Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College, or NOVA, is a public community college in Virginia. The college is a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college has more than 60,000 students and comprises of more than 2,000 staff and faculty members.

More than 160 certificate degrees are offered at the associate levels at NOVA. NOVA was established in 1965, and has campus locations in:

  • Annandale Campus
  • Extension of the Alexandria Campus
  • Extension of the Loudoun Campus
  • Loudoun Campus
  • Manassas Campus
  • Medical Education Campus
  • Woodbridge Campus

The college has facilities like fitness centers and weight rooms. College sports include volleyball, softball, soccer, flag football, bowling, basketball and badminton.

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Northern Virginia Community College
4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd
Annandale , VA 22003-3796
General Phone: (703) 323-3000

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Northern Virginia Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,168sign language translation, technical and business writing, general studies, humanities, social services
Business and Management694business management, business administration, accounting and related services
Therapy and Counseling246physical therapist assistant, substance abuse counseling, mental and social health services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine194EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Computer Science and Engineering188computer and info science, information technology, computer science, web design
Science160biological and physical sciences
Medical Support and Technology128dental hygienist, veterinary assistant, allied health and medical assisting, respiratory care tech, surgical tech, sonography and ultrasound tech, radiographer, medical lab tech
Security and Law Enforcement83criminal justice and administration, fire-fighting
Mechanics and Repair50HVAC, automobile mechanics
Hospitality46hospitality management, tourism and travel
Design43design and visual communication, interior design
Art Studies41visual and performing arts
Law36legal assistant
Family and Social Work28child care provider, public administration
Architecture and Planning23architectural tech
Engineering Technician18engineering technology, civil engineering tech, electronics tech, industrial tech, mechanical engineering related tech, CAD and design, architectural drafting
Drama and Performing Arts16various performing arts
Photography and Commercial Art11photography
Construction Trades10construction
Medical Administration9medical records tech
Landscaping and Horticulture5applied horticulture
Cooking and Culinary Arts5culinary arts
Media5audiovisual tech
Real Estate and Construction Management1real estate
Office and Administration0business support services
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0parks and recreation management
Science and Laboratory Technician0biology tech
Production Trades0welding

Number of programs and degrees for Northern Virginia Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree2,92545
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years10926
Award of less than 1 academic year2251

Northern Virginia Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Northern Virginia Community College had a total enrollment of 41,266 students (27,725 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 48%
Black 16%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 14%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 21%
20-21 19%
22-24 16%
25-29 15%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 8%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown7%
(International Students)5%
Washington, DC1%

Northern Virginia Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 44 %

Northern Virginia Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Annandale, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Northern Virginia Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,294
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 6,562
Books and supplies $ 1,200

Financial Aid:
Northern Virginia Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 372700)

Northern Virginia Community College Faculty

Northern Virginia Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track246314

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*5$76,037
Instructorcalendar year0*3$69,422
All faculty totalcalendar year2*8$73,556

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year75$75,71267$72,329
Associate professoracademic year56$67,09168$64,628
Assistant professoracademic year80$59,045107$57,972
Instructoracademic year44$50,68266$50,781
All faculty totalacademic year255$64,271308$61,024

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Northern Virginia Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Construction Trades
Construction Trades, General

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General

Design and Visual Communications, General
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Public Administration

Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Tourism and Travel Services Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Sciences, General
Technical and Business Writing

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician

Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Office And Administration
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other

Photography And Commercial Art

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Biological and Physical Sciences

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

Therapy And Counseling
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Physical Therapist Assistant
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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