1. Fall 2018

Congratulations on your admission to Northern Virginia Community College!

Please note that registration for FALL 2018 classes is still open for some sessions, although the semester began on August 22, 2018. Check the Academic Calendar for more information on start dates. We encourage you to register as soon as possible after registration opens. Some new students tend to wait, which often results in limited class selection and less time to secure payment arrangements (payment plan, financial aid, veterans benefits, etc.).

In the meantime, below are other tips and reminders to help you prepare:


  • If you are a new student at NOVA, you will need to take the English and math placement tests. The results of these tests will help you and NOVA determine the courses you will take.
  • Tests are given at all six campus Testing Centers.


  • Refer to the College Catalog for academic programs and requirements in your program of study.
  • The online Schedule of Classes can be used to search for courses and view other college information.
  • Starting in Fall 2018, all of NOVA’s college level math courses (those starting with the MTH prefix) will be revised or replaced.  This is a statewide change put in place to improve transferability and success, https://blogs.nvcc.edu/math/.
  • For new students, walk-in academic advising is available at the Student Services Center in Bisdorf building, room AA194. The Center is open Monday & Thursday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm; Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; and Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • For returning NOVA students seeking academic advising, you may meet with an Academic Advisor who is a faculty member in your program of study. Contact your Academic Division for a list of advisors in your program of a study, https://www.nvcc.edu/alexandria/divisions/index.html.
  • If you cannot go to campus to meet with your advisor, Online Virtual Advising is another option. Virtual Advisors are available by chat or e-mail, https://nvcc.edu/virtualadvising/index.html.


  • We encourage you to apply for Financial Aid if you have not already done so. The AL Financial Aid Office is open Monday & Thursday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm; Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; and Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. You can also call Financial Aid Support Center, 1.855.323.3199.


  • Military and Program Advisors provide guidance on certification requirements and act as liaisons between NOVA and the Department of Veterans Affairs, while assisting in the transition from the military to being a student. For more information, you may refer to the College web page at, http://www.nvcc.edu/military/index.html.


  • The FALL 2018 tuition payment deadline was August 7, 2018 if you registered by August 6. If you register on August 7 or after, you must pay your tuition before 5:00 p.m. the next business day to prevent being dropped from your classes according to the Tuition Payment deadline.
  • NOVA offers several methods to pay your tuition. Find out about installments plans, financial aid, and more by clicking on the appropriate tab on this page.


  • All students enrolling at NOVA are required to register by 11:59 p.m. the day before the session begins to meet On-Time Registration. Once the session begins, registration for that session is closed.


  • NOVA offers several different New Student Orientation programs across NOVA’s campuses.
  • The FALL 2018 New Student Orientation for Adult Learners at the Alexandria campus was held on August 18, 2018, at 11:00 am. You can view a PDF of the program presentation here.
    • You are an adult learner if you are a degree-seeking student who is:
      • First-time to college and over the age of 25;
      • Transferring into NOVA from another college (regardless of age); or
      • Returning to college-level studies after a leave of absence (regardless of age)