Access Outreach Recruitment

Access, Outreach and Recruitment Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Access, Outreach and  Recruitment's most commonly asked questions.

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Can I attend TMCC if I do not have a high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED)?

Yes, if you are 18 years old or older you do not need a high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED). Students who are less than 18 and wish to enroll at TMCC may access the under 18 permission to enroll form.

Can I take college classes while still enrolled in high school?

The tech prep program offers college level and elective high school credit at a student's home high school or at the Regional Technical Institute.

A student can enroll at TMCC High School, a comprehensive high school on TMCC's Dandini Campus.

Dual credit is also an option if the student is interested in staying at their high school earning elective high school credit but wants to earn college credit at TMCC. For more information about dual credit, see your high school counselor or TMCC recruiter.

Finally, if the student is not interested in earning elective high school credit while earning college credit, they can fill out the under 18 application.

Do I have to take the ACT/SAT?

No, SAT/ACT is not required for admission. As a community college, we have an open door policy, which means that all adults are welcome to enroll at TMCC. See our steps to enroll for more information.

Do you have a program for students whose parents/guardians that did not complete a bachelors degree?

We have a program called success first grant initiative to give educational support to students who will be the first in their family to graduate with a bachelor's degree. The program requires that students interested in participating in the program complete the required enrollment steps and the success first grant initiative application.

Does TMCC offer campus tours?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide in-person tours at this time. We encourage you to visit our online tour to become familiar with our campus. If you have any questions about TMCC, please contact us.

Does TMCC have placement testing?

TMCC offers to first time student's free ACCUPLACER placement testing to make sure they are placed in the appropriate classes. Students can submit to Admissions and Records office current ACT/SAT test scores for math/English placement.

How do I meet with a recruiter?

There are many opportunities to meet with a recruiter in your high school, community or special event at a TMCC campus or education center. Recruiters also may be contacted by email or by phone to answer questions or set up an appointment to discuss any issue you may have regarding the college admission process.

Is there a Washoe County School District high school at TMCC?

Yes, TMCC High School is one of Washoe County School District's comprehensive high schools and is located at the TMCC Dandini Campus. Students attending TMCC High School take a combination of college and high school classes. The school is junior/senior standing and requires a completed application to be considered for admission.

Should I meet with a recruiter?

The college admissions process may seem confusing and overwhelming. A TMCC recruiter is a free resource who can assist you in reviewing your options regarding higher education and the steps you need to take to complete the enrollment process at TMCC.

What advice is available to help parents assist their child transition to college?

Family and friends of prospective students face many questions and challenges regarding the admission process for college. TMCC has put together a resource page for parents/families to help answer your questions.

What steps do I have to complete before I can sign up for classes at TMCC?

If you are a new degree-seeking student there are three required steps, assessment, orientation and advising that you must complete before you can enroll in classes. Check out the required enrollment steps to help guide in completing these important requirements.

What type of services does the recruitment staff offer to middle and high school?

The recruitment staff at TMCC has a variety of services to support counselors and career technicians in educating and assisting students in moving on to postsecondary education. Contact a recruiter for more information.

What types of financial aid does TMCC offer?

Several types of financial aid are available to students including grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. For more information, visit the Financial Aid office.

When should I meet with a recruiter?

It is never too early to start discussing your options after you graduate high school. Whether you are a middle school or high school student, or someone who has taken time off before starting college, you welcome to contact a recruiter to discuss your next steps.

Who can I contact for more information about attending TMCC?

Contact the admissions or the Access, Outreach and Recruitment office for further information.

Who do I see to help me choose my classes for TMCC?

Academic advisors are available throughout the year to help students explore options for educational programs, majors, transfer procedures, class selection and other information about the college. If you are a new student to TMCC you are required to complete a new student advisement workshop prior to registering for your semester classes. In order to attend this workshop you must complete the online admissions application, orientation and ACCUPLACER test.

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How do I become a student at TMCC?

The first step in becoming a student at TMCC is to complete the online application for admission. Learn the important step-by-step process on how to start at TMCC by checking out the Steps to Enroll.

Once you have been admitted to TMCC, you will receive a student ID number, username, and password. Prior to enrolling in classes, please complete Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) online.

What is the cost to attend TMCC?

Cost to attend full time at TMCC is considerably less than attending a university. See the tuition and fees section for current information.

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What is the BioPrep workshop?

The BioPrep workshop is a 5-week program that meets during the summer for students interested in science-related careers. During the workshop, students learn standard molecular biology techniques such as DNA isolation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and cloning in addition to common laboratory practices and means of scientific communication.

This competitive program is for students who have completed the Success First Summer Bridge program prior to beginning their first semester at TMCC; however, students who have not gone through the Summer Bridge program may be considered if spots are available after the initial application process. Interested students should contact the Biology Department.

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How do I apply for the Success First program?

If you have not done so already, you will need to complete the TMCC application for admission. Once you have been admitted to TMCC, you will need to contact us.

Your next step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Step by step directions are provided.

The remaining steps needed in order to enroll at TMCC are: assessment and new student orientation. For more information visit the steps to enroll website.

Is there a limit to the number of participants accepted into the Success First program?

There are 200 spots set aside for the Success First program. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact us.

We encourage you to complete the TMCC Steps to Enroll as soon as possible, including submitting the FAFSA application for priority consideration.

What are the benefits of participating in the Success First program?

For complete information on student benefits, please visit the TMCC Success First program website.

What is required to stay in the Success First program?

For complete information on program requirements, please visit the TMCC Success First program website.

What is the Success First program?

The Success First program goal is to increase the college readiness, persistence, retention and graduation rates of first-time, full-time, first generation students at TMCC.

The program utilizes a summer bridge program to give students a jump start to college, gain information about science technology, math and engineering, growing career fields, and academic/motivational support during their first year at TMCC.

For complete information, please visit the TMCC Success First program website.

Who is eligible to apply for the Success First program?

For complete information on Success First eligibility, please visit the TMCC Success First program website.