Thomas Nelson Community College

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Thomas Nelson Community College
Type Public
Established 1968
President John Dever
Location Williamsburg & Hampton, Virginia, USA
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
Campus Urban
Nickname TNCC
Thomas Nelson CC logo.svg

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%.


More than 16,300 students enrolled at Thomas Nelson Community College in 2010-2011, a 2.9 percent increase and a record high for the institution.[6]

2010-2011: 16,306 (2.9% increase)

2009-2010: 15,834, (2% increase)

2008-2009: 15,512 students (10.2% increase)

2007-2008: 13,932 students (1.6% decrease)

2006-2007: 14,170, (7.4% increase)


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]


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