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 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 MTE 1 25 33

 

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

Chesapeake
757-482-5680

Norfolk
757-892-3964

Portsmouth
757-393-8751

Virginia Beach
757-648-6050

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). 

Learn more about paying for TCC

Take your placement tests

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 don’t want to be placed in a course lower than your actual skill level because you’ll take longer to complete your program and you’ll be paying unnecessary tuition.

Whether or not you have studied English and mathematics recently, you will want to prepare in order to do your best.

Learn more about placement tests

Attend orientation

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

Your success is important to us. To get off to a good start, make sure you take advantage of the college’s First Year Success program.

As part of First Year Success, all new students attend an orientation session. Your family is welcome, too.

At orientation you will:

  • Meet with an advisor who can help you choose a major and enroll in classes
  • Tour the campus
  • Learn about all the services available to you at TCC
  • Find answers to all your questions about attending TCC
     

Sign up for orientation


Questions? Contact the First Year Success office at your home campus.

Chesapeake Campus
757-822-5192
chesorientation@tcc.edu

Norfolk Campus
757-822-1514
norfolkorientation@tcc.edu

Portsmouth Campus
757-822-2169
portorientation@tcc.edu

Virginia Beach Campus
757-822-7519
vabeachorientation@tcc.edu

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

TCC's Information Center is ready to helpThe TCC Information Center is ready to help you
Contact us at 757-822-1111 or enroll@tcc.edu

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.

 

Chesapeake

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

Phone: 757-822-5021

Norfolk

Andrews Building
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1204

Portsmouth

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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