A New Student’s Guide to Getting Started at NOVA

Schedule of Classes - Spring 2024

Registration for New Students

All first-time-to-college students must take the following steps:

STEP 1: APPLY FOR ADMISSION ONLINE
Submit an Application for Admission. You can also print an application form online and drop it off at a Student Services Center. Online applications can be processed within 24 to 48 hours. If you apply in person or by mail it may take longer. Once your application is processed, you can register for classes.

STEP 2: FOR ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS COURSES
NOVA uses direct enrollment and self-informed placement process to help students decide which college-level Math and English courses to start with. For more information please visit www.nvcc.edu/academics/placement.

*VPT – VIRGINIA PLACEMENT TEST will still be required for:

  • High school/home school taking dual enrollment courses;
  • Military students using TA benefits; Students using VA benefits.

STEP 3: APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID (OPTIONAL)
If you plan to apply for student financial aid, see financial aid for instructions.

STEP 4: COMPLETE NEW2NOVA
New2NOVA is our online, interactive orientation program available to all incoming students. The program provides new students with an introduction to NOVA including information about academic programs, policies, procedures, student services and other valuable resources available to you as a NOVA student.

STEP 5: ENROLL IN REQUIRED SDV 100 OR 101
All first-time-to-college students (ages 17–24) must enroll in a one-credit Student Development course (SDV 100 or SDV 101). College Success Skills (SDV 100) helps students make a successful transition to college. The course provides students with academic tools for success and teaches selfmanagement and self-responsibility skills that relate to being a successful student. Students will also learn about NOVA policies, procedures and resources, giving them the tools they need to navigate the College successfully. Students in healthcare, teacher education, information technology, business and horticulture programs may substitute SDV 101 Orientation (which is targeted to a specific discipline) for the SDV course.

STEP 6: ENROLL IN DEVELOPMENTAL OR SUPPORT COURSES DURING YOUR FIRST SEMESTER, IF REQUIRED
Support courses prepare students to succeed in college transfer and career/technical programs. These English (EDE or ESL) and mathematics (MDE) courses are designed to develop your skills and understanding needed for success in other courses. The courses are offered in various formats. If you have any questions, check with a counselor or academic advisor.

STEP 7: PAY YOUR TUITION
You will NOT be billed for tuition.
If you enroll in classes by January 2, payment for all classes is due January 3 by 5:00 p.m. Beginning January 3, the payment deadline for any classes in which you enroll is 5:00 p.m. the next business day. Business days are Monday through Friday. Your enrollment in unpaid classes is not guaranteed. Check your enrollment information online.

Regardless of your attendance, you are financially responsible for all classes for which you register unless you drop the class by the deadline. If you decide not to take a class, you must drop it through NOVAConnect by the stated deadline; otherwise, you will be charged for that class and may receive a failing grade.

To pay your tuition in installments, enroll in NOVA’s Tuition Payment Plan before your due date, or by 5:00 p.m. the day after you register.

STEP 8: PRINT YOUR SCHEDULE
You can print a copy of your enrollment schedule at NOVAConnect to check your schedule for errors, verify that you have enrolled in the courses that you want, anytime you make changes, and to confirm that all tuition and fees have been paid.

STEP 9: BUY YOUR BOOKS
Take your class schedule to the bookstore on the campus where the course is taught (NOVA Online books are available at Alexandria) or use the link on your SIS course schedule page to access textbooks. You can also buy your books online. You can also rent textbooks for less than half the cost of purchasing a new textbook, either in the bookstore or from the store’s website.

If you have received a financial aid award large enough to cover tuition, fees and books, visit Using Approved Financial Aid to Buy or Rent Textbooks.

STEP 10: ACTIVATE YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT
You must establish a NOVA email account and check it frequently. Our faculty and staff will only contact you via your NOVA email account about class assignments, course announcements and updates on your financial aid status.

STEP 11: GET YOUR STUDENT ID (NOVACARD)
NOVACards are valid for two years. 

STEP 12: BUY YOUR PARKING PERMIT
NOVA has discounted flex parking options! Learn about hangtags, discounted hourly and daily choices and our mobile payment application calling 703–323–3123. Students are not required to display a permit while parked in a “B” lot after 3:45 p.m. on weekdays or any time on weekends.