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2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions and Registration

The admission criteria set forth below are the minimum standards established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Although they provide for “open door” admission to the College, certain programs require additional standards to be met before a student is admitted. Selected workforce development programs require that a separate program application for admission be submitted prior to entry into specific courses.

Qualifications for Admission

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education require students to document their prior education within completion of the first nine credit hours of college coursework. As a result, although students may enroll for their first term at TCC without presenting their credentials (ex: high school transcript or transcripts from other colleges attended), students must submit the required records prior to re-enrollment to avoid an enrollment hold. For questions, visit any TCC Answer Center/Enrollment Services Office.

The Oklahoma State Regents require students to clear all curricular and/or academic performance deficiencies within their first 24 credit hours of college coursework. Students who have not removed all deficiencies or demonstrated appropriate proficiencies at the time will have a hold placed on enrollment and must work with a TCC academic advisor, who will recommend appropriate courses to clear all remaining curricular and/or academic performances deficiencies. For questions, visit any TCC Academic Advising office.

The college student is considered a responsible adult. The student’s admission indicates acceptance of those standards of conduct which appear in the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct is published on the TCC web site at www.tulsacc.edu and can be requested in print from any campus Dean of Student Affairs Office.

Students may qualify for admission to Tulsa Community College in a variety of ways. The different types of admissions are as follows:

I. Admission Directly from High School/High School Equivalency

Students Seeking Admission to Associate Degree and Certificate Programs

Any individual who (a) is a graduate of an accredited high school or has achieved a high school equivalency certificate (GED, HiSet, TASC) and whose high school class has graduated, and (b) has participated in the ACT or a similar acceptable battery of tests, is eligible for admission. (If there is an enrollment limit, Oklahoma residents will be given priority.)  Recipients whose high school class has not graduated should contact the TCC Admission Office to inquire about admissions exceptions

High School Curriculum Requirements for Programs Leading to Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees

Units (Years) Course Areas
4 English (Grammar, Composition, Literature; should include an integrated writing component)
3 Lab Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or any lab science certified by the school district; General Science with or without a lab may not be used to meet this requirement)
3 Mathematics (from Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mathematics Analysis, Pre-Calculus, Statistics and Probability - must have completed Geometry and Algebra II) Calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics)
3 History and Citizenship Skills (including one unit of American History and two additional units from the subjects of Economics, Geography, Government, History and Non-Western Culture
2 Other (from any of the subjects listed above or selected from the following:  Computer Science, Foreign Language or any Advanced Placement Course except applied courses in fine arts)
15 Total Required Units

In addition to the previous requirements, the following subjects are recommended for college preparation:

Units Course Areas
2 Fine Arts (Art, Drama, Music, Speech)
1 Lab Science (as described above)
1 Mathematics (as described above)
4 Recommended Units

While these curricular requirements will normally be met by students in grades 9 through 12, advanced students who complete these courses in earlier grades will not be required to take additional courses for purposes of admission. The remainder of the units required by the State Board of Education for high school graduation may be selected from courses to meet students’ individual needs and interests.

Students lacking curricular requirements in the basic skills courses (English, Mathematics and Science) are admissible into Associate in Science or Associate in Arts programs in the community colleges but must remove the deficiencies at the earliest possible time, but no later than within the first 24 hours attempted, or have all subsequent enrollments restricted until the deficiencies are removed. In addition, students must remove curricular deficiencies in a discipline area before taking a collegiate level course in that discipline.

High School Curricular Requirements for Admission to Other Degree or Certificate Programs

Students entering Associate in Applied Science degree or certificate programs must meet high school curricular requirements for a particular course area before taking courses in the same discipline as part of the degree. Students admitted under this provision must meet all the high school curricular requirements noted above before transferring into an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science program.

Removing High School Curricular Deficiencies

  • Curricular deficiencies in English, Mathematics and Science may be removed by:
    a) successful completion (grade “C” or higher) of a zero-level course: English - ENGL 0933 ; Mathematics -  MATH 0123  or b) testing (ACT or appropriate placement examination score) at the appropriate proficiency levels.
  • Zero-level courses do not count toward satisfaction of degree program requirements.
  • A history deficiency may be removed by successfully completing a three-credit-hour history course in addition to the three-credit-hour U.S. History needed for graduation.
  • All other elective curricular deficiencies may be met by completing a course in the stated subject area.

