After Admission

Placement Testing

Applicants to any program of study (degree, diploma, or certificate), CCPP high school students, are required to demonstrate competence in English, mathematics, and computer skills. Competence can be demonstrated in one of three ways:

Prospective students who do not meet the requirements of the Multiple Measures Placement Policy (MMPP) must take college placement tests to determine their college readiness. The content areas tested are Math, Language Arts, and Computer Competency. Test outcomes do not hinder college enrollment. Testing results determine the appropriate entry level courses.

A student study guide is available at:

For information regarding the testing hours on the Main Campus please call at (828) 837-6810. When you come to the Main campus for testing, please inquire at the Harper Help Desk for testing assistance.

For the Graham County Center testing hours call (828) 479-9256.

For information on the MMPP, see page 3 of the following link:

Tri-County is committed to the process of evaluating our students’ skills and placing them into classes in which they can succeed. Admission to the College does not imply immediate admission to the program desired by the applicant.

A student applying too late to complete pre-entrance requirements may be admitted as a provisional student. In such a case, all requirements must be completed in the first semester of attendance.


To promote rapid adjustment to the educational philosophy, programs, and standards of the College, new students are expected to participate in an orientation program. The objectives of the orientation program are:

  1. To acquaint the new student with the College, its facilities, resources, services, activities, policies, and organizations;
  2. To assist the student in taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by the College;
  3. To help the student develop effective approaches to the problems encountered by beginning college students.

All new degree-seeking students are required to attend an orientation session prior to the start of classes.  In addition, all programs at TCCC require students to take an orientation/student success course.  It is recommended that students take that course during their first semester.  These courses introduce the college’s physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication.

Course Load

A normal full-time course load for a semester includes both credit and non-credit registered work. The minimum number of hours required to qualify as a full-time student is twelve (12) semester hours. You may not take more than twenty-one (21) semester hours without the permission of your advisor. Permission to take more than a normal load is based on the student’s previous academic record, but will not normally be granted unless a GPA of at least 3.0 has been achieved.