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Tidewater Community College

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About Tidewater Community College

One of the Virginia Community College System's 23 two-year colleges, Tidewater Community College (TCC) was founded in 1968. TCC is the largest higher education and workforce development institution in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, with the second largest undergraduate student body in the state.

The community college has four campuses across the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, Virginia. In Portsmouth, Tidewater Community College offers an Advanced Technology Center and a Visual Arts Center. Additional classes are offered at regional military bases and nearby schools.


TCC offers degrees and certificates in 14 divisions across all campuses. Career and development programs in business, health professions, information systems, public service technology and studio arts prepare students for careers in a variety of fields. In addition, TCC offers six associate's degree programs designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year school and complete a bachelor's degree. There's also a general education certificate, which is a flexible program of 33 credits selected with an advisor to meet a student's transfer goals.

Tidewater Community College students can earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia. The two schools partnered to offer a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, which is a part-time degree program with flexible evening and weekend classes.


TCC has an open admissions policy. Admission requirements include having a high school diploma or equivalent, being 18 years of age or older and meeting the college's placement testing policies and procedures. High school graduates with test scores below the college's requirements may be required to enroll in developmental courses.

After determining eligibility, students may apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can then apply for admission using the school's online application form or by submitting a paper application. Students are required to take placement tests, which can be scheduled using the TCC Placement Testing website. Transferring students with college credits or students submitting ACT or SAT scores may be exempt from taking all or some of the college's placement tests. Lastly, students must participate in a student orientation.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Full-time beginning undergraduate tuition for in-state students cost $3,500 per year for 2011-2012. Books and supplies are estimated to cost between $300 and $500 per semester for full-time students. Financial aid is available through loans, grants, work study and military assistance. The TCC Education Foundation offers a variety of scholarships, some TCC-wide and others specific to each TCC campus. Students may be eligible to purchase books and supplies using financial aid rewards. Financial aid assistants are located on each TCC campus to help students apply for aid.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 32,101 in fall 2011*
Student Housing None*
Programs Career and technical programs, transfer programs, workforce development and continuing education programs, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies**
Student-Faculty Ratio 26-to-1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Social Sciences (694)
1-2 year certificates: Liberal Arts and Sciences (374)
1 year certificates: Ground Transportation (128)*
Graduation Rates For students who began in 2007:
3% within normal time
13% within 150% of normal time
18% within twice as long as normal time*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 5,620 first-time students in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 62% for full-time and 43% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; some programs, such as health professions, require separate applications and deadlines**
Decision Notification Date Acceptance letters are usually mailed within three weeks.**
Tuition (2011-2012) For full-time entering undergraduates:
$3,500 per year (in-state)
$8,098 (out-of-state)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (54%), state and local grants or scholarships (22%), institutional scholarships (3%), federal loans (26%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 69% of beginning students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; **Tidewater Community College, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Tidewater Community College, 121 College Place, Norfolk, VA 23510-1938
  • Phone: (757) 822-1110
  • Website: www.tcc.edu

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