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  • 11/14/2017

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I don't really buy food from the campus but from what I heard, it's actually quite tasty and they have a Starbucks inside as well so that's a plus there!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm just cause I live near by a campus already.

    Academic Rigor

    When choosing classes the best advice that I can give to newbies is, if you want a good professor who enjoy teaching a subject they love you can find that easily on rate my professor. It's a good website for you to help choose your professor and enroll in there classes and choose the time. It helps you out and you won't regret it either.

    Tips for prospective students

    I say it's best to start at this community college if you aren't quite sure what career you are trying to major in, not only does it help exploring electives in a community college but it also helps you advance when you are ready to transfer to a university in the future, that's what I am actually going to be doing once I finish up in NOVA.

    In three sentences

    Probably the most convenient place to go to if you have no idea what you are trying to pursue. I went back in 2013 took a break in 2015 but am returning this spring 2018 and is a good start for people who just graduated high school. People who work in campus are helpful when it comes to finding what you enjoy the most and set you into a career path you will stick with and from there it helps even more when wanting to transfer to a 4 year university.

  • 11/06/2017

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    On-campus food tastes fine, but is overpriced. There are other restaurant options close-by.

    Academic Rigor

    As mentioned earlier, many of the professors also teach at GMU. So, don't be fooled into thinking that just because it's a community college it's a joke.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you talk to the transfer counselors at the 4-year college you want to attend. They'll be able to help you sign up for the right classes better that the NOVA counselors can.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is a great place to get your gen-eds out of the way without going into debt! Many of the professors also teach at GMU, so it's just like buying the off-brand cereal - same product, less expensive. The student body is diverse in age, race, gender, and religion.

  • 12/22/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 of 179

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    NOVA is definitely nothing like a 4 year college. It's for people that want to get their general classes done and then move on. You won't make many friends but you'll get your credits and be able to move on fast.

  • 11/14/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    4 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is perfect for students juggling a career and a family on top of their education. Taking a mix of on-campus and ELI courses is a good way to increase your credits without getting too overwhelmed. Tutors and quiet study areas are readily available, as well as group study rooms with whiteboards in the library.

  • 12/29/2015

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    5 of 179

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Play in the student union

    Food and Dining

    Some cafes in the campuses

    Dorm Life

    no dorm life

    Academic Rigor

    Good academic rigor

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the system early or you will get lost.

    In three sentences

    A good public school with a decent size and clean campus and well educated instructors.

  • 12/28/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have their own campus police force, it needed the local city police are available.

    Clubs and Activities

    Some of these activities include intramural sports, athletics programs, fitness classes/facilities, arts and theaters, clubs and organizations just to name a few.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the gym, library, arts and theater for things to do. Clubs/organizations, bowling faculties close by and enthnic restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    They have an excellent variety of foods on their menu.

    Dorm Life

    They have on and off campus housing. Students get to know people for not only from Virginia but from all over the US.

    Academic Rigor

    NVCC has a financial assistance support program that offers scholarships, grants, loans and work-study. Using these resources have made my education possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is no reason for any student to fail at NVCC. They offer such a varied number of support services including a writing assistance center, computer lab, academic service center just to name a few. The faculty seem to go above and beyond their call of duty. They provide available hours to meet student's needs. They are helpful and they assist you in finding additional resources needed for their classes.

    In three sentences

    I have been attening Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) since August of this year. I am pursuing a certificate in Business Management. After completion of my two year degree I am planning to open an automotive garage. Eventually, I plan to return to NVCC to get my Bachelor's , which I feel I will need in order to expand my business in various locations in and out of the state of Virginia. NVCC has six (6) campuses from Alexandria to Woodbridge, making easier for any student in Norther Virginia to attend. Additionally, if one is unable to attend classes on campus, NVCC offers an on-line degree program as well. The school offers programs that meet any students interest.

  • 12/10/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 179

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    NVCC is the best choice for students who are planning to transfer to a four year university, but also a great way to pursue an Associate degree. The faculty and staff are really helpful, and students are encouraged to use a variety of resources available on campus. The biggest advantage of becoming a NOVA student is that you cannot find better quality of education for the tuition money you will pay them.

  • 06/13/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always receive emails after an incidence occurs, but it is not very often. The crimes are never serious.

    Great for these types of students

    Those living in the Northern Virginia area and looking to save money while still getting a quality education.

    Bang for the buck

    Completely worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is ALWAYS sponsoring some sort of event. TONS of things to do all the time.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good and often times free at the many events.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult classes, but not impossible. Really test your knowledge and dedication as a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do NOT think that it is easier or any less of a college because it is a community college. Give it your all and remember these grades will follow you.

    In three sentences

    Great teachers and staff, who really know what they're talking about. Have had a great experience here so far. Have learned a ton and have really been prepared for a 4 year university.

  • 06/02/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety is a big thing at NOVA. They have campus security always around, and help buttons located with a big blue flashing light for any area anyone may be in. Campus security also has its number plastered all around campus and campus alerts are sent out to all students for any issue such as cancellations of classes or the unavailability of the elevator because it may not be working.

    Greek Life

    NOVA does not have Greek Life but to be honest everyone is like family and you get close to a lot of regular people on campus, and if you're looking for parties or hang outs, everyone is also hanging out with their NOVA friends doing something whether they are study groups, barbecues, road trips, parties, or group activities such as competitive sports games.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities on campus that it is hard to keep track of. The best part is, if something you want is not available then you can easily create it and have it done. Students truly have the power to make anything happen on campus and are completely supported by their Student Life coordinators.

    Great for these types of students

    NOVA is great for all students to be honest. While at NOVA it truly does not matter what your background is like because everyone is treated the same and everyone is encouraged to reach their goals with whatever they may be. It is great for first year students, international students, students with kids, students in the workforce, military students, and students looking to change their careers. NOVA goes above and beyond to ensure that everyone is able to expand their knowledge and is accommodated for as needs be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual place on campus I would say would be Student Life. This is the area where every campus activity is run out of and where everyone can get details and updates about anything that is happening or will be happening. This area also doubles as a space for students to hang out together or get involved with the different things on campus if they are interested.

    Bang for the buck

    The education level for the amount you pay is significantly better in comparison to the amount you have to pay at a 4 year institute. NOVA professors are highly educated and go above and beyond with what they teach to ensure the students get the most out of it. Many of the professors actually are teachers at 4 year institutes or are professionals in the field that they are teaching about.They truly make education worth the investment

    What to do for fun

    Things on campus to do for fun all surround around getting involved. Joining clubs or sports teams are options, but to be honest if that is not your thing then find a group of friends to do things with while on campus. The campuses always have events going on and there is almost always free food somewhere! Just get involved with what is going on and doors will open, rather than being that student who comes on campus for classes and then just automatically leaves.

    Food and Dining

    The food options on campus are limited and fairly expensive in comparison to other places, but the food is still really good with a wide variety of options. There are also several restaurants and food establishments located nearby off campus, so there is always that option.

    Dorm Life

    NOVA does not actually have dorms with it being a community college, so if you like your house or your friend's house I would say you should count that as your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    My favorite thing about the academics is that anyone has the chance to learn, no matter the type of student. Professors make accommodations for the students and make the learning practical and appliable.The extent of the learning depends on the student where they can take either regular courses or honors courses and push themselves to new limits and experience more indepth meaning to the content.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you attend NOVA, get involved on campus rather than just showing up for classes and then leaving. There is always something going on that will benefit the students and also possibly align you with contacts for the future.You also get the chance to have fun, meet powerful people, and also possibly get scholarships towards your education.

    In three sentences

    Despite the negative vibe that other have towards NOVA, it is a great school that offers a lot of opportunities. They work to ensure you get the most out of your experience there and have just as many events as a 4 year institute. NOVA is a great place to start whether you are coming out of high school or going back to school to extend your knowledge - Highly recommended!

  • 01/04/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 179

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Explore nearby DC, Alexandria, or Mt Vernon.

    Food and Dining

    I think it has vending machines?

    Dorm Life

    No dorms that I know of at this school.

    Academic Rigor

    It can vary between blow-off classes and highly structured upper level classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't know what you want to do exactly, go with a community college. Don't worry about the prestige or any of that nonsense. That being said, this is probably the best community college in the region.

    In three sentences

    This is a great place to find yourself, academically. The teachers I've had went above and beyond for their students, and the support system for online classes is fantastic. It's very convenient in terms of taking classes at any of the campuses or other Virginia Community Colleges.

  • 12/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is campus police. They make their presence known by walking building and driving thru the parking lots. There are blue boxes that you can call from if you need help.

    Greek Life

    There are not fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school has a lot of clubs that are open and easy to get into. They will have a lot of events that you can do between classes. These clubs can range from just hang outs, to in depth activities. There are also events on the weekends that the school hosts such as plays and movies.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type student would benefit from going to NOVA. Like me many go after high school before leaving home. There are many non-traditional students. Older students who need to get more education to further their education. This is a good mix of experience and ability. It makes the classroom discussions very interesting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    What you will pay for 2 years is less than what you will pay for one year at a 4 year College or University. I still have all the options for a good education but for a lot less. So it is very economical but you get a good academic start.

    What to do for fun

    The school is close to a shopping center. Many restaurants and a grocery store are nearby. This does not have a pool or fitness center here but there are other options at the different campuses of NOVA.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. There is a good variety to choose from. The commons area is very nice to sit and eat and study or just meet new friends. There are large windows with a lake outside it. Lots of birds to watch so it is very tranquil. I enjoy going here to eat and rest between classes or prepare for my next class. If you are in a hurry there are vending machines with snacks and drinks.

    Dorm Life

    NOVA is a community College and there is not dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It all comes down to who you have for a professor. If the professor isn't good then it will be twice as hard to succeed. Other than that it isn't hard to pass your class with at least a C. You can catch up if you fall behind on work, but it does time some time to do so

    Tips for prospective students

    1. After your initial appointment do as much as you can online. This will save a lot of time. If you have questions send emails, they will answer quickly. If then you do not get the help you need make an appointment . This will save you hours of wait time. Go online and check out your books before you go to the book store. Don't wait until the last minute to buy books. The line will be out the door. Check online sites to see who has the best deal. Go to online site to check out professors and see who is rated higher.

    In three sentences

    It is a nice transition from high school to a university. The teachers don't baby you but they don't leave you to do things fully on your own. The overall experience feels nice and welcoming. I am glad that there are other students who want to learn as much as I do.

  • 12/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very Good. The cops are approachable, they will wave and smile at you - not in the creepy way, but overall, the security's top notch and always being improved.

    Greek Life

    There isn't much of a Greek Life here, but I do have a friendly acquaintance who keeps on boasting about how he's a Greek god because he was born there in Greece; he makes up for the Greek Life really.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty. If you don't find one suitable for you, you can create one! Which definitely goes to show your leadership skills to the college(s) you transfer out to. My friend and I created The Poetic Society on the Loudoun campus, and we're doing our best to make to make it work. A lot of paper work's involved though.

    Great for these types of students

    If you fancy a close family-like community, this is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Recently we had an Intercultural Education Week and the best dressed was to receive a $75 gift card. I won.

    Bang for the buck

    An average sized, beautiful campus excelling in academics as well as sports. It's worth it really. I'm lovin' it.

