All inquiries regarding admission should be addressed to:
Three Rivers Community College
574 New London Turnpike
Norwich, Connecticut, 06360
Telephone: (860) 215-9016
Visit www.threerivers.edu and click on “Admissions”
General Admissions Philosophy
Three Rivers maintains an open admissions policy and extends the opportunity for higher education to individuals who demonstrate the motivation and maturity needed to benefit from community college instruction. The College provides educational opportunities to people regardless of age, religion, racial or ethnic background or disabilities.
The College accepts all graduates of accredited high schools, individuals who hold a General Educational Diploma (GED), mature adults who demonstrate the ability to perform academically at a college level, high school students accepted for early admission or those participating in the College Career Pathways Program.
Applications are accepted year-round for fall, spring, summer and winter sessions. Applicants can apply online or download the Application for Admission from the college’s website. Instructions on how to apply to the college are found in the Admissions section of the College’s website at www.threerivers.edu and as described in this catalog under the How to Apply to the College section below. Applications are also available at all high school guidance offices in the College’s service area, and at the College’s off site Office located at the Naval Submarine Base, Groton, CT.
Admission to the College provides access to higher education and many other academic benefits. Academic excellence necessitates adherence to a code of standards. Course placement assessments and prerequisite courses help to maintain the integrity of the level of instruction in the classroom. Applicants who lack the necessary math or English backgrounds may be admitted with the understanding that they will take advantage of the College’s developmental courses in math and English prior to pursuing the curricula of their chosen programs.
Admission to the Nursing, A.S. is selective and governed by special admissions criteria as described in the admissions section of this catalog under Connecticut Community Colleges Nursing Program.
How to Apply to the College
Degree or Certificate Students
New Students (First Time Attending College)
Step 1: APPLY FOR ADMISSION
All students desiring to enroll in classes at Three Rivers Community College must complete an application for admission.
Download and Complete an Application Form. A $20 non-refundable application fee is required with a completed application form (if you have applied to another Connecticut Community College, you do not pay the fee again). High school seniors may take the completed application and fee to their high school’s guidance office to be mailed to the College. Address to the Admissions Office, Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, Connecticut, 06360.
Application for Admissions
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You will need a credit card to complete an online application. Former students or applicants of any Connecticut Community College do not need to pay the $20 application fee.
Recommended Application Deadline - Two weeks before the semester or session begins.
Please Note: Your TRCC Admissions Acknowledgment Letter, Acceptance Letter and other correspondence will be sent to the email address you provide on the Application.
Step 2: APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) using the Three Rivers Community College school code “009765”. You may complete the financial aid application at: www.FAFSA.ed.gov. Seven days after completing this process, contact the Three Rivers Financial Aid Office at (860) 215-9040 or log into www.my.commnet.edu to find out your eligibility status. Instructions for logging into myCommNet will be provided with your emailed acceptance letter.
Recommended Financial Aid Deadline - to be eligible for maximum grant aid is May 1.
Step 3: SUBMIT SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
Proof of high school completion or equivalent - Required for students seeking a degree or certificate, as well as students applying for financial aid. Submit a copy of your high school transcript with graduation date, high school diploma, GED certificate or State High School Equivalency diploma. High school seniors should request from their guidance counselors that a copy of their current transcript be sent to TRCC to assist in course placement. The final transcript should be sent after graduation. Students who have completed the high school equivalency test should submit a copy of their GED Certificate. Once an applicant has submitted official transcripts from another school, they become the property of the College and will not be returned to the student. This applies even if the applicant does not enroll.
Immunization requirements - Connecticut State Law requires all full-time and part-time matriculating (degree and certificate seeking) students born after 1956, and enrolled in post-secondary school to provide proof of adequate immunization against measles, mumps and rubella; and varicella (chicken pox) for those born in the United States after 1979, and for all those born outside the United States. Students must have two doses of each vaccine administered at least one month apart with the first dose given on or after the first birthday. For more information on the State Immunization Policy, including exemptions from this requirement, refer to the State Immunization Policy Form.
