College Profile: Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), comprising several locations in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., is the second largest multi-campus community college in the United States and the largest educational institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The college is colloquially referred to as "NOVA." Since its establishment in Alexandria in 1965, NOVA has added additional locations: Annandale Campus; Manassas Campus; Woodbridge Campus; Loudoun Campus in (Sterling); a Medical Education Campus (in Springfield); an extension of the Alexandria Campus in Arlington, called the Arlington Center; and an extension of the Loudoun Campus in Reston, called the Reston Center. In 2003-2004, the college enrolled 63,000 students in credit courses and some 250,000 more in non-credit offerings. The student body is economically and ethnically diverse, and a very large number of enrollees are international students or immigrants. The school offers a wide variety of courses, and encourages students to enroll in four-year colleges after completing their NOVA education. To do so, it fosters a system of preferred transfers into public colleges and universities located in the Commonwealth, primarily George Mason University in Fairfax, the only public four-year school in Northern Virginia, but also other public four-year schools in Virginia such as UVA in Charlottesville, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, and Longwood University in Farmville. Private Washington-area schools recruit at NOVA also, including Georgetown, Trinity Washington University, and GW, as well as out-of-area and out-of state schools such as Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, West Virginia University, and even the University of Missouri at Kansas City. NOVA is served by a library system extending across all six campuses and the Arlington Center. NOVA Libraries contain over 250,000 volumes and subscribe to over 200 databases, many of these purchased through the Virtual Library of Virginia, meaning that NOVA has access to many of the same resources as the other colleges and universities in Virginia. NOVA is part of the Virginia Community College System. The college's president is Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr. Its fundraising arm, established in 1979, is the NVCC Educational Foundation. The NVCCEF has a Board of Directors, chaired by John E. Ritzert, Jr., and its Executive Director is John Ruffino. Largely through the foundation's efforts, NOVA has been able to fund an increasing number of scholarships, and in 2001 completed the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus.
703-323-3199 (financial aid)
||20,000 and above|
|Title IV Eligibility
||Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs|
College Student Services Offered
||Academic/career counseling service|
||Employment services for students||Yes
||Placement services for completers|
||On-campus day care for students' children||
College Special Learning Opportunities
||Distance learning opportunities|
||ROTC: Air Force||
Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Northern Virginia Community College Website
Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
|Open admission policy
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|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language
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||Student Body Size||No
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College Levels Offered
||Less than one year certificate||Yes
||One but less than two years certificate|
||Two but less than 4 years certificate|
All Academic Programs
- Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic).
- Engineering, General.
- Surgical Technology/Technologist.
- Special Education and Teaching, Other.
- Transportation and Materials Moving, Other.
- Agricultural Business and Management, Other.
- Civil Engineering Technology/Technician.
- Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other.
- Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician.
- Management Information Systems, General.
- Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other.
- Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other.
- Physical Therapy/Therapist.
- Security and Protective Services, Other.
- Industrial Technology/Technician.
- Visual and Performing Arts, Other.
- Education, General.
- Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician.
- Dietitian Assistant.
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
- Business/Commerce, General.
- Interior Design.
- Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other.
- Business Administration and Management, General.
- Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN).
- Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician.
- Design and Applied Arts, Other.
- Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist.
- Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician.
- General Studies.
- Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production.
- Computer and Information Sciences, General.
- Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General.
- Visual and Performing Arts, General.
- Biological and Physical Sciences.
- Agricultural Business and Management, General.
- Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management.
- Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other.
- Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
- Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other.
- Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.
- Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
- Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist.
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