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Campus Counseling Services

Academic advising is important at NOVA. Academic advising helps you to meet your educational objectives. Counselors and advisors help students define goals through student development instruction, academic advising, personal counseling, and programming. Mental health counseling and therapy are not provided by College staff; however, referrals can be made within the local community. Counseling hours are noted below.

Speak With a Virtual Advisor

If you cannot come to campus to meet with your advisor, online Virtual Advising is available to prospective and current NOVA students through email and chat.

Hours
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please have your NOVA Student ID number available. A NOVA Student ID number is required for most services. Some services may require follow-up via email or in-person referral to a campus.

Via Email
AcademicAdvising@nvcc.edu 
Emails are answered within 24 hours.

Online Chat         
Click on the Live Chat link to talk with a virtual advisor.

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Career

Career Counseling

Career Counselors can assist you with exploring, developing and setting goals related to your unique educational and academic needs. Services include career assessments, occupational information, goal setting, planning and employment resources.

Transfer

Transfer Counseling

If you intend to get a degree from NOVA and transfer to another college, a counselor can make sure you’re taking the right courses. There can be variations in what colleges accept and you don't want to risk having to take extra courses.
Disability

Disability Support Services

NOVA serves a large population of students who receive disability-related accommodations. Check the Disability Support Service website before classes begin to find out how to get accommodations.

Academic Success Counseling

Counselors assess and evaluate student challenges and provide resources for improvement toward successful academic and personal outcomes. They implement interventions and strategies that enable students to manage and overcome barriers to academic and personal success. Special direct attention is provided to students who are not in good academic standing; however, counselors may also work with other students who are experiencing challenges that may affect their academic progress and success.

If you are a student on Academic Probation, contact your campus counseling office (below) for instructions on how to receive advisement and registration for the current semester. It is advised that students take advantage of priority registration periods and receive service in advance. Students should contact the offices in March for Summer Term, April for Fall Semester and November for Spring Semester. During these times, you may be provided more opportunities for individual appointments and additional time with a counselor. During peak registration, service may be altered with limited or no individual appointments to provide service to a larger number of students. Thus, it is very important for students to plan ahead and request support in a timely fashion.

Before seeing a counselor, you are required to view the PASS Video (on the left of this webpage) and submit the PASS Survey.

Students in the Pathway to Baccalaureate program should contact their assigned Pathways Advisor or Counselor.

Students who have received an Academic Suspension or Academic Dismissal may contact the Dean of Students office at your home campus for further instructions.

Alexandria

During periods of large student visits, all students on academic probation at Alexandria will have to attend a PASS Group Session or meet individually with their assigned counselor for counseling and registration approval.  You may sign up here for a PASS Session.

Students seeking an individual appointment with their assigned counselor must email them directly to schedule in advance. Please know during peak registration times individual appointments may not be available. Please use your student email and provide your name and student ID number in your email request.  Walk-in advising/registration approval is not available for this service. 

Alexandria students on Academic Probation are assigned to a counselor by their last name.  Students can contact their assigned counselor directly at the following e-mails:

Students with last names:  A – C: Thu-An Trinh ttrinh@nvcc.edu
Students with last names:  D – F: Rebeccah Carrier rcarrier@nvcc.edu
Students with last names:  G – I: Keith Wynn ewynn@nvcc.edu
Students with last names:  J – L: Dr. Sherri Anna Brown sabrown@nvcc.edu
Students with last names:  M – P: Keith Wynn ewynn@nvcc.edu
Students with last names:  Q – S: Rebeccah Carrier rcarrier@nvcc.edu
Students with last names:   T– Z: Trevor Blair tablair@nvcc.edu

If you have any other questions, contact alcounseling@nvcc.edu

Academic Suspension and Dismissal 

Students who would like to continue their studies after receiving an academic suspension may submit an appeal in writing or email (use your student email) to the Dean of Students office at Bisdorf AA 195 or al-dos@nvcc.edu.  You must provide your name and student ID number in your appeal.  

Students who have left the College for the required time period after academic suspension may email their designated counselor for a reinstatement appointment.

Students who were academically dismissed and would like to be considered for reinstatement should contact the Dean of Students at al-dos@nvcc.edu

Annandale

During periods of large student visits, all students on academic probation at Annandale will have to attend a PASS Group Session or meet individually with their assigned Academic Success Counselor for counseling and registration approval. You may sign up here for a PASS Session.

