Office of Institutional Research

Institutional Research

Institutional Research (IR) at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) conducts research studies and publishes reports that help faculty, administrators, policymakers, and community leaders advance students’ access to and success within and beyond the College. IR produces NOVA’s annual Fact Book, which presents data (both College-wide and by campus) on the College’s student enrollment, graduates and transfers, finances and facilities, personnel, student services, community education, and international students. Additionally, IR leads NOVA’s new data coaching model, Data Close to Practice, that improves access to data while empowering frontline faculty and staff to utilize data to make improvements in support of equity and student success.


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.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the print version.

Interactive Dashboard

The dashboards show data and figures about four key areas at NOVA: student enrollment, graduates, international students, and transfers. The dashboards use an interactive interface, which allows users from across the College to explore and visualize data based on individual needs and interests.