Exceptions to the General Admissions Policy
High school dual enrollment students will be considered for admission to Tidewater Community College according to the Virginia Plan for Dual Enrollment. Other applicants not meeting the college's general admissions criteria may apply to the college for special consideration. Generally, enrollment of individuals who have not met the general admissions requirements is intended to enhance and enrich the student's traditional secondary education experience.
Enrollment in developmental studies courses is prohibited because it takes the place of traditional experiences that are available through public or private school systems, other agencies, or from a home schoolteacher or tutor. However, seniors enrolled in their final term prior to high school graduation may enroll in developmental courses when a need is indicated by placement test results. In all cases, these special-admission applicants must complete placement tests with scores high enough to waive developmental studies courses in ENF and MTE
All individuals applying for admission under special provisions must meet with a Campus Dean for Student Services or designee to review the appropriateness of the requested college credit course(s) as it relates to the student's educational goals. Eligibility for continued enrollment will be reviewed each term and authorized by a Campus Dean for Student Services or designee based on educational performance (the student must have completed all previous college courses with a grade point average of at least 2.0). The applicant who is admitted under special provisions will be classified as non-curricular until s/he qualifies for general admission as a regular student.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations must be discussed with the student and parent to clarify disclosure regulations concerning personally identifiable information.
Individuals who do not meet the college's general admission requirements, but apply as an exception to the general admissions policy, may be considered provided they meet one of the following criteria:
- The applicant must have a written recommendation from the high school principal or designee, who must certify that the individual is eligible for enrollment at the high school and amply prepared for a college-level course. Applicants who are not eligible for enrollment at the high school due to disciplinary reasons will not be considered for admission to Tidewater Community College .
- Applicants that are home-schooled students must a) provide a copy of their authorization to home school provided by the division school system, b) provide official evidence that they are performing at their appropriate grade level, as determined by the division superintendent (Options include: results from the same or alternate forms of standardized achievement tests used in the Virginia State Assessment Program or results from other assessments which, in the judgment of the division superintendent, indicate that the student is achieving at an adequate level), and c) provide a written recommendation from their tutor or teacher certifying that the applicant is performing at the required grade level.
Exceptions to General Admissions form
Applicants will participate in the college's placement-testing program to demonstrate prerequisite academic preparedness. All applicants shall meet course prerequisites as determined by the college.
The college reserves the right to evaluate special cases and to refuse admission to an applicant if such refusal is considered to be in the best interest of the college.