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Admission to the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program is selective and open to seniors at participating public high schools in Northern Virginia.

Student Application

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Admission to the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program is selective and open to seniors at participating public high schools in Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park Cities and Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties only. Priority application deadlines typically range between early November and early December of the senior year of high school. Applications submitted after the priority deadline are typically not reviewed unless program slots remain unfilled at a particular high school location.


To Apply, Seniors Should:

Obtain a Pathway application from your high school counselor or career center specialist. 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 mail 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. Pathway students are advised to complete the NOVA application (and FAFSA, if required) together with their Pathway Counselor.

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.

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