Student Success

The Offices of Student Success provides prospective and continuing students opportunities and experiences that promote their academic and personal growth, while encouraging their personal responsibility in preparation for future success.

New for Student Success @ TNCC

Hampton Office Hours:

  • Thursday: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 8am – 5pm
  • Friday: 8am-5pm (Summer only 8am-12pm)
  • Phone: (757) 825-2827
Historic Triangle Office Hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Thursday: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Friday: 8am-5pm (Summer only 8am-12pm)
  • Phone: (757) 253-4755

Student Development Information:

Message from the Hampton Campus Dean»

Message from the Historic Triangle Campus Dean» Academic Advising» Disabled Student Services» College Success Skills» College Success Seminars» Counseling Services» TRiO Program» Virginia Department of Health Services» Student Health Insurance Information»

Welcome to Thomas Nelson Community College of Hampton, Virginia. Congratulations on deciding to continue your academic experience at TNCC. On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration it is my pleasure to say “Welcome”, and to wish you a very successful and exciting semester.

The Office of Student Development provides academic advising, personal/social counseling, and disabled student services counseling to assist you in developing an educational plan that is compatible with your educational and career goals. We provide an ongoing cooperative partnership between students, faculty, professional counselors, support staff and administrators.

We encourage you to become involved with TNCC student activities and campus life to enrich your TNCC experience. A variety of educational, cultural, recreational, social activities and events are available. While it is vital that you take ownership for your own success, please know that the Office of Student Development is here to provide support for you in your academic pursuits.

Additionally, we encourage you to become familiar with and use the college’s resources and services.

We look forward to getting to know you and helping you plan your future.

Ms. Joyce Johnson
Dean of Student Development, Hampton

Welcome to the Historic Triangle Campus of Thomas Nelson Community College. We are here to serve the residents of James City County, York County, and the City of Williamsburg by providing student services that include admissions, financial aid, and counseling.

Students may begin their college careers in our office by applying online, taking placement testing, and visiting with a professional counselor. During this time, students can discuss their educational goals as well as their career options. The counselor serves as a resource, providing information on the College’s programs and services, as well as in selecting appropriate courses. In addition, career services, ADA services, and transfer services are available through our office as well.

Financial aid services are provided by trained financial aid officers who can answer your questions regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), loans, scholarships, and work study opportunities. We encourage students to apply early for financial assistance so that it will be in place when students come to register.

The Office of Student Development on the Historic Triangle Campus strives to meet the academic and career goals of our students by providing student-friendly services during convenient hours.

We look forward to serving your educational and career goals.

Dr. Betsy T. Harrison
Dean of Student Development

At TNCC we take academic advising very seriously. We have many individuals on staff, from faculty members to professional counselors, to assist you during your academic career. There are three primary locations on campus where academic advising takes place: the Admissions and Welcome Center (on the Hampton Campus, Griffin Hall, room 201), the Office of Student Development (Hastings Hall, room 323) and Advising Area (Hastings Hall, room 324). Academic Advising is available at the Historic Triangle Campus in Room 117.

Thomas Nelson is committed to creating an accessible environment for students with disabilities, while allowing the student the opportunity for growth, greater responsibility and empowerment.

College Success Skills is an orientation course that serves as an introduction to Thomas Nelson Community College. The course is offered each semester and is a requirement for graduation in academic programs. College Success Skills is taught by professional counselors as a one-credit course. The course provides students an overview of college degree offerings, program services and various strategies on student success. Several topics addressed by the course are study skills, time management, test taking skills, college policies and procedures, personal goal setting, financial literacy, campus resources, educational and career planning.

The Office of Student Success has developed several seminars to assist you in achieving your academic and personal goals. Whether you are returning back to school after many years or a recent high school graduate, the transition to college can be challenging.  Some of the academic and personal challenges facing students are Time Management, Study Skills, Test Taking, Managing Stress, Note Taking, and Money Matters.  These seminars are intended to provide learning opportunities outside of the classroom for students to improve and enhance their academic and personal development.

Counselors in the Office of Student Success assist students in developing skills to make informed decisions regarding their educational, career, personal and social needs. New, non-curricular, and continuing students should see Counselors on the Hampton campus in Griffin Hall, Room 201 or may call (757) 825-2827 (Hampton) for assistance. Students may also find counseling support in the Office of Student Success (Hastings Hall, Room 323), Office of Student Services at the Historic Triangle campus, (757) 253-4755 (Williamsburg) or by emailing us at

TRiO is a federally funded program designed to provide academic support and encouragement to students who face economic, social, and cultural barriers to higher education. TRiO offers academic and career counseling, assistance with financial aid and scholarship processes, college success skills development supplemental math instruction, a Summer Bridge component for entering freshmen, peer mentoring, and educational enrichment activities to enrolled TNCC students who meet the federal eligibility requirements and program guidelines.

Thomas Nelson Community College and the Office of Student Affairs is committed to the health and well-being of its students and the community. We have provided the links to the Virginia Department of Health, as well as, to the individual, local health departments. Click the link in the area in which you live for information.


The companies below offer student accident and health insurance. The companies below are not endorsements of TNCC or the VCCS but provide health insurance plans to students.

  • Assurant Health (website)
    Milwaukee, WI
    Telephone: 1-800-494-8463
  • Collegiate Risk Management, Inc. (website)
    110 Athens Street
    Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
    Telephone: 1-800-922-3420
  • E. J. Smith & Associates (website)
    899 Skokie Boulevard
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    Telephone: 1-847-564-3660
    Fax: 1-847-564-3069
  • International Student Insurance (website)
    224 First Street
    Neptune Beach, FL 32266, USA
    Telephone: 1-(888) 247-1387
  • Insurance for College Students, LLC (website)
    P.O. Box 971053
    Boca Raton, FL 33497

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