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About NOVA

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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 more than 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 -- Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, MEC (Springfield) and Woodbridge; along with Reston Educational Center and NOVA Online. NOVA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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.

Every person at NOVA has a distinct function, duty and responsibility. Visit the links below to view the organizational structure of the Virginia Community College System, NOVA and each campus. You will need Acrobat Reader to view the charts.

Our Mission

With commitment to the principles of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence, the mission of Northern Virginia Community College is to deliver world-class, in-person and online postsecondary teaching, learning, and workforce development to ensure our region and the Commonwealth of Virginia have an educated population and a globally competitive workforce.

Our Vision

To be a learning-centered organization that promotes student success.

Read NOVA's Strategic Plan

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 Viewbook.

Our Faculty

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

Accreditation

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.

NOVA's SCHEV Profile

Students and prospective students may find the information resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) useful in planning for college and careers. SCHEV created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

It is the policy of Northern Virginia Community College and the Virginia Community College System to maintain and promote equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex or age (except where sex or age is a bona fide occupational qualification), religion, disability, national origin, marital status or other non-merit factors. Inquiries concerning affirmative action and equal opportunity policies should be addressed to eo@nvcc.edu.

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