Course Placement for English and/or math - Course Placement is an assessment of basic skills in mathematics, reading and writing. Assessment for course placement may be necessary to help advisors assess readiness for college-level classes and assist in selecting appropriate courses.
Prior College: Students who have successfully completed college level English and math credits may fulfill the course placement requirement when they provide an academic adviser with unofficial transcripts of prior coursework.
SAT and/or ACT Scores (if available): Please submit your scores to the Admissions Office.
High School Transcript (required if you graduated within the last 5 years): Please submit a copy of your transcript to the Admissions Office.
Accuplacer Placement Test: Required for all new, first-time college students.
More information on course placement is included in the Additional Admissions Information section of this catalog.
NOTE: Three Rivers recommend that you provide us with these documents at the time of application, but we can begin the admission process if these items are still pending. However, all documentation must be received before you will be permitted to register for classes.
STEP 4: REGISTER FOR CLASSES
Payment of fees is expected at the time of registration. The total tuition owed is payable by the payment date deadline specified by the college each semester. An official financial aid award can be applied as payment. Payment plans are available for students registering for 6 or more credits. Contact the Cashier’s Office at (860) 215-9026 for more information.
Registration Deadline - Registration ends the day before the semester or session begins.
New, First-Time College Students - Must attend an Advising and Registration Workshop (for students only), to register for their first semester courses and learn about degree programs and strategies for college success. Once you have taken the placement test and submitted all supporting documents, you will be directed to sign up for an Advising and Registration Workshop and choose your classes. Advising and Registration Workshops may not be available for late applicants. Please visit the Welcome Center (Room A113) for information regarding late applications.
Transfer Students (those who have previously attended college) - Will meet with an adviser to review previous college work and select classes. Transfer students should bring copies of their prior college transcripts in order to facilitate the registration process. Detailed information on the registration process will be provided in your emailed acceptance letter.
After registering for their initial semester at TRCC, degree-seeking transfer students, from regionally accredited institutions of higher education, should have their official college transcripts sent to the Registrar’s Office for an official transfer credit evaluation and to add these classes to their TRCC transcript. This will simplify online registration. Official military transcripts should be sent to the Registrar’s Office as well. In addition, transfer students wishing to receive credit at Three Rivers for course work completed at another college, by CLEP or DSST.
- Readmitting Students (former Three Rivers’ students who are returning after an absence of at least two years) - An application fee is not required if paid at the time of initial application to the College. Readmitting students are encouraged to contact an adviser to discuss how prior course work at Three Rivers or from other colleges attended may apply to current degree requirements. Detailed information on the registration process will be provided in your emailed acceptance letter.
Note: Students seeking readmission who have been on academic or disciplinary suspension should refer to the General Academic Information section of this catalog.
- International Students (foreign student F-1 visa) - Three Rivers is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students with a permanent residence outside the U.S. but who wish to be in the U.S. on a temporary basis and hold an appropriate visa. Applicants for a student F-1 visa should contact the Admissions Office at (860) 215-9237 for more information.
Student Resource - The following page provides information on how to study in the United States and how to maintain your visa status: http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VISA PROCEDURES
Applicants for a student visa (F1 status) must complete the following procedures at least six weeks in advance of the semester in which they wish to enroll. Special circumstances may be considered on an individual basis.
The following documents must be submitted to the Admissions office:
Complete an Application Form (3 months prior to the start of classes is recommended) - Provide a valid email and include the $20.00 Application Fee (do not send cash).
Proof of High School Graduation: Attach a copy of the original diploma that certifies high school graduation. A translation or statement of educational equivalency by an authorized official or service may be necessary.
For Students Living with a Sponsor: Provide a notarized Affidavit of support by a sponsor who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident stating that he or she will assume responsibility for room, board and usual and emergency expenses. If the student depends on funds from a source outside the United States, it may be necessary to determine if restrictions exist. Copies of bank statements which certify that sufficient funds are available to cover tuition, fees, living expenses and books for at least one year must also be submitted.
For Students Living Independently: Provide proof of your ability to cover educational and living expenses in U.S. currency. Copies of bank statements which certify that sufficient funds are available to cover tuition, fees, living expenses and books for at least one year must also be submitted.
