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Academic Advising

Academic advising is essential during your time at Tidewater Community College. TCC’s academic advisors will help you develop an academic plan, stay on track for your degree program, and make decisions about your educational and career goals.

All new, curricular students should meet with an academic advisor before registering for their first semester.

New Students: Your first advising appointment

Before your first student advising meeting, you should complete these steps to help your advisor offer the best guidance:

  1. Apply to TCC
    Complete your free application for admission to TCC.
  2. Apply for financial aid
    Planning to use financial aid to pay for your classes? Start the financial aid process at Be sure to enter TCC’s School Code (003712) when you’re completing the form.
  3. Determine college readiness
    • Students who have graduated high school within 5 years should complete the following questionnaire for placement: Recent Graduate Questionnaire.
    • Students who graduated high school 6 years or more ago should complete the following questionnaire for placement: Informed Self-Placement.

Returning and Current Students: Regular Advising Appointments

Plan to meet with an advisor at least once per semester, especially during your first few semesters at TCC and as you near graduation. Students planning to transfer to another college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree program, should meet regularly with an advisor to ensure all their transfer requirements are met.

How to meet with an advisor

  • By Appointment: Schedule an academic advising appointment, via phone or Zoom, with Navigate by logging into your myTCC portal and clicking the Navigate Advising Tool icon on the main screen.
  • Complete this form to be contacted by advising staff through email.
  • Drop-in: Need to speak with an advisor soon? Virtual drop-in appointments are available during regular business hours. You can schedule an appointment by calling 757-822-7212 or 757-822-1111. Due to demand, we recommend calling at least 30 minutes prior to closing.

View step-by-step instructions

Academic Advising Hours & Locations

Have a quick advising question? Advisors are available via email and phone to guide students virtually. Complete this form to be contacted by advising staff through email.

Hours of operation:
Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.