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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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Spring Semester 2015

Important DatesDate(s)
Priority date for all Spring financial aid applicants. * October 1
Academic Advising Week for Spring 2015. November 3-7
NOVAConnect priority registration for current students begins. November 11
Open registration for all students begins. November 17
Tuition payment deadline if you register by December 15. If you register December 16 or after, you must pay your tuition before 5:00 p.m. the next business day to prevent being dropped from your classes. December 16
Last day to add your name to the Wait List for all classes except the second 8-week session. December 30
College Reopens January 5
Last day to initiate change of domicile for Spring. January 12
Martin Luther King Jr., holiday. College closed. January 19
Parking enforcement on Student “B” Lots begins at 6 a.m. A current parking permit is required for all semesters/sessions of attendance. January 30
Last day to apply for Spring graduation (earlier application is encouraged) * March 1
Last day to add your name to the Wait List for second 8-week session. March 9
Spring Break. Non-instructional days. No classes. College offices open. March 9-15
Commencement ceremony May 17
16-Week SessionDate(s)
Classes begin January 12
Drop a class on NOVAConnect with tuition refund January 12-29
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** January 29
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty March 23
Last week of classes April 27-May 3
Final exam week May 4-10
Final exams end May 10
First 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Classes begin January 12
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund January 12-20
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** January 20
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty February 14
Classes and examinations end March 8
Second 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Classes begin March 16
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund March 16-24
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** March 24
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty April 18
Classes and examinations end May 10
ELI/Online Learning DatesStart DateLast Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund or Change to Audit (Census Date)
16 weeks January 12 January 29
First 8-weeks January 12 January 20
First 12-weeks January 12 January 24
Second 8-weeks Feburary 2 February 10
Second 12-weeks January 26 February 7
Third 8-weeks February 23 March 3
Third 12-weeks February 9 February 21
Fourth 8-weeks March 16 March 24
Plan AheadDate(s)
Summer 2015 open registration begins March 31, 2015
Summer 2015 classes begin May 18, 2015

* 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)
Open registration for Summer begins for all students March 31
Tuition payment deadline if you register by April 26. If you register April 27 or after, you must pay your tuition before 5:00 p.m. the next business day to prevent being dropped from your classes April 27
Last day to initiate change of domicile for Summer May 18
Memorial Day holiday. College closed May 25
Last day to apply for Summer graduation.* June 1
Parking enforcement on Student "B" Lots begins at 6:00 a.m. Free parking after 4:00 p.m June 12
Independence Day holiday. College closed July 3
12-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class wait list May 14
Classes begin May 18
Last day to drop a class 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)
Last day to add your name to the class wait list May 14
Classes begin May 18
Last day to drop a class 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)
Last day to add your name to the class wait list May 14
Classes begin May 18
Last day to drop a class 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
Second 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class wait list June 11
Classes begin June 15
Last day to drop a class 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
Second 6-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class wait list June 25
Classes begin June 29
Last day to drop a class 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
ELI SessionStart DateLast Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund or Change to Audit (Census Date)
First 6-weeks May 18 June 24
First 8-weeks May 18 May 26
First 12-weeks May 18 May 30
Second 8-weeks June 1 June 9
Third 8-weeks June 15 June 23
Second 6-weeks June 29 July 5
Plan AheadDate(s)
Fall 2015 priority registration for continuing students begins April 14, 2015
Fall 2015 open registration begins May 5, 2015
Fall 2015 semester begins August 24, 2015
Spring 2016 open registration begins November 16, 2015
Spring 2016 classes begin January 11, 2016

* 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.


Fall Semester 2015

Important DatesDate(s)
Open registration for Fall begins for all students May 5
Tuition payment deadline if you register by July 26. If you register July 27 or after, you must pay your tuition before 5:00 p.m. the next business day to prevent being dropped from your classes July 27
Last day to initiate change of domicile for Fall August 19
Labor Day holiday. College closed September 7
Parking enforcement on Student "B" Lots begins at 6:00 a.m. Free parking after 4:00 p.m September 11
Last day to apply for Fall graduation.* October 1
Professional development days for faculty. No classes for students. College offices open. October 12-13
Non-instructional day. No classes. College offices close at noon. November 25
Thanksgiving holiday. College closed. November 26-27
Non-instructional days. No classes. College offices closed. November 28-29
16-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class wait list August 11
Classes begin August 24
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** September 10
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty November 3
Classes and examinations end December 14-20
14-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class wait list August 26
Classes begin September 8
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** September 23
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty November 9
Classes and examinations end December 14-20
12-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class wait list September 8
Classes begin September 21
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** October 4
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty November 14
Classes and examinations end December 14-20
10-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class wait list September 22
Classes begin October 5
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** October 16
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty November 20
Classes and examinations end December 14-20
First 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class wait list August 11
Classes begin August 24
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** September 1
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty September 27
Classes and examinations end October 20
Second 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class wait list October 12
Classes begin October 21
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** October 29
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty November 30
Classes and examinations end December 14-20
ELI SessionStart DateLast Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund or Change to Audit (Census Date)
First 6-weeks May 18 June 24
First 8-weeks May 18 May 26
First 12-weeks May 18 May 30
Second 8-weeks June 1 June 9
Third 8-weeks June 15 June 23
Second 6-weeks June 29 July 5
Plan AheadDate(s)
Spring 2016 priority registration for continuing students begins November 10-15, 2015
Spring 2016 open registration begins November 16, 2015
Spring 2016 semester begins January 11, 2016
Summer 2016 open registration begins March 29, 2016
Summer 2016 classes begin May 16, 2016

* 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.