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About NOVA

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Since 1964, Northern Virginia Community College has offered a quality and convenient educational experience at an affordable price. NOVA is the largest public 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, 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. 

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 76,868 students in credit courses
  • more than 23,000 people in noncredit courses
  • nearly 392,980 individuals through community activities on our campuses

Our Students

NOVA's students come to the College 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 the students, 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.