Students seeking an individual appointment with their assigned counselor must email them directly to schedule in advance.  Please know during peak registration times individual appointments may not be available. Please use your student email and provide your name and student ID number in your email request.  Walk-in advising/registration approval is not available for this service. 

Annandale students on Academic Probation are assigned to a counselor by their last name.  Students can contact their assigned counselor directly at the following e-mails:

Students with last names:  A – C: Dr. Charlie Dy cdy@nvcc.edu
Students with last names:  D – J: Ms. Jessie Zahorian jzahorian@nvcc.edu
Students with last names:  K – Q: Ms. Margarita Martinez mmartinez@nvcc.edu
Students with last names:  R – Z: Mrs. ViNita Warren-Nickens vwarren@nvcc.edu

If you have any other questions, contact ancounseling@nvcc.edu

Loudoun

During periods of large student visits, students who are on academic probation for the first time at Loudoun will have to attend a PASS Group Session for counseling and registration approval. Only continuing students on Academic Probation (for more than one semester) may come during walk-in advising hours. 

If PASS Sessions are not being provided at this time, students can contact Deanna Podlenski, Academic Success Counselor for an appointment at dpodlenski@nvcc.edu. Please use your student email and provide your name and student ID number in your email request. 

If you have any other questions, contact locounseling@nvcc.edu

Manassas

New Academic Probation Students

A New Academic Probation Student is identified as a student who has an academic probation hold which has never been addressed at the Manassas Campus. 
Students with New APB holds must:

  • Watch the PASS Video and complete the accompanying PASS Survey. 
  • Schedule a Same Day Appointment to create an academic plan and discuss the details of their academic standing. Students can schedule their appointment directly with the Counseling front desk staff, either in person or by phone, 703-257-6610.

Continuing Academic Probation Students 

Continuing Academic Probation Students are those who have met with a Counselor at the Manassas Campus, as verified with an Academic Success Plan on file.  

Continuing students with an APB hold must:

  1. Come into the Counseling Office (MH-110) for registration during all regular business hours.
  2. Have precisely completed an Academic Plan and the PASS Survey.
  3. Have one of the following:
  • Progress report for current classes (link the progress report) or
  • Final grades posted for the most recently completed semester.

Academic Suspension and Dismissal 

Suspended/Dismissed Students are seen by Academic Success Counselors. 

Students with a Suspension or Dismissal hold must:

  • Contact the Manassas Office by email (macouns@nvcc.edu) or in person (MH-110) and obtain a Suspension Checklist
  • Submit readmission letter to Academic Success Counselor and request an appointment with Andria Shoates amshoates@nvcc.edu or Rosemary Nigrelli rnigrelli@nvcc.edu
If you have any other questions, contact macouns@nvcc.edu
Woodbridge

Academic Probation Students

Academic Probation Student is identified as a student who currently has an academic probation hold. 

Students with APB holds must:

  • Watch the PASS Video and complete the accompanying PASS Survey. 
  • Schedule either a Same Day Appointment or Regular Appointment with a counselor/advisor to create an academic plan and discuss the details of their academic standing. Students can schedule a same day appointment directly at the Student Services Center front desk staff, WS 202, either in person or by phone, 703-878-5760. For a regular appointment, please use the links below, based on the first letter of your last name:

A-D: Aida Brhane (abrhane@nvcc.edu
E-J: Doug Rhoney (drhoney@nvcc.edu
K-P: Dennis Sullivan (dsullivan@nvcc.edu
Q-T: Laura Cooper-Martin (lcoopermartin@nvcc.edu)
U-Z: Mark Bumgarner (mbumgarner@nvcc.edu )

Continuing students with an APB hold seeking to register for classes the following semester must follow the appointment procedures above, plus have one of the following:

  • Progress report for current classes signed by the instructors, or
  • Final grades posted for the most recently completed semester.

Academic Suspension and Dismissal

Suspended students seeking to return after their period of suspension are seen by the Associate Dean of Students. 

Students seeking to return following suspension submit a readmission letter to Mark Bumgarner, Associate Dean of Students, at mbumgarner@nvcc.edu.

Suspended students seeking to return without a period of suspension are seen by the Dean of Students. 

