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ADVANCE: Nothing should come between you and a four-year degree.

How to Apply to ADVANCE

Students must be registered for courses at NOVA before applying to ADVANCE
  1.  Review your academic record. 
    • A high school diploma or GED is required to be enrolled in ADVANCE 
    • Students must be enrolled at NOVA 
    • If you have 30 or  fewer credits and a cumulative 2.0 GPA, click on the “Apply” box and enter your MyNOVA username and password to complete the ADVANCE Declaration.
    • if you do not meet the eligibility requirements for admission to ADVANCE, contact the Office of Admissions before submitting an application. 
  2. Have official transcripts from all U.S. and international colleges and universities sent to the Mason Office of Admissions. If you wish to transfer the credit to NOVA, request official transcripts to be sent to the Student Services Center on your home campus. 
  3. Submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request form per transcript sent.
  4. You will receive an acknowledgment to your VCCS email account after your declaration is processed. Be sure to look for additional messages prompting you to complete two additional steps, including the ADVANCE pre-orientation and the ADVANCE Agreement.


The following dates will assist you in planning to submit your ADVANCE declaration:

  • Spring Declaration Deadline: December 1, 2023

ADVANCE Pathway Selection is the final step toward enrollment, and must be submitted by the following deadlines: 

  • Spring Pathway Selection Deadline: December 15, 2023

Other Considerations

    • 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. 

For more information, visit the Mason ADVANCE page.