    What to do for fun

    Carpooling to the Mall or relevant destinations, video Gaming (From LAN PC gaming to hooking up your XBox), pool tables, air Hockey There are really too many ways for you to have fun. You'll end up worrying about your grades if you have trouble saying, ¡Hasta luego, amigos! which by the way means, See you later, friends! When my friends and I desperately need a break, we'll end up turning the game room into a dance floor with the juke box connected to our iPhone and keepin' it PG. Some of my friends turn to Moe's when they're looking for a flight, but it's all good.

    Food and Dining

    It's alright. Personally, I've heard students complain about the price, but hey, take advantage of it's location. Since it's based right in town, you can just carpool to Chipotle and grab that delicious bowl of Mexican food for around the same price.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said, they do everything to match you up with your interests. If you've always wanted to get started with Rosetta Stone and begin learning a new language and have been hesitant because of the price - At NVCC you get enrolled into a class, with a good instructor, like Professor Blake hopefully, as well as the access to full five levels to the language course provided by Rosetta Stone. They have it all!

    Tips for prospective students

    Your 13th year is not like your 13th grade of High School, so before you overload your plate, think it out. Keep an agenda (mental or not) or you're bound to go insane with the due dates, the events, the everything! You will HAVE to be organized if you're aiming to be that A-star student. Learn to prioritize appropriately. Do not be afraid or shy to reach out! College is meant to be more challenging than high school because the students are not there just 'cause it's mandatory! If you're like me and ended up signing up in nearly every single club, narrow down your choices to at least 2-3 and remain active then. Did you know you can take PED online here? Make sure to look up professors from ratemyprofessor.com before signing up for their classes! Ultimately, learn how to manage your time well.

    In three sentences

    The college and the professors here are willing to go above and beyond to help you succeed, bringing the latest gadgets, newest programs, a wide spectrum of varietal opportunities that will bring your individuality and creativity out! Christopher Blake, a hardworking and honest Spanish professor, often found on the Loudoun campus will try his best, and I mean his absolute best, to help you get a good grade and base in Spanish, as long as you show him you're serious; Saleha Bholat, a Public Speaking instructor, will always have her doors open for you at whatever time, be it if you're hungry, if you need somebody to talk to, or heck - even a shopping partner! NVCC will feel like a second home to you long before the time you graduate because of it's super caring alumni, multicultural population, and it's based near town, so you often bump into familiar faces along the way!

  • 12/12/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    13 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Overall it is a safe campus. If sign for message alerts you will be notified about any dangerous events that occurred throughout all campuses. These do not occur often but it is always good to know.

    Great for these types of students

    If your are a student who is not sure about what major to chooses or if you will score high on the SAT, NOVA is great for you. It does not require an SAT nor does it base on your academic record. However, you must do a placement test on English and Math to evaluate your skills on those topics.

    Bang for the buck

    Community college is always a good start. It costs way less than any four-year public university. Most of the classes are easily transferred and you get a lot of help throughout the transfer process. Counseling is always available and one of the best things is they have access to free tutoring. With several campuses to choose from, NVCC is a great way to start.

    What to do for fun

    There are several clubs to try for. Many of these clubs have daily activities throughout the campus that not only involves member of the club, but any student in general.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is somehow small but it fits its purpose. They sell great food that is cooked right in the moment. Different menus are made every day, so that you will definitely not get bored eating the same thing. Club activities are also performed in the cafeteria.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like any other college you get the easy, simple classes and the very complicated ones. The faculty is very well prepared and also very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start strong. Do not get too engaged in college life. Classes are simple and all you need is focus. There is a lot of help provided for students at NOVA. If you need any help there is always going to be someone.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is a great place to start strong. Classes are smaller and more student focused. There is a lot of help provided to students (counseling, tutoring) and the best part is they guide you throughout the entire transferring process.

  • 11/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Its great...everyone is helpful

    In three sentences

    I really enjoyed studying here. Professors are very cool and are always ready to help you. We also have opportunity to get transfer to best universities of virginia and apply jobs.

  • 11/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Some of the NOVA campuses are safer that others, but overall I personally feel pretty safe.

    Great for these types of students

    >Transfer students >Schooling to go straight into a job (no degree)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    >Traffic is heavy if you are going from South to North. >Try to take alternate routes if the first point applies to you.

    What to do for fun

    >Sports(football, frisbee, etc.) >Clubs(psychology, LGBT, etc.) >Drives (food drives, etc.)

    Food and Dining

    >The food there is pretty expensive! >You don't always get the bang for your buck. >There are some healthy options, however. >It's nothing like disgusting cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    NVCC is a good school for starting out and transferring to a four year university. Because of the deals that they have with schools such as JMU, VCU, GMU, etc. then it is practically guaranteed that you can get credit hours here that will definitely transfer. The professors as a whole are good, but could be better in some cases. The Medical campus, I will say, is the best out of all of the campuses NVCC has. Woodbridge is a bit unorganized, but the college as a whole is pretty good. Just don't be surprised by random changes in policy and things of that nature, or the cuts in tuition affecting the quality of your experience. However, it is wonderful for getting your credits and your GUARANTEED acceptance to certain four years if you do two years at NOVA. Overall, i'd give it 3.9 stars our of 5.

    Tips for prospective students

    >Be prepared for a lot of work if you take classes that are over 3 or 4 credits; Just because it is community college doesn't mean that it isn't serious! >GO TO COUNSELORS DURING ADVISING WEEK!! DO NOT ASSUME WHAT CLASSES THAT YOU WILL/SHOULD BE TAKING!! >Sign up for classes on time! >Make sure that you sign up for a professor that best suits your learning style! >Do the homework even if it isn't graded. It helps a ton with concepts. >For MathLAB assignments, do it as soon as you can--there are TONS of bugs and issues with that website, and professors don't take kindly to excuses.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is convenient. NOVA is way less expensive. NOVA is well worth your while if you are transferring to a four year university, you save tons of money (and in some cases, time!)

  • 10/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 179

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Fun is everywhere in the campus grounds. Organizations and clubs hold events from time to time pertaining to a certain project they want to share with the campus. Whether it is fun with the student body or just fun among friendship circles, fun reigns everywhere - even in the classrooms with professors!

    Food and Dining

    Food service in the campus is supreme. There are available pantries, snacks, meals and consumable spread out throughout the campus bounds. A spectrum of food choices are served with convenience, whether a student would just want to grab a snack or have a full blown meal.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of choices to choose from regarding dorm life in the college. The college website is fully equipped with information about dormitories for those interested.

    Academic Rigor

    This community college is very demanding, and would push a student to step up their game, but in an extremely good way. Students are stretched to their full capabilities, yet are left with freedom to analyze and discover the unknown by themselves as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start fresh. Northern Virginia Community College is a place where you can start anew, no matter your educational background. It is where you can begin to set goals as far as they can go without the pulling back of the past. I would courageously encourage future students to start working on their dreams and aspirations with a new and confident mindset.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is an exquisite playground for academic achievers. It is a place for well-rounded learning. It serves as a booster platform for students who seek and strive for excellence.

  • 08/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    During the past year or so, there had been some attacks on students (mostly female) but the suspects were quickly apprehended so I would say the security is pretty good, but, you do have to be careful yourself especially if you are walking to campus at night (some students do take night classes).

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of different clubs you can join. Some of my favorites are: the chess club (I lost every time!), the bowling club, and I believe there's a martial arts club also (in the Annandale campus I think). You can get the full list from your counselor and decide which one you want to join (there are some pretty fun ones out there so happy hunting).

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for any type of student. You just have to make an effort to excel in your studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only unusual thing I ever saw was a guy wearing a joker outfit (it was pretty good actually) to class.

    Bang for the buck

    Just a tip: there are some teachers who are from other countries and have accents which sometimes makes it harder for students to understand them. So, when you select your classes, make sure you are comfortable in it, if not you could always drop or swap it (there are dates that you have to look out for when it comes to dropping classes without a grade penalty and full refund).

    What to do for fun

    I play soccer with my friends and I did tryout for the NOVA soccer team in 2012 but unfortunately did not make it. I do plan on trying out again. Other than that, I read books, sometimes, and occasionally watch movies with friends or we go out together. I also spend time with my family on weekends and holidays.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning (and I am talking about Alexandria campus) isn't very good and if you are a health nut like me you will never eat there. The options aren't very healthy and there isn't a lot of variety, I have heard that the other campuses are much better in terms of their cafeterias and food.

    Dorm Life

    I don't think NOVA has dorms, let's back-track, I know for sure Alexandria campus doesn't have any dorms but I am not sure about the other campuses.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are not working (getting scholarship or federal aid), you can be a full-time student and get your assoc. in about a year and a half. Keep in mind, though, that it will not be easy especially if your major is engineering or IT (basically anything math or science related). If you are working, you will have to take fewer classes (although I have seen people who work and are full time students) to decrease the work load. That being said, academic rigor isn't as rigorous as it is in some other four-year colleges (it is a community college duh...), you just have to keep your head above the water and you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Decide your major early on, take few classes in the first two semesters to get the feel of the college (especially if you are working), talk to counselors and the professors to get an idea about a particular subject (don't feel apprehensive, they get paid for this), try to get involved in clubs or a sports team, and most important of all, keep your grades up and your GPA above 3.0.

    In three sentences

    Overall, it is a good college especially if you are looking to save some time and money. The counselors are great and helpful, so are the professors (for the most part). The only problem is you might not find some classes based on your major (Alexandria campus, for example, doesn't have some math classes related to engineering in general) and might have to commute to other campuses and even then, some classes you take might not be accepted by the college you are transferring to.

  • 07/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Lately there's been a lot more crime going on in the campus. The good thing is that cops and security really do work a lot on making this better.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 25 clubs to offer any and every interest a student has.

    Great for these types of students

    - Outgoing - Proactive - Adventurous - Shy (No one will bother you if you don't want to be bothered)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The old bookstore in the CG building is used as storage but it actually has an even smaller room inside it that is fully air conditions and is a good napping place!

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap and practical - that's all I have to say. Also, not all classes require textbooks which is always a plus. I recommend you going to your first class before you actually buy your textbook to see if your professor wants you to have it or not.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs and events that go on in school but I think people just need to be more outgoing and make friends because they are what makes the college really fun.

    Food and Dining

    NOVA doesn't have much to offer but the Annandale Campus does have so many restaurants around it.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at NOVA - but, having your mom's everyday cooking, and not paying $5,000 dollars a semester for a closet sized bed and table prison cell, living at home seems more practical. (I gave it a five star because, Home is where the heart is)

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of classes here are very laid back depending on the session you take. Fortunately, for those wanting a more academically challenging experience, the college offers honors classes which are very detailed and more in-depth.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't think too much about the negative social stigma that surrounds the idea of Community College. I know most students would rather go to a University but I think we all know that the cheaper way, will always make it easier on ourselves. Don't forget that George Mason is also only a few miles from NOVA so a lot of their Professors actually teach part time here. It's like studying at GMU but paying for NOVA.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is a Community College that feels like a University. Honestly, your experience will be based upon your attitude. If you are pretty negative about going to a community college, then you'll most likely not have a good time, but, if you know that education is what you're after and not the name of the college of where you're going, then this is the perfect convenient place for you.

  • 06/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Their police department work extremely hard to keep the campus as safe as posible. 100% safe....

    Clubs and Activities

    ***Music Club ***Math Club and so much more...........

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any students who are willing to experiment a safe and creative environment.

    What to do for fun

    Read!!!!

    Food and Dining

    Their cafeteria is great. Clean and well organize, they offer all kinds of health snacks.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus...

    Academic Rigor

    It's really high, but I think it helps the students stay focus on what their academic goals are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Feel free to ask any questions you have about the major you're intereted in.

