Admissions Eligibility

Anyone age 18 or older, or who holds a high school diploma or GED, can be admitted to Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), provided the individual can demonstrate ability to benefit from a program of study. First time students should submit a high school transcript, GED or equivalent. Transfer students should submit all college transcripts.

All students new to the college, and those returning after an absence of three years or more, must complete the Application for Admission and Application for Virginia In-State Tuition (if Virginia domicile is desired). There is no application fee.


The College reserves the right to evaluate special cases and to refuse admission to applicants when a refusal is in the best interest of the college.


Room 221-I Griffin Hall on the Hampton Campus or at the Historic Triangle Office Room 117. Directions

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Other Admissions Details:

High School and home-school students age 16 or older and with junior or senior standing may dual enroll with permission of their high school principals (or home schooling parents) and after satisfactory completion of TNCC placement tests. Dual enrolled students are not eligible to take developmental courses nor to receive financial aid.

Students on suspension or dismissal from TNCC or any other higher education institution are not automatically admitted or readmitted. They must file an appeal and an official transcript after a waiting period. Contact the Admissions Office for details.

Under the Senior Citizen Higher Education Act of 1974, students at least 60 years of age who have been domiciled in Virginia for one year are eligible to audit up to three courses per semester free. Additionally, if their federally taxable income did not exceed $15,000 for the year preceding enrollment, they may take credit courses without cost.

The first registration date for those taking advantage of the Senior Citizens Program is published on the Academic Calendar. Please note that classes fill early and selection is limited. The college complies with the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974. The Admissions staff should be consulted for details and assistance at 825-2800 (Room 208, Griffin Hall or the Historic Triangle Office).