II. Special Admission Categories

Adult Admission

  • Students who are 21 years of age or older or on active military duty may be admitted based on criteria established at Tulsa Community College and approved by the State Regents. The College must consider the probability of the academic success of the student and students admitted under this category must demonstrate proficiency to the satisfaction of the College in the subject area the student desires to pursue. Students should contact the Answer Center/Enrollment Services Office on any campus for admissions processing.
  • Any student who (a) is not a high school graduate but whose high school class has graduated and (b) has participated in the ACT or  appropriate placement examination is eligible for admission.  Remediation may be required depending on level of test score. Contact the Answer Center/Enrollment Services Office  for admissions processing.

Special Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Students who wish to enroll in courses without intending to pursue a degree may enroll in no more than nine hours without providing transcripts. Proficiency assessments and prerequisite verification are required before enrolling in certain courses. Retention GPA requirements will be enforced for all students. (See the Policy for Continued Enrollment  in the Academic Information section of this catalog for additional information.) Students should understand that to be eligible for financial aid they must be degree seeking and provide all credentials. Contact Answer Center/Enrollment Services Office  on any campus to discuss the non-degree objective.

Students with Prior Felony Records

Applicants who, as a result of a felony, are required to register with any local, state, or college law enforcement agency will be required to submit additional documentation upon request from Tulsa Community College.  After review of requested documents and a possible in-person interview, an admission decision will be provided to student.   

Home Study or Unaccredited High School Graduates

Graduates of private, parochial, or other non-public high schools which are not accredited by a recognized accrediting agency are eligible for admission to Tulsa Community College as follows:

  • The student must have participated in the American College Testing (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
  • The student’s high school class of his or her peers must have graduated.
  • The student must satisfy the high school curricular requirements as stated above, certified by the high school or, in the case of home study, the parent.
    Note: Students under 17 years of age are not eligible for Federal Title IV funds. (Pell, SEOG, Loans)

Concurrent Enrollment of High School Students

Admission Requirements
  • Students must be juniors or seniors. Students who are home schooled or attending unaccredited high schools must have completed enough high school coursework to be equivalent to an individual who is classified as a junior or a senior at an accredited high school.  Admission standards for concurrent enrollment are outlined in the tables below: 
Accredited High School


National ACT 19 composite
Pre-ACT 19 composite
Residual ACT* 19 composite
SAT** 990 composite
PSAT 10** 990 composite
Or High School GPA 3.0 unweighted


Unaccredited High School and Home Schools


National ACT

19 composite

Pre-ACT 19 composite
Residual ACT* 19 composite
SAT** 990 composite
PSAT 10** 990 composite

*The National ACT can be repeated. However, only one residual ACT per year (from November 1 to October 31) is valid for admission and course placement. 

Enrollment Requirements

Juniors and seniors eligible for admission must show reading proficiency to enroll in any course(s) including all Math, English, and Science courses.  Proficiency standards for enrollment are outlined in the table below:

Curricular Area ACT Pre-ACT Residual ACT* SAT PSAT 10 or NMSQ TCC Placement Exam
Reading 19 19 19 510 510 80+ or multiple measures
English 19 19 19 510 510 80+ or multiple measures
Science 19 19 19 510 510 80+ or multiple measures
Math 19+ 19+ 19+ 510 510 Multiple tests and measures

*The National ACT can be repeated. However, only one residual ACT per year (from November 1 to October 31) is valid for admission and course placement. 

Students must complete an Application for Admission online at www.tulsacc.edu at least two business days prior to enrollment and provide the following documents to the Director of the Answer Center/Enrollment Services Office on the campus offering the class:

All documents must be received in advance of intended enrollment to allow time for processing.

ACE Tuition Waiver 

  • TCC Financial Aid awards and disburses Attend College Early (ACE) tuition waivers for concurrently enrolled juniors and seniors. Waivers are disbursed after the college drop period.
  • Seniors may receive tuition waivers for a maximum of eighteen (18) credit hours in their senior year. The senior year begins June 1 following the 11th grade, so the tuition waiver may be used in the summer, fall, or spring of the senior year.
  • Juniors may receive tuition waivers for maximum of six (6) credit hours per term (summer, fall, and spring) during the junior year. The junior year begins June 1 following the 10th grade.