    In three sentences

    It's a very effortable college. The teacher are always encouraging students to give their best effort to graduate. It garantees admition to many well-known universities in the state.

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police but since there are so many students you are never quite sure what will happen. Usually pretty quite though.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students looking to transfer or going into nursing.

    Bang for the buck

    You save so much money here! I only have to pay for my books and extra stuff.

    What to do for fun

    They always have something. When you're enrolled you receive a weekly news letter of whats going on at each campus.

    Food and Dining

    The Woodbridge campus has gross cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    There is none.

    Tips for prospective students

    The teachers here can be absolutely wonderful or terrible.Make sure to always read reviews on your teachers before you sign up for the classes! The Woodbridge campus is beautiful and they have a new art building with a few computer labs with photoshop and illustrator on them.

    In three sentences

    I have had a serious love hate relationship with this school. I am able to have the entire cost of my classes covered by financial aid, which is amazing. However, dealing with the financial aid department can be really unhelpful and stressful.

  • 06/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always patrolling (mostly to catch parking violations), but they definitely care about the students.

    Bang for the buck

    Most of the professors also teach at universities and do not think any less of community college students. In fact, a lot of them think we're just as, if not more, capable and intelligent as people who start off at universities. I had many professors say we made a great decision to save money by going to NOVA because it's the same quality education that is at universities.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of shopping centers around the Alexandria campus. I love going to Eden Center for the cheap and delicious food, but you can also pick up a bunch of Asian specialty snacks or knickknacks. Bring cash!

    Food and Dining

    Digestible, but overpriced. Anything good is over $10, not including a drink or anything else you might want. There's a lot of fast food around the Alexandria campus and I would recommend Eden Center in Falls Church for really good Vietnamese if you have the time/transportation. Super affordable and delicious! But bring cash!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms and it is a commuter college with several public transportation options, such as the public bus and metro.

    Academic Rigor

    I was a Liberal Arts major with a full course load and a part-time job, didn't take any Honors courses though I probably should've, and was still overwhelmed sometimes. I came in straight from graduating high school and it is definitely a different experience. Come prepared and hide in the library a lot to study (not just during mid-terms and finals - ALL SEMESTER).

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take at least three hard classes and one easy class if you're doing a full load, so you won't get overwhelmed. There are a lot of places to meet people and make friends, from common areas to classrooms, so branch out! Summer classes will help you if you actually do the work, but it is a condensed time period, so be truthful with yourself about whether or not you can pass a class. I would NOT recommend taking anything advanced/important during the summer because there's just not enough time to learn everything. Check Rate My Professor or ask other students about any professors you're thinking about taking! They usually give honest reviews and it will help you decide which teacher to go with. The parking pass fee is steep, so carpool if you can and split the fee - otherwise public transportation is better for the environment and your wallet! Do not take online classes your first couple semesters if you have never done it before! It is easy to get off track and fail the class if you don't know what you're doing,

    In three sentences

    NOVA is a good school to get your prerequisites finished before moving on to another college. You get great diversity and people from all walks of life. The professors are knowledgeable and willing to help you achieve!

  • 05/29/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Alexandria was a safe campus

    Greek Life

    No houses

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and people getting together on campus. At NOVA you can be really involved or not at all and still feel like a part of the campus life.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone, NOVA has all sorts

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing out of the ordinary

    Bang for the buck

    If you take care in making your schedule and picking good teachers you can come away very well educated for cheap.

    What to do for fun

    At Alexandria campus: I liked to hang out, drink coffee, and people watch while I was there. There's definitely an interesting bunch of people who attend NOVA. I found most people to be very friendly

    Food and Dining

    Alexandria campus: Cafeteria has really stepped up the quality of food.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the teacher you can have the easiest or the hardest classes. I used ratemyprofessor.com just as a worst/best case example, you can't go by it 100% but it'll give you an idea.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan your semesters with a degree in mind. Knock out the classes you don't want to take (like for me, math) first so you're not stuck with boring classes your last semesters.

    In three sentences

    I attended NOVA in Alexandria. The teachers are great, and I definitely learned a lot and saved money. Look out for the bureaucratic side to NOVA. Once you get close to graduating all these little things pop up that you have to deal with, which usually has something to do with them wanting you not to graduate and continue to spend your money there.

  • 05/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police on campus are always there to help if you need it, they also make sure everyone is safe, even if it just means getting an escort to your car when it gets dark outside.

    Greek Life

    There are quite a bit of societies like the honor society.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and countless activities you can join. Clubs sometimes host really fun activities as well, so it is always a good idea to join.

    Great for these types of students

    There are numerous things for all types of students. If you want to just be alone and study there is a quiet room, and if you want to be more active there are so many clubs to chose from. There is also the option to work on campus as well for the students that want to make extra money.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is really big, particularly the Annandale campus which is the biggest community college. Once you know your way around it is not to hard.

    Bang for the buck

    The financial aid office is always very helpful, and they explain to you how to fill out the fafsa. There are also workshops help on campus to also fill out the fafsa.

    What to do for fun

    There are activities on campus sometimes as well as really fun events, one of them being a winter ball!

    Food and Dining

    Nova has its own caf�© with really good food and there is also a Starbucks on campus. Occasionally there is free food on campus, which is convenient for every college student.

    Dorm Life

    Since Nova is a community college there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some good teachers at Nova, and not so great teachers. Overall the teachers are really into what they teach, some of them even make class work fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is nothing wrong with going to Nova it is still college. You still need to work hard to pass your classes. It is fine to take a break sometimes but it is always a good idea to have time to study.

    In three sentences

    Nova is a good school. Its a place where you can take all you prerequisites and transfer. There advising program is also really good.

  • 05/14/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are alert systems in place to where you can be alerted of any and all activities that may not be safe via text messages. No where is 100% safe but it's nice to know that there is a security system in place that keeps all informed at all times, even on other campuses (than your own)!

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't joined any clubs, myself, but there are always flyers encouraging students to get involved in a variety of activities. Definitely a great way to join a community!

    Great for these types of students

    Independent, hard-working and driven students will absolutely strive at this school! Most of the students I have encountered are there are on their own dime and are on a mission! It is nice to work with other like minded individuals. There are certainly students there under the provocation of their parents, but for the most part, definitely a strong student body.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I appreciate the flexibility of classes. There are several locations, evening classes, weekend classes and classes available online. There is basically no excuse for not being able to find classes to fit your schedule!

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely worth the money! I feel that the community college is an affordable option and it has a great reputation.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities held on campuses for different reasons. Sometimes they are to raise money for the school or they have multi-cultural fairs (which always have amazing foods!). There are always things close by to do near these campuses for non-school related fun too, like bowling and movie theaters.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't really eaten too much on campus unless I need a snack before or after a class but I am a big fan of coffee! I have definitely gotten great coffee for a reasonable price on several different campuses!

    Dorm Life

    There are not dorms on campuses at NVCC, but there are several campuses all over northern Virginia and you are bound to have one not too far from home. Also, there are a variety of classes available online through the Extended Learning Institute. Even weekend classes!

    Academic Rigor

    I have yet to meet a professor that I WASN'T challenged by. I appreciate that these educators take students seriously who are determined to learn and meet personal goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    When choosing your classes, if scheduling isn't an issue and you have any debate about which professor to use, go to www.ratemyprofessor.com! As a student with hearing loss, I have used this website extensively so I can find a professor that is a good match. I always look for reviews that past students have great communications with professors. I also like when professors offer accessible office hours or are available via email for questions!

    In three sentences

    NVCC is a convenient and accessible school. It is both affordable and accommodating in locations and even offering a variety of classes online. I have had great experiences so far!

  • 05/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to save money. Students who aren't sure what to major in just yet. Students who are not ready for a four-year university. Students who did not get into the college of their dreams but are able to through the community college. Students who wish to get an associates.

    Food and Dining

    There's a Starbucks and cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If transferring to a four-year college, know which college you definitely want to go to so you can choose classes that will transfer to that college and for your major. Also if you don't want to waste too much money on textbooks and believe you may no need it, just pay attention in class (unless it is crucial to have a textbook for that class) and you'll do fine.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is a great place to get an education for a low price. There is a lot of flexibility in what classes one would want to take, who they would want as a professor, and at what time. Also, it allows one to explore which major they want to pursue at a low price.

  • 05/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is 100% safe. Nothing bad happens in Northern Virginia. Also, there's a ton of lights throughout the campus grounds. The only flaw is that there aren't many policeman, but honestly, the area is safe.

    Greek Life

    There are no greek assemblies, but we do have a student office.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are endless, but I wish there were more music based activities.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're unsure about what you want to do, NOVA is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of people hangout in the cafeteria lounge. There's tons of couches and it's really close to the patio space. Also, people hangout in the Wegman's Stonebridge area. Stonebridge Plaza has a ton of food options and clothing stores. There's a Starbucks, Potbelly's, Uncle Julio's, Wegmans, Zoe's Kitchen, etcâ?¦

    Bang for the buck

    The credit prices can not be be beat. You get quality education for the lowest price.

    What to do for fun

    The school has clubs for film to religion. There's so many activities on campus too. They have an art gallery that hosts new works every month, and the campus has a great patio space.

    Food and Dining

    The school is close to every form of food. The decisions are endless. Just don't eat on campus. The food is too expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The school is a commuter's school. Living at home is a cheap alternative, but you don't get the experience of dorm rooms and moving out.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers at this school are excellent. They know their topic and teach it very well. You just have to look up teachers to make sure their teaching style is favorable to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Northern Virginia is a community college. You walk into the school already thinking about what comes after. If you know what you want to do, don't go to community college. It's life draining. Go to a school that you can be proud of being at. You have to walk into your school saying, I'm here. Northern Virginia Community College is a great stepping stone though. If you are uncertain about what you want to do, but you know you want to go to college, it's the perfect place to be. You learn to have good work habits, which means you have more time to learn about yourself and what you really want to do.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is the largest community college in the U.S. There teachers, faculty, and staff want to help you and they know how. On top of that, you can't beat the price for classes.

  • 04/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Decent but rather expensive.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms. It's for commuters only.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classrs are too hard,while i've had a few that were laughably easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely keep in mind the university that you want to transfer too. It is important that you're aware of their requirements because you don't want to end up taking the wrong credits.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school for getting started; small class sizes and generally good professors. The offices are helpful, and try and get you what you need. They offer loads of great tutoring centers, too.

  • 03/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since the campuses are small and aren't located in far off locations, safety is a task easily accomplished by the campus officials.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a decent amount of clubs to join and some of them are actually quite interesting. (Some include video games!)

    Bang for the buck

    It's community college! Tuition is fairly cheap.

    What to do for fun

    Meet new folks that are there for the same reason you are: to learn! Not too much to do on campus besides the small sittings areas.

    Food and Dining

    New cafeteria in the new building. The food isn't too bad actually and there's even a small texmex like bar.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors are pretty forgiving. Just don't let your guard down and settle for C grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to accomplish the first two years as quickly as possible. The longer it takes you, the harder it becomes to finish your associates.

    In three sentences

    The essentials are all included, such as a decent library, cafeteria and adequate professors. The many campuses located around northern Virginia is extremely helpful in choosing classes in the area. A lot of the professors also teach at George Mason University, the university that is closest and easiest to transfer to; get to know them!!

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    You get what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seek out help from Guidance Counselors to help with your academic career

    In three sentences

    Great Educational Opportunities with a phenomenal faculty and staff. Only disadvantage is the lack of financial assistance.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    On-campus security at all times.

