Welcome to NOVA! Do you want to get your associate's degree or take courses that you can transfer to a four-year college or university? Do you want to take courses to advance your career? Whatever your educational goals, we can help you achieve them.
Follow This Step-by-Step Checklist to Get Started:
1. Apply for Admission
- If you believe you qualify for in-state tuition rates, complete the in-state tuition section of the application form before enrolling and paying tuition.
2. Apply for Financial Aid
3. Get a Copy of the NOVA Catalog
4. Placement Examination
Most new students should take the English and math placement tests.
- Tests are given at each campus testing center.
- Photo ID and Student ID number (issued upon completion of the application or found on your NOVACard) are required.
- Allow approximately two hours for each test.
5. Participate in New Student Advising and Orientation Programs
Sign up for your Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) Session where you will learn the results of your placement tests, identify first semester courses and enroll in classes. Next, you need to attend New Student Orientation (NSO), where you will learn more about what it takes to succeed in college with special sessions on transfer preparation and financing your education. You will also have the opportunity to meet Student Services, faculty, administrators and fellow students.
6. Enroll for Classes
Enroll online with NOVAConnect. First-time students are encouraged to enroll in SDV 100 or another student development course during their first semester.
- Learn more about enrollment.
7. Pay Your Tuition
8. Buy Your Books
Print your schedule of classes and take it to your campus bookstore, or buy your books online.
9. Buy a Parking Permit
You can buy your parking permit online through Parking Services using your credit card 24 hours after you enroll for classes. You can also pay for a permit by cash or check at any of the campus Parking Services offices.
- Parking permits are required for all semesters/sessions of enrollment.
- Permits are required for all vehicles parked in all lots (except parking meters and hourly pay lots).
- Student permits are valid only in "B" lots.
- To use the parking garages at the Annandale and Medical Education Campuses, you must have a NOVACard ID and a parking permit
- Hourly pay parking is available in the garages for those without a current permit and ID card.
10. Get Your NOVACard Student Identification
Get your free NOVACard 24 hours after you enroll for classes. It also serves as your library card and can be used for copying and on campus and a variety of discounts.
11. Activate Your Email Account
- To protect your privacy, instructors may only use a student's official NOVA email address.
- You will receive updates on course changes and other pertinent information through your NOVA email account.
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