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Academic Calendar

NOVA provides the tools you need to stay organized and informed. The Events Calendar provides an extensive listing of college-wide events that can be narrowed down for your specific needs. The Working Calendar helps keep faculty and staff on track of holidays, events, production schedules for various publications and more. The Religious Calendar features a chronological listing of holidays observed by various religions.

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Fall Semester 2014

NEW! On-Time Registration

NOVA has a new On-Time Registration policy. All students must register by 11:59 p.m. the day before the session begins. Please note that the session may begin before your first day of class. Once students have registered, they have until 5 p.m. the next business day to pay. There will be no late registration and students will not be permitted to add/swap classes once the session has begun. Any schedule adjustment after the session has begun requires permission of the academic dean.

Important Dates

Visit the Academic Calendar for all important dates for Fall 2014. Here are a few that you will want to especially note:

Important DatesDate(s)
NOVAConnect Priority registration for continuing students begins. April 15
Priority date for all Fall financial aid applicants. * May 1
Open registration for all students begins. May 6
Tuition payment deadline if you register by July 27. (NOTE: If you register July 28 or thereafter, you must pay your tuition before 5 p.m. the next business day to prevent being dropped from your classes.) July 28
NEW! Last day to add your name to the Wait List for all classes except the second 8-week session. August 7
Last day to initiate change of domicile for Fall. August 20
Labor Day holiday. College closed. September 1
Parking enforcement on Student “B” Lots begins at 6 a.m. A current parking permit is required for all semesters/sessions of attendance. September 9
Last day to apply for Fall graduation. (earlier application is encouraged) * October 1
NEW! Last day to add your name to the Wait List for second 8-week session. October 8
Non-instructional days. No classes. College offices open. October 13-14
Non-instructional day. College closes at noon. November 26
Thanksgiving holiday. College closed. November 27-28
Non-instructional days. No classes. College offices closed. November 29-30
Last day to withdraw Fall 2014 graduation application. December 16
16-Week SessionDate(s)
Classes Begin August 20
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund. August 20-September 8
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit. (census date)** September 8
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty. October 30
Last week of classes. December 3-9
Final exam week. December 10-16
Final exams end. December 16
First 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Classes Begin August 20
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund. August 20-28
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit. (census date)** August 28
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty. September 21
Classes and examinations end. October 12
Second 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Classes Begin October 15
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund. October 15-24
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit. (census date)** October 24
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty. November 21
Classes and examinations end. December 16

ELI/Online Learning Dates

ELI SessionStart DateLast Date to Drop With a Tuition Refund
16 weeks August 20 September 6
First 8-weeks August 20 August 28
First 12-weeks August 20 September 1
Second 8-weeks September 3 September 11
Second 12-weeks September 3 September 15
Third 8-weeks September 24 October 2
Third 12-weeks September 17 September 29
Fourth 8-weeks October 15 October 23
Plan AheadDate(s)
Spring 2015 Advising Week November 3-7, 2014
Spring 2015 priority registration for continuing students begins November 11, 2014
Spring 2015 open registration begins November 17, 2014
Spring 2015 semester begins January 12, 2015
Summer 2015 open registration begins March 31, 2015
Summer 2015 classes begin May 18, 2015

Spring Semester 2015

Important DatesDate(s)
October 1 Priority date for Spring financial aid applications for all students
November 3-7 Advising Week for Spring Semester
November 11 NOVAConnect priority registration for continuing students begins for Spring
November 17 Open registration for all students begins for Spring
January 19 Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday for students, faculty, and staff. College offices closed.
March 1 Last day to apply for Spring graduation
16-Week SessionDate(s)
January 12 Classes begin
January 29 Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)
March 23 Last day to withdraw without grade penalty
April 27-May 3 Last week of classes
May 10 Final exams end
First 8-Week SessionDate(s)
January 12 Classes begin
January 20 Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)
February 14 Last day to withdraw without grade penalty
March 8 Classes and examinations end
Second 8-Week SessionDate(s)
March 16 Classes begin
March 24 Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)
April 18 Last day to withdraw without grade penalty
May 10 Classes and examinations end
Spring Break
March 9-15 Spring break for students. Non-instructional days. No classes. College offices open March 8-13.
Please check NOVAConnect for start dates and census dates for variable duration (dynamic) sessions.

* Earlier application is highly recommended.

** To find the last day to drop with refund (census date) for a variable duration (dynamic) course, go to the Schedule of Classes, search for the course, and then click on the class number of the section. The last day to “drop with refund” will be listed at the bottom of the course information.

All dates subject to change. Check back here for the most up-to-date information.


Summer Semester 2015

Important DatesDate(s)
NOVAConnect registration for all students begins for Summer March 31
Priority date for Summer financial aid applications for all students April 1
Last day to apply for Summer graduation June 1
Independence Day holiday (observed) for students, faculty, and staff. College offices closed. July 3
12-Week SessionDate(s)
Classes begin May 18
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date) June 1
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty July 7
Classes and examinations end August 9
First 6-Week SessionDate(s)
Classes begin May 18
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date) May 26
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty June 12
Classes and examinations end June 28
First 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Classes begin May 18
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date) May 26
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty June 19
Classes and examinations end July 12
Classes begin June 29
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date) July 6
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty July 24
Classes and examinations end August 9
Second 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Classes begin June 15
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date) June 23
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty July 17
Classes and examinations end August 9
Please check NOVAConnect for start dates and census dates for variable duration (dynamic) sessions