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.
- COUNTIES: Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William
- CITIES: Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park
- NOVA has been an Achieving the Dream College since 2007 and received the Leader College of Distinction award in 2020.
- The Pathway to the Baccalaureate program has been working with area high schools since 2005, focusing on at-risk students by helping them to enroll at NOVA and to eventually attend a four-year university.
- In addition to these initiatives, NOVA developed STEM initiatives and community-based organizations in 2010.
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.
NOVA is one of 23 colleges within the VCCS, which is governed by the State Board for Community Colleges.
NOVA has a local advisory board of 11 members.
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 is composed of elected and appointed representatives of the teaching faculty, administrative faculty, classified staff and students.
NOVA Fact Book
The NOVA Fact Book, published annually, is a resource for commonly-requested information about the College. The Fact Book presents useful information about enrollment, retention, graduation, transfer, budget, finance, personnel, facilities, and instructional material. Each volume covers a five-year period for purposes of trend analysis.