Academic Advising for New Students

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

Academic advisors at Tidewater Community College 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. 

Make an appointment

You can meet with an academic advisor one of three ways:

Virtually –  Advising sessions are conducted by phone
In person – Advising sessions are held on campus in our advising offices during select hours
Walk-In – Advising sessions are held on campus during all office hours

We also offer walk-in meetings during business hours at all 4 campuses.

Before your meeting

Before your 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. Demonstrate math and English readiness
You can take the placement tests at any campus Testing Center. You may be exempt from these tests if you meet certain criteria.

If you completed high school within the last 5 years, bring your high school transcripts, SAT and/or ACT scores to the appointment for review.

If you have previous college experience and would like to see how that course work may transfer toward your program at TCC, bring a copy of your transcripts with you.

Advising Office Walk-in Hours

Regular office hours:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Pass Building, Room 141
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 757-822-5125

Fax: 757-822-5134


Martin Building, Suite 2506
300 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1534

Fax: 757-822-1247


Building A, Room 140
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2200

Fax: 757-822-2910

Virginia Beach

Building B (Bayside), Room 207
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23435

Phone: 757-822-7211

Fax: 757-822-7346

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