High school students who have provided the appropriate documents and meet score requirements must follow the criteria below:

  • Combined high school and college courses enrollment will not exceed 19 credit hours per long term or 9 credit hours in the summer. Each high school course (1/2 unit) listed on the semester high school schedule will be counted as a 3 hours of load. Non-academic units are excluded from course load (i.e. athletics, office aid, etc.). 
  • Students may not enroll in zero-level courses designed to remove deficiencies.
  • Physical education courses are not eligible for concurrent enrollment. 
  • Re-enrollment is contingent upon the student maintaining a 2.0 GPA or higher in all college work. 

All other students not qualified by grade level may be considered for admission under the Opportunity Admissions category. A detailed explanation of the Oklahoma State Regents’ policy on concurrent enrollment is available from any TCC Admission/Answer Center/Enrollment Services Office.
Note: Questions regarding admissions or enrollment should be directed to the Answer Center/Enrollment Services Office on the campus the student plans to attend. Admission to the College does not guarantee eligibility for course placement.

Opportunity Admissions 

Students who have not graduated from high school but whose Composite Standard Score on the ACT places them at the 99th percentile using Oklahoma norms, or whose combined Verbal and Mathematical score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) places them at the 99th percentile using national norms, may apply for full enrollment at a college or university of The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. The College will determine admissibility based on test score, evaluation of the student’s level of maturity and ability to function in the adult college environment, and whether the experience will be in the best interest of the student intellectually and socially. Proficiency assessments may be required before enrolling in certain courses.

Undocumented Eligible High School Graduates

(HB 1804 Title 70, Section 3242 [2007])

Eligible high school graduates with an undocumented immigration status may file an Affidavit of Intent and receive out-of-state tuition waivers.  Students should contact the Admission Office for more information about the requirements for filing the Affidavit of Intent form.

Senior Citizens (Oklahoma Residents Age 65 or Older)

Tuition waivers are available for Oklahoma residents age 65 or older who wish to audit a course. Auditing of academic courses is contingent upon space available on the date the class begins. See section “Audit of Courses” for detailed procedures. Questions regarding this process should be directed to the Answer Center/Enrollment Services Office on the campus the student plans to attend.

International Students

Tulsa Community College is authorized under federal law to enroll international students. An international student is defined as “a student who is, or will be, in the U.S. on a student visa.” At Tulsa Community College, this refers specifically to the student (F) visa. The International Student Service Office provides admission and support services to these students. International admission information is available from the International Student Services Office located on the Northeast Campus, by telephone at (918) 595-7478 or online at www.tulsacc.edu/iss.

Admission of Students for Whom English is a Second Language

All students for whom English is a second language shall be required to present evidence of proficiency in the English language prior to admission to a college or university of the State System, either as first-time students or by transfer from another college or university. The intent of this policy is to admit into an institution only those students who have a reasonable chance of success based on their ability to comprehend and use spoken and written English.

The following minimum standards shall be utilized by all State System institutions to determine English language proficiency:

  1. Students must either demonstrate their competency in English through a) passing the test as described or b) demonstrating proficiency through successfully completing the State Regents’ high school core requirements in an English-speaking school or c) graduating from an English-speaking high school and demonstrating competency as described in “Removing High School Curricular Deficiencies”.
  2. Applicants for first-time admission at the undergraduate level must present evidence of English language proficiency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is used to satisfy the requirement.

Applicants must attain at least a score of

  • 500 on the traditional TOEFL, or
  • 173 on the computerized TOEFL version, or
  • 61 on the Internet based TOEFL version, or
  • a score of 5.5 on the IELTS.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted to the English as a Second Language Intensive English “Bridge to College” program by meeting the following requirements:

  • a score of 460 or higher on the traditional TOEFL, or
  • a score of 140 or higher on the computerized TOEFL version, or
  • a score of 48 or higher on the Internet based TOEFL version, or
  • a score of 5.0 or higher on the IELTS, and
  • immediately, after taking the TOEFL or IELTS and prior to admission, successfully complete a program of 12 weeks of study at an approved English language center or program operated by an institution of higher learning or a private school approved by the State Regents.