Immunization: Connecticut State Law requires that all full-time degree and certificate seeking students enrolled in post-secondary schools be adequately protected against measles, mumps and rubella; and varicella (chicken pox) for those born in the United States after 1979, and for all those born outside the United States. Students must have two doses of each vaccine administered at least one month apart to insure adequate immunization. Please refer to the Immunization Form for more detailed information on this requirement.
English Proficiency: Three Rivers does not provide qualified intensive English as a second language instruction. For this reason, all international F-1 students must have sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to enroll in a full-time program, in college level courses. All new students are required to take a computerized placement test to assess basic skills in English and mathematics and demonstrate English proficiency. The computerized placement test or Accuplacer, as this test is known, is administered in person only at Three Rivers.
Placement Test: Your email address will be the official mode of communication for scheduling the placement test. Once your Application for Admission to the college has been processed you will receive an email on how to schedule the placement test. An Admissions Adviser will receive a copy of your test and will contact you with your next step. Refer to the Testing Center/Placement Testing page for more information on this requirement and how you may be eligible for a waiver.
Passport: Provide a Copy of your passport with expiration date including attached I-94 or if applicable, a copy of previously issued I-20.
Three Rivers Community College does not have dormitories available for students. Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements.
Foreign Students on Student Visas do not qualify for Financial Aid.
Foreign Students on Student Visas are required to enroll in a full-time program of study each semester.
For more information on International Students refer to the Admissions section of the College’s home page at www.threerivers.edu.
Non-degree students are those who are taking credit courses but are not working towards a degree or certificate at Three Rivers. Persons applying as non-degree students must complete the required Application for Admission form. A $20 nonrefundable application fee must accompany the completed application form. The application fee will be waived if it has been submitted to another Connecticut Community College. Non-degree students are ineligible for financial aid and some veterans’ benefits.
College transcripts may be required when non-degree seeking students wish to enroll in courses that have prerequisites. Applicants admitted as non-degree students may subsequently become degree candidates by complying with the degree seeking student requirements and completing a Program Change form available from our website or from the Admissions Office.
At Three Rivers, non-degree students generally include students pursuing credit courses for personal interest or skill development for career advancement, college students that are home for the summer, students fulfilling requirements for other colleges, and senior citizens.
Non-degree students may be required to take a computerized placement test or provide additional course placement criteria. Information about registering for classes is sent to new non-degree students with their acceptance letter. The acceptance letter is sent to the email address that the student provides on the Application to the College. More information on course placement is included in the Additional Admissions Information section of this catalog.
Non-degree students must provide proof of immunization when they register for 12 or more credits in a semester. For more information on the State Immunization Policy, including exemptions from this requirement, refer to the Immunization Form in the Admissions section of the College’s home page at: www.threerivers.edu.
Connecticut Community College Nursing Program
Capital Community College, Gateway Community College, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Norwalk Community College, Three Rivers Community College
Students seeking admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing program must fulfill nursing admission criteria to qualify for this selective admission program. These criteria are in addition to the general admission policies of the college.
Students accepted into the Associate Degree in Nursing Program begin in either the fall or spring semester. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the nursing program.
However, students may enter the college at any time to prepare for this program as General Studies, pre-nursing students. Prospective nursing applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a nursing information session to learn more about this selective admission program. Call Nursing Admissions at 860-215-9056 for dates and times of upcoming sessions or visit the College website at www.threerivers.edu and select the link for admissions, and then nursing admissions.
Nursing Application Process
Applicants are required to complete a common nursing application. The nursing application is only available online and can be accessed through Banner Self Service. Applicants must have an eight-digit banner number (first eight digits of the NetID) in order to access the application. Applicants who do not have a banner number must first complete a general college application at their college of first choice and be accepted into that college before a banner number is issued. advisors/Counselors are available at each college to guide applicants through the application process.
The application period for the nursing program is November 1 - February 1 of each year. Applicants to the CT-CCNP must complete the online nursing application and submit all required documentation to the Admissions Office at the College of First Choice by the February 1, 2016 deadline. “College of First Choice” is the college that the applicant would most like to attend. All items received after this date will be marked late and the applicant will not be eligible for admission.
