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First Year Experience (FYE) & Orientation

Welcome to NOVA! Every important journey involves careful preparation. We offer new students an introduction to our community, programs and services through our orientation and First Year Experience (FYE) programs.

Just starting at NOVA? Become Nighthawk Ready in 1-2-3! Follow these steps to success at NOVA:

Step 1: Watch the Enrollment Prep Presentation

The Enrollment Prep presentation will prepare you for getting started at NOVA. Information includes:

  • Direct Enrollment Survey to determine your English (ENG) and mathematics (MTH) placement
  • How to access your myNOVA student account
  • How to interpret degree requirements
  • Student registration system and creating your first semester schedule

Access the Enrollment Prep Presentation

Step 2: Complete New2NOVA

New2NOVA is the College’s online new student orientation program that is accessible anytime from any internet-connected device. By completing New2NOVA, students will learn about:

  • Academic programs and supports
  • NOVA policies and procedures
  • Student services and resources
  • Registration videos to assist with registration and completing the enrollment process


Step 3: Participate in an Advising 100 Session

Advising 100 Sessions are group advising sessions that provide academic advising to first-time students based on their academic program or major. These sessions will be offered starting in May and will be facilitated by NOVA advisors. In this interactive, virtual session, students will:

  • Fine-tune their academic schedule based on their academic program
  • Learn from and connect with NOVA advisors 


Interactive Tutorials

How to Use Your myNOVA Account

How to Register for Classes Using myNOVA

First Year Experience

Established in 2021, the new First Year Experience (FYE) at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) strives to empower students to make the most of their first year as part of the NOVA community. FYE programming provides students with opportunities for exploration and personal development as they acclimate to college life. This is achieved through a coordinated series of opportunities to engage with services & resources, connect with faculty, staff and peers, enhance academic & personal readiness and engage in co-curricular and civic-minded learning opportunities.

Check out the FYE Events Calendar for upcoming programs! Additional programs are coming soon!

FYE Events Calendar

Additional Links

Admissions & Registration
Direct Enrollment & Self-Placement
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at NOVA
Military & Veterans Services
Parents & Families
Student Life

Accommodation Statement

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