New Students


Follow these steps for admission to NCTC for New Students.


1. Application for Admission:


Apply for Admissions through Apply Texas or print a NCTC Admissions Application in PDF format. Please submit your application as far in advance of registration as possible. See Registration Dates for this year. (An application may also be picked up from admissions at any NCTC campus.) Note: When applying through Apply Texas, choose North Central Texas College Gainesville Campus in the drop down box, you will apply to Gainesville but you may attend any of our locations with this application. When filling out a paper application you may bring the application to any of our locations.


Admission to NCTC does NOT guarantee admission to NCTC specialized programs such as Nursing and other Health Sciences programs, etc. The specialized programs offered by NCTC have additional qualification requirements. Students interested in pursuing a specialized program at NCTC should consult the Catalog or Department Chair.


Notice: If you are a Returning Student or Transfer Student, visit the Returning and Transfer Student page for more information. If you are a International Student, visit the International Student page for more information.



2. Transcripts:


Submit with your application an official copy of High School Transcript; or Notarized Home School Academic Record; or Documentary proof of GED Certification; or Official copies (in English) of complete academic records along with a general evaluation of those documents. Evaluations will be accepted from World Evaluation Services (WES) or International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc. (IACEI) The evaluation must indicate the applicant has completed a minimum of the equivalent of a high school education/diploma in the U.S. for admission to NCTC. You may submit these documents in person or through the mail to any of our locations.


  • If you attended another college or university, you will be required to submit official copies of all transcript(s).



3. Proof of State Residency:


Some applicants may be  REQUIRED to provide documentary proof of residence. This would require completing the NCTC Residency Questionnaire  and documentation from Set 1 or Set 2.


(To claim Texas residency for tuition purposes, you must reside in Texas for the previous 12 months prior to enrollment, and you must have moved to Texas for reasons other than education.)



Proof of In district residency


Note: Acceptable documentation required to prove in-district (Cooke County) residency or to substantiate Texas residency may include one of the following:


1) Current Texas Drivers license ; OR


2) Provide a utility bill in students name which has been mailed to the address at which the student is claiming residency.


Because the tuition rate a student is charged is based on whether he/she lives inside/outside the college district, state, or U.S., all applicants for admission are REQUIRED to furnish documentary proof of what they claim to be their place of residence.




Students who were previously admitted, but did not officially enroll, must submit a new application for any future semester.



4. Test Scores:


PRIOR to enrollment, official proof of your Texas Sucess Initiative (TSI). Submit official TSI scores or an official college transcript bearing TSI scores. For test dates and locations.


TSI Placement Scores accepted by NCTC (must be submitted on an official college transcript)










39 or higher





60 or higher





64 or higher

Sentence Skill - 80









TSI exemption test scores accepted by NCTC





19 - English

19 - Math

23 - Composite


500 - Verbal

500 - Math

1070 - Combined


2200 ELA w/
3 writing sub score

2200 Math

Must be 11th grade
Exit-Level scores



5. Meningitis Vaccination:


Vaccination requirement applies to anyone under the age of 22 as follows:

o   All first-time freshmen

o   All new transfer students

o   All returning NCTC students who have had a break in enrollment of at least one Fall or Spring semester

o   All new dual credit students enrolled in a course being taught on an NCTC campus

Documentation will be required prior to registration, please review Additional meningitis information.For more information please visit the State of Texas Department of State Health Services web page.




6. College 101:


Orientation is required prior to registration for all college students enrolled at NCTC for the first-time (& all previous dual credit). You have two options for completing College 101:



All tests are used to assess your college readiness and do not determine your admission to NCTC.


Students who do not meet the above scores are required to take college preparatory courses.


  •   In-person College 101


These are offered on a weekly basis at each campus. No reservations required! Students can also meet with advisors immediately after completing Orientation in order to receive assistance with planning their class schedule. Walk-In College 101 sessions offered at each campus.


  •   Online College 101


Access the online version of College 101


You can complete it at home, at NCTC lab computers on any campus, or anywhere else you have access to the internet.  It takes at least one hour to complete the online version, and you must score 80% on the final quiz to meet your College 101 requirement and be eligible to register for classes.