New Students

First time in college? Here's how to become a TCC student.

Welcome to Tidewater Community College. We’re delighted to help you get started in achieving all of your educational goals. Follow the steps below to become a member of the TCC community.

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Here's how to get started

Apply for admission

Apply to TCC using our free online application. You can save your application and finish it later.

You will be assigned a 7-digit Student ID number when you complete the application. Write this number down.

We recommend printing the application for your records.

Are you under the age of 24? Your parent or guardian may need to answer questions to determine your eligibility for in-state tuition rates.

Are you under the age of 18? Print your application and have your parent or guardian sign it. Or use this form.

Adult learners without a high school diploma or a GED: You may still apply to the college. You will be required to take the placement tests to determine your ability to benefit from attending TCC. (The minimum scores are listed below.) Under current federal guidelines, you will not be eligible for federal financial aid.



  VPT Compass Asset
Reading ENF 1 62 35
Writing ENF 1 32 35
Math MTH 3 25 33


Contact your city's adult education program office for information on obtaining a GED.




Virginia Beach

Decide what you want to study

The application will ask you what program you are interested in. Whether you're interested in transferring to complete a bachelor's degree or in preparing for an in-demand career, see all that TCC has to offer.

Browse TCC's career pathways

Activate your TCC email account

You will receive a letter from us notifying you of your acceptance and assigning you a student email account. (If for some reason, your application can't be accepted immediately, we'll let you know.)

Go to myTCC to activate your account and access your student email. Throughout your academic career, TCC will communicate important information to you through your student email account. Check it often!

Apply for financial aid

If you haven't already done so, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Be sure to list Tidewater Community College (TCC) as a school choice on your FAFSA. TCC’s school code is 003712.

Learn more about paying for TCC

Demonstrate college readiness

TCC uses multiple measures to determine a student’s readiness for college-level English and math courses, including the Virginia Placement Test.

Most new students must take the English and math placement tests before registering for classes. These are not admission tests. They evaluate your college readiness.

You may be exempt from placement tests if you can demonstrate your readiness with previous high school course work, SAT/ACT scores and other criteria.

If you are a new student, submit your high school transcript (if you graduated within the last 5 years) or GED transcripts/scores (if taken in 2014 or later). TCC will evaluate your transcript to determine if you are exempt from taking math and/or English placement tests.

Email your transcript to or mail a copy to:

Tidewater Community College
Admissions Processing, Suite 514
PO Box 9000
Norfolk, VA 23509-9000

You can also deliver a copy of your transcript to any campus admissions office (addresses are at the bottom of the page).

Learn more about placement tests

Meet with an academic advisor

TCC’s academic advisors will help you select an academic program, register for classes and build a course schedule that fits your busy life. All new, curricular students are required to meet with an academic advisor before registering for their first semester. You can meet with an advisor by phone or in-person. 

Learn more about advising

Attend orientation

After you take your placement test, sign up to attend an orientation session at the campus where you plan to take most of your classes.

Sign up for orientation

Register for classes

After you have spoken with an advisor and selected a program, select your classes using the online class schedule.

Classes may be listed for more than one semester. Be sure you are searching the correct semester.

You can also find printed class schedules at our campuses and locations.

Computers are available for your use to check for class availability on all TCC campuses.

The academic calendar contains registration dates and deadlines.

Get your student ID card

Your student ID card is a wonderful resource that allows you access to student services and events and provides discounts with numerous local merchants.

You can also elect to participate in our StormDollars plan, which allows you to go cashless when you make purchases and print documents on campus. Simply swipe and go!

You are eligible for your ID card after you register for classes. Bring a photo ID and your SIS Student ID number to any of the ID card campus offices.

Your first ID card is free. Replacements cost $10.

Find a campus ID Card office

Pay your tuition

Pay your tuition and fees by the deadline specified in the academic calendar.

It is your responsibility to check your account in the Student Information System's (SIS) Student Center to make sure any financial aid has been applied and to pay the remaining balance.

Learn more about payment methods

Buy your textbooks and supplies

Print your class schedule and take it to the Barnes & Noble bookstore at your preferred campus to purchase textbooks. Your financial aid may be applied.

You can also buy your textbooks online. Rentals and digital materials are also available.

Get your parking permit or HRT pass

Parking decals and semester validation stickers for the Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach campuses are provided to students who have registered and paid for their classes.

To receive your free parking decal or the semester validation sticker, bring:

  • a valid driver's license
  • your Student ID number

to the business office (Chesapeake and Portsmouth campuses) or ID office (Virginia Beach campus).

Parking decals should be placed on the left rear bumper of the vehicle or the rear window, lower corner on the driver side.

Students taking classes on the Norfolk Campus are required to purchase a City of Norfolk parking pass. Visit the Norfolk Campus parking page for details.

TCC students are eligible for reduced-cost public transportation on Hampton Roads Transit, including light rail, buses and ferries. 

Sign up for TCC Alerts!

TCC Alerts is a free service that immediately contacts you during situations that affect college operations.

TCC Alerts delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and updates to you via email and all handheld devices. Parents and family members can sign up, too!

TCC Alerts is your personal connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, who to contact and other important information.

Sign up here

smiling woman wearing headsetThe TCC New Student Support Team is ready to help you
Contact us at 757-822-1111 or

Admission Offices

Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Pass Building, Room 175
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 757-822-5021


Andrews Building
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1204


Building A, Room A130
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2193

Virginia Beach

Building B (Bayside), Room B119
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 757-822-7172

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