ADVANCE welcomes declarations for fall and spring enrollment. The following priority dates will assist you in planning to submit your ADVANCE declaration:
- Fall enrollment: July 15
- Spring enrollment: November 15
While declarations can be submitted at any time and are reviewed for approval on a rolling basis, these priority dates will give students the best opportunity to complete the enrollment process prior to the beginning of the semester.
The ADVANCE Agreement is the final step toward enrollment and must be submitted no later than one week prior to the beginning of the NOVA semester. Students who do not meet this deadline will be rolled into consideration for the subsequent term.
- Spring 2019 Agreement Deadline: January 4, 2019
Benefits of ADVANCE
Major Cost Savings
Completing your associate degree at NOVA before transferring to Mason will save you tuition costs.
Make Every Credit Count
Specialized, aligned curriculum from NOVA to Mason ensures all credits transfer toward your selected degree program.
Dedicated Success Coaches
Success coaches provide you with continuous support and guidance, from your enrollment at NOVA to your graduation from Mason.
ADVANCE = Access
You will be eligible to access recreational facilities, sporting and cultural events at NOVA and Mason.
No Additional Application
Earn your associate degree at NOVA and then seamlessly transition to earn your bachelor's degree at Mason with no additional application required.
You are eligible to take select classes at Mason while you are enrolled at NOVA.
ADVANCE Your Career
Enjoy special internship and co-curricular experiences that will prepare you for career success.
Who Should Consider ADVANCE?
ADVANCE is available to NOVA students in good academic standing with less than 30 degree credits earned, who plan to transfer to Mason to pursue a bachelor's degree in any of the programs offered.
- Minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average for students with college credit
- Enrolled in NOVA associate's degree curricular program
- Earned no more than 30 credit hours of applicable credit at the time of enrollment in ADVANCE
- Dual enrollment credit may be eligible to apply toward ADVANCE pathways, once a student is in degree status at NOVA
- Student academic history, conduct, and criminal history records are reviewed during the enrollment process and will impact the time to final approval. Items in a student's history may preclude them from participating in ADVANCE in alignment with the policies of Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and the ADVANCE program.
What Programs Are Offered?
ADVANCE offers degrees in some of the most in-demand fields in the Northern Virginia region, filling critical workforce needs and preparing you for success in your career.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I consider ADVANCE vs. just applying as a transfer student?
- What does “no more than 30 credit hours of applicable credit at the time of enrollment in ADVANCE” mean?
- I have international college/university credit. May I still join ADVANCE?
- What happens if I am not selected to join the ADVANCE program? Can I still transfer to George Mason University?
- I don’t see my intended major at Mason on the programs list, can I still join ADVANCE?
- May I receive financial aid in ADVANCE?
- How does ADVANCE guarantee a shorter time to degree completion?
Why should I consider ADVANCE vs. just applying as a transfer student?
- Faster process, no application fee, and personalized advising
- Shorter time to degree completion
- Access to NOVA and Mason campuses, clubs, student activities, and events
What does “no more than 30 credit hours of applicable credit at the time of enrollment in ADVANCE” mean?
ADVANCE is designed for students with one year or less of completed coursework toward their intended curricular pathway. Generally, if you have earned 40+ credits, you may not be a candidate for ADVANCE, but there are other ways to transfer to Mason. Click for more information.
I have international college/university credit. May I still join ADVANCE?
Yes. NOVA and Mason enroll students from around the globe from 130+ countries. Any international credit that can be transferred toward your curricular pathway will reduce your time to graduation.
What happens if I am not selected to join the ADVANCE program? Can I still transfer to George Mason University?
Absolutely! Mason enrolls more transfer students annually than all other colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you are not selected for ADVANCE because you have more than 30 earned hours or a grade point average below 2.00, you are encouraged to visit our Office of Transfer Services to discuss your options for regular transfer admission.
I don’t see my intended major at Mason on the programs list, can I still join ADVANCE?
No. You may apply for regular transfer admission to your intended major at Mason. While the program currently features a limited number of associate’s/bachelor’s degree offerings, more will be added for the fall 2019 and fall 2020 semesters.
May I receive financial aid in ADVANCE?
Yes. All degree-seeking students enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours) each fall and spring semester are eligible for consideration for federal student aid. Be sure to complete the FAFSA by the priority deadline.
How does ADVANCE guarantee a shorter time to degree completion?
Both NOVA and Mason faculty and administrators worked very closely to align the specific associate’s and bachelor’s degree pairings. The result of that analysis was to produce a very detailed curricular pathway for your chosen major. The pathway tells you precisely what to take and in what order you should complete the courses. You may enroll part-time or full-time or mix that up, depending upon your schedule. Obviously if you enroll full-time every semester, you will graduate sooner.