Your Future Starts Here

Your academic journey starts now at NOVA. Complete a degree, transfer to a four-year college or enhance your skillset. No matter what kind of student you want to be, no matter your stage in life, NOVA is the place for you to make your next move.

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Follow Your Own Path

NOVA has an Open Admissions Policy. Kick start your education, or your career, whenever you want — today, next month, or next year. You’ve got a busy life, and NOVA will be here for you when you are ready.

Are you 18 years or older? With a high school diploma or equivalent? Then you are eligible to take full advantage of our curriculum. All of your academic goals are within reach at NOVA. Earn the credits you need to transfer to a four-year college, enhance your existing skills to advance your career, or just satisfy your intellectual curiosity.

This isn't a "junior" college, by any means. NOVA is big-time.

On each of our six campuses, you'll find unique educational opportunities and extracurricular activities that inspire you to learn and explore. In our classrooms, you'll find state-of-the-art facilities and instructors. As part of our student population, you'll find remarkable diversity among our knowledge seekers. In the Metro DC area, you'll find professional opportunities to launch your career.

Becoming a NOVA student is easy.

So get started today. Select a program, register online, secure financial aid, and choose your campus. Be bold -- follow our next steps (listed below) to join the NOVA community.

A little aid can make a big difference

Did you know? NOVA awarded over $123M in Financial Aid to 20,619 students in 2017.

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The academic degree students earn at NOVA and the chance to transfer to other academic institutions are what makes their journey at NOVA one of hope and progress ... I believe these students are my legacy. They will form the backbone of our future society as well-informed individuals who will fill and create jobs to reverse the trend of recent decades.


Beverlee Drucker, NOVA Emeritus Professor

Ready to Enroll? Follow These Easy Steps.

  1. Let's go. The first thing you want to do is sign up for a user account through Virginia Community College’s (VCC) Online Admissions site.

  2. Next, you'll want to check NOVA's Admissions Calendar to stay current with upcoming deadlines.

  3. Search for the program, or programs, that most interests you. NOVA allows you to choose what, when, and where, you want to study.

  4. Need Financial Aid? Start looking now. NOVA is committed to making college as affordable as possible.

  5. Complete the enrollment process. Talk to an advisor and make sure that you are prepared for the upcoming semester.

Follow these steps to become a student

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If you're still not sure that NOVA is right for you, talk to one of our advisors. Whether it's Financial Aid, selecting an area of study or planning to transfer – we can help you.

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