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Academic Calendar - Fall 2009

Important Dates
Continuing students can log into NOVAConnect to find out their priority registration date April 3
Academic Advising Week for Fall 2009 April 6-10
Priority registration for Fall classes begins for continuing students. April 14 - May 4
Priority date for Fall financial aid applications for all students. Earlier application is highly recommended. May 1
NOVAConnect Fall registration suspended. May 5 - June 8
Open registration for Fall classes resumes for all students. June 9
Tuition payment deadline if you register between April 14 and July 30. July 31
NOTE : If you register July 31 or after, you must pay your tuition before 5 p.m. the next business day to prevent being dropped from your class(es).  
Parking enforcement on Student (B) Lots begins at 6 a.m.  A current parking permit is required for all semesters/sessions of attendance. September 11
16-Week Session
Classes begin August 24
Schedule adjustments (add/drop/swap - on NOVAConnect) without Permission August 24-30
Schedule adjustments with permission (Adds -- in person only; Drops -- on NovaConnect) August 31 - September 4
Labor day holiday September 7
Last day to drop a class with tuition refund (Census Date)* September 10
Last day to apply for graduation October 1
Non-instructional days for faculty and students October 12-13
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty or change to audit November 2
Non-instructional day for faculty and students- College closes at noon November 25
Thanksgiving holiday November 26-27
Non-instructional days/no classes November 28-29
Classes and examinations End December 20
First 8-Week Session
Classes begin August 24
Schedule adjustments (add/drop/swap – on NOVAConnect) without permission   August 24-26
Schedule adjustments with permission (Adds – in person only; Drops – on NOVAConnect) August 27-31
Last day for schedule adjustments with tuition refund (Census Date)* August 31
Labor day holiday September 7
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty or change to audit September 28
Last day to apply for graduation October 1
Non-instructional days for faculty and students October 12-13
Classes and examinations end October 20
Second 8-Week Session
Classes begin October 21
Schedule adjustments (add/drop/swap - on NOVAConnect) without permission October 21-23
Schedule adjustments with permission (Adds -- in person only; Drops -- on NOVAConnect) October 24-28
Last day for schedule adjustments with tuition refund (Census Date)* October 28
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty or change to audit November 23
Non-instructional day - College closes at noon November 25
Thanksgiving holiday November 26-27
Non-instructional days/no classes November 28-29
Classes and examinations end December 20
Winter Break
December 24 - January 3
PLAN AHEAD:
Spring 2010 Advising Week          November 2-6
Spring 2010 priority registration for continuing students begins November 10
Spring 2010 registration for all students begins November 16
Spring 2010 classes begin January 11

(Ft. Belvoir and Quantico 8-Week Sessions follow the above dates.)

*To find the census date (last day to drop with refund) for a dynamic course or ELI course, go to www.nvcc.edu/schedule/crs2094/, 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.

NOTE:  Fall Term 2009 Registration for All Students begins Tuesday, June 9, 2009.
Fall 2009 Priority Registration for Continuing Students begins Tuesday, April 14, 2009.


The Importance of Attending Classes

When you register for a class at NOVA, you are making a commitment to participate in the learning process by attending the class regularly, either in person or online. 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 a class that might have gone to another student, you must establish your attendance or participation early in the semester.

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;
  • the reduction of credits may affect your student status (full-time or part-time); and
  • you will not receive a tuition refund.

*Fall 2009 Census Dates are as follows:

  • First 8-week session in-person classes –  August 31
  • 16-week session in-person classes –  September 10
  • Second 8-week session in-person classes October 28

ELI/Distance Learning Census Dates:

  • First 8-week session – September 1
  • First 16-week session – September 10
  • Second 16-week session – September 25
  • Third 16-week session – October 23
  • Second 8-week session – October 30

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:

  • Go to: www.nvcc.edu
  • Click on Current Students
  • Under Academics, click on Schedule of Classes
  • Click on the schedule and term from menu
  • Enter Subject Area, Campus/Center, Session (Dynamic)