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Census Dates

Census Dates

When you register for a class at NOVA, you are making a commitment to attend the class regularly, either in person or online. Since the Commonwealth of Virginia contributes a significant portion of your educational costs, you must establish your attendance or participation early in the semester, rather than taking a seat that might have gone to another student. The census date marks the last day to make that change.

If you do not attend at least one class meeting or participate in an online learning class by the census date (last day to drop with a tuition refund), your class registration will be administratively deleted.

Administrative deletion means:

  • there will be no record of the class or any letter grade on your transcript;
  • the course credits will be deducted from your course load;
  • the reduction of credits may affect your student status (full-time or part-time); and
  • you will not receive a tuition refund.

Summer 2018 Census Dates

  • 12-week session: May 29
  • First 6-week session: May 22
  • First 5-week session: June 4
  • First 8-week session: June 7
  • Second 8-week session: June 21
  • Second 6-week session: July 5
  • Second 5-week session: July 11
ELI/Online Census Dates
ELI SessionStart DateCensus
12-week May 16 May 28
10-week May 30 June 9
First 8-weeks May 30 June 7
Second 8-weeks June 13 June 21
First 6-weeks May 16 May 22
Second 6-weeks June 27 July 3
First 4-weeks (MTT 1 only) May 16 May 20
Second 4-weeks (MTT 1 only) June 13 June 17
Third 4-weeks (MTT 1 only) July 11 July 15

For variable duration (dynamic) classes, the census date is individually set. For these variable duration classes, in the Student Information System, click on the class. The date for Drop Without Penalty is the last date to drop with a refund.