“Community colleges provide the greatest opportunity for students to get the credentials they need to change their lives for the better. And Achieving the Dream helps colleges like NOVA make this dream a reality.”
–Robert G. Templin, Jr., President, Northern Virginia Community College
Who We Are
Begun in 1964, Northern Virginia Community College offers a quality and convenient educational experience at an affordable price. NOVA is the largest educational institution in Virginia and the second-largest community college in the United States, comprising of more than 75,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff members. NOVA is also one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the United States, with a student body consisting of individuals from more than 180 countries. Located near Washington, D.C., the College includes six campuses -- Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, MEC (Springfield) and Woodbridge; along with four educational centers -- Arlington, Reston, Innovation Park and ELI. NOVA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and offers more than 160 degrees at the associate's level and certificate programs. We also offer distance learning programs through our Extended Learning Institute and continuing education courses through Workforce Development.