Priority Enrollment to Begin Oct. 30

TCC is taking steps to ensure a more orderly enrollment period for the Spring 2018 semester with the implementation of Priority Enrollment beginning Oct. 30.

Spring enrollment will be staggered across three weeks, with students who are making progress toward degree completion rewarded with the opportunity to enroll earlier.

For instance, Priority Enrollment means that TCC students with 48 or more credit hours can enroll for Spring classes beginning on Oct. 30.  Students with 25 or more credit hours can begin enrolling on Nov. 6, while students with fewer than 24 credit hours must wait until Nov. 13.

Priority Enrollment should translate into a higher graduation rate as students nearing degree completion will have first access to needed classes, said Terri Alonso, dean of Student Affairs.

The implementation of priority enrollment demonstrates TCC’s commitment to core component 4.C. under the Higher Learning Commission’s criteria for accreditation, reflecting our, “…commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence, and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs.”

“Students who are near graduation and have a higher number of credit hours really need to have a good selection of courses,” Alonso said. “Allowing them to enroll first will allow them to make better progress toward their degree completion and ensure they can graduate on time.”

That’s important when up to 17,000 students are expected to enroll for the Spring semester.

For first-time students new to TCC, Priority Enrollment will mean little change because mandatory new student orientation requires a later enrollment period for them.

Priority Enrollment will bring an added benefit, as well. With enrollment spread over three weeks, fewer traffic jams should clog enrollment and advisement areas, Alonso said.

Concurrent enrollment for high school students is the only enrollment process that requires students to come to campus to enroll.

“That’s just an exception because they have so many requirements,” Alonso said.

For students advised by TCC staff, the Priority Enrollment initiative has caused few anxieties, she said.

For TCC advisement staff and academic deans, it’s a welcomed change.

“I just got off the phone with our advising leadership group,” Alonso said. “They are very excited to be able to offer our returning students with higher credit hours that priority and ensure they are on track for graduation. They want to give them every opportunity to enroll in the right classes.



Attention Employees:  Priority Enrollment begins October 30th

Please plan to attend one of the brief information sessions listed below to learn more!

If you are unable to attend, please see “The Week” – October 2nd Edition or email questions to





Tuesday, October 10th

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Northeast Campus Student Union South Meeting Room 2623

Thursday, October 12th

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Metro Campus Student Union Room 214 (East Lounge)

Tuesday, October 17th

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

West Campus Information Commons Room I208

Wednesday, October 18th

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Southeast Campus Building Eight Room 8148