    What to do for fun

    Not many ways to get involved on campus. It is typically harder to get involved on campus at a community college. If there are ways to get involved, they are not solicited to the general student population regularly.

    Food and Dining

    Does not have a food and dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Community Colleges do not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    A diverse array of challenging and easy-going teachers. I think that this is the case with most schools. Academic rigor depends on the course and the instructor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose your teachers wisely. Some teaching styles do not work for some students, and that may harshly impact your grade.

    In three sentences

    Great quality teachers that also teach at near-by universities. Small class sizes for an intimate learning setting and an inexpensive alternative to a 4-year university, without compromising education quality.

  • 03/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police and they always make sure that they have an eye on the campus to make sure that everything and everyone is safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life? I don't know about that, but they do sell greek yogurt in the cafeteria and at the starbucks on campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for people of all interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Everything is great.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are always places around campus where people go to smoke a cigarette or smoke some hookah. There are multiple place that can serve as a great place to study, you just have to look! You will find places that is always full with people and others that are very empty. There are a lot of chipmunks, hawks and squirrels on campus, and there are also gesse that come onto campus and sometimes walk some students to class (they tend to leave around the winter time and come back around spring)

    Bang for the buck

    Very cheap! Saves you a lot of money!

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs. Participate in the activities that happen around campus. Hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious, but pretty expensive depending on what you're buying.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms needed.

    Academic Rigor

    Amazing! Make sure you use ratemyprofessor.com to make sure that you sign up with a professor that has a teaching skill that fits your way of learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always study. Take notes. Sit in the front of the room so you can pay more attention. Turn off your phone during class. Have a study group with people that are willing to get a good grade. Go to the appropriate office when you need help with a certain issue. NOVA is a great way to get you ready for a 4 year University, especially with their guaranteed admissions program. Amazing clubs and activities around campus.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school! The professors are great and caring, and very willing to help. Everyone who works there is compassionate and is willing to help you at anytime.

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Nothing fun about college, all I do is study.

    Food and Dining

    Small cafeteria, people usually just drive off campus to eat. There are many great restaurants nearby.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    50/50. Choose your professors wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose your professors wisely.

    In three sentences

    It is very simple. It is fair. It is a great start.

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is not much that goes on that would force the campus police or security to take action. But when something does happen, the campus police/security are very persistent and will get the problem resolved.

    Clubs and Activities

    Even though the school is a community college, they still try to make students feel like they are attending a university! There are many clubs that are open to all kinds of students and people! The school always sends out an email each week of any clubs, activities, or events that will be happening on campus. They also have showing of movies for students to get together and watch!

    What to do for fun

    You could go to the game rooms and hang out. There are billiard tables so you can practice your skills or just have a fun game with your friends. Music is played throughout the whole time the game rooms are open. There are also air hockey tables, foosball tables, televisions, and computers for you convenience! Also a great place to socialize and meet new people!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great! Euro Cafe sells really good food for a decent price. Food here is affordable, delicious, and you get excellent customer service!

    Dorm Life

    Since this college is a community college, there are no dorms. Students commute to school everyday. Parking lots are a decent size but you may only be guaranteed a parking spot if you buy a parking permit.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is fairly strict but not too strict. Strictness also depends on the professor you signed up for. Academic curriculum and standards are written in stone and are enforced.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your work and don't skip class. Always be prepared. Put in time and effort towards studying because it will pay off! Ask for help when you need it!

    In three sentences

    The college campus is fairly small but since it is a community college, it is close to home. Teachers here are nice, helpful, and the really care about you and your goals. There are all types of people who attend this college which makes it a great place to socialize, meet new people, and learn!

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They have so many activities that you can enroll as clubs, sports, etc.

    Food and Dining

    A Starbucks inside the building is a great idea, and the cafeteria is nice.

    Dorm Life

    Is a community college and they don't have dorm life there.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are very understanding and knowledge. Their school program is very intensive but helps a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Northern Virginia Community College is a great choice when you are undecided in what college you want to started your career. The teachers are very understanding and nice. NOVA can offers many activities outside the school or inside the school. It cost less money than regular college and will help you to save a little money before you transfer to big university.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is $165 per credit. The more credits you take the more expensive is. For 10 credits in one semester is about $3,000. If I want the second semester with 10 credits too it would be $3,000 more.

  • 02/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many NVCC campuses have chill lounges and gaming areas.

    Food and Dining

    Euro Cafe that they have is alright. Good coffee

    Dorm Life

    ...No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Great teachers and great atmosphere. Classes area a real challenge but not too rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Be ready. Don't underestimate it just because it is a community college. The work load and coursework is just as hard as any university so be prepared to learn and try your hardest.

    In three sentences

    NVCC is a great community college in the Northern Virginia Region. It's a great way to start here and transfer to a 4-year college and get just as much experience and knowledge. Highly recommend this college to anyone!

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Some campus' have an activities room. Some of these activities include video games, student life, and lounge. Some campus' have piano where you can sit down and play for people eating in the cafeteria. They also have after-school activities which include plays, musicals, and movies.

    Food and Dining

    Different campus' offer different dining options. Most of the places have very good food and great service. They make fresh to order food and pre-made food if you're on the run. The hours are decent considering the time frame most students attend school. The prices a little too high for what they server, however.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms here and living around Northern Virginia can be very expensive. There are no housing options provided through NVCC, and financial aid does not pay enough for a student to last each semester in even a run-down apartment. If you have the option to stay with parents/relatives, that is honestly your best bet.

    Academic Rigor

    Though some of the teachers are not the best, most of the classes offered are also taught at most universities. There are honors programs that will help boost the power level of your progress in education. Math and English labs are helpful in the progression of your studies when you need a little extra help or another person to discuss those subjects with.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on going here, be prepared to create a career plan. Stick with it, study hard, and you'll do well. Even if you happen to get a bad teacher, don't let your GPA suffer because it will bite your behind later on. As long as you're focused and determined to do your best, you will do well.

    In three sentences

    NVCC offers great services for people who are either just getting into school or coming back into it. The teachers can either be really good, involved with student success, and make learning interesting and thought-provoking, or they can teach very poorly, creating a stressful and disadvantageous learning experience for hard-working students. A great way to bring yourself into a different position in life and get started with your career.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who's ever thought to themselves, what am I truly passionate about without the pressure of too high a financial obligation this is the perfect place to discover that answer.

    Bang for the buck

    Offering all the emanates of a four year university, at a quarter of the price can't get any better. Northern Virginia Community College offers similar if not exact curriculum that major universities across the country offer, and your receiving the same standards of education as that which applies at a University.

    What to do for fun

    The campus life tends to erupt into a very exciting atmosphere if you search for the right opportunities. Theres a little bit of something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    With a fully catered cafe and dining facility, Nova creates a surprisingly delicious menu of freshly cooked meals.

    Dorm Life

    This college is currently in the process of constructing an on campus dormitory.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're willing to put forward the effort to achieve success you will discover excellence.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into college with a perspective of success. You get out of life what you put in and we reap what we sow.

    In three sentences

    Nova is one of the most renowned community institutes in the country. Everything that this college stands for represents success. Because of Nova I've realized the absolute importance of what it means to establish an education.

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on Campus. The security is always present and alert

    Clubs and Activities

    I am presently not in a club or activity however if I had more time I would definitely participate. The clubs are very interesting and useful.

    Great for these types of students

    There are clubs for any interest or hobby such as theatre, art, etc.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities within the school such internal programs and sports. I wouldn't consider NOVA your typical community college it's more than that!

    Food and Dining

    There is food and dining is a delicious!

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms present at the institution

    Academic Rigor

    NOVA is one of the top junior colleges in Virginia.

    Tips for prospective students

    NOVA is a great junior college to attend not only for financial statuses but also it's a broad institution and a variety of programs of study

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is one of the top junior colleges. NOVA prepares students for a University. NOVA has many programs of study that affiliates with many other universities.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    No doubt about it you will save a lot of money if you choose to come here for your first two years of your degree. If you truly care about your education and try to do everything on time (like registration) the quality of your classes will also be worth the money you spend.

    What to do for fun

    I'm not currently a part of any clubs in the college, but I know that we do have a few available. Every once in a while the school hosts socials or activities intended for students to make friends, particularly at the start of a semester and especially in the fall. Alot of people also like to hang out in the game room next to the library and play pool or table hockey.

    Food and Dining

    Being a 2-year school the college doesn't require meal plans like other 4-year schools. In the campus I attend there are currently 2 cafeterias, one is a Starbucks and the other is a cafe from some outside business. You can also get drinks and snacks in the bookstore. The only downside to the food available on campus is that it can be a bit expensive, but unless you have back-to-back classes you can usually drive to any of the restaurants nearby.

    Dorm Life

    This is a community college so there are no dorms. Everyone who attends has to commute. However there are several campuses, so if you live in the DC metro area it likely won't be very far. It's not for those that want to experience life away from home but great for those who want to save money on housing or feel anxiety about moving out.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be extremely easy or difficult depending on the professor you choose. If by chance you happen to enroll for a professor that expects you to do graduate level work (you will know if their assignments will seem impossible to complete), simply try to switch into another class. Ideally, a class should be challenging enough that you are learning but easy enough that receiving an A is possible if you work hard. Use rate my professor and enroll early! You should especially make sure to do this for classes that are important to you or related to your major. I have had several professors that have been so inspiring they have made want to switch majors, and with diligence have received A's in all their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to come here, apply and enroll for your classes early. If saving money is important to you apply for the FAFSA as soon as you can so you will be more likely to receive grants. Also, consider applying for a work-study position, the pay is great compared to most jobs available to non-graduates, you will have a very flexible schedule, and you can save time on commuting.

    In three sentences

    It's a good school if you want to save money, but there is some limit to the variety of courses available. The professors can be good and bad depending on who you choose. Enroll in classes early so you don't get the scraps, attending this school can be a great experience if you put in the effort.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus is very safe, as there is always someone patrolling and whenever there is something going on that is uncommon, they make sure that we are notified through email.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a host of clubs were at NOVA and you should definitely take advantage and join. I am a member of our Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and it has truly changed my life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know of any unusual traditions or location on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    NOVA is definitely worth the money! Especially since you get guaranteed acceptance to many of the schools in the area.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I usually hang out with friends at the mall or go to the movies.

    Food and Dining

    Again, I can't really give this a rating either because I've never actually eaten on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I really can't say how dorm life is because I'm living off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    While our classes are built to prepare you for the workforce, they aren't so bad that you can't have a social life as well. I think with proper time management and dedication the classes are actually pretty easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the most of your college experience. For the most part, you only get one! Be somewhat of a social butterfly but also make sure you keep your head in the books. You will want to attend all of the social events that you can because it's by attending those that you truly receive the full experience of being a college student.

    In three sentences

    NOVA has been a great place for me to restart my college career. The classes make you think critically but aren't so difficult that you want to pull your hair out.

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Once again, I'm not sure about the other campuses but the Loudoun campus is pretty safe. We've had incidents in the past but the administration and the campus police do the best they can to prevent any future incidents.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Loudoun campus has 22 clubs and more are getting started up each semester. These clubs run their own events and they're full of great people. I highly recommend you join at least one.

    Bang for the buck

    NVCC is really cheap and it's a pretty good deal. Tuition per credit hour is $153.25. NVCC also has Guaranteed Admission Agreements with some of the best schools in the state so going to NVCC will save you plenty of money and won't harm your chance of future success.

