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ACADEMIC CALENDAR -- Fall Semester 2008

Advising Week
April 7 - 11
NovaConnect Web/Telephone Priority Enrollment by Assigned Day for Continuing Students Only
April 15 - 18
NovaConnect Web/Telephone Priority Enrollment for Continuing Students Only
April 19 - May 5
NovaConnect Web/Telephone Priority Enrollment Suspended (No registration)
May 6 - June 2
NovaConnect Web/Telephone Open Enrollment Resumes for All Students
June 3
16-Week Session
Classes Begin
August 25
Schedule Adjustments (add/drop/swap -- on NovaConnect) without Permission
August 25 - September 1
Labor Day Holiday
September 1
Schedule Adjustments with Permission (Adds -- in person only; Drops -- on NovaConnect)
September 2 - 11
Last Day to Drop with Tuition Refund (Census Date)*
September 11
Last Day to Apply for Graduation
October 1
Non-Instructional Days/No Classes
October 13 - 14
Last Day to Withdraw Without Grade Penalty or Change to Audit
October 31
Thanksgiving Holidays
November 26 - 28
Non-Instructional Days/No Classes
November 29 - 30
Classes and Examinations End
December 21
First 8-Week Session
Classes Begin
August 25
Schedule Adjustments (add/drop/swap -- on NovaConnect) without Permission
August 25 - 27
Schedule Adjustments with Permission (Adds -- in person only; Drops -- on NovaConnect)
August 28 - September 2
Labor Day Holiday
September 1
Last Day to Drop with Tuition Refund (Census Date)*
September 2
Last Day to Withdraw Without Grade Penalty or Change to Audit
September 29
Last Day to Apply for Graduation
October 1
Non-Instructional Days/No Classes
October 13 - 14
Classes and Examinations End
October 21
Second 8-Week Session
Classes Begin
October 22
Schedule Adjustments (add/drop/swap -- on NovaConnect) without Permission
October 22 - 24
Schedule Adjustments with Permission (Adds -- in person only; Drops -- on NovaConnect)
October 25 - 29
Last Day to Drop with Tuition Refund (Census Date)*
October 29
Last Day to Withdraw Without Grade Penalty or Change to Audit
November 24
Thanksgiving Holidays
November 26 - 28
Non-Instructional Days/No Classes
November 29 - 30
Classes and Examinations End
December 21

NOTE:  Spring Semester 2009 Priority Registration for Continuing Students begins November 11, 2008
             Spring Semester 2009 Registration for All Students begins - November 17, 2008.

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

Important Deadlines

April 7 Log in to NovaConnect to find your assigned day for Priority Registration (Continuing Students)
April 15 - 18 Priority Registration by assigned day for Fall Classes for Continuing Students
April 19 - May 5

Priority Registration continues for Continuing Students

May 2

Priority date for financial aid applications for all students.

May 6 - June 2

NO registration – NovaConnect suspended.

June 3

Registration for Fall Classes Begins for All Students

August 1

Recommended Deadline for New Students to Apply for Admission for Fall 2008 (earlier application preferred)

August 1

Tuition Payment Deadline for students enrolling by July 31  (All Students)
NOTE: If you register after this date, you must pay your tuition before 5 p.m. the next business day or risk being dropped from your class(es).

September 12

Parking enforcement on Student (B) Lots begins at 6 a.m. A current parking permit is required for all semesters/ sessions of attendance.

The Importance of Attending Classes

When you register for a class at NOVA, you are making a commitment to engage fully in the learning by attending the class regularly or by participating in an online class.  Since the Commonwealth of Virginia contributes a significant portion of the cost of your education as a NOVA student, and since you are taking a seat in class that might have gone to another student, you must establish your attendance or participation early in the semester.

Effective Spring 2008, if you do not attend at least one class meeting or participate in a distance learning class by the Last Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund (also known as the Census Date*), your class registration will be administratively deleted
This means:

  • there will be no record of the class or any letter grade on your transcript;
  • the course credits will be deducted from your course load; 
  • a reduction in credits may affect your student status -- full-time or part-time;
  • you will not receive a tuition refund.

For Fall 2008, the Census Dates are as follows:

  • 16-Week Session in-person classes -- September 11;
  • First 8-Week Session in-person classes -- September 2;
  • Second 8-Week Session in-person classes -- October 29;   
  • ELI’s (Distance Learning) 12-Week courses -- May 31;
  • ELI’s (Distance Learning) 16-week courses -- 1st Session: September 11
                                                                                2nd Session: September 26
                                                                                3rd Session: October 24

*For all other classes (“dynamic” session classes), the Census Date is individually set.  To find the Census Date for dynamic session classes, do the following:

  • Navigate to NOVA home page: www.nvcc.edu
  • Click on Class Schedule/Catalog on left;
  • Click on the schedule and term from menu;
  • Enter Subject, Campus or Center, Session (Dynamic);
  • Click Search;
  • Click on Class ID (5 digits) for details.

The Census Date for that class (Drop with Refund) is printed on the bottom.