Ready to apply? Use this checklist as your guide.

  1. Select your program of study. NOVA has many degrees and certificates that will prepare you for a promising career or to transfer to a four-year institution. Some programs require additional steps for entry, so please review the program requirements carefully.

  2. Complete your online application via the link below, or to the right. Please ensure to choose the application term during which you wish to start classes at NOVA. In order to decide which application term may be best for you, please refer to our academic calendar.

  3. Complete the FAFSA for all relevant financial aid years.
    NOVA's code is 003727.

  4. Get evaluated for placement.
    We want to make sure that you are prepared for your coursework. You can demonstrate your readiness through the Virginia Placement Test, or submission of SAT, ACT, GED scores or your high school transcript. Contact the Student Services Center at any NOVA campus or visit Placement Tests.

  5. College Transcripts
    Submit your official college transcripts from all previous institutions to be evaluated for transfer credit. For more information and instructions, visit Transfer Credits.

  6. Contact an advisor.
    Planning and advising are critical to your success. After you complete the application, contact an advisor who will assist you with setting goals, academic planning and selecting courses. Student Services Centers are currently remote. Contact Virtual Advising.

Dual Enrollment

If you plan to begin taking NOVA classes before graduating from high school, please see Dual Enrollment.

International Applicants

Please be aware that NOVA has specific application deadlines for international applicants. Review the International Admissions page for more details and additional guidance.

Students who plan to transfer to Mason - get a head start with ADVANCE.

  • ADVANCE enables you to be identified as a Mason-track student while you are earning your degree from NOVA.
  • Transfer is seamless-upon graduation from NOVA, continue at Mason with no application process.
  • Defined curriculum pathways help ensure all credits transfer towards your selected degree program.
  • Success coaches at both schools will help you meet your milestones.
  • Program allows some co-enrollment for upper-division courses.

For more information visit ADVANCE.

It is the policy of Northern Virginia Community College and the Virginia Community College System to maintain and promote equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. The policy permits appropriate employment preferences for veterans and specifically prohibits discrimination against veterans. Inquiries concerning affirmative action and equal opportunity policies should be addressed, or call 703.323.3266.

— Last updated by Northern Virginia Community College on 11/24/2020 10:04AM PST

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