Founded in 1967, Thomas Nelson is the Peninsula’s Community College, serving the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg and the counties of James City and York. Thomas Nelson is the fourth largest of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Thomas Nelson Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Thomas Nelson Community College. All other questions about Thomas Nelson Community College should be addressed directly to the College.
Thomas Nelson Community College changes lives, empowers students to succeed, and enhances the civic and economic vitality of the Peninsula community through high quality education and workforce training, excellent services, and innovative partnerships.
As the Peninsula’s Community College, Thomas Nelson is committed to excellence, recognized for student success, and dedicated to meeting the needs of our community.
Thomas Nelson offers workforce training programs in healthcare, manufacturing & skilled trades, and cybersecurity eligible for tuition assistance through the Workforce Credentials Grant program.
Guaranteed Admissions Agreements
Through system-wide guaranteed admission agreements, students who graduate from Thomas Nelson with a transfer degree and minimum grade point average are guaranteed admission to many of the Commonwealth’s four-year colleges and universities.
In 2015-2016, 28% of the College’s credit students indicated a military affiliation. The College was listed among G.I. Jobs Magazine’s Military-Friendly Schools for 2015. Thomas Nelson was also the #1 school in Virginia on the Military Times Best for Vets: Career and Technical Colleges list.
2015–16 Faculty & Staff At-a-Glance
|Instructional Faculty ||121 |
|Adjunct Faculty ||417 |
|Classified Staff ||249 |
|Hourly Staff ||123 |
|Administrative Staff ||49 |
2015–16 Enrollment At-a-Glance
|Headcount ||13,966 |
|Full-time equivalency ||6,020 |
|Military Affiliated ||3,951 |
|Average Class Size (Fall 2015) ||20 |
|White ||6,753 |
|Black ||4,762 |
|American Indian ||65 |
|Asian ||507 |
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander ||51 |
|Hispanic ||923 |
|Two or More Races ||765 |
|Race and Ethnicity Unknown ||140 |
|Under 18 ||1,229 |
|18-21 ||4,772 |
|22-24 ||1,966 |
|25-64 ||5,965 |
|65 and over ||34 |
Enrollment by Programs
|College Transfer ||6,644 |
|Occupational/Technical ||4,527 |
|Non-Curricular ||2,795 |
Enrollment by Service Area
|Hampton ||2,921 |
|James City County ||1,434 |
|Newport News ||4,015 |
|Poquoson ||304 |
|Williamsburg ||238 |
|York County ||1,413 |
|Out-of-District (In-State) ||2,247 |
|Out-of-State ||1,394 |
|Certificates/Career Studies ||695 |
|Occupational/Technical ||323 |
|College Transfer ||593 |
|Total ||1,611 |
|Non-credit Headcount ||7,055 |