Thomas Nelson At-a-Glance

In Academic Year 2016-2017, Thomas Nelson served 13,121 students (unduplicated headcount) in credit instruction, making it the fifth largest college within the Virginia Community College System in terms of headcount.

The College serves a highly diverse region, and its student body closely reflects the demographics of the greater community. Of the College’s 13,121 credit students, 58.9% are female, 40.5% are 25 years old or older, and 51.5% are minority in terms of race/ethnicity. Traditionally underserved populations, as defined by student race/ethnicity, first- generation status, and income level, comprise 66.7% of the College’s unduplicated credit headcount.

Thomas Nelson serves a region that is home to many military service members and their families. In Academic Year 2016-2017, 28.8% of Thomas Nelson credit students indicated a military affiliation (e.g., active-duty, veteran, military spouse, or military dependent).

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Enrollment Statistics

  • Unduplicated Headcount: 13,121
  • Full time equivalency: 5,603
Enrollment by Ethnicity Number Percent
White 6,243 48%
Black or African American 4,366 33%
American Indian / Alaska Native 54 < 1%
Asian 505 4%
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 57 < 1%
Hispanic / Latino 995 6%
Two or More Races 779 5%
Race and Ethnicity Unknown 122 1%
Enrollment by Gender Number Percent
Male 5,390 41%
Female 7,731 59%
Enrollment by Age Number Percent
Under 18 1,369 10%
18 - 19 2,497 19%
20 - 21 2,151 16%
22 - 24 1,792 14%
25 - 29 1,927 15%
30 - 34 1,189 9%
35 - 39 752 6%
40 - 49 834 6%
50 - 64 567 4%
65 and over 43 < 1%
Enrollment by Program Number Percent
College Transfer 6,065 46%
Occupational / Technical 4,119 31%
Non-Curricular 2,937 22%
Enrollment by Residency Number Percent
Hampton 2,776 21%
James City County 1,301 10%
Newport News 3,674 28%
Poquoson 296 2%
Williamsburg 238 2%
York County 1,287 10%
Out-of-District (In-State) 2,157 16%
Out-of-State 1,392 11%

Graduation Statistics

  • Total Graduates: 1,220
  • Total Awards Conferred: 1,523
Awards Conferred by Degree Type Number Percent
Certificates / Career Studies Certificates 662 43%
Occupational / Technical Degrees 293 19%
College Transfer Degrees 568 37%
Graduates by Ethnicity Number Percent
White 705 58%
Black or African American 310 25%
American Indian / Alaska Native 5 < 1%
Asian 50 4%
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 6 < 1%
Hispanic / Latino 79 6%
Two or More Races 54 4%
Race and Ethnicity Unknown 11 1%
Graduates by Gender Number Percent
Male 488 40%
Female 732 60%
Graduates by Age Number Percent
18 -19 5 < 1%
20 - 21 199 16%
22 - 24 314 26%
25 - 29 237 19%
30 - 34 172 14%
35 - 39 91 7%
40 - 49 124 10%
50 - 64 74 6%
65 and over 4 < 1%