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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:

Complete and submit the NOVA application. Wait 24 hours, then submit the Pathway application. Applications must be submitted by the November 15, 2020 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 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. 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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