System institutions with an approved program of English as a Second Language may admit students into this program, but no other courses, without meeting the other requirements of this policy. Results of TOEFL tests administered at Institutional Testing Centers are not accepted by colleges and universities other than the administrating institution. Information about the TOEFL and a testing schedule is available from the Testing Center, located on the Northeast Campus, by telephone at (918) 595-7534 or online at www.tulsacc.edu/Testing.

  1. Applicants seeking admission by transfer who have attended an accredited college or university for a minimum of 24 semester credit hours with passing grades shall be admitted on the same basis as other transfer students.
  2. Students who do not have the 500 TOEFL score may study English as a Second Language after taking the ESL Placement Exam. This test is free, but a testing appointment should be made in advance.  The exam can be taken at any of the following locations: Northeast Campus Language Center & ESL Department Office, NE 1521, (918) 595-7536; Southeast Campus, International Language Center, SE 1120, (918) 595-7750; Metro Campus International Language Center, MC 413, (918) 595-7309; West Campus International Language Center, WC 1244, (918) 595-8088; TCC Education Outreach Center, 2201 S Garnett Rd, Tulsa, (918) 595-2020.

III. Admission by Transfer from a State System Institution

An Oklahoma State System student who wishes to transfer to Tulsa Community College may do so under the following conditions:

Admission Requirements

  1. Provide official transcripts from each college/university previously attended and, if fewer than seven (7) credit hours have been completed at other colleges/universities, excluding credit hours completed as a concurrently enrolled high school student, a high school transcript with graduation date or passing the high school equivalency exam scores.
  2. A student under 21 years of age must meet the high school curricular requirements as indicated in Section I of this policy and have a grade point average high enough to meet TCC’s retention standards. (See the Policy for Continued Enrollment   in the Academic Information section of this catalog for retention standards.)

Academic Status of Transfer Students

  1. Transfer students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (as calculated by A, B, C, D, and F systems, 4.0 scale) will be admitted to Tulsa Community College in good standing.
  2. Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 average will be admitted to their first enrollment at TCC on academic probation or academic notice and will be expected to meet the standards for continued enrollment.
  3. Students returning to TCC after enrollment at another institution or institutions will be considered for admission based on academic records at all the college(s), including the grades earned at TCC.
  4. Disciplinary Probation or Suspension - Students on disciplinary suspension or social probation from another institution will not be considered until the suspension or probation is removed by the enacting institution or the student is accepted by the Admissions Committee.

IV. Admission of Nonresidents of Oklahoma

Admission of First-time Entering Freshmen

In order to be eligible for admission to any institution in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, a nonresident of Oklahoma (a) must be a graduate of a high school accredited by the appropriate regional association or by an appropriate accrediting agency of his/her home state, (b) must have participated in the ACT or a similarly acceptable battery of tests, and (c) must meet the high school curricular requirements outlined in Section I of this policy.

Undergraduate Students Entering by Transfer From Out-of-State College or University

Undergraduate students wishing to transfer from an out-of-state college or university to Tulsa Community College may do so as follows:

  1. Transcripts of record from colleges or universities accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)  will be given full value.  Each nonresident applicant must:
    1. be in good standing in the institution from which he/she plans to transfer;
    2. have made satisfactory progress (an average grade of “C” or better) in the institution from which he/she plans to transfer; and
    3. meet the high school curricular requirements outlined in Section I of this policy.
  2. Transcripts of record from degree-granting institutions accredited by organizations other than the HLC and recognized by the US Department of Education for the  purposes of accrediting institutions of higher education are subject to review and may transfer on a course-by-course basis.  Each nonresident applicant must meet the same conditions listed above for students transferring from a HLC accredited institution, and will also be required to validate the transferred credit by making satisfactory progress (an average of “C” or better) for at least one term.
  3. Any student who does not meet the criteria stated above may petition the Admissions Committee for further consideration.

