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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.

Current NOVA Students: You may either email your Pathway advisor at askpathway@nvcc.edu or use one of the links below to set up a Zoom or phone appointment. You do not need to see a counselor at your specific campus; they are arranged that way in case you are looking for someone specifically.

Alexandria and Loudoun


Woodbridge and Manassas

To Apply, Seniors Should:

Complete and submit application to your high school counselor by the stated deadline.

High school counselors will include:

  • School counselor recommendation
  • Student’s unofficial transcript

Current year’s attendance record and course schedule

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 Pathway staff. 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 compete an individual or small-group interview with a Pathway Counselor at their high school.

Accepting the Offer of Admission:

Students are notified by VCCS student email of their admission to the Pathway Program. To accept the offer of admission, students must return their Student Contract to the Pathway Counselor at their high school 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 and/or do not apply to attend Northern Virginia Community College by May 1 of their senior year of high school 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.

Fall 2019 Study Abroad in Brazil

Leap into this magnificent adventure. Take SDV 100 in a global context during the Fall 2019 semester.  This trip to Rio Branco, Brazil will take place November 22 - December 1, 2019.  Most expenses will be covered by scholarship. Cost per student: $300.00. All applications are due by April 15, 2019. To apply contact your Pathway counselor.

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

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