Tidewater Community College

121 College Place
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 822-1206
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Tidewater Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution. It awards associate degrees and certificates at its four campuses in Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach, Va. It also operates regional arts centers, technology centers, and automotive centers throughout the state. Tidewater has the second largest undergraduate student body in the Commonwealth with nearly 46,000 students enrolled each year.. The school’s academic programs are designed to prepare students for work through career and technical programs, or for continued study at the bachelor’s level.

Programs Offered

Tidewater provides technical and career training in a variety of areas. Students can choose from subjects in business, engineering and industrial technology, health professions, information systems, public service, and arts and design. The two-year degree programs parallel courses offered at four-year colleges and universities, making it easier to transfer to a four-year institution. Tidewater does not offer any fully online degrees but does make a large number of distance learning classes available. Degree-related courses and workforce development courses are offered through the school’s e-learning division.


Tidewater Community College has been regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1971.


Students can apply to one of Tidewater Community College’s campuses online or by paper application using the Virginia Community College System’s admissions application. To be eligible for general admissions, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Those without a diploma who are 18 years of age or older must show they are able to benefit from study at the college through placement testing. Applicants must also take placement tests to that evaluate their reading, writing, and math skills, unless they can show completion of college-level English and/or math or satisfactory SAT or ACT test scores. Based on the results of those placement exams they will be placed in either college-level courses, developmental courses, or ESL (non-credit) courses.

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