Admission Procedures

I. First Enrollment at Tulsa Community College

Application for Admission

  1. An application is required for admission and should be submitted prior to expected enrollment.  The admission application is available online at  www.tulsacc.edu/apply
    • A twenty dollar ($20) one-time, non-refundable processing fee will be assessed with the first term’s tuition and fees.
    • Omission or falsification of information on the application is grounds for rejection of the application and/or disciplinary action against an enrolled student.
    • The Social Security number is used by Tulsa Community College for identification purposes only and will not be given out to any individual or agency (unless required by law or as provided for in federal regulations), without the student’s written permission. TCC will assign a student identification number, but will collect your Social Security number for business transactions and verification purposes. Students seeking Financial Aid must use their Social Security numbers.
  2. High school transcript, ACT, SAT, appropriate placement exam scores, and/or college transcript should be sent to TCC Records , Attn: Transcripts, Tulsa Community College, 909 South Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119 prior to enrollment. (See “Qualifications for Admissions”). Credentials submitted to the College will not be copied or returned. Credentials provided in person must be in a sealed envelope of the issuing institution and may be delivered to the Answer Center/Enrollment Services Office on any campus. 
  3. First-time entering college, degree-seeking students are required to participate in New Student Orientation (NSO) before they enroll in classes for the first time and are required to be assessed for placement in courses. (See New Student Orientation for details.) Note: This includes any new freshman who has participated in concurrent enrollment.

II. Re-admission After One Regular Term of Non-Enrollment

Application information is verified to update student information. Re-entering degree-seeking students must submit transcripts from each college attended since the last enrollment at Tulsa Community College, along with any credentials not submitted previously. Previous attendance at TCC does not mean a student was officially admitted to the College.

III. Admission After Suspension

Academic Suspension

Students who have been placed on suspension from Tulsa Community College may petition the Admissions Committee for admission after a one-term lapse in enrollment (not including summer). The student must:

  1. Complete the Petition for Re-Admission after Suspension form found on the TCC website.
  2. Provide official transcripts from all previous schools. The Re-Admission Petition and all supporting credentials must be received 30 days before enrolling.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Answer Center/Enrollment Services Office to verify all credentials are received.
  3. Upon receipt of the completed petition and all credentials, the request will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and the student will be notified of the results. (See the Policy for Continued Enrollment  in the Academic Information section of this catalog for more information.) 

Students suspended from another college or university may attend TCC immediately after academic suspension.

Academic Dismissal

In addition to the steps outlined above, Students on Academic Dismissal (Second Suspension) must submit a new application for admission. They must also provide the petition for re-admission, as well as official transcripts from all institutions attended, and must have attended another regionally accredited institution and achieved an overall retention GPA of 2.0 in order to be considered for re-admission.

Disciplinary Suspension

Students who have been placed on disciplinary suspension from Tulsa Community College must contact the Senior Student Affairs Officer for re-admission. All criteria outlined in the suspension letter must be met before a suspended student may apply for consideration of re-admission after disciplinary suspension.

Admission to Continuing Education (no credit/no degree)

Visit the Continuing Education and Workforce Development website at www.tulsacc.edu/ce for admission into the classes. There are no applications or application fees associated with our classes. Visit the website, pick out the classes you want and follow the easy steps to register and pay online. You can also call 918-585-7200 for assistance if needed. There may be some classes that have prerequisites associated with the class, but they will be noted in the class description.

Transfer Credit Evaluation and Prior Learning Assessment

Transfer Credit Policies

  1. Transcripts of record from colleges or universities accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will be given full value.
  2. Courses will be listed under the name of the transferring institution. Courses will be equated to TCC disciplines, course numbers, and credit hours, and the grade assigned will be the grade awarded by the transferring institution.
  3. Courses evaluated as semi-equivalent or a general elective will be accepted for transfer credit and may be applicable toward graduation requirements as elective credits.
  4. Courses evaluated with passing grades (P or S) will be accepted for credit.
  5. Transcripts of record from degree-granting institutions accredited by organizations other than the HLC and recognized by the US Department of Education for the  purposes of accrediting institutions of higher education are subject to review and may transfer on a course-by-course basis.
  6. Transcripts of record from degree-granting institutions not accredited by organizations recognized by the US Department of Education for the purpose of accrediting  institutions of higher education may be reviewed for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).  Course will be evaluated when applicable to the student’s degree program and when the College has had an opportunity to validate the courses or programs.  Please see below for additional details.

