How To Apply

How to Apply for Degrees & Certificates

Thank you for your interest in attending Three Rivers to pursue a degree or certificate! The admissions staff is here to answer your questions and help you achieve your educational goals.

(Are you interested in registering for a non-credit job training course? Then click here for the Workforce registration page.)

Get help from a Three Rivers admissions staff member!

Meet one-on-one with an Admissions Representative

You can meet with a Three Rivers Admissions staff member to discuss your program of interest and learn about the application process. Stop by our office on the first floor in the A Wing or make an appointment by emailing admissions@threerivers.edu.

Attend an Info Session, Event, or Tour

Visit our Info Sessions, Tours, and Events page and see what’s coming up. These are great ways to get a look at particular programs, see the college campus, learn about Financial Aid, and more.

Questions? Contact us.

Call us at 860-215-9116 or email us at:
General Admissions Questions: admissions@threerivers.edu
Nursing Questions: nursingadmissions@threerivers.edu

Apply Now Online

You can apply now by filling out our Admissions Application here.

Or, you can come to the Admissions Office (first floor in the A Wing) for help with the application process, and use one of our computers.

Winter, Spring and Fall applications are available October 1 and Summer applications are available March 1.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Completing the Online Admissions Application

Watch the video below, or read and/or download the Step-by-Step Instructions for Completing an Online Application (PDF).

Note: Please use recent versions of any of the following browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari (IOS and macOS only). Do not use Internet Explorer as it is unsupported, and some features may not fully work. 

Additional Information If You...

The nursing program has higher academic standards for acceptance than other Three Rivers degree programs, including additional mandatory testing (the TEAS test). Your completion of placement testing and a conversation with an academic advisor will help determine your suitability for this program.

To better understand the demands of the Three Rivers nursing program, please visit the Nursing Admissions page.

Are you unhappy at your current university or college? Are you considering transferring? Three Rivers can be the smart choice for you. It’s not too late to transfer for the upcoming semester. With our extensive degree options and the lowest tuition in Connecticut, transferring can give you a chance to find a major you love, feel more at home and save thousands on your education. Learn more here.

If you indicated during enrollment that you have earned prior college credits (either here or elsewhere) you will receive an email explaining what further information you need to provide, such as college transcripts. You will meet with an advisor who will review your previous college work and help you select classes — you may be exempt from some placement testing and fees.

You are a visiting or non-degree student if you are interested in enrolling in a credit course(s) at Three Rivers, but are not interested in pursuing a degree or certificate program here. Also, you are a visiting or non-degree student if you are taking a course at Three Rivers to transfer the credit to another college. You can enroll following the above options, or if you live out of the area, create an account and complete an Application for Admission as a non- degree seeking student.

You will need to provide proof of completing any prerequisite required for the course(s) you select; these prerequisites are listed in the course descriptions.

There are three ways that current high school students may enroll at Three Rivers; call our Admissions Office at 860-215-9016 for more information.

  • High School Partnership students: Check with your high school’s guidance office to see if your school participates in the High School Partnership Program, and to get the special application you will need. Your school’s guidance office can also provide you with details regarding placement testing, course availability, fees and costs, and other considerations. For further information visit the High School Partnership website.
  • Early admission: Select students may be enrolled in credit courses at Three Rivers prior to graduating high school. A letter of recommendation from your school counselor or principal is required, as well as demonstration of academic ability and personal maturity. Placement testing and all course prerequisites must be satisfied.
  • College Career Pathways (CCP) students: Check with your high school’s guidance office to see if this program is available: you may be able to take college-level courses for college-level credits within the familiar setting of your own high school. The content and workload of CCP courses are the same as courses offered at Three Rivers, but the instructors are those you know from your own school. For further information please contact the CCP program office at 860-215-9297 or visit The College Career Pathways website.

You may qualify for in-state tuition at Three Rivers even if you don’t live in Connecticut. Residents of Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island are eligible to take courses at the Connecticut in-state tuition rates. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont residents receive reduced out-of-state tuition rates through the New England Board of Higher Education program. Learn more about Three Rivers tuition and fees.

The Three Rivers community is very much enriched by our students who come from abroad. The process of international admissions is somewhat involved, so be sure you allow yourself enough time to gather all the necessary documentation well in advance of when you plan to attend. Learn more about the admissions process for international students.

