Campus Life Comes Alive

At NOVA, we take academics seriously. But we also offer plenty of extracurricular outlets as well. So be engaged, get involved and have fun.

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A Well-Rounded College Experience

NOVA has it all: clubs, organizations, lectures, theater, music, sports, student government. Don’t miss out on these great opportunities.

Extraordinary Extracurriculars

This is what college life is supposed to look like. Students gather in common areas to exchange ideas and knowledge, express themselves and have fun. NOVA campuses are connected to surrounding communities, as many students volunteer time to help their neighbors. Athletic fields are full of activity, with both intramural and intercollegiate teams. Less formal wellness programs keep students’ minds and bodies healthy. NOVA isn’t just a place to study; it’s a community.

Clubs and Organizations at NOVA

With 75,000+ students on six campuses, you are nearly certain to find someone who shares your passion. We urge our students to go beyond academics, and discover all that NOVA has to offer. On-campus groups may be recreational, academic, social, spiritual, cultural, intellectual or political. Get involved!

These are just a sample of the opportunities to explore:

  • Ballroom Dance
  • Campus Ministry
  • E-Sports
  • Finance
  • Horticulture
  • Meditation
  • Photography
  • Robotics
  • STEM
  • Student Governance
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Making the switch to NOVA was one of my best decisions. The smaller environment really helped me to figure out what I needed to do without feeling overwhelmed.

Alana Thomas

Sports at NOVA

Anyone can play sports in college. Maybe you won’t score the winning touchdown in the Rose Bowl, but there is a team for you. NOVA has 20+ intramural leagues, offering everything from basketball to soccer, pickleball to wiffleball, cornhole to ping pong. 

Still want more? Come play one of these intercollegiate sports:

  • Basketball (both men’s and women’s)
  • Men’s ice hockey
  • Men’s soccer
  • Men’s lacrosse
  • Women’s volleyball
  • Women’s softball
  • Women’s cross country
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Health & Wellness at NOVA

Academically, NOVA will challenge you and keep your mind sharp. Keeping your body fit is up to you – but our campuses provide plenty of motivation. Intramural sports are a great place to start, and many students form clubs & organizations to jointly pursue their fitness goals.

If going to workout at the gym is your thing, you’ll find first-rate facilities on these campuses:

  • Annandale
  • Alexandria
  • Loudoun

Volunteer Opportunities

NOVA students don’t just study on our campuses. They are also citizens of Northern Virginia. And in that spirit, we believe in giving back to the surrounding communities. Student organizations must perform at least 15 hours of service each semester. Make the most of your time at NOVA, by donating some of it to those in need.

Here are just a few of the activities our students have coordinated:

  • Nursing home visits
  • Textbook drives
  • Blood drives
  • Food drives
  • Voter registration drives
  • Adopt-a-Block cleanup
  • Landscaping renovations
  • Recycling

Dining Options on NOVA’s Campuses

Looking for a place to meet friends and have a quick meal between classes? You don’t even need to leave campus.

Euro Café offers slow-roasted coffee, hot and cold sandwiches, rice bowls and kebobs. Find one on these campuses:

  • Alexandria
  • Annandale
  • Loudoun
  • Manassas
  • Woodbridge

Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, and the Medical Education Campus also feature a Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Café. Get your Starbucks coffee and ½ price pizza on Thursdays!

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Off-Campus Housing

NOVA does not have on-campus residential units. But that doesn’t mean you’re on your own when it comes to finding a place to live. If you aren’t familiar with Northern Virginia, take advantage of NOVA’s Off-Campus Housing Service.

Use our searchable database to find:

  • Furnished and unfurnished apartments near public transportation, shopping, and restaurants
  • Available apartments near specific NOVA campuses
  • Options to share a residence with other international students
  • Leases of all types: individual, short-term, shared, etc.
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We want to make your experience at NOVA unique and memorable. Talk to one of our advisors, then become part of our community.

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