First Year Advising - New Students
- Take the English and Math placement tests before registering for classes.
- Complete New2NOVA and attend a required Registration Lab to meet with an advisor and register for courses.
- Enroll in the required one-credit College Success Skills course (SDV 100 or 101) during your first year, preferably during your first semester.
- Register for developmental courses during your first semester, if you tested into developmental courses.
- Activate your NOVA email account.
- To protect your privacy, instructors may only use a student's official NOVA email address.
- You will receive updates on course changes and other pertinent information through your NOVA email account.
Important Notice: Students cannot activate their VCCS student email until they have enrolled for classes. All fees must be paid before students can access their email.
- How do I prepare for Student Orientation?
- What can I expect from my First-Year Advisor?
- What can I expect from my Faculty Advisor when I get one?
- What resources can I use?
- Complete the New2NOVA program prior to attending the Registration Lab.
- Complete both the English and math placement tests prior to attending the Registration Lab.
- Check your NOVA email account regularly, especially the night before your scheduled orientation session.
- Think of questions you want to ask and write them down so you don’t forget.
- Be open to developing and clarifying your goals.
Your First-Year Advisor will:
- Help you identify and refine your academic goal.
- Help you choose the appropriate program and courses for that program.
- Help you connect with the appropriate resources.
- Assign you to a faculty advisor who can best help you prepare for your transition.
Your Faculty Advisor will:
- Require you to make an appointment.
- Help you to navigate the academic requirements.
- Expect you to ask questions.
- Be available during office hours.
- Help you prepare for graduation.
For answers to your questions about the Six Policy Changes, check out the FAQ booklet.