Get Started at TCC

New to college, returning to college or preparing for a civilian career? Start at TCC

Each year thousands of students just like you start at Tidewater Community College before going on to Virginia’s best 4-year schools or great careers.

Your path starts here

Discover a degree, course or certificate program that’s right for you!

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Guaranteed transfer

Planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university? TCC has over 30 guaranteed admission agreements with Virginia’s best colleges and universities.

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High-paying careers

Start working toward a high-paying career with convenient and flexible courses designed to meet the demands of the marketplace – whether you’re building upon what you already know or starting out in a new direction.

Why TCC?

There are many reasons to choose TCC. Here are 3 of them.


TCC provides a first-class education at a fraction of the cost of other schools. And, 3 in 5 TCC students graduate debt-free!

Flexible learning

With day, evening, online and even weekend courses TCC offers classes that fit into your busy schedule.

Career-focused training

Industry partnerships and technical curricula ensure our students graduate with relevant skills that matter in today’s job market.

Choose your career path

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Follow these steps 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.

Decide what you want to study

The application will ask you what program you are interested in.

Whether you want to transfer to complete a bachelor's degree or prepare for an in-demand career, see all that TCC has to offer.

Browse TCC's areas of study

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, 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 (if required)

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

Register for classes

Meet with an academic advisor and determine which courses will satisfy the requirements for your degree or certificate.

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.

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

Ready to Get Started?

Tell us where you want to go, and we'll help you get there.

Fill out a request form, and a dedicated enrollment representative can help you start your journey toward success. Or call us at 757-822-1122.

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