Tidewater Community College

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School Overview

Tidewater Community College (TCC) is a two-year college located in South Hampton Roads, Virginia. Its campuses in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Chesapeake collectively serve as southeastern Virginia’s largest post-secondary education provider, and the largest employer in the region. The institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges. Among the nation’s two-year institutions, TCC awards the 19th highest amount of associate’s degrees.

With around 47,000 students enrolled each year, Tidewater’s undergraduate student body is the second largest in Virginia, and the 11th largest among the nation’s public two-year community colleges. TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-developing two-year schools, and over half of local residents who pursued higher education enrolled at TCC in 2011 and 2012. The school offers an expansive variety of career-oriented associate degrees and certificates, including a culinary arts and nursing program.

General Information

Admission Office

7000 College Drive/Portsmouth Campus

Portsmouth, VA 23703

(757) 822-1100

Fax: (757) 822-1247

Contact: Michael Summers

Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Main Address

PO Box 9000

Norfolk, VA 23509-9000

(757) 822-1100


Total undergrads: 26,898

Degree-seeking undergrads: 22,852


Suburban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Special requirements for health science programs. ACT required for placement for students enrolling in English or mathematics courses.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $2,555 $2,691 $2,725 $3,212 +17.87%
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,250 $1,300 $1,350 +3.85%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $3,755 $3,941 $4,025 $4,562 +13.34%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,992 62%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,455 45% $5,598,681 $3,848
• Federal grants 1,243 39% $4,455,957 $3,585
• Pell grants 1,243 39% $4,305,692 $3,464
• Other federal grants 300 9% $150,265 $501
Institutional scholarships or grants 882 27% $958,502 $1,087
Institutional grants or scholarships 73 2% $184,222 $2,524
Student loan financial aid 890 28% $3,148,345 $3,537
• Federal student loans 890 28% $3,148,345 $3,537
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Majors and Degree Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 2435 778
Agriculture 10
Applied Horticulture/horticulture Operations 10
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 555 4
Accounting and Related Services, Other 31 4
Business Administration and Management 408
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 50
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other 26
Hospitality Administration/management 40
Computing and Information Sciences 40 5
Computer and Information Sciences 40 5
Construction Trades 19 8
Electrician 19 8
Engineering 52
Engineering 52
Engineering Technology 104 13
Cad/cadd Drafting and/or Design Technology/technician 28 7
Civil Engineering Technology/technician 9
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 2
Industrial Production Technologies/technicians, Other 16 4
Industrial Technology/technician 51
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 5
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 249 387
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 9
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 16
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 26
Health Information/medical Records Technology/technician 19
Medical/clinical Assistant 6
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 3 372
Occupational Therapist Assistant 19
Physical Therapy Technician/assistant 25
Radiologic Technology/science – Radiographer 42
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 81
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 18
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 96
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 70
Fire Science/fire-fighting 26
Legal and Law Studies 32 8
Legal Assistant/paralegal 32 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 356 321
General Studies 283
Humanities/humanistic Studies 73
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 321
Mechanics and Repairers 35 9
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 16
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/technician 9
Industrial Electronics Technology/technician 19
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 251
Biological and Physical Sciences 251
Personal and Culinary Services 12
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts 1
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science 11
Precision Production Trades 5
Precision Metal Working, Other
Welding Technology/welder 5
Social Sciences 483
Social Sciences 483
Transportation and Materials Moving
Ground Transportation, Other
Visual and Performing Arts 83
Design and Visual Communications 39
Interior Design 15
Visual and Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 29
Work and Family Studies 53 18
Child Care Provider/assistant 53 18
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business Technology A
Horticultural Services A

Arts, Visual & Performing

Commercial/Advertising Art A
Fine/Studio Arts A
Graphic Design A
Interior Design A
Multimedia A
Photography A,C

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Banking/Financial Services A
Business Administration/Management A
Hospitality Administration/Management A
Office Clerical Services C
Real Estate A
Sales and Distribution A,C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A
Computer Systems Analysis A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A

Construction Trades

Power/Electric Transmission C


Early Childhood Education A,C
Education – General A
Teacher Assistance A


Engineering – General A
Industrial Engineering A

Engineering Technologies

CAD/CADD Drafting/Design A
Civil Engineering/Technology A
Drafting and Design Technology A
Electromechanical Technologies A
Occupational Safety A
Quality Control A

Foreign Language & Literature

American Sign Language (ASL) A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Emergency Medical Technology A
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Medical Records Technology A
Medical Transcription C
Nursing (RN) A
Occupational Therapy Assistance A
Physical Therapy Assistance A
Respiratory Therapy A

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Automotive Technology A
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics C
Industrial Equipment Maintenance/Repair A

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences A

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General A
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management A

Personal & Culinary Services

Culinary Arts/Related Services A,C

Precision Production Trades

Welding Technology A,C

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration A

Security & Protective Services

Fire Science/Firefighting A

Social Sciences

Social Sciences – General A

Transportation & Materials Moving

Truck/Bus/Commercial Vehicle Operation A,C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Tidewater Community College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(757) 822-1122
Type of School:2-year, Public
Apply Online:www.tcc.edu/admission
Address:121 College Place, Norfolk, VA 23510
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:23,945
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:14,372 (60% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$5,299
Out-of-state Tuition:$11,197
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:72%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,686

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Tidewater Community College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Tidewater Community College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services65
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services31
Construction Trades31
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields84
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics11
Health Professions and Related Programs910
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service32
Legal Professions and Studies21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians55
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Personal and Culinary Services12
Precision Production3
Social Sciences1
Transportation and Materials Moving2
Visual and Performing Arts44
Grand total5743

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Tidewater Community College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services3
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2
Social Sciences1
Grand total8

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Tidewater Community College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,75672%
Grant or scholarship aid1,46260%$4,686
Student loan aid76031%$4,773

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid14,03754%$3,242
Federal student loans6,32224%$5,184

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Tidewater Community College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Tidewater Community College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Tidewater Community College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment23,945
Undergraduate enrollment23,945
Graduate enrollment0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Tidewater Community College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETT) - Dietetic Technician Program
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation
    • Funeral Service Education (FUSER) - Institutions and programs awarding diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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