    What to do for fun

    NVCC (Loudoun) has two student lounges, lots of fun people, and plenty of clubs and events.

    Food and Dining

    The Loudoun campus only has two dining places: a Starbucks and a Eurocafe. The food isn't bad and the staff of both places are really friendly and work really hard.

    Dorm Life

    NVCC doesn't have dorms. At least, the Loudoun campus doesn't.

    Academic Rigor

    Based on what I've seen so far, classes here aren't a walk in the park. Just do your work and study well. You aren't going to be piled with work but at the same time, don't expect easy As.

    In three sentences

    I recently finished my first semester at NVCC and I've got to say that it's been a great experience so far. The faculty and staff are great and really want to help. I take all my classes at the Loudoun campus and it's just a great campus with plenty of nice people.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Food is good

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The best part of NVCC is the low prices, you learn the same stuff that you learn in 4 years college and most classes transfer to 4 years college so you dont have to worry about anything.

  • 11/15/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I don't know much about their campus safety. They do have a dedicated campus police force.

    Greek Life

    There is only one greek club at NVCC.

    Clubs and Activities

    They don't have a lot of clubs and activities but the ones they have cover a wide range of interests.

    Bang for the buck

    They charge per credit instead of a flat rate per semester which is really nice. It means that you can get a degree for a lot less money than traditional 4 year institutes. I recommend doing your first two years here and then transferring, it will save you a lot of money in the end.

    What to do for fun

    The woodbridge campus is located very close to the mall, which is wonderful for hanging out with friends. They also have clubs and sports that you can join, as well as a free wifi for students.

    Food and Dining

    There aren't a lot of options for food on campus, but they do have a cafeteria and plenty of vending machines.

    Dorm Life

    They don't have dorms so students will have to make their own living arrangements in the city.

    Academic Rigor

    Not much different from any other college. You can't just coast through, most of the teachers challenge you and make you work a bit for your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you are registered and have activated your account, check it daily to make sure that the school doesn't need any additional paperwork from you. Before you register for classes look up the professors on ratemyprofessors.com, so you know what to expect from each teacher. As soon as you are registered for classes, go get your NOVAcard. You should also buy a parking permit unless you plan to have someone drop you off and pick you up since the parking meters cost $2.00 an hour. The buildings are a bit difficult to navigate when you first start out but in every building the first number of the room you're looking for correspondes to the floor it's on. Don't hesitate to ask a staff or peer for directions if you don't know where to go. The advisors are really nice and I recommend talking to one of them about your plans for college and life afterwards so that they can help point you in the right direction. If you can, get a faculty advisor for the field you're planning on entering after you graduate.

  • 11/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The on-campus cops are amazing. NOVA Alert constantly keeps you posted and there is a convenient office that you can go report anything

    Clubs and Activities

    So many and so active! At the AL campus there is this section outside the cafe where clubs are always stationed. During NOVA Day the clubs all set up booths and there are obstacle courses, food and so much more.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that enjoy both quiet times and social activities. Depending on the time you can enjoy a nice quiet stroll through campus or large festive lunches.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! Seriously there are so many and each one is so unique. Today the MSA was handing out roses to random passerbys.

    Food and Dining

    The EuroCafe in AL campus is delicious. they have lots of options and have average prices. Love the gyros and the $1 coffee is perfect for long days.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of the professors here also teach at other schools like GMU. It's basically the same for a cheaper price. Course work honestly varies from teacher to teacher but taking a full course load, homework is still manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the name fool. just because it isn't an university doesn't mean work is an easier. You will get homework. You do have to attend. But it's honestly lots of fun ! Be sure to look up your professors ahead of time and take classes your interested in.

    In three sentences

    This community college is definitely better than what I was expecting. I go to the Alexandria campus and am loving it so far. If your'e planning on going to community college definitely consider NOVA.

  • 11/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the PC labs they have here, you can either to work or surf the web.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe here is amazing, they just built a new building this year with a hangout spot and lots of food choices.

    Dorm Life

    No on campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically It is hard to catch up if you missed work, so i would suggest be on time and ready to work for every class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not underestimate Nova! its not high school to any of you current high school students. Teachers here don't chase you down to give you help, thats not their job. You have to go get it.

    In three sentences

    Nova is a good college to attend if you want a mini taste of a 4 year college. The professor's here are really great and they're here to help if you want it. Nova gives you the tools you need to succeed in your major.

  • 10/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    German

    What to do for fun

    Volunteer for any activities at school.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    You live at home

    Academic Rigor

    It's kind of needed for the advanced classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend classes Do homework Don't think it will be easy

    In three sentences

    A college for people who want to same some money but get the same education as the more expensive colleges or universities. NVCC has 6 campuses and it's very convenient. Each campus has a huge selection of classes along with extended learning online.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe. There are plenty of security guards here to protect you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a variety of clubs and activities that are listed in the student catalogs on the NVCC website or the catalogs available on campus. My favorite club is the film club because the club is mainly about appreciation of movies. The club also teaches you about filming, directing and other things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are not unusual locations on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall NVCC is a great place to be. There are so many degrees you can achieve here. It is simply wonderful.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs, sports and activities that you can join at NVCC. There are film clubs, sports clubs, and anything that you are interested in NVCC has. The student activities center is the best place to go for finding out information. They always show movies in the theater or outside. That is what I love about this place.

    Food and Dining

    I would suggest NVCC changes the cooks here. I usually pack my lunch or run to Chipotle with some friends. The food is overpriced and nasty.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at NVCC since it is a community college. It would be nice to have a dorm instead of having to travel back and forth between school, work and home.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers at NVCC are very dedicated to their students. They will help you with any problems you have in class. They will guide you to achieving greatness in their classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students should go to the counseling center immediately to find out about classes and what credits will transfer to different universities. I would suggest also talking to an academic advisor because they can help you with your degree progress report. Future students become involved with the student activities group because the group will help you enjoy college life.

    In three sentences

    I would give Northern Virginia Community College 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoy the campus I attend which is the Woodbridge Campus in Virginia. NVCC has many opportunities for current and prospective students.

  • 08/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe and clean.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is variety of clubs such as Biology Club, Math Club and MSA.

    Great for these types of students

    The College is diverse, you will meet different backgrounds and the school is filled with spirit!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The College is close to the public library, shops and restaurants.

    Bang for the buck

    School is affordable for the most part, except the fact that out of state students are filled with debt because of the rise of cost.

    What to do for fun

    Attend college events such as field trips, college shows and sports.

    Food and Dining

    There is many nice places around this college. Shopping is in walking distance, and the mall is about 2 miles away. There is restaurants all around, so you will be fine.

    Academic Rigor

    The College is very helpful. The staff are always there to help you and solve your problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early for your classes so you can choose your own schedule.

    In three sentences

    Great school, caring teachers who want you to succeed. Just try your best and you will be fine. Your success is by always attending your classes.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is pretty good even though bad things still happen, NoVa is good about send out mass texts and emails to inform all the students if something bad is going on and what to be on the look for.

    Clubs and Activities

    NoVa has a bunch of clubs and there are always shows and things going on at the different campuses. It can be a lot of fun if you are into those kinds of things.

    What to do for fun

    Play a sport or hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is small but the food is pretty good. Most people go out to eat at fast food restaurants around the different campuses.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are serious and most people are trying very hard to meet the requirements to transfer to a four year school. The professors definitely help their students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take your work seriously just as if you were at a four year college, the work is no different and neither are the grades.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is a great to start to a college degree when first starting off. This college has multiple campuses and most of the professors will work with you to make sure you understand what you are learning. Best choice I made before trying to transfer to a 4 year school.

  • 08/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For the first two years of your college career. NVCC has guaranteed admissions with many instate colleges. As long as you meet the requirements in the contract you are guaranteed admission to that university.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a good bang for your buck. The college is subsidized so it is very cheap.

    Food and Dining

    small cafetaria on campus.

    Dorm Life

    No dorming.

    Academic Rigor

    NVCC is an easy institution. Just make sure you do the homework and the rest will go well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to sign up early for classes to get the best teachers. Good teachers have their classes fill up really fast.

    In three sentences

    This is a great place to get your start for college. It is cheap and you can continue your work life while attending school. Also great for earning credits during summer to transfer to other schools.

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is plenty of things to do on and off campus. From the traditional student clubs on campus to the nightlife of the nation's capital just 15 minutes away. There is something for everyone and every level of social anxiety or butterflies out there.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average. It is cafeteria food so quality is almost expected to be average. I am not saying its bad but it is just cafeteria food, nothing special. As for restaurants and places to eat around campus there are plenty to choose from. A vast arrangement of eateries to choose from and all within walking distance of campus.

    Dorm Life

    This college does not have any dorms. It it did though I am sure they would be the bomb since the campus is modern and comfy.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are college level and are appropriate to their difficulty. They are not high school classes and shouldn't be treated as such. The work load seems just for each class and given enough time to complete each of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose a major that you like or that you want to have a career in. Don't rush into a major because your friends are doing to or people tell you to do so. Choose what YOU want because in the long run it's YOUR life you are trying to improve.

    In three sentences

    Your basic college experience right near your home. A diversity of students in each class. Surrounded by nice teachers within a friendly atmosphere.

  • 08/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are two parking lot patrol seen but the other two officers are in the office just sitting all the time

    Bang for the buck

    This school will take everything they can. Books usualy alway run $300 to $600 just for one class and when you try to return them you get a 1/3 of it back. The testing center is out dated with it policy. I had an approved ebook and was denied use of it in the testing center even though the testing center is vedio recorded.

    What to do for fun

    Not much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your reserch before going here.

    In three sentences

    It's an ok school the admin people are rude and uncaring but the teachers so far are nice and want you to pass.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As a commuter school with people from all stages and means of life attending, you need to be careful. Security poles are set up around campus and as long as you stay around other people, you will be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    PTK- Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Requires 3.5 GPA and in addition to academic distinction, provides many scholarship resources to undergraduates.

    Great for these types of students

    NVCC is great for students who (A) are undecided about their desired major, school, or career (B) want to save money or are financially unable to attend a four-year university or (C) are looking for a way to attend school part-time while working, parenting, etc....

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some nice woodsy areas nearby the Woodbridge and Annandale campuses. Explore the grounds. There are also many different types of services and resources in the various buildings, and it can be fun to explore the different offices, too.

    Bang for the buck

    NVCC is very affordable. NVCC offers few if any scholarships in and of itself. However, members of its various Honors societies (such as PTK) have the opportunity to apply for special scholarships. Additionally, there are on-campus jobs that can help offset the cost of textbooks and classes.

    What to do for fun

    Try out the different clubs. Don't simply judge them because the school is a community college. Some may not be at all like their 4-year college counterparts, but you never know until you try. Start your own club. The school is small enough that there are plenty of opportunities to start clubs that fit your own interest. Meet people. There is huge diversity at NVCC and getting to know others from different cultures and backgrounds greatly adds to one's life experiences. Attend free extracurricular classes or lectures. Sometimes the campus will offer free Zumba or Salsa lessons, or a lecture on the little-known details of the life of Abraham Lincoln. These are great recreational and educational opportunities--and they are free (and sometimes can earn you extra credit).

    Food and Dining

    It depends. The Annandale Campus has a Starbucks, and a kisosk with snacks and sandwiches. Not bad. Woodbridge has a lunch station, which looks far from appetizing (have never tried it).

