Your future starts here!

6-week classes start July 5!

Each year thousands of students just like you get their start at Tidewater Community College. Now is a great time to take your first steps toward a high-paying career with convenient and flexible courses designed to meet the demands of the marketplace – whether you’re building on what you already know or starting out in a new direction.

High-paying careers

You don’t need 4 years in the classroom to find a career. TCC offers a number of flexible, short-term programs designed to land you in a good job, with a good paycheck to match.

Guaranteed transfer

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year college or university? TCC has over 30 guaranteed admission agreements with Virginia’s best colleges and universities.

Online degrees

TCC's online degrees and certificates offer flexible learning on your schedule. Your online degree or certificate can take you to a 4-year college or into a rewarding career.

Here to help

Not sure what you want to study? Looking for one-on-one help picking your classes or applying for financial aid? We’re here for you!

Our New Student Support Team can help you define and achieve your educational and professional goals. Advisors will help you select an academic program and assist you with completing an academic and career plan. Give us a call at 757-822-1111; we're here to help!

Follow these steps to get started

Step 1: Apply for Admission & Activate Your Student Account

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

After you complete the application, you will receive a confirmation email with immediate feedback on your application status and a link to set up your student account through the myTCC portal.

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Planning to use financial aid? Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at

The FAFSA code for TCC is 003712, which must be listed on the FAFSA form in order for TCC to receive your information.

We can also help you identify and use your available military education benefits! 


Learn more about paying for TCC

Step 3: Review Your To Do List

Log into your myTCC Portal and click the Navigate icon. Navigate is where you will be able to review and complete your to-do list, and make an appointment with an academic advisor. 

Step 4: Demonstrate College Readiness

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

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.

Learn more about placement tests


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).

Step 5: Meet with Your 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.  

Learn more about advising

Step 6: Attend Orientation

Prepare to transition into college successfully by attending a free Orientation session on the campus where you’ll take most of your classes. Your family is welcome to attend, too! 

Sign up for Orientation

Step 7: Register for Classes

You can browse available class schedules and register for classes through the Student Information System, located in myTCC. For more information, visit​​​​​​​ Once you have registered, pay your tuition by the tuition deadline to avoid being dropped from your classes. You can find payment options and deadlines at​​​​​​​

Have a question or need more information? We’re here for you! Reach out to a member of our New Student Support Team at 757-822-1111or for one-on-one guidance.

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 757-822-1111.

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