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On-Campus

Enroll in On-Campus Classes as a Dual Enrollment Student in Seven Easy Steps:

Step #1 - Discuss

Talk about your plan to dual enroll with your parent or guardian and high school counselor. Review the NOVA Catalog and Schedule of Classes. Decide which NOVA course(s) to take and if appropriate, the equivalent high school course(s).

You must complete the admissions process two weeks prior to the start of class. Please note, students who wish to take a dual enrolled class on campus must complete the enrollment/registration process at least two weeks before the start of each academic session. NOVA classes begin before most high schools start. Please check the NOVA website to determine when the session starts.

Step #2 - Apply

The next step for enrolling in classes at NOVA is to apply to the College. The application process is free and must be completed online. Go to www.nvcc.edu and select the Apply Now tab at the top of the screen on the right side. Follow the guidelines provided.

After you submit the application online, you will receive a seven-digit Student ID number at the end of the application process. NOVA Student IDs are used to identify students in myNOVA/NOVAConnect and for college records. In addition to the ID number, you will be given a username you will need to access myNOVA. Through myNOVA, you can review your academic record and have access to your Blackboard account.

A Social Security number is not required to be on file; however, failure to provide a Social Security number may limit or delay access to services where the number is required by federal or state law (ex. tax reporting, receiving financial aid after high school graduation).

Step #3 - Take Placement Tests

Take the needed placement tests or collect the necessary documentation showing results from an AP, PSAT, SAT, ACT or SOL test that would exempt you from taking the college placement test. Tests are given at each campus testing center. You must produce a photo ID and NOVA student ID# in order to test. Allow approximately two and one-half hours for each test. For Testing Center information, visit the testing web page.

In order to be enrolled in dual enrollment classes, all students must demonstrate college readiness by meeting one of the following placement or scoring criteria in each row.

Admission Criteria for Transfer/Non-Transfer-Oriented Courses

Students must meet one of the following placement or scoring criteria in English:

  • PSAT Critical Reading and Writing sections score of 50 or higher (before Oct. 2015)
  • PSAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section score of 390 or higher (after Oct. 2015)
  • SAT Critical Reading and Writing sections score of 500 or higher (before March 2016)
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section score of 480 or higher (after March 2016)
  • ACT score of 18 or higher on Reading and Combined English/Writing sections (before Sept. 2015)
  • ACT score of 18 or higher on English, Reading AND Writing sections (after Sept. 2015)
  • AP English Literature or AP Language and Composition Exam score of 3 or higher
  • IB English score of 5 of higher
  • Virginia Placement Test (VPT) – Qualifying score into ENG 111 for Transfer Course/ENF 1 for Non-Transfer-Oriented Courses

Students must meet one of the following placement or scoring criteria in Mathematics:

  • Passing score on math SOL taken within last two school years
  • PSAT Math section score of 52 or higher (before Oct. 2015)
  • PSAT Math section score of 500 or higher (after Oct. 2015)
  • SAT Math section score of 520 or higher (before March 2016)
  • SAT Math section score of 530 or higher (after March 2016)
  • ACT Math score of 22 or higher
  • AP Calculus BC Exam score of 3 or higher
  • IB Math score of 5 or higher
  • Virginia Placement Test (VPT) – Qualifying placement out of one MTE unit

Be aware that certain courses, usually within the math discipline, may have prerequisites or higher placement test requirements. Students taking MTH 163 or higher cannot use PSAT, SAT or ACT math exemptions to qualify them to take the course. Students enrolling in those math courses must take the Math VPT or have a qualifying AP or IB math score. Check the course descriptions for the individual classes before enrolling.

Step #4 - Complete Form

Complete the appropriate DE recommendation form.

  • High school students must complete, sign and submit a NVCC 125-207: Dual Enrollment Recommendation: Individual High School Student form, giving permission from their high school counselor, principal and parent/guardian.
  • Home schooled students must complete, sign and submit a NVCC 125-208: Dual Enrollment Recommendation: Home Schooled Students form, giving permission from their parent/guardian. Home school students must also provide a copy of a home school agreement approved by the school district or a letter from the local school board or a copy of the letter filed by the parent/legal guardian declaring home school for religious exemption.

