Oct 03, 2022  
2012-2013 College Catalog 
2012-2013 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Admission Requirements

Admission Policy

Admission into a degree or diploma program requires an admissions application, application fee, and proof of graduation from a regionally accredited or state recognized high school, home school, private school, correspondence school or a State Department of Education GED.  Current high school seniors are admitted provisionally for one term until appropriate documentation of graduation is provided. Students holding an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college may submit official college transcripts in lieu of the high school credential. Applicants without a high school/GED credential may be admitted into a certificate program.

Enrollment depends upon a sufficient reading score on the College placement test or proof of successful completion of a college-level English course.  See the “Placement Testing” section of the Catalog for additional details. 

Minimum Age for Admission

Students must be seventeen years of age to be admitted into an associate degree, diploma, certificate program, or as a transient or non-degree student. Students under the age of 17 must meet with the Dean of Enrollment Management or designee for an assessment interview to determine eligibility for admission.

Program Students

Students seeking admission to an associate degree, diploma, or certificate program must:

  • Submit an admissions application at www.tctc.edu/apply.
  • Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit final, official transcripts:
    • High school, home school, or GED
    • College(s) attended

Students must take the placement test prior to enrollment.  See the “Placement Testing” section of the Catalog for additional details. 

Returning students who have not attended within the past year must submit an admissions application. Admissions will notify students of any missing requirements.

Some programs have additional curriculum-specific requirements.  Students should review the appropriate section of the catalog for more information on the academic program.


Transient Students

Students planning to transfer one or more courses to their home college with no intention of graduating from Tri-County must:

  • Submit a transient admissions application at www.tctc.edu/apply.
  • Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit a completed Transient Coursework Approval Form to Student Records.

Non-Degree Students

Students planning to take courses with no intention of graduating from Tri-County and with no intention of transferring courses to their home college must:

  • Submit a non-degree admissions application at www.tctc.edu/apply.
  • Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee.

Students must take the placement test prior to enrollment.  See the “Placement Testing” section of the Catalog for additional details. Students must satisfy all course prerequisites. To register for any courses with prerequisites, provide proof of prerequisite course completion to the appropriate Tri-County department or meet any required placement test scores.

Dual Enrollment Students

Students seeking admission to take college courses while in high school must:

  • Submit a dual enrollment admissions application at www.tctc.edu/apply.
  • Complete the Dual Enrollment Permission Form with the appropriate signatures.

Students must take the placement test prior to enrollment.  See the “Placement Testing” section of the Catalog for additional details. 

International Students

International students seeking F-1 student visa status must complete all admission requirements by the following deadlines:  Fall Semester - June 1, Spring Semester - November 1, Summer Semester - March 1.  Transfer students from a college, university, or language school in the U.S. must complete admission requirements at least 30 days before the desired semester begins.  F-1 visa applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an international admissions application at www.tctc.edu/apply.
  2. Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit a certified English translation of secondary school records, including evidence of graduation.
  4. Send certified English translations of the final, official transcripts from any post-secondary colleges or universities attended. If the institutions are located outside the U.S., submit a professional credential evaluation from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), www.naces.org. If requesting transfer of credits, a course-by-course report is required. The report must be sent directly from the evaluation service to Tri-County’s Admissions Office.
  5. If you are from a country where English is the official language, you are considered to be proficient in English.  Otherwise, choose from one of the following options:
    • Send TOEFL scores from the Educational Testing Service (www.ets.org/toefl, Tri-County’s code: 5789). Minimum TOEFL requirements: score of 61 on internet-based (iBT); total of 500 with a minimum score of 50 on each of the three sections on the paper version.     
    • Take the IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6.0 (www.ieltsusa.org). 
    • Submit an official report showing successful completion of an English language program in the U.S.  For example, an official report from ELS Educational Services showing completion of ELS level 109. For more information, visit www.els.com.
    • Send transcripts from other colleges or universities in the U.S. showing completion of appropriate English courses at the 100 level or higher with a minimum grade of “C.”
  6. Provide proof of health insurance coverage for the first year in the U.S.
  7. Complete and submit the International Financial Certification Form and provide proof of financial support by choosing one of the following options:
    • A certified bank statement showing at least $19,750 (U.S. dollars) available for the first year of study.   
    • A notarized affidavit of support (Form I-134) from a U.S. citizen claiming financial responsibility. 
  8. Pay a deposit of tuition for two terms ($7,944). Tuition rate is based upon 12 credit hours per term and is subject to change without notice. The deposit is refundable before the term starts. 

