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About Thomas Nelson Community College

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is a 2-year college offering certificates and associate's degrees in Hampton and Williamsburg, Virginia. TNCC is part of the Virginia Community College System, mainly serving students in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg, Virginia, as well as James City County and York County, Virginia.

The Hampton campus has 8 buildings encompassing classrooms, labs, cafeteria, bookstore, wellness center, auditorium and support offices. The Williamsburg campus opened in 2009 and offers high-tech classrooms, labs, a bookstore, library and administrative and support offices.

The college was named for Thomas Nelson, Jr., a former Commonwealth governor who signed the Declaration of Independence. He was a part of the Virginia militia during the Revolutionary War and is a local historical figure.


Thomas Nelson Community College offers 985 courses in 73 subject areas, with 140 degree and certificate programs. The college's associate's degree programs prepare students for careers or help students transfer to 4-year institutions. TNCC also offers certificate programs, developmental and continuing education programs and industrial training programs.

Course schedules are designed to offer students flexibility, including day, evening and weekend courses. Web-based distance learning courses and courses using compressed video also are available.


Thomas Nelson Community College has an open admissions policy. Students must complete the Virginia Community Colleges application, which is available on the school's website. A Virginia placement test is required, though students may be exempted by submitting qualifying SAT, ACT or AP scores. Students are then required to complete an in-person or online orientation and meet with a counselor.

In fall 2011, 64% of students were part-time and 36% were full-time. The diverse student body included 57% of students aged 24 and under and 43% of students aged 25 and over.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For 2013, in-state tuition and fees cost $124.50 per credit hour for Virginia residents while out-of-state residents could expect to pay $316.60 per credit. In 2011-2012, books and supplies cost $1,300 per year. A tuition payment plan offers students the ability to have monthly payments automatically deducted from a credit card or bank account.

The TNCC financial aid office helps students apply for financial assistance, including loans, scholarships, work-study programs, tax credits, grants and veterans benefits. Scholarships are awarded based on need and merit.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Less than 1 year certificate, 1 but less than 2 years certificate, associate's degree*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 10,999 in 2011*
Student Housing None*
Programs 140 degrees and certificates**
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Less than 1 year certificate: business administration (81)
1 to less than 2 year certificate: liberal arts and sciences (302)
Associate's: social sciences (200)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 5% within normal time
13% within 150% of normal time
17% within twice as long as normal time*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size 1,645 full-time and part-time students in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 59% for full-time students, 39% for part-time students*
Tuition (2013) $117 per credit hour for in-state students; $293.60 for out-of-state students**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: grant or scholarship aid (49%), federal student loans (19%)*
Percent of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 62% of beginning full-time students in 2010-11*

Sources: *College Navigator - National Center for Education Statistics, **Thomas Nelson Community College, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Thomas Nelson Community College, 99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton, VA 23666
  • Phone: (757) 825-2700
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