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What We Do

First Year Advising provides a comprehensive guiding experience to students who are recent high school graduates, have never been to college before and are enrolled in an academic program. We strive to retain our students by building connections with advisors and faculty, and teaching students how to plan and evaluate their academic performance.

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Placement into English and Mathematics Courses for Spring 2021
Because NOVA is operating remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person placement testing has been suspended for Spring 2021 registration. Students who have graduated from high school within the past six (6) years can submit their high school transcript and - if available - SAT or ACT scores to NOVA’s College Records Office (CRO) or to their academic advisor for review and placement guidance. Unofficial copies of transcripts and test scores are acceptable for this time period, as well. For other students, the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) practice test and advising questionnaires may be used for placement guidance. For more information on NOVA’s revised placement policies and resources, visit NOVA's COVID-19 website.

All incoming first year students are required to complete the English and math placement tests before they are able to attend Student Orientation and register for classes. If you are not local, you can request to have your English and math placement tests proctored in your area. See the Proctor Request Form below.

For more information on placement testing, use these links:

Once you have completed your placement testing, you are ready to sign up for a Student Orientation session. Attending Student Orientation is required for all first year students. As a NOVA Online student, you can participate in a New Student Orientation session at any NOVA campus, or online. Virtual sessions are listed under NOVA Online, and available for students planning to take all their courses for their first semester online through NOVA Online. Sessions are offered throughout the year. For more information, use the link below:

First Year Advisors @ NOVA Online

All incoming first year students will be assigned an advisor who will help you:

  • identify and refine your academic goals
  • choose the appropriate program and courses for that program
  • connect with the appropriate resources; and assign you to a faculty advisor who will help you prepare for your second year and transition to a four-year university
  • decide if online learning is right for you
  • find the resources available to you both virtually and on-campus

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Visit the  First Year Admission site to learn more about the resources offered to new students.

Here are some of the tools and resources you and your advisor will use with your goal-setting and academic planning at NOVA: