Ready to get started on what’s Next Up for you? Follow the steps below to begin your education at Tyler. If you have questions or need help, send us an email, and if you'd like to receive more information about Tyler, fill out our form.
Returning students who have not been enrolled in credit courses at Tyler during the past three years must reapply by resubmitting an application for admission prior to registering for classes. Please direct all questions about applications to the Admissions and Records Office. Students who applied but never attended classes are required to reapply after three semesters.
Dual Enrollment Students
If you are a dual enrollment applicant interested in taking Tyler classes at your local high school, please get application instructions from your high school counselor. If you have taken a Dual Enrollment class at your local high school within the last year and want to enroll at Tyler, you do not need to complete a new application. Schedule an appointment with the Advising Center to get assistance with your next steps for enrolling in classes.
If you are applying for financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using Tyler's FAFSA code: 004004. You can apply as early as October for the next academic year and applying early can help you qualify for the maximum amount of aid.
Keep in mind that your tuition must be paid by the listed deadlines or you will be dropped from your classes.
Once your application is received, you will receive your login credentials for our student portal, myTyler.
With just one login, myTyler gives you access to your online coursework in Canvas, Navigate Student, your Tyler student Gmail account, and our Student Information System (SIS), where you can access your financial aid information, make online payments and register for classes. Set up your myTyler account as soon as possible; if you need assistance, contact our Help Hub. Please note that your Navigate Student and Tyler Gmail accounts will not be immediately available when your account is set up.
Once you are in myTyler, set up Navigate Student, a free online tool and mobile app that acts as your personal guide to Tyler. Use Navigate Student to connect to your faculty advisor, stay up to date on your next steps, plan your schedule each semester and see your academic progress. After you activate your myTyler account, it can take up to 24 hours for Navigate Student to become available.
Determine your readiness for college-level math and English.
Tyler typically offers placement tests to help students determine which level of math or English they are ready to take. Due to COVID-19, placement tests will not be required for the spring, summer or fall 2021 semesters.
You should schedule an appointment with the Advising Center to determine your placement in math and English courses; there are many ways that your prior coursework and tests can help with your placement. If you have the following information, it may assist your advisor with placing you:
An unofficial transcript showing prior coursework in math and/or English
PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores
Demonstration of completion of required high school coursework, along with your GPA, within the last 5 years
Transcript(s) or score(s) can also be emailed to Admissions and Records. Staff will review your materials and post any exemptions in SIS within 48 hours.
Schedule Planning Tools
Tyler offers several tools and services to help with planning your class schedule:
College Catalog outlines all the courses required in your major and includes a printable degree planner you can use to track your progress toward graduation. If you are using financial aid, this information is critical. Financial aid will only pay for courses that are part of your major.
For assistance with your first semester schedule, speak with Advising Centerstaff. In future semesters, the advisor assigned to you based on your major can help you plan your schedule and guide you through college and career decisions.
Once you are ready to register for classes, log in to myTyler and add classes through the Student Information System.
Non-degree seeking students who want to enroll in a class and transfer it back to their home college or university may need to provide a Transient Form before enrolling.
Get Your Books
Students who have their textbooks on the first day of class are more likely to get better grades and complete their courses. So be prepared! Take a copy of your class schedule to the bookstore, or order online.
Using financial aid? You’ll need a photo ID and student ID number for your financial aid purchase. See when you can charge books and supplies to financial aid.
Concerned about costs? Options like used books, rented books, digital textbooks and open educational resources (OER) courses, if available, can save you money.
New Student Orientation
Orientation is a great way to get familiar with campus, learn about resources that can help you succeed and meet future classmates. We offer two options to fulfill this important, mandatory requirement:
In-person orientations at specific dates and times on the Chester and Midlothian campuses
Virtual orientations at specific dates and times through Zoom
An online orientation module that can be completed anytime
At the start of your first semester, you’ll want to pick up your student ID from our Student Activities Office. Your ID gives you access to printing and checking out books at the campus library, as well as access to campus gyms and Virginia State University recreational facilities, when open. You may also be able to use your ID to receive discounts at local businesses.
If you plan to park on campus, you will also need to request a parking pass, which can be picked up from the Security Desk on either campus.