Step #5 - Meet With a NOVA Counselor

Before final approval, you must first meet with a NOVA counselor and may be asked to meet with the Dean of Students (or designee) at the NOVA campus you plan to attend. If you are a first-time student, you must bring a sealed official high school transcript to the meeting, along with the completed Dual Enrollment form and a copy of your placement scores.

Freshman and Sophomore Students- VCCS policy allows colleges to consider exceptional freshman and sophomore students who are able to demonstrate readiness for college-level coursework through the colleges’ established institutional policies. Each freshman and sophomore student will be treated on a case-by-case basis. If you are a freshman or sophomore who wants to take NOVA classes on campus, you will be required to meet with a student services counselor. Following that, the Dean of Students or designee will give formal approval if deemed appropriate. You will have to demonstrate maturity and motivation to receive approval.

For the initial interview, you need:

  • An original high school transcript.
  • Documentation of any high school honors or awards.
  • Proof of placement into college English and math through placement testing or the exemptions listed above.

The request for exception will be sent to the president/designee for approval by the NOVA counselor.

Returning dual enrollment students must complete the Dual Enrollment Recommendation Form each semester. You will have your NOVA transcript or course progress reviewed prior to approving or denying future enrollments at the college.

If dual enrollment is approved, you must register for classes in person at the Student Services Center / Counseling Center. Generally, as a dual enrollment student, you are restricted to part-time enrollment (fewer than 12 credits) unless working towards a certificate or associate degree while completing high school.

Step #6 - Pay

  • Pay with cash or check at any NOVA campus Business Office.
  • Pay online by credit card through NOVA Connect or call 703.323.3770. Check enrollment schedule. Print a copy of the enrollment schedule from NOVAConnect or call 703.323.3770 to check your classes and payment status.
  • Verify your enrollment in the correct courses.
  • Print a copy of your enrollment schedule every time a change is made.

Step #7 - Prepare

Purchase Books:
Print a schedule of your classes and take it to the campus bookstore where you are taking the courses or buy books online.

Purchase a Parking Permit:
See the Parking web page for more information.

Obtain a NOVACard:
Visit the NOVACard web page to find the more information about NOVACard IDs.

Log into NOVA Student Email Account and Blackboard:
After you have applied to the College, you can find your EMPL ID or username and password by following the appropriate tutorial. To protect student’s privacy, instructors will only use a student's official NOVA email address. Students will receive updates on course changes and other pertinent information through their NOVA email account.

Online

Eligible students can take courses online through the Extended Learning Institute (ELI). If you want to take online courses through ELI, you should familiarize yourself with ELI before submitting a request for dual enrollment, by reviewing the information on the ELI website.

Please follow the steps below for specific instructions on how to request enrollment in online courses.

Questions regarding high school dual enrollment students taking online classes can be sent to:
ELI Counseling
Email: elicounselors@nvcc.edu
Phone: 703.323.2425

Step #1 - Discuss

Discuss your plan to dual enroll with your parent or guardian and high school counselor. Review the NOVA Catalog and Schedule of Classes. Decide which NOVA course(s) to take and if appropriate, the equivalent high school course(s).

You must complete the admissions process two weeks prior to the start of class. Please note, students who wish to take a dual enrolled course must complete the enrollment/registration process at least two weeks before the scheduled course start date. Please check the NOVA website to determine when the session starts.

Step #2 - Apply

The next step for enrolling in courses at NOVA is to apply to the College. ELI is the online division of NOVA and all courses are NOVA credited courses. A current application is required to enroll. The application process is free and must be completed online. Go to www.nvcc.edu and select the Apply Now tab at the top of the screen on the right side. Follow the guidelines provided.

After you submit the application online, you will receive a seven-digit Student ID number at the end of the application process. NOVA Student IDs are used to identify students in myNOVA/NOVAConnect and for college records. In addition to the ID number, you will be given a username you will need to access myNOVA. Through myNOVA, you can review your academic record and have access to your Blackboard account.

After completing the application, please log in to your myNOVA account and set up a new password and security questions within 24 hours. Failure to do this will result in being locked out of your myNOVA account.

