• Address: 4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796

  • Phone Number: 703-323-3000

  • Website: www.nvcc.edu


Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is a public institution which was established in 1964 and offers quality education at an affordable price. It is located in Annandale, Virginia. It is the largest public educational institution and the second largest community college in the United States.

Nova was initially known as Northern Virginia Technical College and was renamed as 'Northern Virginia Community College' by 1966. It has over 75,000 students and 2,600 faculty members. It consists of 5 campuses that are regionally located in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Woodbridge, Manassas, MEC along with Reston Educational Centre and ELI.

  • The college is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) which is the regional body that gives accreditation to the colleges in the Southern States.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 25:1

  • The average total population comes up to 50,835 which consist of 17,581 students who attend the college on a full-time basis and 33,254 students who study part-time or pursue distance learning.

  • The college graduation rate comes up to 24%.

Online Education at Northern Virginia Community College 

The online degree programs of the college provide people with a flexible environment that fits in according to their convenience and has served over 40 years in educating people. Students can take up these programs from anywhere around the world by being a part of online education offered by the college. 

  • ELI distance learning courses textbooks are taken through ELI Bookstore Website. It also has its own application known as NOVA.


  • NOVAs community has an added advantage wherein the students can find various opportunities and easily adjust to the college atmosphere. 

  • Students and faculties are friendly.

  • Tuition rate is cheap. 

  • Interactive faculties provide students with lots of information.


Institution Type

(2 Years) Public

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Headquartered at

Annandale, Virginia

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Historically Black College or University


Data Source: www.nvcc.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.


Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 25: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 73 % Part Time: 48 %
Total Population 50,835
Student Population Full Time: 17,581 Part Time: 33,254
Gender Division Male: 49 % Female: 51 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 20 %

The College Monk

Female: 28 %

Total Graduation Rate: 24 %

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

Northern Virginia Community College offers 49 online programs across 12 Majors


Offering 5 programs accross 2 degrees

Applied Science

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Business Management

Offering 8 programs accross 2 degrees


Offering 9 programs accross 2 degrees

Information Technology

Offering 5 programs accross 2 degrees


Offering 3 programs accross 1 degrees


Offering 3 programs accross 1 degrees

Information Systems

Offering 7 programs accross 2 degrees


Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Health Science

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Criminal Justice

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Public Administration

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The college gives various kinds of financial aid that facilitate the students to complete education without any difficulty. Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Federal School Code is 003727. Financial aid is given in four forms which are Scholarships, Grants, Loans, and Work-Study.

  • Federal Aid consists of a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental, Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant and more. 

  • State Aid offered is Commonwealth Grant (COMA).

  • Institutional Aid includes the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP), Part-time Tuition Assistance Grant (PTAP), and Northern Virginia Community College Tuition Assistance Grant (NOVA TAG).

  • The college also offers Military Aid as Post 9/11 GI Bill and Tuition Assistance program. 

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $8,724
$30,001 - $48,000 $9,041
$48,001 - $75,000 $10,826
$75,001 - $110,000 $14,122
Over $110,000 $14,789

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 25% $3,467
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 48% $5,164
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 41% $4,573
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 19% $1,328
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 21% $4,716
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 21% $4,673
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 9,685
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 4,485 $1,803
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 4,485 $1,803

Data Source: www.nvcc.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

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