Tacoma Community College

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $10,000 — $15,000 Year

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Setting


  • Type of Housing


  • Social Media

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Reach Higher! 

Located near Seattle, Tacoma is the 3rd largest city in Washington State. Tacoma Community College (TCC) has consistently been ranked as one of America’s top 50 Community Colleges.  In 2010, we were ranked as the #1 Community College in Washington State.  The area is rich with cultural diversity and many recreational activities. Our climate allows for visits to the beach, boating and hiking in summer, and skiing and snowboarding in winter. TCC’s campus puts you near the heart of Tacoma, close to theaters, museums, cafés, waterfront restaurants, outlet malls, and a vibrant international district.

Why Should You Choose TCC?

  • No TOEFL/IELTS score required
  • Low cost, high quality, guaranteed transferable education
  • Easy online application
  • I-20 issued in 2 business days
  • Free tutoring services
  • Excellent student support
  • Safe, beautiful location ideal for studying
  • Exceptional home stay program
  • Total enrollment: 9,000
  • International students:  nearly 400, from more than 40 different countries
  • Student Clubs

Academic Programs

Established in 1965, TCC is fully accredited by The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities as a 2-year public college. We offer:

2-Year Associate Degrees for University Transfer

2 years at TCC + 2 years at a University = American bachelor's degree*

University Transfer Programs allow international students to complete the first 2 years of coursework at TCC and then transfer to universities around the U.S. to finish their bachelor degree.

TCC offers guaranteed university transfer to more than 20 partners including California State University-Northridge, California State University-San Marcos, Washington State University, Gonzaga University, Concordia University, Lewis & Clark College, Montana State University, Oregon State University, University of Washington-Tacoma and many more!

TCC graduates have been accepted at schools such as Arizona State University (#139), Cornell University (#15), Drexel University (#83), Georgia Institute of Technology (#36), New York University (#32), Saint Louis University (#92), University of California Los Angeles (#24), University of California, San Diego (#38), University of Washington (#46) and many more!

*Note: some high-impact degrees take more than 4 years to complete. For example, specialized degrees in fields like medicine, law, engineering, and nursing.

Professional & Technical Programs

Earn an American Associate Degree and Start Your Career!

TCC offers professional and technical programs in 15 areas of study, including health care, computing and technology, business and management. Individual certificates and specializations are also available to help you begin a fulfilling career.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Learn English at TCC! The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program helps students to improve their English proficiency while also preparing them with the academic skills to succeed in an American college environment.

Advanced EAP classes earn college-level credit, which may apply directly to your associate degree. Students can also take other college level classes while completing advanced EAP classes.

Fast Track - High School Completion (Dual Degree)

Save time and money! International students enrolled in the High School Completion program take college level classes at TCC that count for dual credit. These credits lead to a Washington State high school diploma and TCC associate degree for university transfer at the same time.

Located Near Seattle

Tacoma Community College (TCC) is located in Tacoma, Washington, a large, beautiful city in the Pacific Northwest, just 35 minutes south of Seattle, 2 hours north of Portland, Oregon and 3 hours from Vancouver, Canada. Tacoma is a safe and friendly place to live and study!

Ideally situated in the south Puget Sound region, TCC’s campus is between Seattle and our state’s capital Olympia. Tacoma is at the center of a diverse cultural, recreational and commercial environment. The Tacoma-Seattle area has one of the strongest economies in the United States and is home to companies such as Amazon, Boeing, Google, Microsoft, Nintendo and Starbucks. 

The temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest, with warm sunny summers and cool winters, allow visits to the beach, boating and hiking in summer, and skiing and snowboarding in winter.

TCC’s main campus is close to theaters, museums, coffee houses, waterfront restaurants, interesting shops and a vibrant international district. Our campus has an information technology building, learning resource center, a new science & engineering building, art gallery, student center, fitness center and gymnasium, athletic fields, children’s center and much more!

International Student Services

International students have access to all of TCC’s services and facilities including state-of-the-art library, writing and tutoring center, reading and study skills center, business education center, math advising resource center, computer assisted learning lab, cafeteria and web cafe, fitness center and campus book store.  

Our warm, friendly, and highly trained staff is here to assist you with class selection, advising, and adjusting to life in the United States!


International Student Services and Programs will also assist with your move to Tacoma, WA. Our housing team can assist with the following: 

  • home stay program and placement
  • apartment and house rental referrals
  • assisting with parent and relative visits
  • airport pickup
  • new student orientation

Campus Activities

TCC offers a variety of activities for international students to make friends, learn about American culture and gain new experiences outside the classroom, including clubs, sports, student government, school newspaper and community service projects. 

Tacoma Community College offers excellence, innovation and diversity.  These values define the Tacoma Community College experience. 

To download our app, see videos featuring international students and learn more, please visit us at: http://www.tacomacc.edu/internationalstudents/

Tacoma Community College

6501 S. 19th St.
Tacoma WA 98466
P: 253.566.5290
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