It is recommended that applicants use a PC rather than a Mac when attempting to access the online application. Please make sure your browser allows pop-ups. Do not use a smart phone to submit your application. Recommended browsers are Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.
Applicants may select a second choice college at the initial time of application. An applicant should only list the college(s) to which s/he would be willing to commute. (Please note: clinical sites could be within an hour radius of the college, and may require a mandatory parking fee.)
You do not need to wait for your fall course grades or TEAS results in order to submit your nursing application; however all application materials (including all final official transcripts) must be sent to the Admission Office at the College of First Choice and must be postmarked to the College of First Choice no later than February 1, 2016. Late applications and transcripts will not be accepted. All applications that are completed by the February 1, 2016 deadline will be reviewed; applicants will be notified prior to May 1 as to their admission status. Notification regarding admission into the program is done through Self Service.
No acceptance letters will be mailed.
All initial communication with students will be done through the applicant’s community college email address. Applicants that have not activated their community college email address should go to http://www.ct.edu/netid for more information.
Students are required to submit the following by the February 1, 2016 deadline:
General College application submitted to the college of first choice (separate from the nursing program application) with application fee of $20.00 for first-time applicants to any of the twelve Connecticut Community Colleges.
Online CT-CCNP application.
Official high school transcripts* or high school diploma indicating date of graduation, General Educational Development (GED) diploma, or State High School Equivalency diploma. If the applicant is using high school chemistry to satisfy the admission requirement, official high school transcripts are required.
Official SAT and/or ACT score reports, if applicable (refer to the Admissions Requirements section for clarification).
Official College/University transcripts from ALL colleges ever attended (including all CT Community Colleges), regardless of the age of the transcripts and applicability to the nursing program.*
Official TEAS V results, if not taken at a CT Community College.
Official AP, CLEP, DANTES and other military transcripts must be submitted if the applicant is using one of these tests to meet a specific admissions requirement. See page 10 of the Nursing Information Packet for additional information.
Proof of immunizations - consult with your college of first choice for current immunization requirements.
* All transcripts must be final transcripts. Students taking courses in the fall or winter semester must submit transcripts that include their fall and winter grades. All transcripts (including those with course withdrawals, course failures, and remedial/developmental courses) must be submitted regardless of the age of the transcripts and applicability to the nursing program. This includes any college credits earned while in high school.
Students who have attended or are currently attending one of the twelve CT Community Colleges must submit community college transcripts from all previously attended Connecticut Community Colleges to the College of First Choice. Please complete an e-transcript request for each college in Banner Self-Service. No deadline extensions will be given to applicants who fail to submit required transcripts from the CT Community Colleges by the application deadline.
A student who has received a grade of failure (F) or unsatisfactory in the clinical component of any course in a health career program is not eligible for admission into the CT-CCNP. A “health career program” is defined as any nursing or allied health program whose curriculum has both a classroom and clinical component.
Proof of high school completion.
A score of 40 or higher on the College Level Math portion of the Accuplacer; OR SAT Math score of 550 or higher; OR a score of 22 or higher on the ACT Math test; OR Connecticut Community College MAT*136 or 137, or equivalent or higher, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1, 2016.
One year of high school Chemistry with a lab or Connecticut Community College CHE*111 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher, completed within five years prior+ to application deadline of February 1, 2016.
A passing score on the computer proficiency test (taken at your college of first choice)++ or completion of Connecticut Community College CSA*105, CSA*106 or CSC*101 or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1, 2016.
Connecticut Community College ENG*101: English Composition, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1, 2016.
Connecticut Community College BIO*211: Anatomy and Physiology I, or equivalent, with a grade of C+ or higher, completed within five years prior+ to application deadline of February 1, 2016.
Connecticut Community College BIO*212: Anatomy and Physiology II, or equivalent, with a grade of C+ or higher, completed within five years prior+ to application deadline of February 1, 2016 or completed during, but no later, than the spring semester of application year.
