99 Thomas Nelson Drive
Hampton, VA 23666
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 6,256 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 48%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,256 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,169
  • Out-state tuition: $10,007
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Thomas Nelson Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Virginia for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size

School Overview

The teacher population of 442 teachers has grown by 75% over five years.
Thomas Nelson Community College
(VA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
442 staff
129 staff
This chart display total faculty of Thomas Nelson Community College and community college average number of faculty in VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Thomas Nelson Community College has declined by 40% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 41:1 over five years.
The Thomas Nelson Community College diversity score of 0.63 is less than the state average of 0.66. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,256 students
2,050 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Thomas Nelson Community College and community college average number of enrollment of VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
17:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Thomas Nelson Community College and community college average student staff ratio of VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
1,991 students
843 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time students enrollment of Thomas Nelson Community College and average number of community college Full-time students enrollment of VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Part-Time Students
4,265 students
1,243 students
This chart display the total number of Part-time students enrollment of Thomas Nelson Community College and average number of community college Part-time students enrollment of VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Thomas Nelson Community College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of VA.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
468 students
232 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,991 students
802 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time undergraduate students enrollment of Thomas Nelson Community College and average number of community college Full-time undergraduate  students enrollment of VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
169 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,265 students
1,243 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
20 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
476 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
This chart display the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan students in Thomas Nelson Community College and the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan community college students in VA by year, with the latest 2012-13 school year data.
% Asian
3%
7%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Thomas Nelson Community College and the percentage of Asian community college students in VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Hispanic
9%
12%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Thomas Nelson Community College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Black
27%
21%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Thomas Nelson Community College and the percentage of Black community college students in VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% White
53%
52%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Thomas Nelson Community College and the percentage of White community college students in VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
This chart display the percentage of Hawaiian students in Thomas Nelson Community College and the percentage of Hawaiian community college students in VA by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
% Two or more races
7%
4%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Thomas Nelson Community College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
% Unknown races
1%
2%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Thomas Nelson Community College.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in VA.
Diversity Score
0.63
0.66
This chart display the diversity score of Thomas Nelson Community College and the community college average diversity score of VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
5.43%
2.29%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Thomas Nelson Community College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.19%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,700
$29,600
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Thomas Nelson Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of VA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,169 is more than the state average of $3,736. The in-state tuition has declined by 10% 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 declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,169
$3,736
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Thomas Nelson Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$10,007
$8,977
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Thomas Nelson Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
65%
85%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Thomas Nelson Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$9,500
$11,000
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Thomas Nelson Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,154
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Thomas Nelson Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in VA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
71%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Thomas Nelson Community College cost?

Thomas Nelson Community College's tuition is approximately $4,169 for In-State students and $10,007 for Out-State students.

What is Thomas Nelson Community College's ranking?

Thomas Nelson Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Virginia for: Largest student body and Least debt for graduating students.

Recent Articles

FAFSA Applications: Community Colleges Offer Assistance
FAFSA Applications: Community Colleges Offer Assistance
Need help with your FAFSA application?Many community colleges are offering workshops and other types of assistance to help students get the financial aid necessary to head to college next year.
What to Consider When Choosing a Community College
There are thousands of different schools out there, so how do you make your choice? Consider these three categories to narrow your search and find the perfect school.
Community College Pathways to a Career in Air Traffic Control
Community College Pathways to a Career in Air Traffic Control
Air traffic controllers enjoy secure, interesting work. Earning a degree in ATC at a community college is an excellent first step to securing a job.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,256 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,169
  • Out-state tuition: $10,007
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Related School Videos

Did You Know?

For Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,736 per year for in-state students and $8,977 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,561 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 77%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.66, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Virginia is American National University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

Quick Links