Welcome to First Year Success

The First Year Success system is designed to improve learning for new students during their first year of college in efforts to assist them in achieving academic and personal success. Recognizing that most students need additional assistance as they transition to college, the comprehensive orientation system includes four components: Orientation, Student Development Courses, Family & Friends Information Sessions and SAILS: Early Alert.

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Make Your First Year a Success!


Orientation is the first step in achieving academic and personal success at Tidewater Community College!

All new students should attend an orientation session and since enrolling in college impacts the entire family, they are also encouraged to attend.

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Student Development Courses

Research shows that students who complete a Student Development (SDV) Course within their first year in college have higher levels of academic success.

All new students should enroll in one of the SDV Courses within their first 15 credit hours.

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Family & Friends Information Sessions

Family and friends of students are encouraged to attend information sessions to learn how to best support their students while transitioning into college. The sessions build collaboration between families and the college to achieve the common goals of learning, student development, and success.

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SAILS: Early Alert

Student Assistance and Intervention for Learning Success (SAILS): Early Alert promotes student success through faculty referral of students experiencing academic challenges and connecting students with supportive resources to achieve their academic and life goals.

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We're here to help. Contact us today!

Chesapeake Campus

TCC Chesapeake Kevin McCarthy
Phone: 757-822-5192
Email: kmccarthy@tcc.edu

Norfolk Campus

TCC Norfolk Thomas Chatman
Phone: 757-822-1230
Email: tchatman@tcc.edu

Portsmouth Campus

TCC Portsmouth Okema Bowers
Phone: 757-822-2219
Email: obowers@tcc.edu

Virginia Beach Campus

TCC Virginia Beach Nina Elopre
Phone: 757-822-7519
Email: nelopre@tcc.edu