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New Student Orientation

Welcome to NOVA! Every important journey involves careful preparation. We offer new students an introduction to our programs and services through our orientation programs.

First Year Outreach

First Year Outreach offers resources designed to support new students through the process of getting started at NOVA.


New2NOVA is an online, interactive orientation program available to all incoming students. The program will teach you everything you need to know to get started at NOVA including information about academic programs, policies, procedures, student services and other valuable resources available to you as a NOVA student.

All students are strongly encouraged to complete New2NOVA prior to enrolling in courses at NOVA.

Sign in to New2NOVA

Registration Labs

Students between the ages of 17-24 who have never attended college are encouraged to attend a Registration Lab. During the Registration Lab, you will receive guidance from advisors and staff to help you:

  • understand your academic placement/placement test scores
  • verify your program of study/academic major
  • create an academic goal and enrollment plan
  • create a schedule of classes and register for courses
  • understand tuition payment and Financial Aid options

All NOVA registration lab sessions are being offered virtually through Zoom webinars as part of NOVA’s plan to provide remote/virtual services to students. In compliance with current state and federal guidelines for social distancing, in-person registration labs will not be offered until further notice. Virtual registration labs for the Summer 2020 semester begin on April 13, 2020. Virtual Registration Labs for the Fall 2020 semester begin on April 27, 2020.

Sign Up for a Registration Lab

Pathway to the
Baccalaureate Students

Pathway to the Baccalaureate students must attend orientation provided by Pathway to the Baccalaureate staff. Please click here to register for Pathway to the Baccalaureate New Student Orientation.

Adult Learners

In addition to New2NOVA, we offer adult learners their own unique on-campus orientation experience as well as an online, virtual registration session. These sessions are for adult students who are:

  • first-time to college students 25 years of age or older;
  • transferring into NOVA from another college/university (all ages), or
  • returning to NOVA after a leave of absence (all ages)

You are invited to attend an on-campus New Student Orientation for Adult Learners designed to help you have a successful transition and integration into college. Please click here to register.

The Virtual Registration Lab for Adult Learners is available to provide you with information and assistance with enrolling in classes. In order to fully participate in a Virtual Registration Lab and register for courses, you must have cleared any/all enrollment holds and completed your placement testing prior to logging in for your lab session. Please click here to register.

Accommodation Statement

NOVA makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you have accommodation needs, please contact disabilityservices@nvcc.edu within 14 working days prior to attending a scheduled event. ASL interpreter requests can be arranged by emailing interpreters@nvcc.edu at least four weeks prior to attending a scheduled event.