2.7 Nursing GPA- based only on the college courses with grades that meet the nursing admission and nursing program curriculum requirements. The Nursing GPA is a calculation specific to CT-CCNP applicants and may differ from your college GPA. (please note: if an applicant is using a course from a Fresh Start semester to meet a nursing admission or program curriculum requirement, that course will count in the calculation of the applicant’s Nursing GPA.)
TEAS V score. Applicants must have an adjusted individual total score of 53.3% or higher, and must be submitted by February 1, 2016. Test scores will be valid for three years from the testing date (Feb 1, 2013 - Feb 1-2016).
+ “Five years prior” is defined as having completed the course between December 2010 and February 1, 2016.
++ Please refer to the Computer Literacy section below for additional information on this requirement.
There may be prerequisite courses that must be successfully completed prior to taking the courses required for admission. Challenge exams may exist for certain admission requirements. Please consult with your College of First Choice for additional information. Students should complete the required Accuplacer computerized placement test. The placement test may be waived for students who have prior college English and/or mathematics credits.
Applicants must demonstrate computer literacy as an admissions requirement in one of the following ways:
Proficiency Exam- a comprehensive test designed for those who are very proficient in computers. If you question your skills, take the appropriate class or attempt the test early so you can register for the appropriate computer course if needed well in advance of the application deadline. Proficiency tests have limited scheduled times and are not given on a “on demand” basis. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the college of first choice for future scheduled times. The computer proficiency exam is non-transferable and can only be taken at the college of first choice.
Successful completion of CSA*105/CSA*106: Introduction to Software Applications or CSC*101: Introduction to Computers (or equivalent) with a grade of C or higher.
The TEAS V is a multiple choice test that evaluates essential academic skills: math, science, reading, and English. It is recommended that applicants review biology, chemistry, and math content in preparation for taking the TEAS V. The test will take approximately 3 ½ hours to complete. Applicants cannot reschedule their test date. Testing fees are non-refundable.
Applicants must obtain an adjusted individual total score of 53.3% or higher on the TEAS V to be considered for admission. Tests taken prior to February 1, 2013 will not be accepted.
Applicants may retake the TEAS V as many times as desired. The CT-CCNP will use the applicant’s highest TEAS V score when determining eligibility.
The TEAS V is administered at Capital, Gateway, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern CT, Norwalk and Three Rivers. If the TEAS V is taken at a site other than one of the Connecticut Community Colleges, applicants must have official results sent by ATI to the College of First Choice by February 1, 2016. All community college testing sites will be charging a proctor fee in addition to ATI’s registration fee. More information on the proctor fee is provided at: Three Rivers’ Teas Testing web site
For testing schedules and registration information, go to www.atitesting.com/ctccteas. Applicants must have an account with ATI and select a CT-CCNP college as their “Institution” of choice in order to register for the TEAS. Applicants must log into their ATI account in order to see available testing dates within the community college system.
A study manual for the TEAS V is available through www.atitesting.com. Online practice tests are also available through ATI. For additional information about the TEAS V, please visit www.atitesting.com.
The Nursing GPA is calculated by the Admissions Office at the College of First Choice. Nursing GPA is based only on the college courses with grades that meet the nursing admission and nursing program curriculum requirements. The three required science courses (BIO*211, BIO*212 38 CHE*111) must have been taken within the past five years (December 2010 -application deadline of February 1, 2016).
If an applicant is using a course from a Fresh Start semester to meet a nursing admission or program curriculum requirement, that course will count in the calculation of the applicant’s Nursing GPA.
High School Chemistry will not be calculated in the Nursing GPA.
For a list of acceptable courses that will meet the CT-CCNP’s humanities/fine arts elective requirement, please see www.ct.edu/files/pdfs/nursing-electives.pdf.
If a student repeats a course, the highest grade received will be used in calculating the student’s Nursing GPA.
Formula for Computing Ranking
Eligible applicants who meet all of the application and admission requirements are assigned a rank number. Rank numbers are computed by the following formula:
25% = TEAS V score
25% = BIO*211 (Anatomy and Physiology I) grade
50% = Nursing GPA
Selection Process: Rank, Random, Wait-list
Rank Selection (75%):
All eligible applicants will be ranked by the CT-CCNP. Each college will fill 75% of their seats by rank.