Prior Learning Assessment

Students who believe they are qualified to establish college credit as a result of previous training or experience should inquire about Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) options. PLA credit awarded for military training schools, business and industry, labor union, governmental agencies, and other non-collegiate learning shall not exceed the criteria or recommendations contained in publications of the American Council on Education.  A student must be admitted to Tulsa Community College and currently enrolled in TCC courses or eligible to re-enroll before credit is awarded and an official transcript is available.  Credit is limited to existing TCC courses in the curriculum for the student’s declared major. The combination of PLA credit and college transfer credit for degree or certificate requirements at TCC shall not exceed 75% of the total credit hours required for graduation. Students who establish credit through PLA will be assigned a grade of “S” on their academic record to indicate successful completion. 

Credit may be established in specific academic programs by the evaluation of documents indicating formal education, test scores, and/or transcripts relating directly to a specific course. These documents will be reviewed by the related academic school or designate and the resulting recommendation will be considered final. Contact an Academic Advising office for procedures.

Prior Learning Credit may be established by several different methods:

Departmental Examinations Offered by TCC

Currently or previously enrolled students who feel they are qualified for advanced standing credit by examination in an area not offered or administered through the CLEP program may attempt to establish credit through a departmental examination. Students seeking these examinations should inquire through an Academic Advising office on campus and may be required to have approval for the examination by the Dean or Associate Dean of the academic school for that subject area. The departmental examinations are written and scored by TCC faculty and are intended to measure competence comparable to what would be required if the student took and received credit for that course at TCC. A score equivalent to a grade of “C” shall be the cut-off score.

Fees for advanced standing examinations are listed in the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog. No refund of fees will be given for advanced standing examinations that are not passed.  More information about advanced standing examinations can be found in the Academic Advising office on each campus or online at www.tulsacc.edu/student-resources/testing-services.

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

This program enables high school students to take comprehensive examinations for credit at the college level. Inquiries concerning this program should be directed to the high school counselor and arrangements for taking the examination and scoring will be coordinated at the high school in which the student is enrolled. TCC does not administer the AP exam.  TCC will award college credit with qualifying scores in specified subject areas once the student is degree-seeking, currently enrolled or eligible to re-enroll, and has submitted a final eight-semester high school transcript or transfer transcript(s) for evaluation. Official AP score reports can be requested through College Board.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Tulsa Community College is a national test site for the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Examinations are administered in the Testing Center on the Northeast Campus. For a list of exams accepted at TCC or for minimum scores required for establishing credit through CLEP, contact an Academic Advising office or view online at www.tulsacc.edu/student-resources/testing-services.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Advanced standing credit may be awarded to a student who has taken “higher level” courses in the International Baccalaureate program and has scored at least a four (on a seven-point scale) on the higher level course examination. Students should request that official IB scores be mailed to TCC Student Completion Services, 909 S. Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119.

Military Training Experience

In evaluating armed services credit, Tulsa Community College follows recommendations of the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education. Credit for military service will be granted only for equivalent courses offered in the Tulsa Community College degree major declared by the student. Tulsa Community College may accept, modify, or reject military training credit depending upon the evaluation.  Transcripts are submitted to TCC through the Joint Services Transcript (JST) Operations Center.

For more information on Credit by Prior Learning Assessment, visit the Student Resources web page for Transfer Credit Evaluation and Prior Learning Assessment.

Official Transcripts - International Institutions (effective Oct. 1, 2019)

Official college transcripts from international institutions:

  • Must be evaluated and translated, if appropriate, by a third-party organization that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). World Evaluation Services (WES) is preferred.
  • A course-by-course evaluation by the credential evaluation service is required to determine U.S. equivalency
  • All international credentials must be recognized by the Minister of Education.

Evaluations should only be submitted directly from the credential evaluation service to TCC at records@tulsacc.edu or mailed directly from the service to Tulsa Community College, Office of Records, 909 S. Boston Ave., Tulsa, OK 74119. Hand-delivered evaluations will only be accepted by Answer Center/Enrollment Services staff if they are in the original, unopened envelope from the credential evaluation service.

Technical Transfer Credit Policy for Technology Centers

Tulsa Community College’s policies for evaluating, awarding, and accepting technical credit for transfer are consistent with the college’s mission and with the State’s focus on aligning coursework to ensure a quality education through common learning outcomes reviewed by faculty experts in the discipline.

