All inquiries regarding admission should be addressed to:
Three Rivers Community College
574 New London Turnpike
Norwich, Connecticut, 06360
Telephone: (860) 215-9020
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 and may be printed from our website. To request an Application for Admission form, interested students should contact the Admissions Office. Applications are also available at all high school guidance offices in the College’s service area, and at the College’s Subase Office in Groton. An Application for Admission form is also provided in the back of this catalog.
Applicants who are new to Three Rivers may also apply online. Instructions are found in the Admissions section of the College’s home page at www.threerivers.edu.
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 pre-requisite 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)
- Complete the Application for Admission form (provided in the back of this catalog). 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.
- Submit proof of high school completion. 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 may submit other evidence of high school completion such as a photocopy of the original high school diploma in lieu of official transcripts. 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.
- Course placement in English and math. Advisement in course placement assesses the student’s basic skills in mathematics, reading and writing. Students may be required to schedule a computerized placement test or provide additional assessment criteria. Information about course placement in English and math is provided to new students at their new student Orientation* appointment, provided 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.
- Submit evidence of the immunization. Connecticut State Law requires all full-time students and part-time matriculating (degree and certificate seeking) students born after 1956, and enrolled in post-secondary schools 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 Immunization Form in the Admissions section of the College’s home page at: www.threerivers.edu.
- Admission to the Nursing Program requires the completion of special application materials available from the Admissions Office. For details, please see the Connecticut Community Colleges Nursing Program in the Admissions section of this catalog.
- All students must complete the admissions process before registration. Applicants are encouraged to complete the admissions and financial aid process at least 6 weeks prior to their intended first semester. After the new student orientation, new students attend a freshman advising seminar to learn more about planning their program of study and to register for classes.
- Transfer Students
Transfer students from another regionally accredited institution of higher education who wish to transfer credits to Three Rivers must follow the steps for new students. Transfer students may be required to take the computerized placement test or provide additional course placement criteria. 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 advisor. Unofficial transcripts or grade reports can be submitted for course placement and/or registration into higher level courses. More information on course placement is included in the Additional Admissions Information section of this catalog.
After registering for their initial semester at TRCC, degree seeking transfer students should have their official college transcripts sent to the Registrar’s office for an official transfer credit evaluation and to add these courses to their TRCC transcript. This will simplify online registration.
In addition, transfer students wishing to receive credit at Three Rivers for course work completed at another college or university, by CLEP or DSST (formerly DANTES), or through the military must request that an official transcript be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Once students are admitted into a degree or certificate program of study and registered for classes, their credits will be evaluated upon receipt of the official transcripts. For detailed information about receiving credit by transfer, see the General Academic Information section of this catalog.
Readmitting students are former Three Rivers’ students who are returning to Three Rivers after an absence of at least two years (excluding summer and winter intersessions). Readmitting students must complete and submit an Application for Admission form (provided at the back of this catalog) before they are able to register for courses. An application fee is not required if paid at the time of initial application to the College. In addition, readmitting students are encouraged to contact an admissions advisor to discuss how prior course work at Three Rivers or from other colleges attended may apply to current degree requirements. Readmitting students may be required to take the computerized placement test or provide additional course placement criteria if they have not previously tested and have not completed college-level English and math courses with a “C” grade or higher. More information on course placement is included in the Additional Admissions Information section of this catalog. Readmitted students must meet the immunization requirements and must have submitted proof of high school completion as described in this catalog.
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
Three Rivers is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students with a permanent residence outside of 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 visa (F-1 status) should contact the Admissions Office at (860) 215-9020 for more information at least six months in advance of the semester in which they wish to enroll. All admission application procedures must be completed no later than four months in advance, including:
- Submit a completed Application for Admission form with translated copies of a transcript or diploma that certifies high school graduation. A translation or statement of educational equivalency by an authorized official or foreign credentialing service may be necessary.
- Take the computerized placement test (CPT) to assess basic skills in English and mathematics and demonstrate 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 at the college. The computerized placement test is administered in person only at Three Rivers.
Applicants who have previously attended other U.S. Colleges or universities and have earned college-level credits including English and math with a “C” grade or higher may be waived from the CPT when they provide unofficial transcripts or prior college coursework. More information on course placement is included in the Additional Admissions Information section of this catalog.
- Submit evidence of the immunization requirements. Connecticut State Law requires all full-time students and part-time matriculating (degree and certificate seeking) students born after 1956, and enrolled in post-secondary schools 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 Immunization Form in the Admissions section of the College’s home page at: www.threerivers.edu.
- Submit proof of financial sponsorship or proof of ability to cover educational and living expenses in U.S. currency. International students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. In addition, they must pay the out-of-state tuition and fee rate in full prior to the start of classes. They do not qualify for federal or state financial aid programs.
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 pre-requisites. 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 860-892-5702 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.
The application period for the nursing program is November 1 - February 1 of each year. Applicants to the Connecticut Community College Nursing program (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, 2015 deadline. “College of First Choice” is the college that the applicant would most like to attend.
