New Students

First time in college? Here's how to become a TCC student.

Welcome to Tidewater Community College. We’re delighted to help you get started in achieving all of your educational goals. Follow the steps below to become a member of the TCC community.

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Here's how to get started

Step 1: Apply for Admission & Activate your Student Account

Apply to TCC using our free online application. You can save your application and finish it later.

After you complete the application, you will receive a confirmation email with immediate feedback on your application status and a link to set up your student account through the myTCC portal.

Adult learners without a high school diploma or a GED: You may still apply to the college. You will be required to take the placement tests to determine your ability to benefit from attending TCC. (The minimum scores are listed below.) Under current federal guidelines, you will not be eligible for federal financial aid.



  VPT Compass Asset
Reading ENF 1 62 35
Writing ENF 1 32 35
Math MTH 3 25 33


Contact your city's adult education program office for information on obtaining a GED.




Virginia Beach

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Planning to use financial aid? Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at

The FAFSA code for TCC is 003712, which must be listed on the FAFSA form in order for TCC to receive your information.

We can also help you identify and use your available military education benefits! 


Learn more about paying for TCC

Step 3: Review Your To Do List

Log into your myTCC Portal and click the Navigate icon. Navigate is where you will be able to review and complete your to-do list, and make an appointment with an academic advisor. 

Step 4: Demonstrate College Readiness

TCC uses multiple measures, including the Virginia Placement Test, to determine a student’s readiness for college-level English and math courses.

You may be exempt from placement tests if you can demonstrate your readiness with previous high school course work, SAT/ACT scores and other criteria.

Learn more about placement tests


If you are a new student, submit your high school transcript (if you graduated within the last 5 years) or GED transcripts/scores (if taken in 2014 or later). TCC will evaluate your transcript to determine if you are exempt from taking math and/or English placement tests.

Email your transcript to or mail a copy to:

Tidewater Community College
Admissions Processing, Suite 514
PO Box 9000
Norfolk, VA 23509-9000

You can also deliver a copy of your transcript to any campus admissions office (addresses are at the bottom of the page).

Step 5: Meet with Your Advisor

TCC’s academic advisors will help you select an academic program, register for classes and build a course schedule that fits your busy life. All new, curricular students are required to meet with an academic advisor before registering for their first semester.  

Learn more about advising

Step 6: Attend Orientation

Prepare to transition into college successfully by attending a free Orientation session on the campus where you’ll take most of your classes. Your family is welcome to attend, too! 

Sign up for Orientation

Step 7: Register for Classes

You can browse available class schedules and register for classes through the Student Information System, located in myTCC. For more information, visit​​​​​​​ Once you have registered, pay your tuition by the tuition deadline to avoid being dropped from your classes. You can find payment options and deadlines at​​​​​​​

Have a question or need more information? We’re here for you! Reach out to a member of our New Student Support Team at 757-822-1111or for one-on-one guidance.

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Contact us at 757-822-1111 or

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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