A Social Security number is not required to be on file; however, failure to provide a Social Security number may limit or delay access to services where the number is required by federal or state law (ex. tax reporting, receiving financial aid after high school graduation).

Step #3 - Take Placement Tests

Take the needed placement tests or collect the necessary documentation showing results from an AP, PSAT, SAT, ACT or SOL test that would exempt you from taking the College placement test. Tests are given at each campus testing center. You must produce a photo ID and NOVA student ID# in order to test. Allow approximately two and one-half hours for each test. For Testing Center information, visit the testing web page.

In order to be enrolled in dual enrollment classes, all students must demonstrate college readiness by meeting one of the following placement or scoring criteria in each row.

Admission Criteria for Transfer/Non-Transfer-Oriented Courses

Students must meet one of the following placement or scoring criteria in English:

  • Any of the English exemptions listed on the NVCC 125-207 or NVCC 125-208 forms.
  • Virginia Placement Test (VPT) – Qualifying score into ENG 111 for Transfer Course/ENF 1 for Non-Transfer-Oriented Courses

Students must meet one of the following placement or scoring criteria in Mathematics:

  • Any of the math exemptions listed on the NVCC 125-207 or NVCC 125-208 forms.
  • Virginia Placement Test (VPT) – Qualifying placement out of one MTE unit.

NOTE: Certain courses, usually within the math discipline, may have prerequisites or higher placement test requirements. Students taking MTH 163 or higher cannot use PSAT, SAT or ACT math exemptions to qualify them to take the course. Students enrolling in those math courses must take the Math VPT or have a qualifying AP or IB math score. Check the course descriptions for the individual classes before enrolling.

Step #4 - Complete Form

Complete the appropriate DE recommendation form.

  • High school students must complete, sign and submit a NVCC 125-207: Dual Enrollment Recommendation: Individual High School Student form, giving permission from their high school counselor, principal and parent/guardian.
  • Home schooled students must complete, sign and submit a NVCC 125-208: Dual Enrollment Recommendation: Home Schooled Students form, giving permission from their parent/guardian. Home school students must also provide a copy of a home school agreement approved by the school district or a letter from the local school board or a copy of the letter filed by the parent/guardian declaring home school for religious exemption.

Step #5 - Prepare Your Goals Statement

Prepare a written goals statement to identify the reason for requesting to take an online course through NOVA at this time and how the course fits into your overall academic plan and career goal. In your statement, describe your educational and career goals, your desire for online learning, and any previous experience that will help you succeed in online course at this time. 

Step #6 - Complete the SmarterMeasure Assessment

The SmarterMeasure Assessment will help students gauge their readiness for online learning. Complete the SmarterMeasure Assessment to help you learn about your strengths and challenges, and utilize resources to help you prepare for online learning. More information and login information can be found at http://eli.nvcc.edu/doc/SmarterMeasure-DualEnrollment.pdf

Step #7 - Submit Documents 

Submit all documents to the ELI Counselor by fax at 703.323.3392 or by email elicounselors@nvcc.edu.

  • A completed dual enrollment form.
  • A copy of your high school transcript or home school equivalent. 
  • Your Goals Statement that clearly identifies the reason for requesting to take an online course through NOVA. 
  • A copy of your NOVA placement test scores or qualifying test scores as stated above. 
  • The summary page of your completed SmarterMeasure Assessment for Online Course Readiness.

Freshman and Sophomore Students- VCCS policy allows colleges to consider exceptional freshman and sophomore students who are able to demonstrate readiness for college-level coursework through the colleges’ established institutional policies. Each freshman and sophomore student will be treated on a case-by-case basis. If you are a freshman or sophomore who wants to take NOVA classes on campus, you will be required to meet with a student services counselor. Following that, the Dean of Students or designee will give formal approval if deemed appropriate. You will have to demonstrate maturity and motivation to receive approval.

The request for exception will be sent to the President/designee for approval by the NOVA counselor.

Returning dual enrollment students must complete the Dual Enrollment Recommendation Form each semester. You will have your NOVA transcript or course progress reviewed prior to approving or denying future enrollments at the college.

