. Research shows that “late registration correlates with lower grades and lower re-enrollment the following term” (CCSSE, Promising Practices for Promoting Community College Student Success, 2014).

Benefits of Registering Early

  • Best course selection for the days/times that fit into a student’s life
  • Having enough time to apply for Financial Aid to pay for courses or use the Tuition Payment Plan
  • Ability to review class schedule and locations so students can get to class on the first day on time and ready to learn
  • Being able to purchase books and materials in a timely fashion
  • Make any needed class changes during the published add and drop dates
  • Meet your faculty on the 1st day when they review the course syllabi and expectations
  • Participate in Welcome Week activities and get connected to the TCC community

Alternate Registration Opportunities

We understand that sometimes life happens and you may not be able to meet the deadlines for our main 16-week sessions so to help students who may apply late for admission and financial aid TCC offers several Express Sessions that begin at various points in the term. See the academic calendar for those dates.