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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.

Spring 2013 Census Dates are as follows:

  • First 8-week session in-person classes –  January 22
  • 16-week session in-person classes – February 1
  • Second 8-week session in-person classes  – March 26

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.

If you still need help, contact the Call Center: 703-323-3000