Thomas Nelson Community College

  • Thomas Nelson Community College is a two-year institution of higher education established as a part of a statewide system of community colleges. It primarily serves the residents of the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of James City and York. The college operates under policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and with the guidance of the Thomas Nelson Community College Board. The administration of the college is directly responsible to the chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. The college is financed primarily by state funds, supplemented by contributions from the participating localities and the federal government.

School Highlights

Thomas Nelson Community College serves 7,685 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is lower than the state community college average of 31:1.
Minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 50%.

Top Placements

Thomas Nelson Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Virginia for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 252 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Thomas Nelson Community College(VA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty252 staff69 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Thomas Nelson Community College has declined by 26% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has decreased from 46:1 over five years.
The Thomas Nelson Community College diversity score of 0.71 is more than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has grown by 19% over five years.
Total Enrollment7,685 students2,366 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio30:131:1
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# Full-Time Students2,447 students861 students
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# Part-Time Students5,238 students1,505 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
4%
6%
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% Hispanic
8%
10%
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% Black
29%
22%
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% White
44%
50%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
6%
4%
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% Non Resident races
6%
4%
% Unknown races
1%
2%
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Diversity Score0.710.68
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College Completion Rate
19%
34%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,700$29,400
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $4,169 is more than the state average of $3,736. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,007 is more than the state average of $8,977. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,169$3,736
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Out-State Tuition Fees$10,007$8,977
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid62%80%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,500$11,250
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,250$5,500
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Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Thomas Nelson Community College prepares students for success in the global community and workforce of the future through the delivery of world-class comprehensive arts and sciences, transfer and occupational/technical programs and workforce development. TNCC enhances the quality of life for citizens in its region by providing high quality, affordable, and accessible post-secondary education. The college offers Programs and Certificates in 40 fields of study. Some of the most popular programs include Accounting, Administrative Support Technology, Business Administration/Management/Marketing, Computer-Aided Drafting, Computer Arts, Information Technology, Nursing and Public Administration. Our campus in Hampton is located on 86.5 acres, and has eight academic buildings housing traditional classrooms, science labs, computer labs, language and graphic arts labs, the �Gators� Cafeteria, the college bookstore, conference rooms, a Wellness Center, The Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium and support offices. TNCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Thomas Nelson Community College is Bryant & Stratton College-Hampton (2.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 333 students | 2.00 Mi4410 East Claiborne Square, Suite 233
    Hampton VA  23666
    (757) 896-6001
    2.00333
  • 126 students | 7.50 Mi616 Denbigh Blvd
    Newport News VA  23608
    (757) 874-2121
    7.50126
  • Centura College-Norfolk
    Private for-profit
    166 students | 14.90 Mi7020 North Military Highway
    Norfolk VA  23518
    (757) 853-2121
    14.90166
  • 20,941 students | 16.40 Mi121 College Place
    Norfolk VA  23510
    (757) 822-1122
    16.4020,941
  • n/a students | 17.10 Mi2428 Almeda Ave Ste 316
    Norfolk VA  23513
    (757) 853-3508
    17.10n/a
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Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.