Northern Virginia Community College

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School Overview

Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), is two-year community college that offers associate degrees designed to prepare students to earn a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. NVCC also offers several programs for students looking to acquire the skills necessary for entry-level positions in various career fields. Including its multiple campus locations, NVCC is the 2nd largest community college in the nation and the largest higher education institution in the state of Virginia. NVCC has over 75,000 students and a staff of nearly 2,700. With a student body comprised of students from over 180 countries, NVCC is also one most culturally, ethnically and internationally diverse education institutions in the United States.

General Information

Admission Office

4001 Wakefield Chapel Road

Annandale, VA 22003-3796

(703) 323-3000
Main Address

4001 Wakefield Chapel Road

Annandale, VA 22003

(703) 323-3000

Degree-seeking undergrads: 34,202


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $2,084 $2,294 $2,523 $2,998 +18.83%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,200 $1,200 $1,600 +33.33%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $3,084 $3,494 $3,723 $4,598 +23.50%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,452 35%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,139 28% $4,091,174 $3,592
• Federal grants 835 20% $3,037,555 $3,638
• Pell grants 835 20% $2,929,855 $3,509
• Other federal grants 183 4% $107,700 $589
State/local government grant or scholarships 1,052 26% $698,408 $664
Institutional grants or scholarships 366 9% $355,211 $971
Student loan aid 454 11% $1,828,886 $4,028
• Federal student loans 452 11% $1,808,925 $4,002
• Other student loans 3 0% $19,961 $6,654

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3827 401
Agriculture 14
Applied Horticulture/horticulture Operations 14
Architecture and Related Services 18
Architectural Technology/technician 18
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 931 39
Accounting and Related Services, Other 36 16
Business Administration and Management 824
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 48 14
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other
Hospitality Administration/management 22 6
Real Estate
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1 3
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 4
Audiovisual Communications Technologies/technicians, Other 4
Computing and Information Sciences 280 1
Computer and Information Sciences 47
Computer Science 53
Information Technology 180
Web Page, Digital/multimedia and Information Resources Design 1
Engineering 95
Engineering 95
Engineering Technology 2 8
Architectural Drafting and Architectural Cad/cadd 5
Cad/cadd Drafting and/or Design Technology/technician
Civil Engineering Technology/technician
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 2 2
Industrial Technology/technician
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/technicians, Other 1
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 3
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 7
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 364 297
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other
Clinical/medical Laboratory Technician 13
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 44
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 6
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 11
Health Information/medical Records Technology/technician 6
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 1 285
Physical Therapy Technician/assistant 25
Radiologic Technology/science – Radiographer 46
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 157
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 18
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling 12
Surgical Technology/technologist
Veterinary/animal Health Technology/technician and Veterinary Assistant 37
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 51 11
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 48 11
Fire Science/fire-fighting 3
Human Services 1
Public Administration 1
Legal and Law Studies 51
Legal Assistant/paralegal 51
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1325
General Studies 903
Humanities/humanistic Studies 422
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Mechanics and Repairers 48 11
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 38 6
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/technician 10 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 186
Biological and Physical Sciences 186
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Personal and Culinary Services 4
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts 4
Precision Production Trades
Welding Technology/welder
Science Technologies/technicians
Biology Technician/biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Social Sciences 322
Social Sciences 322
Visual and Performing Arts 117 3
Design and Visual Communications 27 3
Interior Design 12
Photography 9
Visual and Performing Arts 52
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 17
Work and Family Studies 16 19
Child Care Provider/assistant 16 19
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Admission to health and veterinary technology programs based on academic prerequisites, placement tests, and space availability.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Horticulture Science A
Turf Management C

Arts, Visual & Performing

Commercial Photography A
Commercial/Advertising Art A
Fine/Studio Arts A
Interior Design A
Music – General A
Photography A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A
Administrative/Secretarial Services C
Business Administration/Management A
Entrepreneurial Studies C
Information Processing/Data Entry C
International Business A
Management Information Systems A
Office Management A
Purchasing/Procurement/Contracts A,C
Real Estate A,C
Travel/Tourism Management A,C

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – General A
Computer Science A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A


Art Teacher Education A
Early Childhood Education A,C


Civil Engineering A

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Engineering Technology A
Civil Engineering/Technology A,C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C

English Language & Literature

Technical/Business Writing C

Family & Consumer Sciences

Institutional Food Production A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Cardiovascular Technology C
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology A
Dental Hygiene A
Emergency Medical Technology A
Medical Laboratory Assistance A
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Medical Records Technology A
Medical Transcription C
Physical Therapy Assistance A
Respiratory Therapy A
Substance Abuse Counseling A,C
Veterinarian Assistance A

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Aircraft Mechanics A
Auto Body Repair C
Automotive Technology A,C
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair A,C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics A,C

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences A
Biopsychology A
Gerontology A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness C
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management A

Personal & Culinary Services

Culinary Arts/Related Services C


Psychology – General A

Public Administration & Services

Human Services A

Security & Protective Services

Fire Protection/Safety Technology A,C
Fire Services Administration A,C
Law Enforcement Administration A,C
Security/Loss Prevention A,C

Transportation & Materials Moving

Air Transportation A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northern Virginia Community College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (703) 323-3000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, VA 22003-3796
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 51,822
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 25 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 40,179 (78% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $5,610
Out-of-state Tuition: $11,693
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 59%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,748

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Northern Virginia Community College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northern Virginia Community College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1
Architecture and Related Services 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 115
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 34
Construction Trades 21
Education 1
Engineering 11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 73
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 1112
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 33
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 52
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Personal and Culinary Services 1
Precision Production 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Science Technologies/Technicians 11
Social Sciences 11
Visual and Performing Arts 37
Grand total 6150

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northern Virginia Community College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $5,610
Out-of-state $11,693
Books and supplies $1,800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 3,370 59%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,832 50% $5,748
Student loan aid 1,106 20% $4,617

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 17,234 34% $3,623
Federal student loans 6,277 12% $5,212

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northern Virginia Community College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northern Virginia Community College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northern Virginia Community College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 51,822
Undergraduate enrollment 51,822
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northern Virginia Community College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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