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NOVA is one of 23 colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), which is governed by the State Board for Community Colleges.

Originally established as Northern Virginia Technical College, NOVA was founded in 1964 and renamed in 1966.

Name: Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

Affiliation: NOVA is one of 23 colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), which is governed by the State Board for Community Colleges.

Founded: Originally established as Northern Virginia Technical College, NOVA was founded in 1964 and renamed in 1966.

Annual Headcount and FTES: The student annual headcount and full-time equivalent student (FTES) total for the 2015-16 academic year was 75,858 and 34,016, respectively.

Mean and Median Age: The median age of students for Fall 2016 was 21.3 and the mean age was 25.4.

Age Distribution: The student age distribution for Fall 2015 was as follows: 6.1%-under 18, 43.1%-21 years or younger; 15.8%-22 to 24 years; 13.7%-25 to 29 years; 14.8%-30-44; 4.8%-45-59; and 1.6%-60 years or older.

Gender Distribution: In Fall 2016, 49% of NOVA students were male and 51% were female.

Race/Ethnicity Distribution: The student race distribution for Fall 2016 was as follows: 49.8% White; 16.4% Black; 17.1% Asian; 14.7% Hispanic; 0.2% Native American; and 1.8% Other.

Student Type: Of the students enrolled at NOVA in Fall 2016, 24% were attending a postsecondary institution for the first time; 6.5% transferred to NOVA from another postsecondary institution; and 69.4% of students were returning or reapplying.

Residency: In Fall 2016, the College consisted of 87.4% in-state students and 12.6% out-of-state students. The out-of-state student population is composed of students from the Maryland suburbs, Washington, DC, other states and international students.

Enrollment Status: During Fall 2016, 34.6% of students were full-time and 65.4% of students were part-time.

Graduates: The number of graduates for 2014-2015 was 6,771.

Personnel: In 2015-2016, there were 918 classified staff members, 143 professional faculty, 103 12-month administrative faculty, 797 nine-month teaching faculty, and 2,269 temporary faculty members. Temporary faculty include adjunct, semester and grant personnel.

International Students: During Fall 2015, there were 7.737 international students attending NOVA.

Distance Learning Classes (ELI): In Fall 2015, the headcount for students taking distance learning classes was 13,362 and the FTES were 4,505.

Finances and Financial Aid

Source of operating funds income: 46.7% tuition and fees; 27.6% state and federal government; .1% local government; 23.8% grants, contracts and gifts; 1.8% miscellaneous sources

During 2015–2016, total financial aid awarded was $131,183,981.89.

Student financial assistance by award category: 35,865 grants; 782 scholarships, 17,115 loans, 394 stuent employment

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.), Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), Certificates (at least 30 credits), Career Studies Certificates (between nine and 29 credits)


The College offers 79 two-year degree programs (A.A., A.S., A.A.A., and A.A.S.), 13 Certificate Programs, and 53 Career Studies Certificate Programs.

















Medical Education






  • COUNTIES: Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William
  • CITIES: Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park

Graduates: The annual number of NOVA graduates increased by 16.8% from 2010-2011 to 2014-2015.

Retention: From Fall 2013 to Fall 2015, the retention rate decreased from 69.1% to 63.9% for all students. However, the amount of students from Fall 2013 to Fall 2015 increased from 2,850 to 3,387 in fall-to-fall persistence. 

Enrollment: Annual student headcount increased by 2% from 2010-2011 to 2014-2015.

Public High School Graduates: Enrollment of recent Northern Virginia area public high school graduates increased by 10.4% from Fall 2011 to Fall 2015.

Distance Learning Classes (ELI): Enrollment in NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) courses increased by 14.8% from Fall 2011 to Fall 2015.

Minority Students: Minority enrollment increased from 57.2% in Fall 2011 to 60.7% in Fall 2015.

International Students: The number of international students attending NOVA decreased by 9.7% from Fall 2011 to Fall 2015.

During 2014-2015, 22,730 students were enrolled in Workforce Development courses in areas such as Architecture & Environmental Design, Computer & Information Systems, Law, and public service-related technologies.

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

Certain activities of the College come under the supervision of SCHEV, a body which plays a prominent role in planning for higher education in the Commonwealth.

Virginia Community College System (VCCS)

NOVA is one of 23 colleges within the VCCS, which is governed by the State Board for Community Colleges.

College Board

NOVA has a local advisory board of 11 members.

College Administration

The President chairs and is assisted by two advisory bodies: the Administrative Council and the College Forum. The Administrative Council is composed of the Provosts from the six campuses; the Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Services; the Vice President of Finance; the Vice President of Administrative Services; the Vice President of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment; the Vice President of Instructional and Information Technology; and the Vice President of Workforce Development.

The College Forum

The College Forum is composed of elected and appointed representatives of the teaching faculty, administrative faculty, classified staff and students.