Tulsa Community College may only accept transfer of technical credits from an Oklahoma technology center towards technical major degree requirements in a college technical certificate, an associate in applied science degree, or a technology baccalaureate degree in which Tulsa Community College faculty have documented expertise.

Transfer of technical credits from a technology center that is part of the Oklahoma Technology Center System will be evaluated using the Statewide Technical Course Articulation Matrix from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE). Academic credit earned for technical courses appearing on an official transcript from an Oklahoma technology center and listed on the Statewide Technical Course Articulation Matrix will be processed by Tulsa Community College’s Office of Admissions. The Office of Admissions will follow The Undergraduate Transfer and Articulation policy from the OSRHE.

Transfer of technical credits based on a different unit of credit than the one used at Tulsa Community College is subject to conversion before being transferred. Only official transcript and technical course evaluations based on the OSRHE Statewide Technical Course Articulation Matrix and processed by the Tulsa Community College’s Office of Admissions are official. Any preliminary reviews by campus personnel are unofficial and not binding, and subject to change.

Technical credits may be subject to minimum grade requirements as determined by the accreditation, licensure, or other programmatic requirements of Tulsa Community College.  Grades do not transfer in and are not calculated in the Tulsa Community College’s grade point average (GPA). A neutral grade of “S” will be recorded. Credits earned will be added to the student’s overall credit hours earned.

New Student Orientation

The first step on your successful academic journey is New Student Orientation.  You will gain information on a wide variety of critical topics, including searching for classes, payment options, accessing your TCC email, types of financial aid available, student support services, and much more.  All first time entering, degree-seeking students are required to attend New Student Orientation.  Transfer students who have earned more than seven credit hours are not required to attend New Student Orientation. 

Before attending New Student Orientation, there are certain milestones you must complete.  Steps to attend new student orientation:

  • Apply to TCC.
  • Turn in official high school transcripts, GED scores, and/or any college transcripts.
  • If you have not taken the ACT, or scored below 19 in reading or writing, or below a 20 in math, you will need to take a placement test.  For more information, visit an academic advising office.
  • Sign up for a New Student Orientation session.

Secure Payment:

  • If you plan on applying for student grants or loans, please complete the FAFSA and check your MyTCC Financial Aid Dashboard for outstanding documents.
  • If you will be paying out of pocket, ensure that you come to your New Student Orientation session with the ability to pay in full or to set up a payment arrangement.
  • If you are a Tulsa Achieves Student, complete the Tulsa Achieves Program Agreement form and your FAFSA.
  • For more information, visit www.tulsacc.edu/orientation

On-Time Enrollment

TCC has an On-Time Enrollment process.  This means that a student must be enrolled in a class prior to the first time the class meets.  Eligible class schedules may be adjusted by visiting Enrollment Services on any campus after the first day of class. 


Waitlist Feature

Students may add themselves to a waitlist if the desired course is full while attempting to enroll. Upon a seat opening students are given 24 hours to enroll after an email notification is sent to the student’s account. 

Proficiency Requirements

In compliance with the requirements of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE), all TCC students must demonstrate proficiency in English, math, and science before enrolling in college-level courses in these disciplines. Students must also demonstrate college-level reading competency before enrolling in General Education courses. ACT scores, SAT scores, appropriate placement examination scores, and qualified prior college coursework can be used to demonstrate proficiency.  High school unweighted grade point average may also be used to meet proficiency and placement requirements for math and English courses. Any degree-seeking, first-time college student who has not satisfied their proficiency requirements is required to enroll in and successfully complete COLL 1003 - College Success  or equivalent course within the first two semesters of attendance.

Students for whom English is a second language and who do not meet proficiency requirements for placement in English and Reading using methods above will be referred to the English as a Second Language (ESL) Department Office, an International Language Center, or the Education Outreach Center to take the ESL Placement Exam.    See Admission of Students for Whom English is a Second Language above for further information.

Withdrawal from Classes

Results of Withdrawing

  • A “W” or “Withdrawal” grade will be awarded on a student’s transcript for the courses from which the student withdraws.
  • The “W” grade will not affect the student’s GPA.
  • The Student may have financial aid repercussions for unsatisfactory academic progress and become ineligible for financial aid in the following semester.


  • Withdrawal deadlines for regular semester courses (16 week) or eight-week courses are published in the Academic Calendar .
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with any Enrollment Services Office regarding the deadlines for shorter courses.

