Category Archives: Student Life

What is the difference between a Guaranteed Admission and Articulation Agreement?

Guaranteed Admissions Agreements mean as a NOVA student, you are offered Guaranteed Admissions to a variety of four-year colleges and universities when you meet the requirements of the written Agreement between NOVA and that college. These Agreements guarantee admission to a college or university; but most do not guarantee admission to a specific program.

NOVA and the VCCS also have special articulation agreements with several four-year colleges and universities. These articulation agreements define the way courses, programs or entire categories of programs transfer to another institution and may include admission guarantees.

In order to be considered for guaranteed admission, a student must:
• Complete a transfer degree (A.A. or A.S.)
• Meet the minimum G.P.A. requirement
• Obtain a “C” or better in all applicable courses for their degree
• Take a minimum number of credits at NOVA (can be up to 15 credits)
• Some institutions require specific courses
• Complete a letter of intent, if needed

You can view the list of GAAs and AAs via NOVA’s transfer webpage. It is important to read the agreements carefully, so you know what specific requirements you will need to meet. View Guaranteed Admission Agreements webpage and check out the short video.

NOVA has also been working on developing easy to navigate transfer pathways to popular four-year Virginia colleges. It is always recommended that you view the four-year college’s transfer guide as well.

Want more information on transfer planning? Request a recording of the Transfer Planning Webinar!

Written by Kim Burkle, NOVA Online Counselor/Assistant Professor

Get in a Transfer State of Mind

It’s never too early to start planning your transfer to a four-year college. The fall semester is a popular time for transfer fairs; and several are occurring later this month on various NOVA campuses. Attending a fair is great way to “explore” over 60 colleges. View upcoming transfer fair dates at

Can’t attend one of the transfer fairs at NOVA? Plan a visit to the college(s) you are interested in. Most colleges offer campus tours, appointments with transfer admission representatives, information sessions, and open houses throughout the year. Though, you can find a lot of transfer information on a college’s website, it is not the same as actually visiting the campus to determine if the college is going to be a good fit for you.

If you are planning to transfer to an online college, taking a web tour is a good idea. Check out the academic department webpage for your major, view the curriculum, read the faculty bios, etc. Many online colleges offer virtual information sessions, program-specific virtual events and information, and online admission support.

For more on transfer planning, view the (previously recorded) transfer planning webinar. Request the recording at

Written by Kim Burkle; NOVA Online Counselor/Assistant Professor

Are you registered to vote?

Next Election is: Nov. 6, 2018
Deadline to update your address or register to vote for the Nov. Election: Oct. 15, 2018
Information about how to register and where to vote:
Candidate information:…/cand…/2018November.html

FASFA Reminder – Oct. 1

Federal Student Aid FAFSA Reminder

The 2019 – 2020 FASFA is available starting on October 1,2018!    Do NOT Delay!!!  NOVA’s Fall priority date is March 1.

  • Get an FSAID-
  • Complete Your  Application-
  • Enter NOVA’S School code on FAFSA-003727  
  • Submit the FAFSA
  • Regularly check the status of your application on MyNOVA
  • Regularly check the status of application on MyNOVA

o   Go to

o   Click on self Service, then Student Center

o   Review your To-Do list items

o   Respond promptly and submit required documents

Check out the new mystudentAid mobile app!!!

App can be used to begin, complete, and submit FAFSA Application

Downloadable through Apple App Store and Google Play

Next Week is Government Week at GMU

Are you part of NOVA’s Advance Program? If so, George Mason Career Services is hosting Government Week next week. Learn more by visiting:

Want to know more about the NOVA/Mason Advance Program? Check out:

Student Workers Needed & Job Hunting Help

Have you been awarded Federal Work Study Aid? If you are using Financial Aid to pay for your courses and are interested in being a student worker this semester, NOVA Online’s Student Services Department is hiring!

More information can be found at: and


Are you looking for a job or wanting to upgrade to a better job? Have you applied for jobs without success? Is your resume failing to open doors for you?

Unlock the mysteries of the job search with Job Prep Express, Saturday, September 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus in the Higher Education Center. Experts from healthcare, education, IT, service industries and more will be giving their best job seeker tips.

Learn how to properly format your resume, search for a job online, and prepare to ace an interview. Mock interview practice is available for a limited number of participants. The event is FREE, open to all and co-sponsored by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, Loudoun County Economic Development and Northern Virginia Community College.

Register online at .


If you will be taking an online MTT class, the NOVA Online Success Coaches are here to help! We realize that math can be intimidating and sometimes overwhelming. To combat these concerns, we have developed a summary of free NOVA supports, resources and best practices to enhance your learning in MTT.

First, read your syllabus and other folders in your course Blackbaord! As noted in the course processes, you will begin MTT by taking the Syllabus Quiz, when you pass, inform you Professor and your pre-test will be unlocked.

Attend the Online MTT Lab – This lab is embedded in your MTT class as a resource for general questions regarding course content and concepts. MTT Professors are logged in and ready to help you! To access the Online Math Lab, click on the “Online Math Lab” link in your Blackboard page.

Promote Your Success: Watch course videos, take notes, view PowerPoint slides available in your MYMATHLAB.

Take advantage of free educational resources:

Manage Your Time Well: When taking an online class, it is important to plan ahead and manage your time well. If time management is not your strength, take a few minutes to review our free workshop, Time Management: Strategies for Success:

Develop a Routine: Think of this class as an on-campus class where attendance is expected. Keep up with your pre and post-tests, homework and log into the math labs. Be sure to read the announcements/ check emails daily. View the free online workshop, 10 Tips for Success in Your Online Course. Although the instruction in MTT is individualized and you can progress as quickly as you like, you must complete a minimum number of quizzes and tests per week to make satisfactory progress.

Be proactive! Maintain communication with your instructor throughout the semester. If you have questions or need direction with an assignment, make an appointment. Don’t know what to say: 10 quick steps to e-mailing your instructor!

Enhance your Skills-Free Math Workshops: If math is challenging, take time to view our free online workshops located on Student lingo. How to Succeed in Math, How to Overcome Math Anxiety.

Repeating MTT: If you are unable to complete all of the Units, some work can be imported if it is within the same semester—consult with your Professor.

Publisher Access Code: Your Access Code will last until you are finished with all of your MTT.

Completing MTT Units 2 and/or 3: When checking into the testing center, a formula sheet, containing the volume formulas only, will be provided for the pre and post-tests. If they do not provide one, just ask. (If you are using a Proctor, they should have one as well.)

Your NOVA Online Success Coach is here to help you navigate the semester with success. They can refer you to free tutoring, assist with time management, help with organization, and answer any questions about MTT or other other online classes, reach out to your Success Coach, or 703.323.3347.



NOVA Annandale Campus| CE Building
Ernst Cultural Center-Forum Level
Sept. 26 – 11:00am-2:30pm

This annual event provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the collective agencies representing the US Intelligence Community, insight on how to apply for internships and full/part-time job opportunities, as well as providing clarity on what is needed to obtain a security clearance.

The event is free and open to ALL NOVA Students. NO RSVP required. Be sure to check your NOVA email for forthcoming details/announcements!

This annual event is brought to you by:
The NOVA Annandale Career Services Team & the NOVA Annandale Office of Student Activities.