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Northern Virginia Community College is a public college located in Wakefield, Virginia in the Washington, D.C. Area. It is a big institution with an enrollment of 17,581 undergraduate students. The Northern Virginia Community College acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business Administration and Management, and Social Sciences. Graduating 29% of students, Northern Virginia Community College alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,500.
About Northern Virginia Community College...
Athletic Division
NJCAA Division II
Athletic Conference
Address
4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd
Annandale, VA 22003
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Cost

Net Price
$9,685/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,724/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,041/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,826/ year
  • $76-110k
    $14,122/ year
  • $110k+
    $14,789/ year
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Academics

Professors
C-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.288 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.275 responses
70%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.274 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,581Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
1%
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  • Diverse
    86%
  • Outgoing
    14%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
29%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%

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What I love most about NOVA is the community. I went to a very diverse high school, which I believed helped me gain the confidence I would need to succeed in the world. Afraid I would lose the socio-economic connection I was able to have with my peers only continued at NOVA. I met so many people in similar situations like mine, not only were students understanding but so was the faculty. It seems to me that professors at NOVA genuinely care. I had one English teacher who continuously acknowledges that her students lived different lives compared to other students in Universities. I would not change anything about NOVA, except maybe the cost of the parking permit!
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Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has several benefits for the students whom attend this school. Firstly, the convenience of the staying at home while pursuing a quality education appeals to several high school students who simply do not have the money to attend a four year college. Secondly, it is very affordable for all students who can only acquire a part time job and go to school. Another plus to enrolling at NOVA is the option to be able to take online classes which is a great thing to have for students who need a very flexible schedule to revolve around. The on-campus resources like the tutoring center helps several students who struggle initially on some subjects and the best thing about it is that there is no fee to be charged for tutoring! Library resources are also a huge assistance to those who need help for research as there are librarians who are available to help you track down articles, books, and other credible sources for assignments.
I love the variety of degree options and how if you are getting your associates, you don't need to take many classes that don't apply to your major. The professors are very good and helpful. The range of online classes you can take is awesome. Its very inexpensive! The guaranteed admissions program is awesome for anyone who wants to transfer to another Virginia school. The advising system could be better though, you need to make sure you reach out to them and your professors because they won't help unless you know exactly what you need from them. Overall a great school and I highly recommend it if you don't know exactly what you want to major in, want to save some $, or just want to take some classes on the side or get a certificate!