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of NVCC is dependent upon the classes and professors you choose to take. Some classes are easier than anything you took in high school, others are taught by seasoned professors from schools like George Mason, or even Harvard, who will give that school's experience for a fraction of the cost. Students must be proactive in choosing challenging classes with solid professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attending NVCC is a very wise choice financially. You can take many of your prerequisite classes for a fraction of the cost. College is what you make of it, and while it is the dream of many to leave the nest and go right to a 4-year university or college, you can find some great resources, people, and activities at NVCC. It will just involve a little more work, since it is a commuter school. NVCC is also great for students who do not yet know what or where they would like to study, and would like to explore options by taking classes at a much lower cost.

    In three sentences

    As one of the top community colleges in the nation, Northern Virginia Community College provides a competitive education across multiple campuses in Northern Virginia that adequately prepared students who wish to transfer to a 4-year university. Students have many resources available to learn more about making the most out of their time at college, financial aid, how to transfer, internships, and career choices. There are some not-so-great professors and classes, so students must be proactive in choosing a class atmosphere that works best for them.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Alerts about any on campus crimes

    Clubs and Activities

    volleyball

    Great for these types of students

    Students paying their own tuition

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    testing times are different at every college

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition and fees are inexpensive

    What to do for fun

    I play volleyball

    Tips for prospective students

    Online classes are easy and convienient

    In three sentences

    Its a good starter school for students right out of high school. The tuition is not very expensive. The college has good accredited teachers

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Sterling is a safe location to begin with. Nova is very safe. They have security. residential area.

    Clubs and Activities

    nova offers many clubs and activites. Just ask!

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who want to save money by coming here before transferring to a 4 year college

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not found any yet

    Bang for the buck

    you can always buy or rent textbooks instead of buying full prcie

    What to do for fun

    They offer clubs and sports for those interested

    Dorm Life

    off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Nova can be difficult at times. They have great classes to choose from

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to register for classes early and to check your to do list!

    In three sentences

    I find the community college very nice. The staff there is very helpful and welcoming. I feel like I can accomplish many things by studying here.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The safety on most campuses is just alright. There are others that is a little sketchy and you always get a text alert reporting robberies or assaults. My advice stay away from the Alexandria campus at night.

    Greek Life

    There are not sororities or fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs here are very committed to their communities. The is the multicultural club which hosts a party once a year and they have traditional foods from all over the food. You get to try and experience different tastes which broadens you mind.

    Great for these types of students

    If you work and support your family but want an education to better your living situation, this is the place to go.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campuses are really small, so there are no unusual places...

    Bang for the buck

    Go for it. It is really inexpensive compared to traditional four year schools and you will save money!

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do on the campus except to join clubs. There are a few places that I love to go to that are close to the campus, ie restaurants, mall, parks, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not all that great. It needs vast improvements.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life, it is close to home.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors here are really laid back and they work with you. Classes are pretty easy only if you do your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get too comfortable here. This school may be very flexible and there are classes to fit your busy schedules, I know students who have been attending this school for more than three years.

    In three sentences

    Northern Community College is a good starter school because it is very inexpensive. While you are attending you can save money at the same time when you are ready to transfer to a new school. The only problem is that the teachers/ professors can sometimes treat you like high school students which bothers me because it is suppose to be a college. Overall, It is a nice school.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports and/or collegiate athletics

    Food and Dining

    I have not tried the food.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Depends upon type of classes chosen, some are going to be hard, some easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework, classwork, and look up teachers before you sign up.

    In three sentences

    There are great teachers at this college as long as you do your research upon them. The campus is well maintained and pretty, with a lot of events happening each semester- this means free food! There are also pretty good options in terms of class choices also.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Steak and cheese bread is the best food at nvcc

    In three sentences

    NVCC is a great college with many wonderful teacherx. Students will have a lot of teacher to choice in 1 class.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    I'm not living on Campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just keep up with your studies and homework assignments.

    In three sentences

    I wish to go to the Annadale Campus but my transportation doesn't allow. Instead, I'am attending the Woodbridge Campus. So, far that campus has been 6 out of 10 for me.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for busy students, first time college students, working parents, professionals trying to ear a degree or certificate for a promotion, and for people tyring to get the feel for college and save some money before heading out to a big university.

    Bang for the buck

    For what you pay the classes are worth it i do however suggest asking around campus about certain professors before you sign up for classes depending on the level of difficulty you want during the semester.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs and groups you can participate in for fun I'm sure but i spent the majority of my free time in the library that was my fun! lol

    Food and Dining

    The food is OK it is exactly what you would expect for an average teenage American meal, burgers and fries and the occasional salad. It is not awful but nothing to write home about either.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to class so i have no insides about dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I would give academic rigor three stars only because it is mostly about your time management. If you manage your time well you should be an excellent student if not the coursework can sometimes become overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    My only advice for prospective students would be to take your teachers and classes seriously. Although it is community college it is still your education and you earn what you work for.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community college is a good place to get your general studies classes finished while saving some money. I like the school because it offers a lot of convenience with my busy schedule. If you are looking for quality this is the place to be.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel completely safe at NVCC. The campus police is friendly and always available to help.

    Greek Life

    There are a couple of greek associations, but none of them interest me personally. It's up to the student, really.

    Clubs and Activities

    I would say that there is a large amount of activities going on. It's almost to the point of my student email being filled with activities.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're trying to save money, get into a nice program guaranteed, or to transition from high school/a job to a different career. Personally, I didn't perform to the best of my ability during high school, so NVCC gives me a chance to graduate and transfer to the program that I want.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not really any school pride, simply because it is a community college.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is pretty much the cheapest option to attend a higher education institution.

    What to do for fun

    Hang with friends, and meet new people in the cafeteria.

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive and unhealthy. It isn't very tasty. demonoid

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life, since this is a community college. demonoid

    Academic Rigor

    The classes offered vary tremendously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't treat it like high school. You get exactly what you put into it.

    In three sentences

    Cheap, efficient, and opportunistic.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia its a good school for a 2 years college, but if you trying to get your 4 years and get bachelor degree better for another school

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Not great for people with food allergies

    In three sentences

    I've yet to have a teacher I didn't like. They have all seem to love their job and be enthusiastic about their field. It is a great choice for learning and saving money.

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police always available.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Bang for the buck

    Extremely affordable with tuition and immense scholarships available.

    What to do for fun

    Proximity to city very close.

    Food and Dining

    Basic dining food with starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always review professors before registration. Plan early, preparation is key is college.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is a remarkable college to get your degree, earn credits that transfer to a four-year university, enhance your career, or just learn something new. Here, quality education is affordable and accessible to everyone. It is perfect for anyone and everyone!

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This campus has all types of students. There are so many cultures and nationalities, as well as all types of ages. This school is great for anyone because of all the diversity that exists here.

    Bang for the buck

    You are still learning and getting all the information students at a four year college are getting. The only difference is the amount of money you are saving by attending community college.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs and organizations at NVCC. There are even events like dances or movie nights at some campuses, as well.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria provides a nice variety of sandwiches and other quick meals. They also have many snack options.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorming here.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not easy, but they are at a good pace and the instructors are always willing to clear up anything for the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should look into the catalog and find the times that work best for you before you want to go straight into signing up for classes. If you have any questions or need any help with account inquiries or classes, their online chat is very helpful and useful.

    In three sentences

    NVCC has many campuses and online courses, making it easy for all students to learn and find fitting classes. Their instructors are always helpful and very good at communicating with the students. Their variety of resources and class times make adjusting your schedule to get to class very easy.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have several saftey courses and the police station is withing close proximity. They also have different phone numbers to call in case of an emergency.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are working and need a inexpensive, convenient college NOVA is the place for you.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are fairly easy but if you don't make time to study you'll fall behind quickly.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest talking to a student counselor. Try not to overload yourself in hopes to finish, enjoy college life and go into it with the mind to learn. Do not take any class for granted and do not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    The campus is conveniently placed and encompasses decent facilities. Teachers I have taken helped with any question and made time to answer them thoroughly. NOVA also gives free forty-five minute tutoring for any subject once a week.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria prices are a little steep for the quality of food served. The vending machines sometimes take your money and have your bag of chips dangling.

    Academic Rigor

    A majority of the time, the professors are very understanding and flexible. Courses are generally doable. The best are those who want their students to actually understand the material being taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in contact with your academic advisor and stay on top of the courses you are to take. This is especially important if you plan on transferring.

    In three sentences

    It's a really diverse student population: various ages, ethnicities, etc. If choosing the right teachers, you can learn a lot from the classes for a lower price than universities. There's great access to the campus and classes due to its various locations in Northern VA.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is always crawling with police especially the Alexandria Campus

    Greek Life

    NONE that I'm aware of.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty to join from currently with a club called NOVA LIFE or ALPHA it's a Christian Based club and very inspirational. Simply love the camaraderie

    Great for these types of students

    all kinds

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NOVA day were the students and faculty participate in campus wide activities

    Bang for the buck

    Trust me on this one you save sooo much money coming here.

    What to do for fun

    joining club activities or simply going to other NVCC campuses.

    Food and Dining

    Food horrible and super expensive I'm not going to spend $2.65 for a small hotdog.

    Academic Rigor

    It all falls down on the professors but you definitely get quality education trust and belive

    Tips for prospective students

    When you come to NOVA it's not a joke if you screw up they will take away your financial aid and that's when you'll go through hell and back to get it.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is affordable. NOVA is cheap NOVA will get you ready when going to a four year institution.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    For the most part, the clubs have a few events every semester

    Great for these types of students

    Any student, either full time or part time

    What to do for fun

    There are some clubs one can join, or try out for a sports team

    Food and Dining

    No need to live on campus, although the food in the cafeteria is good

    Dorm Life

    No need to live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are willing to help those students who need it. In addition there are many resources that help students get good grades (i.e tutoring and study sessions).

    Tips for prospective students

    It is affordable, the staff is great, and the activities are fun!

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    daily emails with campus safety updates

    Great for these types of students

    Extremely Diverse

    Bang for the buck

    most inexpensive community college in US

    What to do for fun

    go to DC

    Food and Dining

    plenty of great Indian & Ethiopian resturants

    Tips for prospective students

    plan ahead always ask for help when needed always e-mail professor

    In three sentences

    many options for continuing education on the job training. most 2 year programs that employ graduates right after college in comparison to 4 year colleges. graduates start off at higher pay than most 4 year graduates

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nova has the opportunity to notify students via text message, email, tv broadcasts, to let students know what's going on in their campuses. Early on too, like for weather closings. I signed up online, but emails are sent in advanced. I also see free seminars to sign up that focus on safety and what to do if any events, like a school shooter on campus were to happen. Good to know.

    Greek Life

    What is Greek life?

    Clubs and Activities

    From gamer clubs to science buffs, Nova's student government association (SGA) opens their ears to new ideas. So you can start your own club if you request it and have the support.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone graduating high school early, anyone wanting to continue or boost their education, or anyone wanting to learn something new. Nova has the affordable tuition anyone can appreciate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I wouldn't call it a tradition, but there are routine tornado drills and other safety zones labeled around the campus, in case there is a weather disaster approaching.

    Bang for the buck

    Rated the best community colleges in the east coast! Nova is affordable and flexible, there are many ways for anyone, at any age to attend college. I've met four-year university students who wished they'd gone to Nova first then transferred to their four year college to save money, that's telling you something.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many school activities if you check their websites. Emails are sent to all students on clubs and seminars to check out. There is always an event to attend or see every week. I personally attend events like the chili cook off or dance demos.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly don't go to the cafeteria, but when I did it was decent. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and vending machines available throughout the campus. It may not be a five star luncheon but you won't be burning a hole through your pocket or starving.

