New Policies Starting Fall 2014

Six New Policy Changes

There are six policy changes that will take effect the Fall 2014 semester.

NOVA is implementing six college-wide policy changes for Fall 2014 to help students start strong at NOVA. Starting in the fall of 2014, if you are between the ages of 17 and 24, and if you are a first-time-to-college student or if you are in the Pathway to Baccalaureate program, you are required to follow all six policies.

 For more information on the Six Policy Changes click here.  This video outlines all six policies.

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Starting the Semester Off Right 

BNC Study Guide: Starting the Semester Off Right

Let’s get started.


1. Look ahead.

See what you’re up against this term. Any tough classes? A new job? See what you have in store so you can begin pulling together a plan.

2. Set goals.

Envision where you would like to be at the end of the semester. Now that you’ve looked ahead, set some goals for yourself based on what you have coming up. Whether you’d like to finish the term with a 4.0 or hope to get yourself back in shape, determine what you’re planning to work toward during the next few months. Then, break those bigger goals into smaller tasks you can complete.

3. Get your sleep schedule on track.

You’ll feel better and be able to focus better if you’re well-rested. Toward the end of your winter break, start heading to bed a little bit earlier. This way you won’t feel exhausted after your first day back.

4. Focus on your well being.

Come up with 2-3 small ways you plan to be healthier this term. Do you survive on a pizza-and-chips diet? Work some fruits and veggies into your meal plan. Do you loathe the though of working out in the campus gym? Grab your roommate and start going for a walk every evening. We’re not talking a major workout life overhaul, just small adjustments to your current routine.

Not sure where to start? Drinking more water every day is always a good resolution.

Notebook and Planner

5. Get ahead of things.

There’s nothing worse than combing through your new syllabi and feeling that overwhelming sense of panic set in. Rather than letting your nerves get the best of you, go on the offensive. Get yourself some sort of planner, whether it’s digital or a traditional paper agenda. Mark down all major due dates right away and figure out how much time you’ll need to complete those projects. Add in any smaller assignments and be sure to make time for them. If you’re organized, you’ll feel more confident tackling those major projects. Staying on task from the beginning and prevent that end-of-term frenzy!

6. Think positive.

Have faith in yourself! Instead of focusing on potential failures, focus on how you can grow.

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Think You are Ready to Graduate?

Crossing the Finish Line!

NOVA Graduation Preparation Program

If you are a NOVA student with one or two more semesters until degree/certificate completion, then this program is for YOU!  You will also be given information on how to plan for employment, transfer, and financial aid during your last semester.      


Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Annandale Campus CA 302




Monday, November 3rd

Woodbridge Campus WC 345



Tuesday, November 4th

Manassas Campus MH 110



Wednesday, November 5th

Loudoun Campus LR 249J



Friday, November 7th

Alexandria Campus AA 196



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