Northern Virginia Community College is the largest public 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 has locations throughout the Northern Virginia region and students have the opportunity to learn from anywhere through the Extended Learning Institute (ELI).
- Alexandria Campus
- Annandale Campus
- Loudoun Campus
- Manassas Campus
- Medical Education Campus
- Woodbridge Campus
- Extended Learning Center
- Arlington Center
- Innovation Park
- Reston Center
The Alexandria Campus is located in Alexandria and primarily serves the residents of the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Falls Church and eastern Fairfax County. The campus grew from one building constructed on a 22.5 acre site in 1969 to three buildings on 51.4 acres in 1980. Additions to the original Bisdorf Building and the Engineering/Automotive Technology Building were opened in 1980. In that year, the John Tyler School was also purchased from the City of Alexandria and incorporated as part of the campus. The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center was completed in 2001.
Academic Divisions: Liberal Arts and Science, Technology and Business
The Annandale Campus is located in central Fairfax County and primarily serves the residents of the County. The campus began as one building constructed in 1967 on a 78 acre site. In 1969, three additional buildings were erected and the TV/Technical Building followed in 1970. The Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, which serves the College and the community, was completed in 1990. The Student Services Building opened in Fall 2011.
Academic Divisions: Business and Public Service; Language and Literature; Liberal Arts and Mathematics, Science and Engineering
The Loudoun Campus is located in Sterling and primarily serves the residents of northern Fairfax County and Loudoun County. Construction began on a 91.4 acre site in 1972 and was completed in 1974 with four permanent buildings, the temporary Interior Design Building, and greenhouse/laboratories. In Fall 2012, the Learning Commons building opened at the Loudoun Campus.
Academic Divisions: Communication and Human Studies and Natural and Applied Science
The Manassas Campus is located in western Prince William County on a 100 acre site next to the Manassas National Battlefield. The campus primarily serves the residents of western Prince William and Fairfax counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. In 1999, the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater was opened. In Spring 2012, the Harry J. Parrish Hall opened at the Manassas Campus.
Academic Divisions: Communications Technologies and Social Sciences; and Science and Applied Technologies
Medical Education Campus
The Medical Education Campus (MEC) opened in the Fall of 2003 in Springfield. The MEC is a collaborative effort between NOVA, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University and regional public school systems. The MEC offers many different health-related programs and features state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, dental clinics and a clinical practice site for nursing and allied health students. The MEC offers a special nursing program called Momentum 2+1 that specifically prepares graduates to transfer to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at George Mason University. The MEC is also a member of the NoVa HealthFORCE, an initiative of The Northern Virginia Health Care Workforce Alliance (NVHCWA), addressing issues in the Health Care profession.
Academic Divisions: Allied Health and Nursing
The Woodbridge Campus is located in eastern Prince William County and primarily serves the residents of the county. Classes were offered in temporary, community facilities from 1972 through 1975. Campus construction began in 1974 on a 109 acre site. A four-story building was completed in 1975; Phase II of this building was completed in 1990. In Fall 2013, the Woodbridge Campus opened the Arts and Science Building. The Woodbridge Campus provides off campus instruction at several locations including area high schools and the Quantico and Fort Belvoir military bases.
Academic Divisions: Business & Social Sciences; Communications & Humanities and Natural Science and Mathematics
Extended Learning Center
The Extended Learning Institute (ELI) developed its first distance education courses in January 1975. Course offerings are designed to provide learning opportunities to those who may not be able to take advantage of more traditional classroom-based courses.
ELI students may take all or some of their courses toward an associate degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Management, General Studies, Information Technology, Information Systems Technology, Marketing, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences and all courses for several certificate programs.
The Arlington Center opened in the spring of 2006 and features nine state-of-the-art classrooms, four computer labs, a nurses training lab and a comprehensive Wi-Fi-equipped electronic library and media center.
In 2008, under the endorsement of the Manassas Campus, Innovation Park opened for classes. Innovation Park offers Accounting, Scientific Programming, Spreadsheet Software, JAVA Programming, Instructional Principles/Drivers Education and Intermediate Spanish.
Under the endorsement of the Loudoun Campus, Reston Center opened for classes in Spring 2006.
The Reston Center offers courses in Biotechnology, Communication Design, Early Childhood, ESL, Geography and Geospatial Technology, Historic Preservation, Horticulture, Interior Design, Music recording Technology, Motorcycle Rider Training and Veterinary Technology.