    Dorm Life

    There are no forming on any of the campuses. If there would be in the future, I'm sure it would be affordable.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on how many credits you take, Nova can be challenging. There are tutors available for free for all subjects if you have any hardships. Just stay focused and on top of your game.

    Tips for prospective students

    Their website is very helpful, so many videos and step by step guides. Staff is helpful, campuses are not confusing or too big. Class scheduling is flexible, offering online classes for the busy bee.

    In three sentences

    This college has flexible options, with so many choices for majors. The best way to still get great education with the option to transfer to a four year university. Northern Virginia community College also has great financial flexibility, offering financial aid and affordable payment plans.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    lots of clubs and activities and extracirricular activities for students.

    Tips for prospective students

    try to maintain a friendly relations with teachers it is very helpful and try to participate in class as much as possible teachers really appreciate it.

    In three sentences

    The academic environment is great and students are very friendly. Great class room eviroment and the student teacher interaction makes studying very interesting. the teachers are very helpful and friendly.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who can't afford a pricier institute or don't have the grades for it yet.

    Bang for the buck

    I LOVED how affordable NOVA is. I am so happy I went there because I was able to finish my first two years of college for significantly less than I would have spent had I gone away to a four-year institute.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of events going on in and around campus, usually emailed and posted outside in the breezeway.

    Food and Dining

    Manassas campus cafeteria, if it can be called that, is a rather sad attempt to provide food services. Pretty much just one big vending machine.

    Academic Rigor

    I went to a private high school and found that more challenging than the work at NOVA. However, it was not a breeze either. Paying attention in class, keeping up with the work, and studying for tests kept my grades up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to counselors about what classes to take. I took several classes that didn't count for anything because I did not understand the explanations online. Don't be afraid of the staff-they are there to help! Also, try to know what you want ahead of time. For example, if you know you want to transfer to George Mason University, they outline exactly what classes to take and so forth.

    In three sentences

    NOVA was definitely one of the weirdest experiences of my life. I went to Manassas campus, which is relatively tiny for a campus. Despite it's physical size, the students there are very diverse.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Foods good. There is a Starbucks on campus

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teachers are good and all the credits transfer well to other schools

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    NVCC has high safety level.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for everyone. If you are have a full time job, you can even do full time school at NVCC. It is easy, interesting and helpful.

    Bang for the buck

    The best part about NVCC is the price. You don't pay a lot for what you get. You can save money while you take the classes that you need to transfer over to whatever college you plan to go to.

    What to do for fun

    Athletics and Fitness

    Food and Dining

    They have Barnes and Noble coffee shop and really nice food and dining there. At the cafeteria you can hang out with your friends, do your homework or just relax.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know anything about dorm life, because I drive to NOVA form home.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are great! The are willing to teach. There are some strict teachers too, but as long as you do homework and assignments on time you are fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely choose NOVA, it is the best community college in United States. You can really benefit from it : save money, and learn a lot. Teachers are nice and willing to teach, and really helpful. Schedules are flexible, and can work for anyone. You can also take online classes which are cool too.

    In three sentences

    It is the best community college I know of. It has lost of opportunities for students to start their long way to the major they dream of. So I will give 10 out of 10 :)

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am a female and I work full-time so I take night classes. I typically leave campus around 10:10 pm and I never feel uneasy walking to my car alone.

    Bang for the buck

    I firmly believe that NOVA is a great school for the price. It is much less expensive than attending a University straight out of high school, while still getting your general classes out of the way. Plus there are several majors/minors to select from and NOVA classes transfer to almost any Virginia University.

    Food and Dining

    The food at all NOVA campuses is healthy and tastes good. The campuses even have coffee shops for those with late night classes. My least favorite aspect of NOVA food and dining are the vending machines. They only accept NOVA cards.

    Dorm Life

    I stay off-campus, therefore this questions does not apply to me, which is why I gave it a low rating.

    Academic Rigor

    I have attended several schools and therefore had many teachers. NOVA has very good online (ELI) and on-campus teachers. Every teacher I've had has been willing to assist me in any way and most provide their home and/or cell numbers. The school and teachers want the students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that anyone who attends NOVA plan ahead for class. Try not to loose track of time because you will have to find parking and sometimes the only available spot is way away from the building.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is a culturally diverse, inexpensive institution. Academically, NOVA is rated one of the best community colleges in Virginia. Lastly, the teachers and staff are always available and willing to help you if you ask for it.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has Actual Police officers on campus that can arrest you and give you tickets.

    Clubs and Activities

    i have seen many postings for clubs. i havent necessarily joined any however.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for students who need a small class room and would like to be close to home.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is quite cheap compared to universities. There are no dorms so you dont pay for housing and the classes get no more than 2500.

    What to do for fun

    Walk the trail and look at the nature. Its kinda built in the middle of a wooded area.

    Food and Dining

    They have a little cafeteria, but i havent eaten there yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the school you wish to transfer to before you pick your classes. This will help guide you along the way.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is a good school to start off in my opinion. The class rooms are small and the teachers are easy to get in contact with. This is a good school.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Students may receive weekly emails on Student Life to inform the student community about even within that week which are held on campus. These events may include breakfasts, sports games and movie nights. There are also sport teams that anyone is welcome to join.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria on campus that has a variety of foods such as American to Asian including healthy choices. There are also many places to eat off campus but still within the Annandale campus area.

    Dorm Life

    Since it's a community college, dorms are not available. NVCC does have many campuses to choose from, that way your commute won't be too far if you live in the Northern Virginia area.

    Academic Rigor

    You are able to manage your own schedule to your liking. Registering for classes early will allow you to have more option for classes and times. The classes here are manageable like all colleges, if you stay on top of things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to NVCC with a larger goal in mind because the whole staff on campus are happy to help with any problem you may have while attending or registering.

    In three sentences

    This community college is a great place to prepare for a four-year institution. There are many great professors who recognize your goals and help you to reach them. Overall, this college serves a greater purpose for the education of the entire community.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I swim for fun and really enjoy volunteering.

    Tips for prospective students

    Give this college a call. Any prospective student envisioning a degree should consider this community college if there are financial difficulties in the way.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is a great school for those that have difficulties paying for their first two years in college. I plan to transfer to another school for my bachelor's degree. This is a great school and a wise choice, I believe.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Student services offers just about anything you can think of to join or help fight for a cause.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who loves a great deal and loves learning of others cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Student services host quarterly international day where students from different cultures exhibit their cultures. where people showcase their food, dance and where traditional clothing. Nova has a diverse student body.

    Bang for the buck

    You can't beat the price, you can get your degree with a third of the price to some colleges/universities.

    What to do for fun

    They have every activity you can think of. And so many options for students to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    Food is average. They do have Starbucks at some of the campues.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms its all comute.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the porfessor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Something I wish I knew going into NOVA is that it is very important to get to know your advisors even have a direction in what field you want to get your associates in. Even if it�s just general studies it will better guide you in what classes will help you graduate than taking extra classes that will waste time and money.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is a great place to start your college experience. They have smaller class sizes and awesome recourse to help find the right college for you when you decide further you education. The price unbeatable and with the guarantee admissions program it is a top notch choices.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Take NOVA and your education in general seriously, because if you plan to transfer to another institution, they will scrutinize your academic achievements.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community college is a great opportunity to extend your education. Most of the advisors lead you in the direction of what courses you need to take that will help you pursue a degree. Students are friendly, and the atmosphere at NOVA makes you feel comfortable.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is not a whole lot to do for fun around this particular community college. Extracurricular activities such as theater, art, and choir are good ways to not only get involved with the school, but to also have fun. Most of the time, it is fun to go out with the individuals that one has met in their classes.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Northern Virginia Community College, is not food that is made from master chefs. It is decent and when an individual is hungry, it can be satisfying. I however prefer a dining experience in my own home.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life at Northern Virginia Community College. It is a commuter school with several different locations throughout the Prince William County region. I am sure that if this institution had residential living, more people would attend.

    Academic Rigor

    Northern Virginia Community College, although only a two-year institution, it does offer some rigorous academic challenges. Some of the departments at this school are more challenging than others, but with the right mind set and study skills, it is relatively easy to achieve a substantial grade point average. Prospective students should keep in mind, that an over-all good grade point average will help when it comes to applying for a four year university.

    Tips for prospective students

    In regards to future students, I suggest community college if one is not sure what career field is right for them. This community college in particular is a lot cheaper than that of a four-year university. Four-year universities can cost a pretty penny, however community college will start an individual off right in the financial department.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is a great way to kick-off one's college years. If an individual is not sure what he or she should do, a community college is a great fit. Although this community college is great for a start, it does not have as many opportunities as a four-year institution would.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Get involved in clubs and the multitude of school activities that happen on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food provided is typical tuna, chicken, turkey, ham sandwiches. A couple times a week a food truck will come by. So, basically mediocre.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I have found that NOVA does keep the students work life in mind when assigning homework and establishing the work load that will be placed on students during the semester. Some professors aren't as aware of the fact that most students who go to NOVA full-time also work full-time, and they are very demanding. However, I feel that for the most part, the school is understanding in that respect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should make sure to put in extra effort in seeking out counselor help. There aren't that many counselors available but if you make a good effort to go out of YOUR way and see them, I guarantee they will break everything down and make it a whole lot easier for you to understand which classes to take, who you should talk to about finances (including financial aid), and the steps you need to take in order to transfer to a different school. They are the best resource at NOVA and will make your life there much less complicated and help you transition smoothly to the next stage in your life.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is affordable, helpful, and definitely convenient. There are many great professors that are both challenging and caring. However, there are some not so good professors as well, so make sure to check out Rate my professor .com or get together with other students before you choose your classes.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 85 of 179

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a lot of diversity here !

    What to do for fun

    join the clubs .. hang out with friends, party!

    Dorm Life

    i dont live in the dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are trying to save money then go to a community college and get your general credits done first and out of the way in less money then you can start at your favorite 4-year college and wont have to worry about the general credits and will be able to start with the specific classes you need to take for your major.

    In three sentences

    I love the college. It is easy for me and not far away from my home. Also, teachers here are great and helpful! Plus it is not as expensive as the other universities and it save time and money!

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Alexandria campus has been having issues with safety. A few people have been grabbed, and someone was robbed with a weapon...however, if you don't feel comfortable walking to and from your car (especially if you have an evening class) you can get an escort to and from your car by just making a phone call

    What to do for fun

    The campus usually has stuff going on in the common areas, there are also rooms built for hanging out and most of the campuses (minus the medical campus in springfield) have gyms that you can us.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright, they always have pretty good coffee on site, especially after updating and getting starbucks in

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at nova

    Academic Rigor

    I find that the classes are not hard, and on the plus side you can decided when/where you want to take your classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with an academic adviser! If you want to transfer different schools have different classes they want you to take (which varies by degree) so it can get confusing; plus you don't want to take classes you don't need.

    In three sentences

    it is a good starting off point right after high school or if your trying to get back into school. Classes are inexpensive so you can try different things. Downside is class sizes are huge.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 87 of 179

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    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty secure on campus, I don't believe there is any danger unless you suspect it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many types of clubs and activities. NOVA has it's own gym at the Annandale campus and it's free.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I've seen a smoking section a party section and a studious section where you wouldn't see on high school.

