• Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, Tidewater Community College (TCC) serves South Hampton Roads with 4 campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach and 7 regional centers. The college also boasts 2 important cultural institutions. During the 2017-18 academic year, nearly 1 in 5 recent high school graduates made TCC their "school of choice." The college has 13 nationally accredited academic programs.

School Highlights

Tidewater Community College serves 16,769 students (35% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 49% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 48%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 16,769 students
  • In-state tuition: $185
  • Out-state tuition: $385
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 49%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Tidewater Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Virginia for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size
Completion Rates

School Overview

The teacher population of 1,135 teachers has grown by 51% over five years.
Tidewater Community College
(VA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
1,135 staff
129 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Tidewater Community College has declined by 39% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 37:1 over five years.
The Tidewater Community College diversity score of 0.66 is equal to the state average of 0.66. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
16,769 students
2,050 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
5,806 students
843 students
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# Part-Time Students
10,963 students
1,243 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
125 students
232 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
5,806 students
802 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
169 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
10,963 students
1,243 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
20 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
476 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
5%
7%
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% Hispanic
9%
12%
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% Black
26%
21%
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% White
51%
52%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
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% Two or more races
6%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
1%
2%
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Diversity Score
0.66
0.66
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
16.29%
2.29%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.19%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,400
$29,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $185 is less than the state average of $3,736. The in-state tuition has declined by 96% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $385 is less than the state average of $8,977. The out-state tuition has declined by 96% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$185
$3,736
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$385
$8,977
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Tuition Notes
TCC's 2019 in-state tuition rate is $185.35/credit hour.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
73%
85%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,800
$11,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
71%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • TCC has a wide variety of programs, from the academic disciplines to skilled trades to professional specialties. Many of our students go on to 4-year colleges and universities, and many more complete degrees and certificates that help lead them to rewarding careers in in-demand fields. TCC is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Tidewater Community College cost?

Tidewater Community College's tuition is approximately $185 for In-State students and $385 for Out-State students.

What is Tidewater Community College's ranking?

Tidewater Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Virginia for: Largest student body and Highest completion rates.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 16,769 students
  • In-state tuition: $185
  • Out-state tuition: $385
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 49%
  • Source: Verified school update

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Did You Know?

For Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,736 per year for in-state students and $8,977 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,561 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 77%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.66, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Virginia is American National University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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