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Academic Advising

Academic advising is essential during your time at Tidewater Community College. TCC’s academic advisors will help you define and achieve your educational and professional goals!

New Students

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

Current Students

Current students should plan to meet with an academic advisor for advising at least once per semester to stay on track.


Before your 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.

Meet with an advisor

  • By Appointment: Schedule an academic advising appointment, either in-person or virtually via phone or Zoom, with Navigate by logging into your myTCC portal and clicking the Navigate Advising Tool icon on the main screen.
  • By Email: Complete this form to be contacted by advising staff through email.
  • Drop-in: All campuses welcome drop-in students during regular business hours. We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes prior to closing.

View step-by-step instructions

Have you already met with an advisor and know what classes you need to take? Schedule a virtual enrollment appointment, via phone or Zoom, for help registering for your classes by logging into your myTCC portal and clicking the Navigate icon on the main screen.