The Peninsula's Community College

Faculty + Advisors = Success

Collaboration between faculty, academic advisors and students leads to success.

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Get ahead this fall

Fall classes start August 21. Don't wait, register today. Find a class.

Thomas Nelson Performing Arts Presents

Gilbert & Sullivan's The Grand Duke

Don't miss this production of the world-renowned duo’s final collaboration. Weekends, July 13–22.

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Workforce Open Houses

July 28 and August 1

Learn about Workforce programs and services.

Open House Information

Parent Nights

July 26

Parents, get your questions answered and your student enrolled.

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Student Success

Real Thomas Nelson graduates share their stories.


Ross Manfred

Class of 2018

Tiffany Boyle

Class of 2009

Amy Derby

Class of 2007

Your first choice for starting your bachelor's degree.

Pay 1/3 the cost for the first two years of your college degree and transfer to one of Virginia's best four-year schools, including:


and over 30 more transfer partners.

College & University Transfer

Summer Camps

Discover something new with Thomas Nelson's summer camps happening in July and August.

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Fall classes in Newport News

Evening classes offered in Human Services. Free parking, printing and small class sizes.

Southeast Center

Your first choice for personalized learning.

We believe learning should be personal. Small class sizes allow individualized attention from our dedicated and distinguished faculty.


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Biology faculty member Jennifer Martin, recipient of the State Council of Higher Education’s 2018 Outstanding Faculty Award

Scholarship Opportunities

Get help paying for your education. Available for both credit and non-credit classes.

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Your first choice for advancing your career.

Gain the skills you need to succeed in these in-demand fields through short-term training and two-year associate degree programs.

  • Arts

  • Education

  • Manufacturing

  • Business

  • Engineering

  • Public Safety

  • Cybersecurity

  • Health

  • Transportation

Programs of Study

Your first choice for making an education possible.

As the cost of education continues to rise, our affordable tuition, financial aid and scholarship opportunities make a college education accessible to all.

Save $18,200

The average cost of attending a VA 4-year school is $23,000


per credit hour

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Costs for attending Thomas Nelson

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Amount represents the tuition and fees associated with a full-time course load (30 credit hours) at Thomas Nelson. This rate does not include the cost of books and other program fees, nor does it take into consideration financial aid eligibility.

Your first choice for earning your degree online.

Starting fall 2018

It's more convenient than ever to take that next step. Earn your associate degree or certification completely online.

Choose from 8 associate degree and 8 certificate programs.

Online Programs

Your first choice for learning with students just like you.

Learn alongside recent high school graduates, working adults, military service members and their families and life-long learners.


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Your first choice for learning here on the Peninsula.

It all happens right here on the Virginia Peninsula. Classes are held on our campuses in Hampton and Williamsburg, at our learning and workforce centers and online.

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Historic Triangle campus

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Southeast Higher Education Center

Newport News, VA

Building and Construction Trades

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Celebrating 50 Years

Thomas Nelson was founded in 1967, as part of a statewide system of community colleges, and serves residents of the Virginia Peninsula.

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Photo © 1967 by the Daily Press Media Group. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

50th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 6 p.m.
Hampton Roads Convention Center

Sponsorship Opportunities