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Pathway to the Baccalaureate

  • Students posing after Commencement

Pathway to the Baccalaureate guides selected students on their journey from high school through NOVA to a four-year institution.

Important Information

Out of an abundance of caution, Pathway counselors are working remotely. We care about you and are still here to help you in the ways we always have. 

Current HS Seniors: Please directly email your Pathway counselor at your high school.

Current NOVA Students: Please log into Navigate (MyNOVA) to make an appointment. For instructions on using Navigate, please go here: https://www.nvcc.edu/navigate/students.html. Make sure to choose "Advising – Pathway to the Baccalaureate" as your service reason.

To Apply, Seniors Should:

Complete and submit the NOVA application. Wait 24 hours, then submit the Pathway application.

Please review our Student Application Process document for detailed instructions.

High school counselors will include:

  • School counselor recommendation
  • Student’s unofficial transcript
  • Current year’s attendance record and course schedule.

Complete Pathway Application

Selection Process and Criteria for Admission:

Pathway is designed to support students from traditionally underserved populations. Program admission is not based solely upon prior academic achievement, and no minimum GPA is required to apply. Applications are carefully reviewed by admissions committees. Strong consideration is given to:

  • Barriers to college access or success
  • Recent high school grades
  • Senior year attendance
  • Motivation and capacity to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree

Pathway applicants may also be asked to complete an individual or small-group interview with a Pathway Counselor at their high school.

Accepting the Offer of Admission:

Students are notified by personal email of their admission to the Pathway Program. To accept the offer of admission, students must follow the directions in the acceptance email and submit their Student Contract to the Pathway program by the posted due date. Students who are offered admission to Pathway but fail to return a Student Contract by the deadline will be permanently removed from the program.

Additionally, students who submit a Student Contract but fail to meet the participation requirements as outlined in the contract will be permanently removed from the program.

Other Important Information:

Admission to the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program and admission to Northern Virginia Community College are two separate admissions processes.

The Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program is a separate program from NOVA’s Guaranteed Admissions Agreements (GAA) to Virginia colleges and universities. All NOVA students who meet the GAA requirements for specific institutions, including Pathway students, qualify for Virginia’s guaranteed admissions programs.

Pathway to Baccalaureate

About Pathway to the Baccalaureate

The Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program increases access to higher education for selected, underrepresented students from participating Northern Virginia high schools. The program is designed to serve students who have both the motivation and capacity to earn a bachelor’s degree.

The Pathway Program provides multifaceted, individualized support during the transition from high school to Northern Virginia Community College, and the transfer to George Mason University or another institution of the student’s choice.

Pathway Hold/Mid-Semester Progress Report

As a Pathway Student you are required, once per semester, to complete a Mid Semester Progress Report “A Ticket to Register.” This ticket allows you the chance to make sure you know how you are doing in all of your classes, and work with your Pathway advisor in creating a plan of action for your continued success. Once this form is complete and you have met with your Pathway Advisor, your Spring 2021 Pathway HOLD will be removed. Please click on the enclosed link for a fillable PDF version of the form.

What Students Say

Students Sitting
Pathway has given me a sense of hope about college.”
Cristian Roldan
NOVA, sophomore, biology major
The Pathway Program propelled me far in my academic career.”
Sylvia Eberhardt
Howard University, senior, pre-medical studies

Message From the Former President

Dr. Templin
“If we’re going to be competitive globally we need a greater percentage of people going to college. It just so happens the majority of the people coming down the pipeline do not have a college-going tradition.”
Robert Templin Jr.
Former NOVA President