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Apply as a First-Time-In-College Student

You're a first-time international student if you're a non-U.S. citizen who lives outside the U.S. and who has not attended any U.S. colleges or universities.

What are the deadlines to apply to TCC?

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: April 15

How do I apply to TCC?

You must submit all documents by the deadline. No late submissions will be accepted . No fax or previously made photocopies will be accepted.

To apply for admission to TCC, you must submit these documents:

  1. International Student ApplicationListen(PDF will open in new window) You must submit the paper application packet. You cannot apply online.
  2. Official transcripts 
  3. Passing language proficiency scores 
    • TOEFL:
      • Internet-based (71)
      • Computer-based (193)
      • Paper-based (525)
    • IELTS score (Academic):
      • Overall Band Score (5.5)
  4. Financial documents. These must be original, completely filled out and cannot be over 6 months old. Accounts must have a minimum balance of $22,036 U.S. dollars for a 9-month study, and $30,432 U.S. dollars for a 12-month study.
  5. Evidence of Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination (if new to TCC and under 22 years old). This can be conducted anywhere in the world and is valid for 5 years. Meningitis vaccinations are often cheaper in your home country that in the US, but you must bring proof that you received it. Learn more about our medical requirements.

Review our admissions checklist to make sure you have everything completed.

Submit your documents to the International Admissions Office or any campus Admissions and Registrar Office.


Which transcripts am I required to submit?

If you are a:

Secondary school or high school graduate from out of the U.S. who has not attended a college/university inside or outside of the U.S.

  • You must submit an official high school transcript.
  • You must have a professional evaluation of your high school transcript.

High school graduate from outside of the U.S. who also attended college/university.

  • You must submit official transcripts from all high schools and colleges/universities attended, inside or outside of the U.S.
  • You must have a professional evaluation of your high school transcript, minimum, to complete your admission.
  • A professional evaluation of your college/university coursework from outside of the U.S. is optional.

How can I have my foreign transcript evaluated?

Visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) to find a TCC-approved agency to evaluate your coursework.

How do I submit my transcript?

Find out more about submitting your official transcripts to TCC.

When will I know if I'm accepted?

Once we've received all of your documents, the application review process will take about 2–3 weeks to finish. You will then be contacted via email with an admission decision or a request for additional documentation.

What do I do next?

After you've been accepted, we will email you options on how to receive your original I-20 form and your acceptance letter. To receive your I-20 form, you can:

  • Have a friend/family member pick up the documents and mail them to you (we'll need their name)
  • Have the letter and form mailed to any address in the United States
  • Pick up the documents from our office
  • Send a proxy to pick up your documents. Fill out our Proxy Release formListen (PDF will open in a new window).

We do not offer international delivery services. If you have no friends or family near TCC to pick up your documents for you, eShipGlobal can send them around the world. Sign up and place your order through the eShipGlobal website.

After you're received your I-20 form, you will use this to apply for an F1 visa. Find out how to apply for F1 status.

What do I do when I arrive in the U.S.?

You must be in the Dallas/Fort Worth area 3 weeks before the first day of classes. The below items are required when you arrive in the U.S. and before registering for courses.

  • Originals of I-94, passport and visa (The International Admissions Office will need to make copies from original documents).
  • TSI Assessment/THEA scores: Passing Reading and Writing scores are required.
    • There is a $29 non-refundable fee for the TSI Assessment exam.
  • A degree plan of the major you are pursuing at TCC.
  • Proof of health insurance. This will be required before you're allowed to enroll. Health insurance must be purchased for the entire academic year and must show the coverage dates.
  • The email address you get when you set up your myTCC account. myTCC is the official TCC email system you will use while you're a student.

Once you've submitted these items, learn about studying at TCC and how to register for classes.

Have more questions?

Contact International Admissions

Updated September 20, 2017