Accreditation & Information

Founded in 1967, Thomas Nelson is the Peninsula’s Community College, serving the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg and the counties of James City and York. Thomas Nelson is the fourth largest of Virginia’s Community Colleges.


Thomas Nelson Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Thomas Nelson Community College. All other questions about Th­omas Nelson Community College should be addressed directly to the College.

Mission Statement

Thomas Nelson Community College changes lives, empowers students to succeed, and enhances the civic and economic vitality of the Peninsula community through high quality education and workforce training, excellent services, and innovative partnerships.

Vision Statement

As the Peninsula’s Community College, Thomas Nelson is committed to excellence, recognized for student success, and dedicated to meeting the needs of our community.

Workforce Development

Thomas Nelson offers workforce training programs in healthcare, manufacturing & skilled trades, and cybersecurity eligible for tuition assistance through the Workforce Credentials Grant program.

Guaranteed Admissions Agreements

Through system-wide guaranteed admission agreements, students who graduate from Thomas Nelson with a transfer degree and minimum grade point average are guaranteed admission to many of the Commonwealth’s four-year colleges and universities.

Military Services

In 2015-2016, 28% of the College’s credit students indicated a military affiliation. The College was listed among G.I. Jobs Magazine’s Military-Friendly Schools for 2015. Thomas Nelson was also the #1 school in Virginia on the Military Times Best for Vets: Career and Technical Colleges list.

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Thomas Nelson is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree.

Core Values

Core Values

The core values that drive us: students first, educational excellence, community responsiveness, integrity, diversity, and mutual respect.

Economic Impact

Economic Impact

Thomas Nelson makes a significant positive impact on the Virginia Peninsula. Learn more about the economic impact we make in our region.