Northern Virginia Community College
, often abbreviated NVCC
and colloquially as NOVA
, comprises several locations in the Northern Virginia
suburbs of Washington, D.C.
, and is both the second largest multi-campus community college
in the United States
and the largest educational institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Since its establishment in Alexandria in 1965, NOVA has added a number of locations. Among these are the Annandale
Campus in (Sterling
); a Medical Education Campus (in Springfield
); an extension of the Alexandria Campus in Arlington
, called the Arlington Center; and an extension of the Loudoun Campus in Reston
, called the Reston Center. In 2003-2004, the college enrolled 63,000 students in credit courses and some 250,000 more in non-credit offerings. The student body is economically and ethnically diverse, and a very large number of enrollees are international students or immigrants.
The school offers a wide variety of courses, and encourages students to enroll in four-year colleges after completing their NOVA education. To do so, it fosters a system of preferred transfers into public colleges and universities located in the Commonwealth, primarily George Mason University
, the only public four-year school in Northern Virginia, but also other public four-year schools in Virginia such as the University of Virginia
, Virginia Tech
, Old Dominion......