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What are Census Dates and Why are they Important?

Begin Promptly...Attend Regularly

When you register for a class at NOVA, you are making a commitment to attend the class regularly, either in person or online. Since the Commonwealth of Virginia contributes a significant portion of your educational costs, you must establish your attendance or participation early in the semester, rather than taking a seat that might have gone to another student. The Census Date marks the last day to make that change.

If you do not attend at least one class meeting or participate in a Distance Learning class by the Census Date (Last Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund), your class registration will be administratively deleted.

Administrative deletion 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.

Summer 2012 Census Dates are as follows:

  • First 6-week session in-person classes – May 21 May 23
  • 12-week session in-person classes –  May 29
  • Second 6-week session in-person classes - July 2 July 5 July 9

ELI/Distance Learning Census Dates:

ELI Sessions Start Dates Census Dates
4- weeks May 16 May 20
First 6-weeks May 16 May 22
First 8-weeks May 16 May 24
First 12-weeks May 16 May 28
2nd 8-weeks May 30 June 7
3rd 8-weeks June 13 June 21
2nd 6-weeks June 27 July 3

For all other class lengths (dynamic session classes),the Census Date is individually set. To find theCensus 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)
  • Click Search
  • Click on the 5-digit course ID for details
  • The Census Date for that class (Drop with Refund) is
    printed on the bottom.