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Special Notice

At this time, all NOVA registration lab sessions for summer and fall 2020 are being offered virtually using Zoom webinars as part of NOVA's plan to provide remote/virtual services to students during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Notice for Pathway Students

Pathway to the Baccalaureate students should not sign up for a registration lab. Instead, Pathway students must participate in Pathway's Virtual College Orientation & Retention Experience (CORE) provided by Pathway Staff. Please click here for more information about completing a CORE.

Sign Up for a Virtual Registration Lab

  • As a NOVA student you are able to participate in a virtual registration lab offered through ANY of our campuses. You must sign up at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled virtual registration lab in order to be eligible to participate.
  • When signing up, please provide a PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS that you have access to and check regularly. (Prior to your enrollment in classes you may not have access to your NOVA student email account.) Providing a personal email ensures that orientation staff are able to connect with you with important information prior to your virtual registration lab session.
  • After you have signed up, you will receive a confirmation email with important information including the date and time of your virtual registration lab. This email is an opportunity for you to provide SAT/ACT/IB scores or HS transcripts for English and math placement and will also include a link to use if you need to reschedule your virtual registration lab. A separate email with a link to the Zoom webinar for your virtual registration lab will be sent the day before your scheduled lab.

Registration Lab Sessions

Registration Lab Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What is a registration lab?

    A registration lab is an orientation program designed for students between the ages of 17-24 who have never attended college before. As a first-time student, NOVA policy requires that you receive early advising, which we offer in the registration lab, prior to enrolling in courses at NOVA. 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
  • When should I sign up for a registration lab?

    Students who plan on taking classes at NOVA for an upcoming semester should sign up for the next available registration lab that works for their schedule. Registration labs are offered at various days and times for your convenience. In an effort to promote a consistent, comprehensive experience for our students, spaces are limited, and registration labs can fill quickly in the weeks leading up to the start of a new semester. Please plan ahead!

  • How do I prepare for a registration lab?

    Once you have signed up for a registration lab, there are a few important steps you should complete prior to your registration lab session.

    1. Submit supporting documents and look at our self-guided placement information to determine with which English and Math course to begin.

    NOVA provides new students with a variety of options to determine the most appropriate placement for English and mathematics. Following the correct placement can help you succeed in your program of study by providing you with the most appropriate course recommendations to meet your specific needs. Once you have signed up for a registration lab, our orientation staff will reach out to you with information on how to submit any documentation you may have for determining placement. For more information, please see the following resources:

    - Placement Information
    - Remote Placement Guidance

    2. Check your student account for registration holds in myNOVA.

     Sometimes, students may receive a registration hold or service indicator on their student account that may impact their ability to register for classes. This usually means that NOVA needs some additional information from you before the hold can be lifted. This could be additional documentation to determine if you qualify for in-state tuition or to turn in a copy of your HS diploma. To ensure your ability to enroll in classes, it is important to review and address any holds prior to your registration lab. For more information on accessing myNOVA to view/review holds, please see the following resource:

    - View Holds in myNOVA (formerly NOVAConnect)

    3. Login to Navigate and complete the Major Explorer Quiz.

    Navigate is an online tool that is designed to assist students and advisors with academic planning and advising. Students should login to Navigate and complete the Major Explorer Quiz prior to attending your registration lab. For more information on accessing Navigate, please see the following resource:

    Navigate for Students

Accommodation Statement

Northern Virginia Community College 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.

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