How To Enroll
Degrees and Certificates
If you are enrolling to pursue a two-year degree, a credit certificate, take college credit classes and/or eventually transfer to a four-year program, continue the read the enrollment instructions on this page.
Please be sure to complete your application at least two weeks before the semester or session begins. Your acknowledgement and acceptance letters will be sent to the email address you provide — keep an eye on your inbox!
Three Ways to Enroll
A credit/debit card is required to complete the online application (as well as a valid email). However, former Three Rivers students or applicants of any Connecticut Community College do not need to pay the $20 application fee.
Online enrollment is available for:
- first-time college students
- students with prior college experience (transfer in or re-admit)
International Students: see below
You can Download the enrollment application (pdf), include all the required information and the $20 application fee payment by check.
Three Rivers Community College
574 New London Turnpike
Norwich, CT 06360
If you need help completing your application, please come to the Admissions Office/Welcome Center. You can download and fill out our application (PDF) or complete one in person.
Over 65% 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.
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.
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: your enrollment process can continue while your proof of high school completion is pending; however, proof must be provided before you can register for classes.
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: all students who graduated high school within the last five years must provide their transcript.
- Accuplacer Placement Test: all new, first-time students are required to complete this test.
- SAT and/or ACT scores: if you took these tests, your scores will be included for placement consideration. Please submit a copy of your scores to the Admissions Office.
- Students who have taken the SAT within the past 5 years may be waived from the English portion of the Accuplacer placement test if the following test scores are met:
Test date prior to March 2016:
Critical Reading OR Writing Section Score : 450 or higher
Test date March 2016 or later:
Reading Test Score: 25 or higher
Writing & Language Test Score: 26 or higher
Note: If you are a new first-time college student and your SAT score meets the English placement test waiver, you will need to schedule the “math only” portion of the test.
Learn more about our Testing Center.
Detailed information on the course registration process will be provided in your acceptance letter.
Registration: Once you have met all of the above requirements, and you are ready to register, you can meet with an advisor to select courses. Walk-In Advising and Registration Hours
New, First-Time college students – After placement testing, you will be invited to meet with an academic advisor to register for your first semester and learn about our degree programs and strategies for your college success.
Transfer or Readmitted college students (those who have previously attended college) will meet with an advisor to review previous college work and select classes. Transfer/Readmitted students should bring copies of their prior college transcripts in order to facilitate the registration process.
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.
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 at (860) 215-9026 for more information.
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 TRCC, 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 TRCC to transfer the credit to another college. You can enroll following the above options, or if you live out of the area, use the Combined Application and Registration Form.
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 860-215-9237 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 may qualify for benefits beyond those provided through the Veterans Administration. These may include:
- Tutorial Services
- Federal and State Financial Aid
- State Tuition Waiver
We stand ready to provide guidance regarding eligibility requirements and the processes needed to access Veterans Administration educational benefits.
Learn more about how to apply for Veterans’ Educational Benefits.
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.