Dual Enrollment

Earn college credit while you're in high school

Tidewater Community College’s dual-enrollment options provide qualifying high school and home school students a unique opportunity to jump-start their college careers.

TCC’s dual-enrollment courses are taught by full- and part-time faculty members who meet the standards of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Credits are generally accepted at all of Virginia’s public and private universities.

If you are interested in a career or technical education, dual-enrollment could still be a good option. TCC’s program offers several career technical courses.

Tidewater Community College and Chesapeake Public Schools have announced a new partnership that enables students to launch from high school into an in-demand career in advanced manufacturing.

Benefits of dual enrollment

  • All instructors are qualified to teach college-level courses
  • You’ll have more “college-knowledge” through exposure to admission and enrollment processes and college-level academic requirements
  • You might discover new interests and possible college majors
  • You are considered a TCC student, and therefore have access to all college student support services such as libraries, academic counselors and tutors
  • You can earn college credit without high-stakes testing

Is dual enrollment for you? Yes, if you…

  • Are a junior or senior in a Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake or Virginia Beach public high school or a qualified home-school program*
  • Meet college readiness standards Learn about placement testing

*Admission of freshmen and sophomores requires additional approvals

Customized dual-enrollment options meet your needs

Dual-enrollment students have several options. One of these could be just right for you.

  • Dual Credit Student: You receive both college and high school credit for the course you’re taking.
  • Concurrent Student: As a high school or home-school student, you enroll in a TCC course and receive only college credit.
  • Dual Credit/Concurrent Student: A combination of the two. You take at least one course for which you receive dual credit and at least one course for which you receive only college credit.

What does dual-enrollment tuition cost?

Earning college credits in high school is a great way to reduce your future college costs.

Many students are able to take college courses at little or no cost. Talk with your guidance counselor or principal for more information.

Concurrent students – high school students enrolled in a TCC course and receiving only college credit – and home-school students pay the college’s standard tuition rate.

What courses can you take, and how many?

You can enroll in one course or several. Talk with your high school guidance counselor or college academic advisor to determine the course load that is compatible with your schedule and extra-curricular activities.

Examples of courses that may transfer to four-year colleges and universities:

  • College Composition
  • U.S. Government
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Business

Examples of career and technical courses that may lead to industry-relevant credentials:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Welding
  • Mechatronics
  • Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
  • Marine Electrical
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Electrical Wiring

Here’s how to get started!

1. Discuss your interest in dual enrollment with your parent or legal guardian and your high school guidance counselor as you begin planning your courses for your junior or senior year.

2. Complete the free TCC application for admission online. If you get stuck, contact the TCC New Student Support Team at 757-822-1111. If your application can’t be processed, we’ll let you know what additional information is needed.

3. Complete the Dual Enrollment Admission Form and obtain the necessary signatures of your high school principal or home school coordinator and parent/legal guardian.

4. Demonstrate your college readiness by

  • completing the free Virginia Placement Test (VPT) at your high school or any TCC campus, or
  • providing minimum PSAT, SAT, ACT or SOL Algebra I scores:


Test Old SAT
Minimum Score Of
(Pre-March 2016)
Minimum Score Of
(Post-March 2016)
Critical Reading and Writing Sections 500
On Both Sections
Combined Score (ERW)
Math 520 530

Your minimum required scores vary depending on when you took the PSAT. Refer to the chart below to determine which scores apply to you. 

Test Minimum Required Score
(PSAT taken before September 2015)
Minimum Required Score
(PSAT taken after September 2015)
Reading/ Writing 50 (on each test) 390 (ERW combined score)
Math 52 500


Test Minimum Score Of
Reading and English 18 on both
Mathematics 22

Virginia Public Schools

Test Minimum Score Of
SOL Algebra I Pass


Students enrolling in a dual enrollment course must meet all course pre-requisites. You will be notified by letter whether you have been accepted into the dual-enrollment program.

How to learn more

Contact the TCC Dual Enrollment point of contact on the campus in your city

Students who are taking high school classes and are getting high school and college credit:
Vickie Britt, vbritt@tcc.edu or 757-822-7927

Home schooled students and high school students who are taking classes on campus for college credit only:
Janet T. Magee, Ed.D.,  jtaylor@tcc.edu or 757-822-7592

You can also contact the TCC Outreach Advisor in your high school.

Know before you go!

College-level courses are more demanding and require more work than most courses you take in high school. The grades you receive will become a permanent part of your college academic record.

As a dual-enrollment student, you have the same rights, privileges and access to resources as outlined in the College Catalog and Student Handbook.

You will be required to abide by TCC’s student policies, including:

  • Standards of conduct and academic integrity
  • Use of classroom technology
  • Rules banning use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and e-cigarettes
  • Appropriate classroom and campus behavior
  • Use of cell phones in classrooms and labs
  • Safety and civility

Admission Offices

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


Pass Building, Room 175
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 757-822-5021


Andrews Building
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1204


Building A, Room A130
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2193

Virginia Beach

Building B (Bayside), Room B119
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 757-822-7172

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