If dual enrollment is approved, you will receive confirmation via email and you will be registered by ELI Registration staff. Generally, as a dual enrollment student, you are restricted to part-time enrollment (fewer than 12 credits) unless working towards a certificate or associate degree while completing high school.

Step #8 - Pay

  • Pay with cash or check at any NOVA campus Business Office.
  • Pay online by credit card through NOVA Connect or call 703.323.3770. Check enrollment schedule. Print a copy of the enrollment schedule from NOVAConnect or call 703.323.3770 to check your classes and payment status.
  • If you are having an outside organization pay for your courses, please visit the Tuition Contracts website for more information.
  • Verify your enrollment in the correct courses.
  • Print a copy of your enrollment schedule every time a change is made.

Step #9 - Prepare

Purchase Books: ELI works specifically with the Alexandria Campus bookstore. All ELI books are available at the Alexandria Campus bookstore or online through ELI’s online bookstore

Taking Exams: All ELI courses require proctored exams. You will be required to take your exams at a NOVA Campus Testing Center or at an approved testing facility in your area. Before your course begins, review ELI’s testing policy to develop a testing plan.

Purchase a Parking Permit (optional): See the Parking web page for more information. If you are only going to campus a few times for your exams, you can pay by the hour.

Obtain a NOVACard: Visit the NOVACard web page to find the more information about NOVACard IDs.

Log in to NOVA Student Email Account and Blackboard: After you have applied to the College, you can find your EMPL ID or username and password by following the appropriate tutorial. To protect student’s privacy, instructors will only use a student's official NOVA email address. Students will receive updates on course changes and other pertinent information through their NOVA email account. Once enrolled, courses will be made available in Blackboard on the course start date. 

Your High School

Classes specially designated as contract dual enrollment are offered at various high schools within the NOVA service region. These classes are offered during the regular school day for students attending that specific high school or academy. They are taught by high school instructors who meet NOVA’s credentialing requirements and serve as NOVA adjunct instructors.

NOVA currently offers contract dual enrollment classes in these school districts:

  • Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Falls Church City Public Schools
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Paul VI Catholic High School
  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Manassas City Public Schools
  • Manassas Park City Schools
  • Prince William County Public Schools
  • Seton School

Check with your high school counseling office to learn more about specific offerings within the high school.

Contract Dual Enrollment Checklist

Step #1 - Discuss

Discuss your plan to take dual enrollment class offered at the high school with your parent or guardian and high school counselor.

Meet with the guidance office to get a Dual Enrollment Intent Form, information on how to apply to NOVA online and the testing dates for taking the placement tests at your high school.

Step #2 - Apply

Applying to NOVA is free and must be completed online. Go to www.nvcc.edu and select the Apply Now tab at the top of the screen on the right side. Follow the guidelines provided.

After you submit the application online, you will receive a seven-digit Student ID number at the end of the application process. NOVA Student IDs are used to identify students in myNOVA/NOVAConnect and for college records. Along with the ID number, you will also be given a username that will be used to access myNOVA and NOVA’s Blackboard site. It is recommended you reset your myNOVA password within 24 hours of applying.

A Social Security number is not required to be on file; however, failure to provide a Social Security number may limit or delay access to services where the number is required by federal or state law (ex. tax reporting, receiving financial aid after high school graduation).

Step #3 - Take Placement Tests

Take the required placement test(s) if you do not meet the exemption through PSAT, SAT, ACT, SOL or AP results.

Step #4 - Complete Form

Complete and submit the required Intent Form to your high school guidance office or Dual Enrollment instructor.

Contract classes taken within the high school are offered free of charge. This applies to any course that is taken within the high school that is included under the contract between the school district and NOVA.

As a student in a contract dual enrollment class, you do not register for classes directly. Your high school will collect the necessary paperwork. The entire class will be enrolled by NOVA’s Office of Dual Enrollment (ODE).

Please log in to your myNOVA account to verify your enrollment.

Step #5 - Prepare

You may go to the nearest campus to get a NOVACard. Arrangements can also be made for photos to be taken at your high school and a card made for you. Go to the NOVACard website for more information about services and advantages.

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