Students seeking to return without a period of suspension must:

  • Contact the Woodbridge Office of Dean of students by phone (703 878-5758) or in person (WS208) to schedule an appointment with the Dean of Students, Michael Turner.
  • Submit readmission letter to Dean Turner at mturner@nvcc.edu

Students seeking to return from academic dismissal would follow the procedure directly above to meet with the Dean of Students.

If you have any other questions, contact wocounseling@nvcc.edu.

Medical Education

Students who have not been admitted to an Allied Health or Nursing program should contact their home campus (or campus where they are taking the majority of their courses) for academic success counseling.  

Students who are currently enrolled in Allied Health or Nursing programs in Springfield and experiencing academic challenges may contact Fahmeen Faruki, Counselor ffaruki@nvcc.edu please use your student email and provide your name and student ID number in your email request. 

If you have any other questions, contact meccounseling@nvcc.edu 

NOVA Online

Students who are taking all or the majority of their courses through NOVA Online may contact NOVA Online counselors at onlinecounselors@nvcc.edu and share that you have viewed the PASS Video and submitted the PASS Survey.  Please use your student email and provide your name and student ID number in your email request. 

Academic Suspension and Dismissal 

Students who have been Academically Dismissed or Suspended and would like to appeal for readmission after the termination period has been completed may email a formal written petition to NOVA Online's Director of Student Services, Dr. Cynthia Pascal (cpascal@nvcc.edu).  Petitions must include the following information: NOVA 7-digit ID number, a summary of your academic and professional goals, and a plan to achieve those goals.

Locate Your Counseling & Academic Advising Center

Alexandria

Room AA 194
Phone: 703.933.5073
Email: alcounseling@nvcc.edu
Maps & Directions to the Alexandria Campus

Counseling, Enrollment Services, First Year Advising and Financial Aid Department service hours are below for regular and peak registration. 

Regular Hours

Monday and Thursday*: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Important: Students must sign in 30 minutes before closing. In the evenings, sign-in may close earlier (contingent upon student wait times).

*Pathway virtual advising is available on Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. by emailing AskPathway@nvcc.edu.

Special Hours

Spring Break and October Non-Instructional Days:
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Peak Registration: Immediately Before the Semester Begins (January/August) through the First Week of Classes
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

During peak registration, students are encouraged to arrive one hour before closing. In the evenings, sign-in may be closed earlier (contingent upon student wait times).

Annandale

Annandale

Room CA 112
Phone: 703.323.3200
Email: AN Counseling Center
Maps & Directions to the Annandale Campus

Hours

Monday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (walk-in service begins at 10:00 a.m.)
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (walk-in service begins at 10:00 a.m.)
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (walk-in service begins at 11:00 a.m.)

*Virtual advising via Live Chat with an advisor is available at http://www.nvcc.edu/virtualadvising/index.html.

*Pathway advising is available virtually on Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at AskPathway@nvcc.edu.

*First time to college students ages 17 to 24 with no prior college experience may email the First Year Advising office at GPSAnnandale@nvcc.edu for general questions. Please make sure to include your seven-digit student ID number (aka EMPLID, SSID).

Special Hours

On May 22, June 19, and July 24, walk-in advising will be suspended between 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a monthly staff meeting.  

Spring Break:
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Peak Registration Periods: in January after Winter Break during the first week of classes:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Students are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing. During registration periods, please arrive 60 minutes before closing. In the evenings, sign-in may be closed early contingent upon student wait times.

If you have a counselor you’ve been working with and would like to see that counselor, please contact him/her directly via email to schedule an appointment.

Loudoun

Loudoun

Room LR 253
Phone: 703.450.2571
Email: LO Counseling Center 
Maps & Directions to the Loudoun Campus

Hours

Extended hours for Counseling, Student Success/First Year Advising, Enrollment Services and Financial Aid: 
August 13-August 31:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 18: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Monday and *Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*Pathway advising is available virtually on Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at AskPathway@nvcc.edu.

Note: After meeting with Counseling Services, students are assigned to a faculty advisor according to their major.  Counseling Services may direct you to your faculty advisor for assistance with:

  • Selecting classes for your major
  • Reviewing your advisement report
  • Discussing specifics about program majors
  • Answering general transfer questions
  • Applying for graduation

Continuing students with an assigned major should schedule an appointment with their faculty advisor by email for assistance with class scheduling.

