The Peninsula's Community College

Thomas Nelson Community College. Your first choice.

Thomas Nelson is your first choice for success in career and life.

Register now for summer and fall 2018

Summer classes are a great way to get ahead. Classes start May 21.

Class Schedule

Visiting College Students

Are you planning on being home for the summer? Take a summer class at Thomas Nelson to transfer back to your school.

Visiting Student Admissions

Continuing Education

Earn an industry-recognized credential in healthcare, cybersecurity, trades, or transportation. Classes are enrolling now, sign up today.

Class Schedule

Your First Choice

Great teachers. Small class sizes.

Learning at Thomas Nelson is personal. Small class sizes allow individualized attention from our dedicated and distinguished faculty.

World languages faculty member Isidoro Kessel, winner of the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
Biology faculty member Jennifer Martin, recipient of the State Council of Higher Education’s 2018 Outstanding Faculty Award


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We're Accredited

An accredited college meets the highest standards in academic excellence.

And the credits you earn are more likely to transfer to a 4-year school.

Complete your degree and earn more

Associate degree graduates earn an average of $10,900 more each year.

Those with an industry-recognized credential earn 1/3 more.

Earn your associate degree, certification, or industry-recognized credential in these fields:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business & Finance
  • College & University Transfer
  • Cybersecurity & Computers
  • Education & Social Science
  • Engineering & Science
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing & Mechatronics
  • Public Safety & Law
  • Transportation & Licensing

Explore our Programs

Your First Choice

We make college possible. It's our mission.

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


receive financial aid




underserved populations

Save $18,500

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


per credit hour


Tuition and fees for attending a Virginia Community College *

* 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 the VCCS rate. This rate does not include the cost of books and other program fees, nor does it take into consideration financial aid eligibility.

Online Programs Starting fall 2018

Earn your associate degree or certification from Thomas Nelson completely online.

Our online programs offer you convenience and flexibility, allowing you to fit your educational goals into your busy life.

Online Programs

Your First Choice

We have something to offer everyone.

Learn alongside recent high school graduates, working adults, military service members and their families, and life-long learners who all made Thomas Nelson their first choice for career and life.


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Ages 18–24

1 in 40

Peninsula residents take classes at Thomas Nelson

Student information based on Academic Year 2016-2017 data. Full-time/part-time enrollment status is based on fall 2017 data.

Your First Choice

Success. It's closer than you think.

It all happens right here on the Peninsula. Take classes at our campuses in Hampton and Williamsburg, at one of our learning and workforce centers, or learn online.

Celebrating 50 years of service.

Thomas Nelson was founded in 1967, as part of a statewide system of community colleges, and serves the residents of the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of James City and York.

Support Thomas Nelson

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

You're invited

Get to know Thomas Nelson throughout the month of April.

Open House
Hampton campus

April 20, 2018 1-4 p.m.

99 Thomas Nelson Drive

Hampton, VA 23666

Register for Open House

Parent Night

April 18, 2018 6-7 p.m.

Register for the Webinar

Save the Date

50th Anniversary Gala

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

Honoring the past, impacting the future. Our gala celebration will feature engaging speakers, great food, and lots of fun.

Sponsorship Opportunities