Financial Aid Recipients

  • Students who withdraw from any or all courses may be required to have a recalculation of Federal Student Aid as of the date of withdrawal. As a result of the recalculation, the student may owe money to TCC.
  • Students who withdraw from one or more courses may affect their satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and may become ineligible to receive financial aid.
  • Students who receive scholarships, veteran’s benefits, loans, grants, and/or Tulsa Achieves are required to meet with a Financial Aid representative for advisement before withdrawing.

Process for Withdrawal

The withdrawal process has changed in recent semesters due to changes in financial aid requirements. It is understandable that it is not always convenient or possible to come into campus to withdraw, but due to some of these changes, it is highly recommended that students come to an Academic Advising office to discuss the potential impact of withdrawal.

In Person Process

  • Notify and discuss withdrawal with instructor.
  • Complete, sign and submit a TCC Request for Withdrawal to a TCC Academic Advising office. Forms are available in Academic Advising offices.

Off Campus Process

If it is not possible to come to a campus, students may download the TCC Request for Withdrawal located under Student Resources at www.tulsacc.edu. Read through the instruction sheet carefully, then fill out the first page of the form completely. Fax both front and back pages of the form to any TCC Academic Advising office. Fax numbers are listed on the form.  TCC will only process withdrawals that are requested on this form.

Make sure to initial where appropriate and sign and date under the “Student Responsibility” section. Also, remember to include a clear and legible copy of an official photo ID such as a Driver’s License or TCC Student ID and submit with your fax.  Withdrawals will not be processed without this form of identification.

If you receive financial aid and are enrolled in classes that have not started yet, make sure to sign and date under the “Affidavit of Enrollment” section.

Audit of a Course

Regular Course Audit

The student must complete the “Audit Contract” for each class being audited. The student and appropriate instructor must sign the form and the request to audit must be completed prior to the close of the withdrawal period for the specific class.  The student may revert from audit to credit only during the schedule adjustment period for the specific course. The auditing student must adhere to the instructor’s class attendance and participation requirements. A student not adhering to the instructor’s requirements may be withdrawn by the instructor for non-attendance. A grade of AU (audit) counts in hours attempted. Audited courses will not apply toward graduation requirements, or for financial aid or veteran’s benefits. For other options, see II. Special Admission Programs, Adult Admission section.

Audit for Oklahoma Residents Who Are Age 65 or Older and Desire a Tuition Waiver

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved a policy authorizing institutions of the State System to waive the fees for Oklahoma residents who are sixty-five (65) years of age, or older, for auditing of academic courses contingent upon space being available in the classrooms and laboratories housing such courses. Information relative to this program is as follows:

  • Enrollment is open on a space-available basis on the date the class begins. People will be allowed to enroll at TCC under this plan only after the regular enrollment period preceding each term and at times designated by the College. Enrollment is allowed only if the normal class limit has not been met. No class overloads will be allowed. Students must meet any proficiency requirements or prerequisites prior to enrollment.
  • Students must meet Oklahoma residency requirements as defined by the Oklahoma State Regents, be age sixty-five (65) or older, and must verify both residency and age (i.e., by presenting a valid birth certificate, driver’s license, etc.).
  • A maximum of seven (7) semester credit hours per regular term and four (4) semester credit hours in a summer term is allowed under this policy. If a student wishes to enroll in more than the maximum credit hours allowed, he/she must pay the regular fees for hours beyond the maximum.
  • Since audit is mandatory under the fee waiver, the Director of Enrollment Services signature will authorize the audit status in lieu of other College officials.

TCC Dual Admission Agreements

The Dual Admission program will allow students who are fully admissible to Langston University, Oklahoma State University, or Northeastern State University either as high school seniors or as transfers, to gain admission to Tulsa Community College and either selected institution at the same time. Dually admitted students are able to take full advantage of academic and student development programs and resources at TCC and on all campuses of the selected educational partner. Admission to the dual enrollment program is contingent upon meeting the admission requirements of LU, NSU or OSU. Applications are available through the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at LU Langston or Tulsa, Office of Undergraduate Admissions at OSU Stillwater, Northeastern State University, at the Enrollment Services Office on any Tulsa Community College campus, or via each institution’s Website.