TCC’s dual-enrollment courses are taught by full- and part-time faculty members who meet the standards of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Credits are generally accepted at all of Virginia’s public and private universities.
If you are interested in a career or technical education, dual-enrollment could still be a good option. TCC’s program offers several career technical courses.
Benefits of dual enrollment
- All instructors are qualified to teach college-level courses
- You’ll have more “college-knowledge” through exposure to admission and enrollment processes and college-level academic requirements
- You might discover new interests and possible college majors
- You are considered a TCC student, and therefore have access to all college student support services such as libraries, academic counselors and tutors
- You can earn college credit without high-stakes testing
Is dual enrollment for you? Yes, if you…
- Are a junior or senior in a Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake or Virginia Beach public high school or a qualified home-school program*
- Meet college readiness standards Learn about placement testing
*Admission of freshmen and sophomores requires additional approvals
Customized dual-enrollment options meet your needs
Dual-enrollment students have several options. One of these could be just right for you.
- Dual Credit Student: You receive both college and high school credit for the course you’re taking.
- Concurrent Student: As a high school or home-school student, you enroll in a TCC course and receive only college credit.
- Dual Credit/Concurrent Student: A combination of the two. You take at least one course for which you receive dual credit and at least one course for which you receive only college credit.
What does dual-enrollment tuition cost?
Earning college credits in high school is a great way to reduce your future college costs.
Many students are able to take college courses at little or no cost. Talk with your guidance counselor or principal for more information.
Concurrent students – high school students enrolled in a TCC course and receiving only college credit – and home-school students pay the college’s standard tuition rate.
What courses can you take, and how many?
You can enroll in one course or several. Talk with your high school guidance counselor or college academic advisor to determine the course load that is compatible with your schedule and extra-curricular activities.
Examples of courses that may transfer to four-year colleges and universities:
- College Composition
- U.S. Government
Examples of career and technical courses that may lead to industry-relevant credentials:
- Automotive Technology
- Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
- Marine Electrical
- Collision Repair Technology
- Electrical Wiring
Here’s how to get started!
1. Discuss your interest in dual enrollment with your parent or legal guardian and your high school guidance counselor as you begin planning your courses for your junior or senior year.
2. Complete the free TCC application for admission online. If you get stuck, contact the TCC New Student Support Team at 757-822-1111. If your application can’t be processed, we’ll let you know what additional information is needed.
3. Complete the Dual Enrollment Admission Form and obtain the necessary signatures of your high school principal or home school coordinator and parent/legal guardian.
4. Demonstrate your college readiness by
- completing the free Virginia Placement Test (VPT) at your high school or any TCC campus, or
- providing minimum PSAT, SAT, ACT or SOL Algebra I scores:
Minimum Score Of
Minimum Score Of
|Critical Reading and Writing Sections||500
On Both Sections
Combined Score (ERW)
Your minimum required scores vary depending on when you took the PSAT. Refer to the chart below to determine which scores apply to you.
|Test||Minimum Required Score
(PSAT taken before September 2015)
|Minimum Required Score
(PSAT taken after September 2015)
|Reading/ Writing||50 (on each test)||390 (ERW combined score)|
|Test||Minimum Score Of|
|Reading and English||18 on both|
Virginia Public Schools
|Test||Minimum Score Of|
|SOL Algebra I||Pass|
Students enrolling in a dual enrollment course must meet all course pre-requisites. You will be notified by letter whether you have been accepted into the dual-enrollment program.
How to learn more
Contact the TCC Dual Enrollment point of contact on the campus in your city
- Chesapeake: Kevin McCarthy, M.S.Ed., email@example.com or 757-822-5192
- Norfolk: Cassandra Small, firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-822-1723
- Portsmouth: Katina Barnes, email@example.com or 757-822-2539
- Virginia Beach:
Students who are taking high school classes and are getting high school and college credit:
Vickie Whidbee, firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-822-7008
Home schooled students and high school students who are taking classes on campus for college credit only:
Janet T. Magee, Ed.D., email@example.com or 757-822-7592
You can also contact the TCC Outreach Advisor in your high school.
Know before you go!
College-level courses are more demanding and require more work than most courses you take in high school. The grades you receive will become a permanent part of your college academic record.
You will be required to abide by TCC’s student policies, including:
- Standards of conduct and academic integrity
- Use of classroom technology
- Rules banning use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and e-cigarettes
- Appropriate classroom and campus behavior
- Use of cell phones in classrooms and labs
- Safety and civility
Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.