Facts & Figures

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.

2015–16 Faculty & Staff At-a-Glance

Instructional Faculty 121
Adjunct Faculty 417
Classified Staff 249
Hourly Staff 123
Administrative Staff 49

2015–16 Enrollment At-a-Glance


Headcount 13,966
Full-time equivalency 6,020
Military Affiliated 3,951
Average Class Size (Fall 2015) 20


White 6,753
Black 4,762
American Indian 65
Asian 507
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 51
Hispanic 923
Two or More Races 765
Race and Ethnicity Unknown 140


Male 5,748
Female 8,218


Under 18 1,229
18-21 4,772
22-24 1,966
25-64 5,965
65 and over 34

Enrollment by Programs

College Transfer 6,644
Occupational/Technical 4,527
Non-Curricular 2,795

Enrollment by Service Area

Hampton 2,921
James City County 1,434
Newport News 4,015
Poquoson 304
Williamsburg 238
York County 1,413
Out-of-District (In-State) 2,247
Out-of-State 1,394

Degrees/Awards Conferred

Certificates/Career Studies 695
Occupational/Technical 323
College Transfer 593
Total 1,611

Non-credit Headcount

Non-credit Headcount  7,055

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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.