Applicants may select a second choice college at the initial time of application which will eliminate the necessity for the applicant to apply to more than one College. An applicant should only list the college(s) to which s/he would be willing to commute. Applicants who select Northwestern CT Community College as their first choice are required to list a second choice college on their application. (Please note: clinical sites could be within an hour radius of the college, and may require a mandatory parking fee.)
All application materials should 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, 2015. Late applications and transcripts will not be accepted. All applications that are completed by the February 1, 2015 deadline will be reviewed; applicants will be notified prior to May 1 as to their admission status.
Advisors/Counselors are available at each college to guide applicants through the application process.
All initial communication with students will be done through email.
Students are required to submit the following by the February 1, 2015 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.
- Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) common application (the application is only available online).
- Proof of high school completion.
- If the student is using their high school chemistry to satisfy the admission requirement, official high school transcripts are required.
- Official SAT I score reports, if applicable (see page 6 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.
- 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 semester prior to applying must submit transcripts that include their fall grades. Transcripts 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, official CLEP or DSST testing results and official AP scores from advanced placement courses regardless of the score or applicability to the nursing program.
Students who have attended or are currently attending one of the twelve Connecticut Community Colleges must submit community college transcripts from all previously attended Connecticut Community Colleges to the College of First Choice.
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.
- High School graduate or equivalent.
- A score of 40 or higher on the College Level Math portion of the Accuplacer; OR SAT I 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, 2015.
- 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, 2015.
- A passing score on the computer proficiency test++ 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, 2015.
- Connecticut Community College ENG*101: English Composition, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1, 2015.
- 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, 2015.
- 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, 2015 or completed during, but no later than, the spring semester of application year.
- 2.7 GPA - based only on the college courses that meet the nursing admission and nursing program curriculum requirements.
- TEAS V score. Applicants must have an adjusted individual total score of 53.3% or higher, and must be submitted by February 1, 2015.
+ “Five years prior” is defined as having completed the course between December 2008 and February 1, 2015.
++ Please refer to page 7 for additional information on the computer literacy requirement.
There may be prerequisite courses that must be successfully completed prior to taking the admission requirements. 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 or if the student has qualifying SAT/ACT scores.
TEAS V Standardized Admission Test for Nursing
Applicants must obtain an adjusted individual total score of 53.3% or higher on the TEAS V to be considered for admission. Scores from tests taken from February 5, 2011 to the present will 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 following Connecticut Community Colleges administer the TEAS V: Capital, Gateway, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern CT, Norwalk, Quinebaug Valley and Three Rivers.
For testing schedules and registration information, go to www.atitesting.com/ctccteas. 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 the application deadline.
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 ATI’s website at www.atitesting.com.
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:
||TEAS V score
Selection Process: Rank, Random, Waitlist
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 waitlist.
Waitlist: Applicants on the waitlist will be ranked using their original CT-CCNP rank number.
The waitlist 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 waitlist 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 waitlist 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 waitlist at their College of First Choice.
The waitlist will not carry over from year to year. Applicants who are not selected from the waitlist 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 Admission 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 Healthcare 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 Healthcare 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
College Career Pathways (CCP) is a federal dual-enrollment program that allows high school students to sample college level academic rigor while enrolled in high school, as well as earn college credit towards a future degree. Participating students enroll in a pathway of courses resulting in a college transcript from Three Rivers. The program requires students to complete a specified course in English, math, and science, as well as one or more courses in a designated career area.
There is a formal articulation agreement between Three Rivers and 24 area high schools throughout Eastern Connecticut. The pathway courses have been comprehensively reviewed by both TRCC faculty and the respective high school faculty to ensure college level academic rigor. All CCP courses are offered at the high school and taught by high school faculty. Students may receive both high school and TRCC college credit for these courses.
Up to 16 college credits may be earned by the end of the senior year of high school. A college transcript showing which credits they have earned will become available in the summer following their high school graduation. The college transcript may also be presented to other higher education institutions for possible transfer credit.
Students can apply as early as ninth grade by submitting an application form to their high school guidance offices. Forms are available with each high school’s guidance office or by contacting the TRCC program coordinator. High school students interested in this program should speak with their guidance counselor, call the Three Rivers College Career Pathways Coordinator at (860) 885-2600 or visit the CCP website at: http://www.trcc.commnet.edu/div_academics/careerpathways/careerpathways.shtml
Additional Admissions Information
After being admitted to the college, all new first-time students may be 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 advisor.
- 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 advisor, 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 pre-requisite 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.
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 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 K002 and ENG K012, ENG* K096 , COU 024, MAT 075, MAT 090, 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, 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 & 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 are advised to 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
- Veterans eligible under the new VRAP program must bring in their certificate of eligibility before they can be certified, and must be a full time student. If not eligible for the CT Tuition Waiver or Financial Aid, please be prepared to pay for classes in full.
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 reasonable 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; (617) 357-9620, or from the following website: http://www.nebhe.org/programs-overview/rsp-tuition-break/find-a-program/
In compliance with the Student-Right-To-Know under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA0), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), to inform current and prospective students and all other interested parties, reportable and disclosable information, the following link is provided: http://www.threerivers.edu/President/Inst_Research/HEA.shtml
Notice Of Non-Discrimination
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, 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. 860-215-9000.