Tidewater Community College

Tel: (757)822-1122
  • Tidewater Community College (TCC) is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 students annually. It is the 37th largest community college in the nation's 1,600-school network, and among the 50 fastest growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, a regional Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne, Portsmouth, the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the downtown Norfolk theater district, and a regional Advanced Technology Center on its Virginia Beach Campus. Forty-four percent of the region's residents who attended a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.
School Highlights
  • Tidewater Community College serves 27,646 students (38% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is higher than the state community college average of 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 46% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 43%.
  • Tidewater Community College is one of 4 community colleges within Norfolk City County, VA.
  • The nearest community college to Tidewater Community College is Johnson & Wales University-Norfolk (4.7 miles away).

Top Placements (Virginia)

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 750 teachers has grown by 16% over five years.
Tidewater Community College(VA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty750 staff45 staff
Tidewater Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Tidewater Community College has declined by 8% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Tidewater Community College diversity score of 0.61 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment27,646 students1,577 students
Tidewater Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio37:136:1
Tidewater Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students10,491 students717 students
Tidewater Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students17,155 students860 students
Tidewater Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Tidewater Community College Enrollment Breakdown VA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Tidewater Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Tidewater Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Tidewater Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Tidewater Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Tidewater Community College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Tidewater Community College Hawaiian (2013-2016)
% Two or more races
Tidewater Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Tidewater Community College Non Resident (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Tidewater Community College Ethnicity Breakdown VA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.610.62
Tidewater Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Tidewater Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,400$29,600
Tidewater Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,944 is less than the state average of $4,550. The in-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,614 is less than the state average of $9,760. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,944$4,550
Tidewater Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,614$9,760
Tidewater Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid74%78%
Tidewater Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,763$11,000
Tidewater Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,205$5,500
Tidewater Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Tidewater Community College, founded in 1968, is one of twenty-three two-year colleges that make up the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Tidewater Community College has grown from a single location to four campuses (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach), an Advanced Technology Center, and a Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth. TCC also offers classes at local Military Bases and local area schools. Tidewater Community College is a comprehensive institution of higher education offering programs of instruction generally extending no longer than two years beyond the high school level. The college offers career and technical education programs, transfer programs, developmental courses, continuing education programs, workforce development programs and distance learning programs. Tidewater Community College offers a variety of classes through distance delivery, including telecourses, teleconference classes, and web-based online classes. Students are able to select from a wide range of courses. Taught by TCC faculty, these classes are of comparable academic quality and transfer exactly like their classroom counterparts. Tidewater Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • n/a students | 4.70 Mi2428 Almeda Ave Ste 316
    Norfolk VA  23513
  • 236 students | 5.10 Mi2211 S Military Hwy
    Chesapeake VA  23320
  • Centura College-Norfolk
    Private, for profit
    226 students | 5.20 Mi7020 North Military Highway
    Norfolk VA  23518
  • Everest College-Chesapeake
    Private, for profit
    671 students | 5.30 Mi825 Greenbrier Circle Suite 100
    Chesapeake VA  23320
  • Fortis College-Norfolk
    Private, for profit
    315 students | 5.60 Mi6300 Center Dr Bldg 22
    Norfolk VA  23502
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Did You Know?
For Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,550 per year for in-state students and $9,760 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,297 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 80%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.