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Tulsa Community College

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About Tulsa Community College

Tulsa Community College (TCC) is a public, 2-year school located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When TCC opened its doors in 1970, it had an enrollment of less than 3,000 students. Since then, the school has grown to become Oklahoma's largest community college. TCC now operates 4 campuses in and around Tulsa and has a yearly enrollment of nearly 30,000 students. It also produces more degree earners than any other community college in the state. In 2012, more than 2,200 students were awarded an associate's degree. TCC attained a top 30 spot nationwide for associate's degrees awarded by 2-year schools in the 2012 rankings for Community College Week.


TCC is organized into 8 academic divisions and offers associate's degrees and certificates. Despite the wide range of programs, from theater arts to professional pilot aviation, TCC's philosophy is to stress a general education course of study and augment that with specialized courses in a student's major.

TCC has articulation agreements with all of Oklahoma's 4-year colleges and universities. Students who have earned an A.A. or A.S. degree at TCC are assured of having their general education credits fully transfer to a public, 4-year school.

Hundreds of online classes are available. Some courses are 100% online, while others may require students to do some on-site work. The school is also equipped with interactive television classrooms, which allow students on one campus to take and participate in classes from one of the other campuses. In addition to television classrooms, TCC has its own cable TV channel and Internet radio station.

Each of TCC's 4 campuses has a library. Together they house roughly 100,000 volumes and an additional 50,000 e-books. The libraries also offer over 50 databases and online research guides. Students at any campus have access to all the resources of all 4 libraries.


TCC is an open enrollment institution. Applicants are required to submit the school's application and a $20 processing fee. Students who are 20 years old or younger must submit ACT or SAT results. There are curricular requirements for students seeking an A.A. or A.S. degree. Generally, the college requires the student to have taken 4 years of English, 3 years of a lab science, 3 years of math and 3 years of history. Students lacking the requisite prior work in the core subjects can be admitted to the college provided that they remove the academic deficiencies within their first 24 credit hours. Deficiencies can be removed either through remedial classes or by testing.

Applicants over age 20 can be admitted through the adult admissions system, which does not require an ACT score or specific prior coursework. Adults admitted in this category must still demonstrate to the school's satisfaction the requisite proficiency in the courses they plan to take.

The school can award college credits to students who have taken a CLEP exam or who have participated in an AP program. Advanced standing can also be gained through departmental exams and prior extra-institutional learning.

Each of TCC's 4 campuses maintains an admissions office. Admission applications and test scores should be submitted directly to the admissions office of the campus the student plans to attend. Applications are accepted by mail, fax, online or in person. All application materials should be submitted no later than 10 days prior to registration.

In fall 2011, TCC's enrollment was about 20,154. Part-time students accounted for 61% of all undergraduates. Females represented 62% of the student body. Sixty-three percent of the students were white, and 55% were 24 years old or younger. Over 90% claimed Oklahoma as their residence. The teaching faculty at TCC included 305 full-time and 843 part-time instructors.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Being a public community college, a student's legal residence is a major factor in the cost to attend TCC. As of 2013, tuition for Oklahoma residents was $76.22 per credit hour. The tuition for non-residents was $257.03 per credit hour. In addition to the basic per-credit hour tuition, all students incur fee charges. Some fees, like the Student Activity Fee ($5.15), are charged per credit hour, while other fees, like the Student ID Card fee ($5.00), are charged per semester. Specific courses also have fees for which a student may be liable. In general, the school estimates an in-state student would pay a minimum of about $102 per credit hour for tuition and fees in 2013.

In 2012, the cost of books and supplies were estimated to be $1,150 per year. Off-campus room and board can cost roughly $9,700 per year. Travel and other miscellaneous expenses could run about $2,300 per year.

TCC offers several different financial aid packages to help students with the costs of going to college. Federal, state and Native American tribal grants are available and based on financial need. Students may also apply for a variety of institutional and private scholarships as well as federal student loans. The school participates in the federal work-study program. A tuition payment plan is also available.

School Type 2-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, less-than-one and less-than-two year certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 20,154 students, all undergraduate in fall 2011-2012*
Student Housing No on-campus housing*
Schools and Programs 8 academic divisions *
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Business administration, general (356)
Less-than-1 year certificate: Health aide (42)
Less-than-2 year certificate: Child development (72)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 4% in normal time
12% within 150% of normal time
18% within 200% of normal time (students beginning in 2008)**
Entering Class Size About 4,000 first-time freshmen in fall 2012*
First-Year Retention Rates 55% for full-time and 34% for part-time students (2010-2011)**
Application Due Date Applications are due 10 days prior to registration*
Tuition (2013) 2013 costs are $76.22 per credit hour for OK residents; $257.03 per credit hour for non-residents (does not include student fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011:
Grant or scholarship (53%)
Pell grant (37%)
Federal student loans (27%)**
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 85% in 2011

Sources: *Tulsa Community College, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Tulsa Community College, Conference Center, 6111 East Skelly Drive, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135
  • Telephone: (918) 595-7000
  • Website: www.tulsacc.edu

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