Look at it from our LENS (Learn, Explore, Navigate, Succeed)

At the Alexandria Campus, our goal is for you to have a resourceful college experience by equipping you with the knowledge that you need. Our monthly newsletter brings announcements directly to you in both areas of transfer and career. Utilizing transfer and career resources will help maximize your time and skills at NVCC. We invite you to explore our career and transfer events/updates. Current and prospective students are welcome to utilize our resources and events.


UVA’S Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Webinar

You’re invited to join us on Tuesday, January 28th at 7:30pm for a webinar to learn about the online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies.

The online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies offers a broad interdisciplinary education preparing students to advance in their current jobs, transition to a new career or pursue graduate studies.

You’ll hear from BIS faculty, alumni and enrollment advisors who will explain the concentrations offered in the BIS program, the admissions process and how you can take your career to the next level with an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Use this link to join us online:


Or you can access the link on our webpage:

https://www.scps.virginia.edu/ (scroll to the bottom of the page and there is an Events section on the bottom right)

Have more questions? Feel free to contact:

Collyn W. Alford, Northern Virginia Outreach Specialist cwa8r@virginia.edu


Christopher Newport University: Open House, Campus Tours, and Fall 2020 Applications

Now Accepting Fall 2020 Applications

Our Fall 2020 application is open and students can apply online through Common Application or the Coalition Application. Our priority application dates are March 1 and May 1 (please note: this is a date and not a deadline). We recommend students apply by the priority application date, and they will be notified by the end of March. 

Open House and Campus Tours

Our Open House dates for this spring are Saturday, February 1 and Saturday, March 14. Open House is a great time for students to visit Christopher Newport to tour campus, meet faculty from every department, hear from our president Paul Trible, meet current students, and learn about financial aid, housing, athletics, dining services and much more during the student services showcase.

Campus tours are also available throughout the year Monday through Friday at 10am and 2pm and some Saturdays at 11am–we strongly encourage students to visit!



ADVANCE receives national award for enhancing the student transition experience

George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) were honored with the 2019 John N. Gardner Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award for their innovative partnership ADVANCE.

The award, presented by the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, recognizes cross-institutional initiatives that aim to enhance the student transition experience at the undergraduate level.

Now in its second year, ADVANCE is redefining the transfer experience for almost 700 students who will make the journey from NOVA to Mason. Streamlined admissions, defined curricular pathways, success coaching and wraparound student support are making it easier and more affordable for students to earn degrees.

“ADVANCE is receiving tremendous recognition because of its potential to transform the way higher ed institutions collaborate for student success,” said Ashlie Prioleau, executive director of ADVANCE. “Not only is it breaking down transfer barriers for students, but is also creating more streamlined internal processes across NOVA and Mason that ultimately benefit the student.”

The John N. Gardner Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award is named in honor of the individual who first envisioned and created the National Resource Center at the University of South Carolina.

“John’s work has always been focused on assisting institutions in making changes to better support their first-year and other students in transition,” said Jennifer Keup, Director of the National Resource Center. “Countless students have persisted at colleges and universities because of the influence and impact of the courses and programs that he created, championed, and inspired through personal interactions and Center-sponsored events and resources.”

“Mason and NOVA are honored to be receiving this award,” said Prioleau. “Our institutions have a long and impressive history of collaboration. In many ways, ADVANCE is a culmination of our efforts to support transfer students and ease some of the transitional barriers they experience. Together we are building what we believe is a national model for dramatically expanding educational access and helping students succeed throughout their academic journey and beyond.”

By Angelina Jarrouj

VCU Information Session: Pathways to Teaching Career Switcher Program

Have you been dreaming of becoming a teacher as a second career and are ready to make it happen now? The Pathways accelerated program is for you!

The VCU Career Switcher Program provides an efficient path to the classroom for many individuals interested in pursuing a career in PreK-12 education.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  •  Have at least three years of full-time work experience or its equivalent.
  • Begin the process for taking VA Qualifying exams.

RSVP here for the next information session.

When: Thursday, November 7, 2019

Time: 6:00PM

Location: Grace E. Harris Hall, Room 2108
1015 Floyd Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

For more info, contact: Dr. Joshua Cole at colejp@vcu.ed

University of Maryland University College Name Change

In case you missed it, the University of Maryland University College is now called the University of Maryland Global Campus. The  new website is:

The old website (www.umuc.edu) will route to the new website for now. 

UMCG provides opportunities for NOVA students to study in the Metropolitan DC Area as well as online.   If you want face to face classes, there are courses offered at local locations in Maryland and Northern Virginia.  They primarily serve working adults and well known for educating active military, veterans and families.  They are a public state university that provides scholarships and federal financial aid.

NOVA has an articulation agreement with UMGC (formerly UMUC).

They also have a reverse transfer program which would allow you to take UMGC courses and transfer it back to complete your NOVA degree.

There are various bachelors degrees.  Main academic areas include majors such as: Business & Management, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Education & Teaching, Healthcare & Science, Information Technology & Computer Science, Liberal Arts & Communication, and Public Safety.  

If you have any questions about UMGC and interested in more materials or information, please contact 1-855-655-8682 or go to the Prospective Student  webpage and provide your information.

University of Virginia Transfer Admission Open House

When: Friday, November 15, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Newcomb Hall 180 McCormick Road

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Please join UVA for their Transfer Open House, which will feature a transfer admission session, a tour of Grounds, and individual school sessions sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Architecture, the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the School of Nursing and the Curry School of Education.

If you are interested, please using the following link to register:  https://cutt.ly/Neuhk0h



VCU School of Nursing Open House

When: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

Time: 5:00Pm-7:00PM

Location: 1100 E. Leigh St. Richmond, VA 23298

Learn about the program, meet faculty and staff, and tour VCU’s School of Nursing.

Register here for the open house by noon on Oct. 16.

*For questions, contact the School of Nursing’s Office of Student Success at (804) 828-5171 or sonoss@vcu.edu.

*For more information, contact Alicia Edgerton at pennixar@vcu.edu or (804) 828-5171 or visit