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About NOVA

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About NOVA

Since 1965, Northern Virginia Community College has offered a world-class education at an affordable price. NOVA is the largest supplier of talent in Northern Virginia and one of the largest community colleges in the United States, comprised of more than 80,000 students and 3,400 faculty and staff members. We welcome students of all ages from all backgrounds with the ultimate goal of ensuring every student succeeds, every program achieves, and every community prospers.

Whether it is your first time to college or you are returning to complete a degree, pursue continuing education or change the direction of your career, there is a place for everyone at NOVA. We offer over 100 associate's degree and certificate programs, including distance learning programs through NOVA Online and continuing education courses through Workforce Development. Located near Washington, D.C., the College includes six campuses.

Our commitment to inclusive excellence is one of our core values – at NOVA, you can come as you are and become who you want to be. At NOVA, you can choose an educational path that works for you; whether you're interested in an information technology or cyber security career, you want to help patients as a respiratory therapist or health technician, or you dream of building the infrastructure and technologies that shape daily life as an engineer.

Mission & Vision

Our Students

NOVA's students come to the College from many backgrounds. We serve first-time, returning and transfer students. Our students are full-time and part-time. For more information about the students, check out the Office of Institutional Research and NOVA's Fact Book.

Our Faculty and Staff

More than 3,400 full-time and part-time faculty, administrators and staff members serve our students.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree. Questions about the accreditation of Northern Virginia Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website.