As a Veteran, you qualify for benefits provided through the Veterans Administration, and may quality for other benefits such as tutorial services, federal and state financial aid and state tuition waivers.

We stand ready to provide guidance regarding eligibility requirements and the processes needed to access Veterans Administration educational benefits.

Learn more about Veterans educational benefits, how to apply, and more by visiting our Veterans page.

According to the U.S. Department of Education NCES, nearly one-third of all incoming freshman each year are first generation college students who are defined as learners coming from a family where neither of their parents or guardians have obtained a college degree. Students in this category often face obstacles their peers don’t experience, but with the right inside knowledge, they can be successful in their college career.

We’ve found an excellent webpage that is a great start — the First Generation College Student Guide. It provides information on financial aid, checklists, timelines, and more, helping you understand the challenges and unknowns while also offering concrete guidance, support and resources.

What's Next

Over 67% of our students qualify for financial aid and you may too. Visit our Financial Aid and Scholarship page for detailed information on your options, from Federal Student Aid, to state aid to scholarships. It’s all there.
May 1 – Recommended deadline to be eligible for maximum financial aid

By Connecticut law, full-time and part-time students in degree programs must meet certain immunization requirements. For more information, including exemptions, download and review the State Immunization Policy form (PDF).

Note: your enrollment process can continue while your proof of immunization is pending; however, proof must be provided before you can register for classes.

How to Submit Required Documents

After creating an account and completing your online Application for Admission, upload Immunizations and Proof of HS Completion documents to your application portal or electronically from your high school’s Counseling Office using Naviance.

Please note: when uploading your documents to your application portal, PDF files are the preferred file type, however, JPG & JPEG  are also acceptable. HEIC is the image format for newer Apple phones and is not an acceptable file type, as it cannot be viewed from our software.

A real time list of missing supplemental items and documents can be viewed by logging into your application portal. If you’ve forgotten your password, you can reset it on the sign-in page.

Proof of high school completion or equivalent is required for students seeking a degree or certificate, as well as students applying for financial aid. Please submit a copy of your high school transcript with graduation date, high school diploma, GED certificate or State High School Equivalency diploma.

Note: students seeking a degree or certificate, as well as students applying for financial aid must submit their proof of high school completion with their application before the enrollment process can begin.

How to Submit Required Documents

After creating an account and completing your online Application for Admission, upload Immunizations and Proof of HS Completion documents to your application portal or electronically from your high school’s Counseling Office using Naviance.

Please note: when uploading your documents to your application portal, PDF files are the preferred file type, however, JPG & JPEG  are also acceptable. HEIC is the image format for newer Apple phones and is not an unacceptable file type, as it cannot be viewed from our software.

A real time list of missing supplemental items and documents can be viewed by logging into your application portal. If you’ve forgotten your password, you can reset it on the sign-in page.

Course Placement

Every incoming student is assessed for Math and English skills, which may be evaluated in several ways:

  • Prior college courses: documentation of previously earned college-level credits may fulfill your requirement.
  • High school transcript: A copy of your high school transcript (preferred for course placement consideration),
  • SAT and/or ACT scores: if you took these tests, your scores will be included for placement consideration.
  • Schedule the Accuplacer Placement test by emailing Carolyn Prunier, cprunier@threerivers.edu.

How to Submit Required Documents

Upload Immunizations and Proof of HS Completion documents to your application portal or electronically from your high school’s Counseling Office using Naviance or your College Registrars Office using Parchment.

Detailed information on the course registration process will be provided in your acceptance letter.

Meet with an Adviser

Before you can register, you must schedule an appointment with an adviser. Please email TR-Advising@threerivers.edu and include your name, phone number and email address. An Adviser will contact you to assist you in selecting courses

Apply Outside Credit

After students register 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 classes to their TRCC transcript. Learn more here.

Tuition and Fees

Payment of fees is expected at the time of registration. Total tuition owed is payable by the payment date deadline specified by the college each semester. Your official financial aid award can be applied as payment. Payment plans are available if you register for 6 or more credits. Contact the Cashier’s Office for more information:

TR-businesslink@threerivers.edu