Thomas Nelson Community College

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Thomas Nelson Community College
PresidentJohn Dever
Location, ,
37°03′49″N 76°25′10″W / 37.0636°N 76.4194°W / 37.0636; -76.4194Coordinates: 37°03′49″N 76°25′10″W / 37.0636°N 76.4194°W / 37.0636; -76.4194
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Thomas Nelson Community College (abbreviated form: TNCC) is a two-year college located in Virginia. It has two campuses – one located in Hampton, and the other in James City County near Williamsburg. It also has two education centers The Southeast Higher Education Center in Newport News and the Williamsburg Discovery Center in Williamsburg.[1] The institution is one of the twenty-three colleges in the Virginia Community College System. It mostly serves students living on the Peninsula region of Hampton Roads, but it also has students from other parts of southeastern Virginia.


The college was named after Thomas Nelson, Jr. (December 26, 1738 – January 4, 1789), who was an American planter, soldier, and statesman from Yorktown, Virginia. He is regarded as one of the U.S. Founding Fathers, since he signed the Declaration of Independence as a member of the Virginia delegation.[2] He served as Governor of Virginia in 1781. Nelson County, Virginia, and Nelson County, Kentucky, are also named in his honor. The construction of TNCC began in August 1967. Four buildings were planned for construction, and the cornerstone was laid in December 1967. More than 1,200 Students began classes on September 20, 1968, and the first class of students graduated with associate degrees on June 13, 1970.[3]

Tuition and accreditation[edit]

As of fall 2010, tuition for in-state students is $101.00 per credit hour. Tuition for out-of-state students is $279.60 per hour. Institutional fee for fall and spring is $10.50 per semester, and is $7.25 for summer semesters. The VCCS technology fee is $6.50 per credit hour. Out-of-state students must pay a capitol fee of $15.00 per credit hour [1]. Thomas Nelson Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[4]


TNCC offers 50 associate degree programs, and has over 60 certificate programs.[5]

The completion rate is approx 17%.


2013-2017 figures[6]

2017-2018: 12,210

2016-2017: 13,121

2015-2016: 13,966

2014-2015: 15,122

2013-2014: 16,212

2012-2013: missing

2011-2012: missing

2010-2011: 16,306

2009-2010: 15,834

2008-2009: 15,512

2007-2008: 13,932

2006-2007: 14,170


In 2014, the school faced a lawsuit from student, Christian Parks, for free speech violations and violation of the right to free conscious. The lawsuit cited 41 violations in the school's policy. The ACLU and the ACLJ supported the lawsuit.[7]


  1. ^ "Contact Us - Thomas Nelson Community College". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  2. ^ "The Peninsula's Community College - Thomas Nelson Community College". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  3. ^ "The Peninsula's Community College - Thomas Nelson Community College". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2011-07-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "The Peninsula's Community College - Thomas Nelson Community College". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Thomas Nelson Community College Annual / Semester Headcount and FTES 2013-2014 to 2017-2018" (PDF). Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Settlement sought in free speech case by Christian student at TNCC". Retrieved 28 March 2018.

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