New to NOVA? Here’s How to Get Started!



Are you a new student looking to get started at NOVA? If you are a new student between the ages of 17 and 24, with no previous college credit, simply make sure you have completed the steps listed below and you will be ready to begin at NOVA!

1. Have you applied to NOVA?

You can submit an application here (alternatively, go to and select “Apply Now” at the top of the page). When you finish your application, make sure to take note of your NOVA ID Number (EMPLID) and your MyNOVA username and password.

2. Have you taken your English and Math Placement tests?

You will need to take both an English and Math Placement test. To find out testing center hours, get an idea of what the placement tests are like, and take a practice test, go here. You may be exempt based off SAT, ACT or GED scores. To check for exemptions, check here.

3. Have you signed up for a New Student Orientation?

You will need to register for Orientation in order to enroll in courses at NOVA. Register for a Student Orientation here.

Please feel free to walk into any campus Student Services Center for more help with any of these steps. We are here for you as you start your journey at NOVA!