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 fifth largest of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Thomas Nelson Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees.
Questions about the accreditation of Thomas Nelson Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
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.
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.
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.
In Academic Year 2018-2019, 24.1% of Thomas Nelson credit students indicated a military affiliation (e.g., active-duty, veteran, military spouse, or military dependent). The College has been listed among G.I. Jobs Magazine’s Military-Friendly Schools as well as the Military Times Best for Vets: Career and Technical Colleges list.