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About NOVA

Begun in 1964, Northern Virginia Community College offers a quality and convenient educational experience at an affordable price. NOVA is the largest educational institution in Virginia and the second-largest community college in the United States, comprising of more than 75,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff members. NOVA is also one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the United States, with a student body consisting of individuals from more than 180 countries.

Located near Washington, D.C., the College includes six campuses -- Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, MEC (Springfield) and Woodbridge; along with four educational centers -- Arlington, Reston, Innovation Park and ELI. NOVA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and offers more than 160 degrees at the associate's level and certificate programs. We also offer distance learning programs through our Extended Learning Institute and continuing education courses through Workforce Development.

Every person at NOVA has a distinct function, duty and responsibility. Visit the links below to view the organizational structure of the Virginia Community College System, NOVA and each campus. You will need Acrobat Reader to view the charts.  

 

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Accreditation

Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Northern Virginia Community College. For other information about the College, please contact NOVA at Administrative Offices, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale, VA 22003-3796 or call 703.323.3000.

Curricula of the College are approved by the College Board and by the State Board. The two-year associate degree programs are also approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).