Random Selection (25%):
Common pool of remaining applicants will consist of all students who were eligible for the program, but were not selected through rank selection. Students will be placed on a list for their College of First Choice and will be selected for that college in random order until the college is full.
Applicants will be considered for random selection at their second choice college if that college has space that wasn’t filled through its own random selection process. Once all colleges are filled, the remaining applicants will go onto a wait-list.
Applicants on the wait-list will be ranked using their original CT-CCNP rank number. The wait-list will be divided into six separate lists based on the College of First Choice. When openings occur, applicants will be selected (in rank order) from the wait-list at that college and offered the nursing seat. Applicants who refuse an offer from their college of first choice will be removed from consideration for the current academic year.
In the event that a college’s initial wait-list is exhausted, applicants choosing that college as their second choice will be rank ordered and offered spaces as they become available. An applicant can refuse the offer of a space at their College of Second Choice and go back onto the wait-list at their College of First Choice.
The wait-list will not carry over from year to year. Applicants who are not selected from the wait-list will need to submit a new application if they want to be considered for admission to the nursing program the following year. Students would need to contact the Admissions Office at the College of First Choice to see what application information is still on file.
Before being permitted to participate in clinical experiences, all students must have on file a health and immunization assessment by a Health care Provider which documents fitness to participate in the clinical area. This is to be documented per the instructions on the Health Assessment Form (available on the College Website on the Nursing Resources Page). All students must demonstrate proof of current Basic Life Support Certification as a Health care Provider through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Clinical experiences are provided at various community hospitals and other health care facilities within the broader Eastern Connecticut community. In addition to regular tuition and fees, nursing students incur additional expenses such as: uniforms, nursing textbooks and supplies, nursing lab fee, cost of required standardized testing and transportation to clinical settings.
Please note that all nursing courses currently use an Internet based Course Management System that requires computer access and several specific software programs. If you have questions regarding computer requirements, please call the Nursing Division office at (860)215-9301.
College Career Pathways Students
The College Career Pathway program (CCP) is a concurrent, or dual enrollment program administered by Three Rivers Community College (TRCC). Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning college credit at the time they successfully pass the course. Concurrent enrollment also facilitates close collaboration between high school teachers and college faculty that fosters alignment of secondary and post-secondary curriculum. The CCP program allows credits you earn in high school to be applied toward your college education. These college credits can be applied toward a program of study at TRCC OR another college or university.
CCP courses are taught during the regular high school day by qualified high school teachers who have been certified as adjunct instructors for TRCC by corresponding academic departments. CCP courses taught by high school instructors are as rigorous as the TRCC on-campus counterpart. TRCC and each high school collaborate to ensure the content, assignments and assessments of CCP Courses are the same as courses offered on the TRCC campus. CCP students become a TRCC student once enrolled in a CCP course at their high school. As such, CCP students are given access to all college supports such as the Donald R. Welter Library, the tutoring center and fitness centers.
Additional Admissions Information
After being admitted to the college, all new first-time students are required to complete an assessment of basic skills in mathematics, reading and writing. Assessment for course placement may be necessary to help advisors assess readiness for college-level classes and assist in selecting appropriate courses. Students then use this information to make decisions about the number of courses they will take, the sequence in which courses are taken and long-term educational planning.
Assessments for Course Placement in English and Math
- Prior College or University Students who have earned math and/or English credits may fulfill the course placement requirement when they provide unofficial transcripts of prior coursework to an academic adviser.
- All SAT and/or ACT Scores may be considered when determining Course Placement. Please submit your scores to the Admissions Office.
- High School Transcript - With the assistance of an academic adviser, students can use their current high school transcript to assist with course placement.
- Other Assessment Tests - You may be required to schedule a computerized assessment test to assist with Course Placement for English and/or math.
Note: Degree recipient status is not an automatic exemption from prerequisite standards.
First Year Experience Course
Many of TRCC’s programs of study require new and/or first-time college students to take the First Year Experience course (IDS K105 ) in the first or second semester of their college program, or before attaining 12 credits. This course is designed to engage students as active participants within the college environment. Students will have the opportunity to acquire academic skills, attributes, awareness of self as a learner, and to engage with the resources and activities within the Three Rivers Community College community.
