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Student Classifications

Student Classifications

Curricular Student

Individuals are classified as curricular students when they declare a major, that is, when they are admitted to a curriculum of the College. The student must be a high school graduate, have earned a General Educational Development (GED) diploma, have completed an approved developmental program, or have been otherwise determined qualified for admission. The applicant’s academic record must contain all of the information required for admission to the College. A curricular student may be either a full time or part-time student working toward completion of a certificate or associate degree at the College.

Noncurricular Student

Students who have not requested admission to a curriculum may still enroll in courses by identifying the reason for enrolling at NOVA. Students are expected to declare a major prior to completing 30 credit hours of coursework. Students may be classified as noncurricular for purposes of the following:

  • upgrading employment skills for one’s present job
  • developing skills for a new job
  • exploring a new career
  • seeking personal satisfaction or general knowledge
  • taking developmental studies courses

Other noncurricular students may include the following:

  • a transient (visiting) student. Such students may be enrolled at NOVA while maintaining primary enrollment with another college or university.
  • a nondegree transfer student. Such students may be enrolled at NOVA to take only a certain number of courses for transfer to another college or university prior to completing the graduation requirements of a specific curriculum at NOVA.
  • a high school junior or senior or the home school equivalent. See Dual Enrollment for more information.
  • a student with general or curricular requirements pending. The student may not have met all of the general or specific admission requirements as stated in the College Catalog but may be accepted by the College to take courses for one semester only, with approval from the College.
  • a student whose desired program has restricted enrollment. The student may meet admission requirements of a specific curriculum but be temporarily denied entry because of an enrollment limitation. The student may enroll in other courses while waiting for entry into the chosen curriculum, with approval of the College.

Full-Time Student

A full-time student is enrolled in 12 or more credits of coursework in a semester or during the summer.

Part-Time Student

A part-time student is enrolled in fewer than 12 credits of coursework in a semester or during the summer.