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Online, Hybrid, Weekend & Early Morning Classes

Online, Hybrid, Weekend and Early Morning Classes

NOVA offers flexibility and convenience to accommodate diverse needs. Classes are held on our campuses and centers from early morning to late evening, seven days a week. Have difficulty getting to a classroom for face-to-face meetings? Consider online learning through NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute. Or, if you want to combine in-person and online learning, think about taking a hybrid class.


Online Learning

NOVA's Extended Learning Institute (ELI) has been a nationally recognized leader in distance learning since 1975. Many students choose online courses due to busy work schedules or family caregiving responsibilities, to take a class that requires little or no travel for in-person meetings, or simply because they enjoy learning online. Online courses require the self-discipline to study on your own, good reading skills, a commitment of time, and good Internet access. They involve interacting with your professor and classmates using a variety of technologies. Some courses require scheduled online sessions at pre-designated times using a microphone and headset, meeting online through Blackboard; meeting times will be noted in the online Schedule of Classes under Course Notes. NOVA faculty and ELI staff are available to provide assistance by telephone, e-mail, office visits, or through the mail. For more information, visit the ELI website.


Hybrid Classes

More and more courses are being offered in a hybrid format, which blends face-to-face teaching and online learning. Depending on the subject, the amount of web-based instruction can vary in proportion to the class meetings. Hybrid courses are NOT condensed courses. They require the same number of hours as traditional courses, except that half of the course is taught online. Most hybrid courses use Blackboard—you can log on to get your Blackboard account. A reliable Internet connection is essential. If you do not have your own computer, you can use one of NOVA’s computer labs.

Visit Hybrid Courses to learn how hybrids work, the challenges presented by the hybrid format, and strategies for achieving success, along with advice from other students.


Weekend and Early Morning Classes

The Alexandria, Loudoun, and Manassas Campuses: Many classes are offered on weekends, in both standard and accelerated time frames.

The Annandale Campus Weekend Express Classes: Complete a semester course in four weekends by attending either Friday nights and Saturdays or Saturdays and Sundays. Immediately after enrolling in one or more of these sections, you must get the assignment for the first class meeting from the division office and bring your textbooks to the first class.

The Annandale Weekend Studies Program: Earn a degree in Liberal Arts or Business Administration by attending Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon classes. No special admission or special registration is required. For more information, call 703–425–5260.

The Annandale Fridays-only General Studies Degree Completion Program: Free on Fridays? Complete your A.S. in General Studies by attending just on Fridays. Have questions? Call 703–425–5260.

The Loudoun and Manassas Campus Sunrise Classes: Working students have the opportunity to take classes in the early morning before they commute to their jobs. Sunrise classes begin at 6:30 a.m. and end by 7:45 a.m.

The Woodbridge Campus Weekend College: Take high-demand courses that meet the requirements of many degree programs. Weekend College courses meet on Fridays and Saturdays. Some Saturday-only hybrid classes are also available.

The Woodbridge Campus Weekend Programs: Earn a degree in Business Administration or Information Technology by attending classes on Saturdays.

NOTE: The last day to drop with a tuition refund (census date) is different for some weekend offerings than for traditional weekday courses. Weekend students may now park on any campus for free without a permit. 

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