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Truckee Meadows Community College

Research the Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV. Learn about its admission requirements, associate's degree and certificate programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Truckee Meadows Community College

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) is a 2-year, public school based out of Reno, Nevada. The college initially operated under the name of Western Nevada Community College, an institution that was established in 1971 in Carson City. In 1979, Western Nevada Community College was divided and Truckee Meadows Community College was introduced to the community. Its independent launch made it the fourth community college to be approved by the Nevada System of Higher Education.

TMCC is mainly located in Reno but has more than 40 sites throughout the region that offer classes associated with the college. The Dandini campus in Reno opened in 1976 and has expanded over the years, resulting in the addition of the IGT Applied Technology Center in March 1999, the Meadowood Center in February 2003, the Nell J. Redfield Foundation Performing Arts Center in September 2003, and the TMCC High Tech Center at Redfield in September 2005.


The curriculum at Truckee Meadows Community College includes 5 academic divisions: the Division of Applied Industrial Technologies, the Division of Business, the Division of Liberal Arts, the Division of Sciences, and the Division of WebCollege. The following programs are offered by TMCC: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of General Studies, and Certificate of Achievement.

During the 2010-2011 school year, the majority of awards earned were related to the liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities (767 of 1,253 certificates and degrees earned in these fields). Web-assisted, hybrid, and traditional online classes are offered through TMCC's WebCollege. A number of degree programs may be completed entirely over the Internet. Other special academic programs offered by the college include college tech prep, dual enrollment, graphic communications workshops, internships, summer school sessions as well as continuing education opportunities for non-degree seeking students.


The open admission policy in place at TMCC allows students over the age of 18 who hold a high school diploma or GED to enroll at the college in pursuit of degrees and/or certificates. Students without a GED or diploma hoping to earn a degree are required to contact admissions.

Applications to attend Truckee Meadows Community College are submitted online. Once an application is received, students will receive confirmation of enrollment with the school within 7 business days. Individuals hoping for financial aid must have their FAFSA completed and submitted by July 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, and April 1 for the summer semester.

There are 3 placement test options: the SAT, the ACT, or the ACCUPLACER. Students with SAT or ACT scores available should submit the official test records to the admissions and records office. The completion of the ACCUPLACER test is mandatory for all other students. All students who reside within 50 miles of TMCC must also attend a new student orientation. The orientation takes about 3 hours and includes an academic advisement session.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The tuition and fee schedule at Truckee Meadows Community College is set by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents and is subject to change at any time. During the 2011-2012 school year, students who were residents of Nevada paid about $4,000 for tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Non-resident students spent around $10,800 for the same. TMCC participates in the WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) and special tuition rates may apply for WUE transfer students.

Grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment/work-study are accepted as forms of financial aid by TMCC. A variety of scholarship opportunities are offered by the Truckee Meadows Community College Foundation and may provide up to $2,000 per academic year in financial assistance to award winners. Foundation scholarship applications are available January 1 and must be received by the first business day in May to be considered for the fall semester.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's degree, less than 2-years certificate, less than 4-years certificate*
Religious Affiliation Not applicable*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsized city*
Student Body 11,131 undergraduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Programs of Study More than 50 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (550)
Less than 2-years certificate: General Studies (111)*
Graduation Rates For students who began studies in Fall 2007, 3% graduated within expected time, 17% within 150% of expected time, 23% in double the expected time*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size 2,043 students in Fall 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates From Fall 2010 to Fall 2011, 63% for full-time students and 43% for part-time students*
Decision Notification Date Applications will be processed within 7 business days**
Tuition (2011-2012) For tuition only, about $2,513 for in-state students and $9,308 for out-of-state students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving It) In 2010: Federal grants (47%), state and local grants (30%), institutional scholarship (4%), federal loans (26%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010: Grants or Scholarships: 42%; Federal loans: 21%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator; **Truckee Meadows Community College; ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions & Records: 7000 Dandini Boulevard, RDMT 319, Reno, Nevada 89512-3999
  • Phone: Admissions & Records: (775) 673-7042
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