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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 2014

Important DatesDate(s)
Priority registration for continuing students begins November 12
Open registration for all students begins November 18
Tuition payment deadline if you register by December 16 (Note: If you register December 17 or thereafter, you must pay your tuition before 5 p.m. the next business day to prevent being dropped from your classes.) December 17
Last day to initiate change of domicile for Spring January 13
Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday. College closed January 20
Parking enforcement begins on Student “B” lots. A current parking permit is required for all semesters/sessions of attendance January 31
Last day to apply for Spring graduation (earlier application is encouraged) March 1
Spring Break. No classes. College offices open weekdays March 10-16
Commencement ceremony May 18
16-Week SessionDate(s)
Classes begin January 13
Schedule adjustments (add/drop/swap) open to all. January 13-21
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund January 13-30
Late schedule additions (in person), permission required January 22-28
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit January 30
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty March 28
Classes and examinations end May 10
First 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class Wait List January 10
Classes begin January 13
Schedule adjustments (add/drop/swap) open to all January 13-15
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund January 13-21
Late schedule additions (in person), permission required January 16-21
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit January 21
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty February 15
Classes and examinations end March 9
Second 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class Wait List March 13
Classes begin March 17
Schedule adjustments (add/drop/swap) open to all March 17-19
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund March 17-25
Late schedule additions (in person), permission required March 20-25
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit March 25
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty April 19
Classes and examinations end May 10
ELI SessionStart DateLast Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund
16 weeks January 13 January 30
First 8-weeks January 13 January 21
First 12-weeks January 13 January 25
Second 12-weeks January 27 February 8
Second 8-weeks February 3 February 11
Third 12-weeks February 10 February 22
Third 8-weeks February 24 March 4
Fourth 8-weeks March 17 March 25
Plan AheadDate(s)
Summer 2014 registration begins April 1, 2014
Summer 2014 classes begin May 19, 2014
Summer 2014 classes end August 10, 2014
Fall 2014 advising week April 7-11, 2014
Fall 2014 priority registration for continuing students begins April 15, 2014
Fall 2014 open registration for all students begins May 6, 2014

Summer Semester 2014

Important DatesDate(s)
Open registration for all students begins April 1
Tuition payment deadline if you register by April 27
(Note: If you register April 28 or thereafter, you must pay your tuition before 5 p.m. the next business day to prevent being dropped from your classes.)
April 28
Last day to initiate change of domicile for Summer May 19
Memorial Day holiday. College closed May 26
Parking enforcement begins on Student “B” lots. A current parking permit is required for all semesters/sessions of attendance. June 1
Last day to apply for Summer graduation (earlier application is encouraged) June 1
Independence Day holiday. College closed July 4
12-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class Wait List May 15
Classes begin May 19
Schedule adjustments (add/drop/swap). Open to all May 19–26
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund May 19–31
Late schedule additions (in person), permission required May 27–31
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date) May 31
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty July 8
Classes and examinations end August 10
First 6-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class Wait List May 15
Classes begin May 19
Schedule adjustments (add/drop/swap). Open to all May 19–21
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund May 19–27
Late schedule additions (in person), permission required May 22-27
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date) May 27
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty June 13
Classes and examinations end June 29
First 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class Wait List May 15
Classes begin May 19
Schedule adjustments (add/drop/swap). Open to all May 19–21
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund May 19–27
Late schedule additions (in person), permission required May 22-27
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date) May 27
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty June 20
Classes and examinations end July 13
Second 8-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class Wait List June 12
Classes begin June 16
Schedule adjustments (add/drop/swap). Open to all June 16-18
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund June 16-23
Late schedule additions (in person), permission required June 19-23
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 18
Classes and examinations end August 10
Second 6-Week SessionDate(s)
Last day to add your name to the class Wait List June 26
Classes begin June 30
Schedule adjustments (add/drop/swap). Open to all June 30-July 2
Drop a class on NOVAConnect for a tuition refund June 30-July 7
Late schedule additions (in person), permission required July 3-7
Last day to drop a class with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date) July 7
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty July 25
Classes and examinations end August 10

ELI/Online Learning Dates

ELI SessionStart DateLast Date to Drop with a Tuition Refund
First 6-weeks May 19 May 25
First 8-weeks May 19 May 27
12-weeks May 19 May 31
Second 8-weeks June 2 June 10
Third 8-weeks June 16 June 24
Second 6-weeks June 30 July 6

To find the last day to drop with a refund for variable duration (dynamic) classes, 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 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
Schedule adjustments (drop/swap) open to all. August 20-26
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

* 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.