Send all correspondence along with a copy of the biographical page of your passport to Tri-County Technical College, Attn: International Admissions, Post Office Box 587, Pendleton, SC 29670.  Once the international admission process is complete, an acceptance packet is mailed that includes the I-20 Form, which is used to apply for the F-1 student visa. 

Additional Requirements for International Students

Before registering for classes, international students must:

  1. Take the College placement test. Students who transfer from other colleges or universities in the U.S. and have completed appropriate English and math courses with at least a grade of “C” may be exempt from taking the placement test. See the “Placement Testing” section of the Catalog for additional details.
  2. Make an appointment with the International Student Advisor in the Admissions Office to ensure all immigration and admission requirements are fulfilled.

While attending the College, international students must maintain F-1 visa status.

  • Full-time enrollment is required each fall and spring semester. In order to be considered full-time, students must register for, and stay enrolled in, a minimum of 12 credit hours.
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours each fall and spring semester must be taken on campus, not online.
  • Before dropping any classes or changing the academic program of study, students must meet with the International Student Advisor.
  • Make normal progress towards completing the program of study by finishing courses before the completion date on the I-20 Form.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement provides information about F-1 student visa requirements on its website at www.ice.gov/sevis.

Placement Testing

Developed by American College Testing (ACT), the COMPASS test is an untimed computer-adaptive placement test which measures skills in reading, writing, and math. Even though COMPASS is a computer-based test, very little computer skills are necessary to complete the test. COMPASS is not a pass/fail test. The purpose of placement testing is to make sure students have the necessary skills in reading, writing, or math to be successful in achieving their educational goals.

Placement testing is not required for admission to Tri-County, but students (except transient students) must take the placement test prior to enrollment. Students may not be required to take the COMPASS test if they have completed college courses in English and math at the 100 level or higher with a minimum “C” grade or if they have previously taken COMPASS or ASSET at their high school and have sufficient scores. COMPASS placement test scores are valid for three years. Students who are unsure if they need to take the COMPASS test should contact Admissions to determine if placement testing is required.

SAT, ACT, or other standardized test scores cannot be substituted for the placement test. The COMPASS placement test is given in the Assessment Center in Miller Hall on the Pendleton Campus. Testing hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The COMPASS placement test is also given on a limited basis at the Anderson, Easley, and Oconee Campuses. For further information about testing schedules call 864-646-1300.

A picture ID is required for placement testing. Acceptable forms of identification are a state-issued picture ID (a driver’s license for example), a military ID, or an official school ID (high school or college). Use of a scientific or ACT-approved graphing calculator is allowed during COMPASS testing. To prepare for the test, view sample questions, and review calculator guidelines visit www.tctc.edu, click on the links Admissions and Placement Testing.

Students who have completed an Application for Admission and paid the application fee will not be charged for initial COMPASS testing. If a retest is needed or requested during a three-year period, one may be taken at a cost of $10. An academic advisor or the Assessment Center can help determine if retesting is needed. Other fees are applicable to complete placement testing or to have test scores sent to another institution.

Alternative placement testing for students with disabilities is available as approved by the College’s Disability Services Coordinator, Pendleton Campus, Student Center, Suite 155, 864-646-1564.

For more information about placement testing, call 864-646-1300.


The College offers “Get Ready” orientation sessions for all new, transfer, and readmitted students prior to the start of each semester.  The “Get Ready” orientation introduces students to the College experience, informs them about resources and services they will use as Tri-County students, and facilitates their transition into their chosen academic program.  Students admitted to the College may register for orientation via their electronic Tri-County (eTC) account under the “Get Ready” tab. Orientation registration instructions are provided to admitted students in their admissions materials.  The “Get Ready” orientation sessions are held on a variety of dates at multiple campuses and typically take up to three hours.  As part of orientation, students meet with academic advisors for course planning and course registration.  For more information, contact Orientation Services, 112 Miller Hall, Pendleton Campus, 864-646-1502, or send an e-mail message to orientation@tctc.edu.

In addition to the “Get Ready” student orientation, some departments offer orientation or information sessions specific to their programs. The appropriate departments will notify students as applicable regarding orientation or information sessions for specific programs.