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NOVA is a great place to get a degree, earn credits and transfer them to a four-year institution, enhance your career or learn something new.

Starting at NOVA is a Smart Decision

NOVA provides both traditional and nontraditional learners with a variety of on-campus offerings, online courses, hybrid learning options, convenient locations and affordable in-state tuition. With more than 120 degree and certificate programs to choose from, you’re sure to find what you want at NOVA.

Programs of Study


Improve your English proficiency through one of our two comprehensive ESL programs. Develop your skills and expertise in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. NOVA's ESL programs prepare you at various levels of proficiency and study to succeed in communicating in your everyday life, and in future college-level courses. ESL course offerings include credit and non-credit options.

NOVA ESL Students

NOVA Courses

NOVA offers more than 1,000 courses for which students receive grades. Most of the courses can be applied to at least one degree or certificate program, while others are designed to prepare students for college-level work. Course credits are measured in semester hours at NOVA.

  • Developmental Courses
  • English as a Second Language Courses
  • College-Level Courses

In addition to college credit courses, NOVA offers many Community Education courses that include short courses, workshops and training to meet the needs of the local community. These courses are not for college credit, but in many cases Continuing Education Units (CEU) are awarded.

Workforce Development


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.

For other information about the College, please contact NOVA’s Administrative Offices, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale, Virginia 22003 (703-323-3000). Curricula of the College are approved by the College Board and by the State Board. The two-year associate degree programs are also approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).