Accelerate your degree

Earn an associate degree in general studies in just 1 year

TCC is the only community college in Virginia where you can earn an associate degree, from start to finish, in just 1 year.

If you want to be on a fast track to transfer to a four-year school to complete a bachelor's degree, this program could be for you. It is currently offered only on the Norfolk Campus.

The Associate of Science in General Studies will generally meet freshman and sophomore requirements at any public college or university in Virginia.

Benefits of the accelerated degree

  • Earn an associate degree in just 1 year
  • Save thousands by completing two years of college at TCC versus a 4-year institution
  • Receive personalized attention with low student-to-faculty ratio and regular academic advising
  • Attain admission as a junior-level transfer student at most 4-year colleges and universities*
  • Begin your bachelor's program immediately upon completing your associate degree
     

* Refer to your transfer institution of choice for specific requirements

Who is eligible?

The program is open to new high school graduates as well as adult learners, including military-related students, who meet certain academic requirements:

  • Virginia Placement Test (VPT): Placement into College Composition (English 111) and Math for the Liberal Arts (Math 152), or
  • SAT: Minimum scores of 480 in English/reading/writing and 530 in math, or
  • ACT: Minimum scores of 18 in English/reading/writing and 22 in math

 

How to apply

The application deadline is April 3, 2017.

1. Apply for admission to TCC

2. Take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT), if required

3. Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

4. Submit the supplemental admission packet, which contains the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation from a high school principal, guidance counselor or teacher; work supervisor; or personal mentor
  • A 500-word essay about how an accelerated degree would help you achieve your educational and career goals


Send all documents to accelerated_degree@tcc.edu

You will be required to attend a program-specific orientation, which will be scheduled upon your acceptance in the program.

Program schedule

The next accelerated degree program is scheduled to begin on July 5, 2017. 

Students in the accelerated degree cohort attend classes in 11- and 12-week sessions for an entire year, earning the required 61 credits within 12 months. Here is the 2017-2018 schedule as an example:

Session I: July 5 - September 27, 2017
Session II: October 2 - December 19, 2017
Session III: January 3 - April 4, 2018
Session IV: April 11 - June 27, 2018

Courses are tentatively scheduled to meet Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with at least one online course scheduled each session.

What do our students say?

Meet Ariana Walker, who is on her way to completing a 2-year degree in just 1 year at Tidewater Community College.

Students interested in putting their college education on the fast track can complete an associate degree at TCC.

More student testimonials

“I’m enjoying the rigor very much. The program is helping me to reach my academic goals by being able to take the courses I need to become successful after college.”

– Lovely Jean de Guia

“I am a mother of 4 with a full-time job, and I don’t have the time to devote to a 2-year program. I need a degree to further my career and pay my bills. I especially like that on my budget, I am saving so much money with the Accelerated Program.”

– Beth Brosnahan

“The accelerated program has been going great and it has taught so much in such a short time.  It has shown me that even under pressure, I can still come out on top. It has also helped to push me closer to my career goal of owning my own business.” 

– Alaija Timmson

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