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TACOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE,International Student eBrochure, Reach Higher
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Why TCC?
  • Low cost, high quality, transferable education
  • No TOEFL/IELTS required
  • Easy online application
  • I-20 issued in 2 business days
  • Free tutoring services
  • Excellent student support
  • Safe, beautiful location ideal for studying


Established in 1965, Tacoma Community College (TCC) is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges as a 2-year public college. For the past 5 years, TCC has ranked in the top 5 community colleges in Washington State and top 50 community colleges in the United States.

Fast Facts
  • 8500 Students / 400 International Students from 40 countries
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 23 to 1
  • Costs: Click Here
  • Important Dates: Click Here
  • Climate: Tacoma has four distinct seasons with mild winters and warm summers
“TCC provided me with endless opportunities from working closely with the international department to becoming involved with extracurricular activities and serving on the Student Senate.”

Jennifer Yu – China

Discover Discover Tacoma

Located near Seattle,

Tacoma is the 3rd largest city in Washington. The area is rich with cultural diversity and many recreational activities. Our climate allows for visits to the beach, boating and hiking in summer as well as skiing and snowboarding in winter.

TCC's campus puts you near Downtown Tacoma, close to theaters, museums, cafés, waterfront restaurants, outlet malls, and a vibrant international district.

TACOMA ranked

4th safest city

in the US

Forbes Magazine 2009

Tacoma Discover Tacoma
  • 45 minutes south of Seattle
  • 20 minutes south of Sea-Tac International airport
  • 10 minutes away from:
    • - Titlow Beach
    • - Point Defiance Park, Zoo & Aquarium
    • - University of Washington - Tacoma
    • - University of Puget Sound
    • - Chambers Bay Golf Course

2 hours from Portland, Oregon & 3 hours from Vancouver, Canada

The Tacoma-Seattle area has one of the strongest economies in America and is home to companies like Amazon, Boeing, Google, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Starbucks.

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about living in Tacoma
Academic Programs, Guaranteed University Transfer Admissions, Click Here to see the full list

TCC offers:

  • 2 + 2 University Transfer Degrees
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • High School Completion
  • Customized Short-Term Programs
  • Professional/Technical Programs

TCC has over 50 college transfer areas of study.

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University Transfer Success!

TCC Graduates have been accepted to:

Arizona State University - #139

Cornell University - #15

Drexel University - #83

Georgia Institute of Technology - #36

Indiana University - #83

New York University - #32

Ohio State University - #56

Saint Louis University - #92

Stony Brook University SUNY - #92

Texas A&M University - #65

University of Buffalo SUNY - #106

University of California Los Angeles - #24

University of California Riverside - #101

University of California San Diego - #38

University of Florida - #54

University of Illinois - #46

University of Kentucky - #125

University of Maryland - #58

University of Michigan - #29

University of Minnesota - #68

University of Nebraska - #101

University of Oregon - #115

University of Utah - #125

University of Washington - #46

Washington State University - #125

…and many more!

US News & World Report 2013 College Ranking Index

(Note: Results include tied rankings for some universities)

"At TCC, I learned about American culture and met people from all over the world. The advisors at TCC were happy to assist students with their academic and professional plans. This support helped me transfer to the University of Oregon and continue my studies."

Kristina Logvinenko - Khabarovsk, Russia Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance Tacoma Community College, Class of 2011 University of Oregon, Class of 2013

"TCC embraced me with many resources, knowledgeable staff and faculty, and friendly peers. In this environment, I became more confident, proactive, and goal-oriented, which helped me focus on my studies and eventually transfer to UW Seattle."

Yu Yao (Jennifer) - Weifang, China

Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Tacoma Community College, Class of 2013 University of Washington, Class of 2015

International Student Services International Students Services International students have access have to all of TCC’s services & facilities:
  • State-of-the-art Library
  • Writing & Tutoring Center
  • Reading & Study Skills Center
  • Business Education Center
  • Math Advising Resource Center (MARC)
  • Computer Assisted Learning Lab (CAL)
  • Cafeteria and Web Café
  • Fitness Center
  • Campus Book Store

The International Programs team

is dedicated to giving you every opportunity to reach your goals at TCC and beyond. Our warm, friendly, and highly trained staff is here to assist you with class selection, advising, adjusting to life in America and advocating for your future success.

Meet our International Programs Staff Check out TCC’s International Newsletter
International Students Services


Our international student housing office offers many services to help with your move to Tacoma and finding accommodation:

  • Homestay program
  • Apartment and House rental referrals
  • Assisting with parent and relative visits
  • Airport pickup
  • New student orientation
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Student Life

Campus activities are a great way

for international students to make friends, learn about American culture and gain new experiences outside the classroom. There are many opportunities to participate such as clubs, sports, student government, school newspaper and community service projects

Get Involved!

  • International Student Organization
  • Environmental Club
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Photography Club
  • Drama Club
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Latinos Embracing Diversity
  • Student Nurses Organization
  • Native American Student Union
  • Asian Pacific Islander Club
  • Multi Ethnic Culture Association
  • Hip Hop Club
  • Science Club
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