Dual Enrollment Procedures

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Dual Enrollment procedures differ greatly depending on where a class is held. Please choose the appropriate option below.

I'm interested in enrolling in classes at my high school.

Contract Dual Enrollment

Contract Dual Enrollment courses are offered at various high schools across Northern Virginia. These classes are offered during the school day and taught by high school teachers who are also credentialed as NOVA adjuncts.

I'm interested in enrolling in classes at NOVA.

Independent Dual Enrollment

High school students taking NOVA classes online or on campus are designated as independent dual enrollment.

Admission & Placement Criteria

Private, public, and homeschool juniors and seniors must meet certain criteria to register for college-level, credit-bearing courses.

I'm interested in Continuing at NOVA after High School Graduation

When you graduate from high school, you will be able to enroll as a curricular student and continue working towards your degree or certificate at NOVA. Please note, NOVA degrees and certificates at the Medical Education Campus and the Veterinary Technology Program have a second application process for curricular placement.

Since you are already a NOVA student, you will not reapply. Your NOVA ID and myNOVA credentials will remain the same. 

If you have a Dual Enrollment hold on your account that prevents you from enrolling yourself in courses, The Dual Enrollment Office can remove this hold in the spring of your Senior year of High School. You will be able to self-enroll for courses starting the Summer session of your senior year. To remove this hold, please complete Form 125-104DE and email it to dualenrollment@nvcc.edu.

If you have additional holds on your account, please work with EnrollmentServices@nvcc.edu to address holds.

Services & Resources for High School Graduates:

myNOVA Tutorials will allow you to access many of NOVA’s resources including your VCCS email and access to your academic record.

You will have access to academic advising and counseling. You can receive advice relating to career planning, transfer, disability or retention.

If you are interested in receiving disability-related accommodations please visit the Accommodations and Accessibility Services website.

You will be able to use the NOVA library system. This includes each of the campus libraries and the online resources associated with the library system.

You will have access to free tutoring services for your NOVA classes on each campus. Please see the tutoring website for hours and policies for each campus.

You can take part in many of the programs, clubs and activities that Student Life provides.

Depending on your NOVA course work completed in High School, you may need to complete the Direct Survey for Enrollment in math and English courses

You are encouraged to review the Nighthawk 1-2-3 steps and participate in Advising sessions.

Dual Enrollment Manual

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The Dual Enrollment Manual includes information on:

  • Benefits of Dual Enrollment
  • Enrollment Eligibility
  • Academic Advising
  • Financial Aid
  • Dual Enrollment Class Scheduling
  • Information for Students and Parents
  • Information for High School Dual Enrollment Faculty
  • Information for Administrators