Virtual Advising
One-on-one virtual advising is available here:

Counseling Center Appointments:
Appointments are available Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Academic Probation Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Dual/Home School Enrollment
  • Incoming Transfer Advising
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Advising
  • Transfer Planning

Note: When scheduling a counseling appointment, you will be provided a set of instructions in order to prepare for your meeting. You will be asked to complete these steps and bring all requested documents to your appointment to ensure that there is enough time to address all of your concerns.  

Counseling Center Walk-In For Brief Inquires:
Walk-In For Brief Inquires are available Monday and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Brief inquires are generally no longer than 10-15 minutes and may include:

  • Advisement Report Verifications
  • Change of Major
  • Course Prerequisite Approvals
  • Faculty Advisor Assignments
  • General Education Elective Suggestions
  • Placement Test Interpretations

If you require more time than Walk-in For Brief Inquires allow for, you may be referred to your faculty advisor or a counseling appointment for further assistance.

Special Hours

Spring Break and October Non-Instructional Days:
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Peak Registration Periods: In August for First Week of Classes and in January for First Week of Classes:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Manassas

Manassas

Room MH 110
Phone: 703.257.6610
Email: MA Counseling

Maps & Directions to the Manassas Campus

Hours

Monday and *Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (**Appointments 9:00-2:00PM. Walk-ins begin at 2:00pm)
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (**Appointments 9:00-2:00PM. Walk-ins begin at 2:00pm)
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm (**Appointments 11:00-2:00PM. Walk-ins begin at 2:00pm)

The last sign-in is 60 minutes prior to closing time.

Advising is also available via Live Chat at http://www.nvcc.edu/virtualadvising/index.html.

Spring Break and October Non-Instructional Days:
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Peak Registration Period: August and January. Please refer to the Academic Calendar
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

*Pathway advising is available virtually on Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at AskPathway@nvcc.edu.

**All appointments are offered on a same day, first-come-first-serve basis.  Students should come to the front desk for the next available appointment.  Appointments are available for the following services:

  • Academic Success Planning (Academic probation and suspension)
  • Career Exploration and Planning
  • Transfer Planning
Medical Education

6699 Springfield Center Drive, Room 202
Springfield, VA 22150-1913
Phone: 703.822.6531
Email: MEC Advising/Counseling
Maps & Directions to the Medical Education Campus

Hours

Extended hours for Counseling, Student Success/First Year Advising, Enrollment Services and Financial Aid: 
August 13-August 31:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 18: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Monday and *Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*Pathway advising is available virtually on Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at AskPathway@nvcc.edu.

Counseling is available by appointment to assist students with:

  • Academic Success Planning
  • Career Exploration and Planning
  • Disability Support Services
  • Veterans and Military Support Services

Advising is available on a walk-in basis during regular business hours (check individual campus locations) to provide continuing and future students with a 10-15 minute session offering general answers to inquiries related to course registration, enrollment and program information.

To ensure having adequate time for a complete advising session, we request that students sign in, at least 30 minutes prior to closing.

Woodbridge

Room WS 202
Phone: 703.878.5760
Email: wocounseling@nvcc.edu
Maps & Direction to the Woodbridge Campus

Hours

  • Monday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (walk-in service begins at 2:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (walk-in service begins at 2:00 p.m.)
  • Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (walk-in service begins at 2:00 p.m.)

Counseling Services are also available by appointment.  Appointments are required for the following services:

  • Academic/suspension advising
  • Students who need an academic plan for a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal
  • First time dual enrollment students

*Virtual advising via Live Chat with an advisor is available at http://www.nvcc.edu/virtualadvising/index.html.

*Pathway advising is available virtually on Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at AskPathway@nvcc.edu .

Special Hours

Spring Break:
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Peak Registration Periods: the week before the fall/spring semesters begin through the first week of classes:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Students are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing. During registration periods, please arrive 60 minutes before closing. In the evenings, sign-in may be closed early contingent upon student wait times.

NOVA Online

Phone: 703.323.2425
Email: NOVA Online Counselors

Advising/Counseling Services for online students.

Academic probation/suspension advising for online students - email NOVA Online Counselors upon PASS form submission

Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Peak Registration Extended hours for Counseling, Student Success/First Year Advising, Enrollment Services and Financial Aid (January 2-17, 2020):

Monday - Thursday: 8:30a.m. - 7:00p.m.

Friday: 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Super Saturday, January 11th: 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m. 

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