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Who We Are

Northern Virginia Community College can take you anywhere you want to go, including places you’ve never dreamed of. NOVA is a learning experience that is as unique as your goals, whether you’re interested in becoming a doctor, an auto mechanic, a research scientist or a chef! Take a look at what we offer!

General Information

During the 2011-12 academic year, NOVA served

  • more than 76,000 students in credit courses
  • more than 23,000 people in noncredit courses
  • nearly 300,000 individuals through community activities on our campuses

Our Students

NOVA is home to students who come to us from many backgrounds. Our international student population (20%) represents more than 180 different countries. We serve, first-time, returning, and transfer students. Our students are full-time and part-time. For more information about us, check out the Office of Institutional Research and NOVA's Viewbook.

Our Faculty

Nearly 900 full-time faculty and administrators and 900 staff members serve our students. In addition, approximately 2,000 part-time faculty strengthen our ability to provide more courses and services.


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 NOVA's accreditation.

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).

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.

Take the Tour

Now that you know a little about us, we invite you to take our NOVA Virtual Tour.