Admission to English as a Second Language Courses
English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at Three Rivers Community College are designed to serve the needs of non-native speakers of English who have already attained basic fluency in English. These courses have been developed to enhance students’ fluency in English. Students are placed in these courses through multiple assessment including placement test scores.
Admission to Developmental Courses and Courses with Embedded Support
These courses are designed to help students whose academic skills need development before they take required courses in their plan of study. Students needing skill development in mathematics or English courses are required to complete specific courses determined by multiple assessment, including placement test scores, prior to enrolling in college-level course work. These courses are designed to give students the foundational skills that are fundamental to successfully completing college-level courses. See ENG* K096, MAT 095 and MAT* K095I in the Credit Course Description in this catalog.
Veterans and Reservists
- Veterans and other students eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits must complete the College’s application procedures for degree or certificate programs. In addition, such students MUST contact the VA Representative, Terri DeBarros at (860) 215-9235 or firstname.lastname@example.org to complete the VA’s application form. Those students who have served on active duty must also submit copies of their separation papers (DD214). Reservists eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606 38 1607) must contact the College VA Representative and supply the Notice of Basic Eligibility form in order to file for benefits.
See the Tuition, Fees and Refunds Information section for specific dates and times of service to determine eligibility. Connecticut tuition waiver may apply to some veterans. You do not have to be in a degree or certificate program if you are only going to use the tuition waiver. Married veterans who are eligible for Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) benefits and have remaining entitlement from old GI Bill (Chapter 34) benefits must have their marriage certificate and birth certificates of any children certified by either the Veterans Administration or the College VA Representative. Spouses and dependents who will be receiving transferred benefits under the Post 911 GI Bill, MUST also contact the VA Representative to complete the process.
Since Veterans Administration benefits only cover courses which do not replicate any previously earned credits, students receiving VA benefits must have their official military and/or educational transcripts submitted for an evaluation of Military Learning.
- Vocational Rehabilitation - For information, students should contact the Veterans Administration in Newington, CT at 800-827-1000
Veteran’s Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 provides the following students eligibility for in-state tuition.
* A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
* A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
* A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
* For more information please visit www.benefits.va.gov
Students with Disabilities
Three Rivers Community College welcomes students with disabilities and strives to make their college experience successful. Students with documented disabilities have access to academic adjustments in accordance with all state and federal laws. Disclosure of a disability is voluntary. A confidential disabilities disclosure form is sent to all newly admitted students. Students who submit a self-disclosure form will receive a letter indicating the name and phone number of the student’s disability service provider, requesting that they contact the disability service provider to arrange an appointment. Elevators are available and special parking areas and entrances are conveniently located near the elevators.
Regional Student Program of the New England Board of Higher Education [RSP/NEBHE]
Each New England State admits qualified out-of-state New England residents to its public, degree-granting two-year colleges providing that the students are eligible by either of the following rules:
Rule 1: When a degree or certificate program is not offered at an in-state institution, a qualified student may enroll at any participating out-of-state institution offering that program.
Rule 2: When a degree or certificate program is offered at both in-state and out-of-state institutions, and the out-of-state institution is closer in traveling time to a qualified student’s legal residence, then the student may enroll out-of-state. Upon admission into a degree or certificate program at Three Rivers, qualified out-of-state students pay the in-state tuition plus a 50 percent surcharge. Additional information about the program may be obtained from the Three Rivers Admissions Office or from the New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111; (857) 284-4879 or (617) 357-9620, or from the following website: www.nebhe.org/tuitionbreak
Student Right-To-Know Act
In compliance with the Student-Right-To-Know and campus Security Act of 1990 (Public Law 101 542), graduation, transfer, still enrolled, and combined success rates for all first-time, full-time degree or certificate seeking freshman, are provided to inform current and prospective students and all other interested parties.
A link to the Student-Right-To-Know reports for all colleges in the CT Community College System is provided below:
Student Right to Know
Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination
Three Rivers Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Equity and Diversity Officer, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT 06360. 860-215-9486.
For more information, refer to the Equity and Diversity web page