Establishment of Kolej Tunku Kurshiah (initially known as Maktab Perempuan Melayu) has been recommended by Yang Berbahagia Dato Sheikh Ahmad Al-Haj bin Sheikh Mustapha, State and Federal Government meetings Sembilan State on June 13, 1939. At a meeting of the Kings for the associated States (Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang) DYMM Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah Alhaj Sir ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Sulaiman Shah Alaidin, D.M.N., D.K. (Brunei) K.C.M.G., also It has been suggested that an English boarding secondary school for female students in line and Malay equivalent, and the Malay College in Kuala Kangsar. This proposal was supported by the DYMM Sultan Perak, Paduka Sri Sultan Sir Abdul Aziz Al Muktassim Billahi-the late Shah Nikmatullah, ibni Almarhum Raja Muda Musa Al-Muktaram Shah, K.C.M.G., K.B.E., and agreed by all members of the meeting.
The original purpose of setting up women’s College is to provide education to the children of monarchs and dignitaries Malay Federated States as complete they became the wife of Kings and dignitaries State in the future. Dymm Sultan Selangor suggested the school built in Selangor. Initially this proposed College only for sixteen daughters dignitaries from four States of the Federated States only. Gracelyn building in Batu 21/2 Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur recently opening planned in January 1942.
In 1941, in the event of the second world war, every effort had to postponed until the end of the war. The Government later decided to take students from all the Malay States and the Straits Settlements (Penang and Malacca), with gives the flexibility to the original purpose of the establishment of the College. A College dormitory in other building Techniques in Batu 2 1/2 Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur has been renovated and Malay Women College is open to the first 40 students at 15 day of October 1947.
In April 1962, a total of 150 students of Maktab Perempuan Melayu migrated to the new college building in Bukit Merbah, Jalan Tunku Kurshiah, Seremban. The new school was known as Tunku Kurshiah College, upheld the name Y.M.M. Tunku Kurshiah, first Raja Permaisuri Agong. The number of students has been enhanced to 400 people.
Student admission policy through a variety of change and as progress in 1967, the College began classes 6 literature. Two years later upgraded to College secondary school and colleges no longer taking students to form 1, but concentrate on the intake of students directly to forms 4 and 6 only. In 1972, the College back to old policies and students admitted to form 1 and during the year the College has classes 1, 4, 5 and 6 of Arts and science. Class A-level class that replaces form 6 in 1986 only remained until 1988 when SPM leavers got deals to matriculation at the University or classes to form 6 in other schools.
Now a student intake form 1 based on achievements in the UPSR and appearance of characters, force leadership, involvement in co-curricular and community activities outside school. In the year 2013, Tunku Kurshiah College moved to The International City Enstek. Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYPIB) was introduced, and Tunku Kurshiah College was given the status as a Candidate School. On 14 March 2016, Tunku Kurshiah College has received recognition of IB World School to implement The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for students who have completed the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.
On 23 September 2016, Tunku Kurshiah College subsequently received recognition of IB World School to implement the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) for students from form one to form 5.
As well as being one of the SBP, Tunku Kurshiah College has been recognized as a smart school, the school Cluster, high performance Schools, School of Global Excellence and Trust School (Sekolah Amanah). Tunku Kurshiah College has also been selected as a school program TIMSS and PISA. In addition to Tunku Kurshiah College also was an Apple Distinguished School (ADS).