    What to do for fun

    Stay on campus, talk to friends, meet new people while you're there.

    Food and Dining

    I personally never had food on campus but i heard it was the same as high school.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are amazing at teaching. They briefly explain everything in details and they are extremely nice. I learned many things that i didn't even get to learn in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Contact and visit everything they offer on campus as soon as you start college. Try to find out about programs they have as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is an excellent school to attend to. It saves you lots of money, and helps you grow as a person as well. The location is perfect as well as their services.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe but when something does happen you always get an alert on your mobile device and that gets you informed about what is going on.

    Greek Life

    NONE.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities being advertised its up to you to cease them also they offer many free lessons and classes such as zumba classes and salsa dance lessons.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who work, who would like to stay home and commute to school and also for anyone who would like the college experiance from home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    You do get a good education there and it is a bang for your buck because you get almost the same professors that teach at universities also you can transfer to any college of your choice!

    What to do for fun

    The campuses have gyms and they also have plenty of clubs and activities going almost all the time.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't all that great but in the end your there for learning so that is where it should count.

    Dorm Life

    Since Northern Virginia Community College is a community college there isn't much of a dorm life out there but there have been some plans about adding dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics really depends on what you and how you study as an individual. You always have a choice of studying how much and how little most times so if you put in the extra effort you will be fine and ace all your classes if you don't vice versa.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always take advantage of the resources provided such as the tutoring, center, the writing lab and ACE center. Get to know your professors and always check ratemyprofessor.com for the know on who is a suitable instructor for you.

    In three sentences

    Great for students who hadn't had the chance to go to a University. Great for students who would like to stay home. Good price range and affordability.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Get involved in clubs and campus organizations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Review professor ratings on Rate My Professors; however, carefully consider the author of the information. Some comments may be unfairly posted by students that are not objective and responsible for their part of the education process.

    In three sentences

    The education experience has been mostly positive. I would like more contact with the department dean and advisor to determine scholarship opportunities for strong academic students. Also, students are evaluated consistently throughout the semester; however, we are not given the same opportunity to evaluate and provide constructive criticism for all professors.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    although we have had incidents on campus, campus police has sent out alerts in a timely manner, and encourages student safety by displaying security tips around the school and via email.

    Clubs and Activities

    Nova has a countless number of clubs for just about anything and everything. They are very active around the campus and fun to be around.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Yes, there is a Starbucks inside the book store and places to sit :)

    Bang for the buck

    Not really happy that tuition continues to rise, but I guess its like that every where.

    What to do for fun

    This is going to sound corny, but I can honestly say if you get a study group together, studying will be a brand new experience for you. The members of your group could end up becoming your friends! :) My Physical Geology 106 study group are some of the most fun, interesting, and unique people I think I have ever had as class mates. We were all very different and from different age groups, but we always made class fun, we studies hard, and we also hung out and enjoyed watching sports games at the local sports bar.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria and cafes around the campus have a bast verity of delicious meals, snacks, and refreshments to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are only hard when: A. Not attending class B. Not participating C. Not doing assignments D. Not asking questions

    Tips for prospective students

    You only get out what you put in. Try to get to know your professors on a personal level! Many of them are succesful professionals who have much to share. One of my professors is the Deputy Chief of Police Administration for the Fairfax County Police Department, and has written several recommendations for me! If you work hard the rewards are countless.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is a great place to start your college experience if you are still not quite sure what to major in. Its place that provides students with essentials for personal growth, and academic success.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    NOVA is great for returning students, non-traditional students, single parents, and full-time employees.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NOVA offers many online courses which is really helpful, for individuals like myself whom wants to complete their college degree, but at the same time need to balance work and family life along with it.

    Bang for the buck

    NOVA is extremely affordable, which was one of my many concerns in regards to returning to college. As a single mother, I was very much please with the cost of NOVA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be share to take full advantage of all the resources that NOVA provides so that you can get the most out of your college experience.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is a great place that offers a flexible schedule for student whom are returning to college and/or working full-time. After years of being out of college NOVA has again restored my hope in being able to accomplish an higher education.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Annandale is the safest campus, since everything is very close together, police boxes are conveniently placed around and the number as well as officers are available all over campus

    Greek Life

    not a lot, considering its a community college

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty to choose from

    Great for these types of students

    All types!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our first winter formal is in two weeks. Also we have a Sassy Halloween sponsored by our LGBT*Q alliance!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely good if you just want to get your associates and then transfer, I would highly recommend the Pathway Program for graduating High School students.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on at each of the campuses so it's never boring! Craft fairs, gaming tournaments, there's even a Winter Formal!

    Food and Dining

    A lot of options for dining as well as drinks, all healthy too!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on any NVCC Campus

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the professor but every single one of them will push you to do your best and perform well, after all, this is not high school!

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't have to know your major or associates right away, start with a general education associates and move from there. If you already know what you want to do, like I do, then they'll have plenty of options and opportunities

    In three sentences

    NVCC is an excellent school, great for if you want to transfer to a four year college. The advisers and professors will help you every step of the way. Plenty of extracurricular opportunities too!

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Northern Virginia Community College is small, but their lounge areas offer opportunities to socialize or play billiards and other games.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that prospective students research the times that various classes are offered at their campus, as some courses are rotated around the campuses.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is a great place to start working on your intended major. This school allows one to receive their education at a reduced cost, when compared to other colleges. I would recommend many students to attend for two years, then transfer to another school in Virginia.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    On campus police as well as Help boxes everywhere.

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life as far as I know.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very many clubs, ask around and get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for homeschool students looking for dual-enrollment as well as students just graduating from high school.

    Bang for the buck

    If I took 4 years at nova it would still cost less than 1 year at a univeristy.

    What to do for fun

    Each campus has it's own activities and the nova email system keeps you updated on what is happening when and where.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is adequate however all of the campuses I have been to are within walking distance of good food or fast food.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life at NVCC

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging depending on the level and prerequisites necessary. If you think you are taking difficult classes keep the credit hours lower.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your parking permit early and you textbooks early too, rent your textbooks if possible and try to arrive at to class on the first day at least 15 minutes early. People are generally open and nice, ask for directions or try to spend time with new people.

    In three sentences

    NVCC is a good college to get past those first 2 years of university at a really cheap price. The classes are well taught, the homework is not too much, and the teachers really like what they do. The multiple campuses allows you a lot of freedom as to when to take classes.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none

    Great for these types of students

    poor

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nope

    What to do for fun

    sports and clubs

    Tips for prospective students

    cheap

    In three sentences

    Its pretty cool, except the parking people, I HATE THEM

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone smokes cigarrettes

    Bang for the buck

    The cheapest in the area, one of the best in the country.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown D.C.

    Food and Dining

    Horrible

    Dorm Life

    None whatsoever.

    Academic Rigor

    If you study and follow instructions, you should be ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on your own studies and attend to class. Never hang outside the cafeteria for too long, things happen there.

    In three sentences

    Best bang for the buck. Small classes. Great professors.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    97 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is very safe

    What to do for fun

    Join a club. That is about it for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Disgusting food.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, and study. Get all A's, plan out your future goals, and transfer out.

    In three sentences

    I will give Nova a 7 out of 10 on my scale of easiness in registering for classes and the actual class. I will give professors at nova a 3 out of 10 because they make test too easy, less than AP in high school. I will give the environment a 8 out of 10 because students are laid back and open to conversation with just about anyone.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many places to hangout around the campus, there is also a game room in one of the buildings. The campus has lively action going on sometimes too.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafeteria is well-organized and compact. There is quite a variety of things to eat, prices are not the cheapest but comes in handy when you are hungry.

    Dorm Life

    There are currently no dorms at Northern Virginia Community College.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors here are very straightforward and very quickly you will be able to adjust into their teaching style. A very effective style of teaching which will prepare us for upcoming courses at 4-year universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though it is a community college it is just as important as a 4-year school. Always try your hardest and never do anything effortless.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is a great school as it gives opportunity to many students at an affordable cost. The professors are very knowledgeable and hard working. It is a great way to students to begin sculpting their lives.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The clubs are always fun. We also have spoken word nights,variety shows,plays, hip-hop day, dodge ball tournaments and many more activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fine. No complaints.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, it's very good but it also depends on the professor you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you manage your time properly. There are many places to study on campus so make you utilize those places. Check your NOVA email be one step ahead on everything

    In three sentences

    NOVA is very good school with many different activities to be involved in. Their are many good professors. It's great school to go to before you transfer to an university.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have a police in the school that makes sure that our campus is safe. They also give us cell phone reports to let us know about any kind of emergency and criminal activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Nova provide a lot of clubs and activities. i have yet to join one, but i would like to join a video club.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great place for someone that needs writing help and isn't very comfortable with their writing. It is also a great place to go to do work on the computer when the ones in the library are full.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I like to go to the writing center which is located in the 3rd floor of the library. This is a great place to write essays and get some advice and help with it.

    Bang for the buck

    I work at best buy as a sales associate. I like technology, but I don't want to work there for the rest of my life. I plan on transferringnext to VCU next fall. I want to major in radiation therapy and work at a hospital as a radiation therapist.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the movies and hang out with my buddies.

    Food and Dining

    The food is freshly prepared. They serve all kinds of sandwiches, sushi, pizza, and many other things.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorms in Nova. That can be either the down side or the up side of going here. You won't get the traditional college experience, but you can always have the comfort living at home (for those who are).

    Academic Rigor

    You must have at least a 2.5 gpa if you are intending to transfer to a four year college. All schools differ on amount of gpa.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should buy your books early if you want used books. Make sure you stay focused and study at least two hours for every hour your in class. Learn how to manage your time.

    In three sentences

    It is a great environment for students that want to stay home with the parents for college. The teachers I have had are amazing and helpful. Its a clean school.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Many clubs and activities.

    Food and Dining

    I have never ate on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose the class option that works better for YOU!

    In three sentences

    Great professors. Many classes to choose from and a variety of hours. Many locations and lots of ethnic diversity.

  • 10/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Enough cops to keep you safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Psychology Club and Biology Club

    What to do for fun

    Enjoy movie nights, join clubs, go on trips.

    Food and Dining

    Food is too good.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't make it a big deal- if you study then you'll do fine.

    In three sentences

    A community college that provides great education surrounded by a great environment, NOVA gives opportunities to all kinds of students. Whether you're looking to stay for two years or are planning on transferring to a four year college, NOVA is the perfect place to start you off. It not only saves you a load of cash, but it also envelops you in a four year college environment without the four years.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safe, I guess. I don't really know. I've never felt unsafe on campus but I really just wouldn't know.

    Clubs and Activities

    Some surprisingly good DJ's here, and they play their music outside the Food Services building sometimes. Funny how something that simple can keep me sane. Wish I knew more about this stuff, it's probably better than I'd expect it to be.

    Great for these types of students

    Immigrants- groups of people walking around speaking not English all the time seem like they're smiling and making the best of their time here learning English.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hookahs everywhere all the time I just don't get it

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap, but see how much you can get in scholarships and aid if you want to go elsewhere. If that's really impossible, NoVa is best for you- but otherwise, you might be able to go somewhere a little happier on account of your fellow countrymen.

    What to do for fun

    Very little

    Food and Dining

    It's food and there's no meal plan that I know of. I eat a protein bar from the Starbucks sometimes. Pure Protein double chocolate is $1.25 with tax. Never been to the cafeteria to eat, though it seems as if the prices aren't notably cheap.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms from what I know.

    Academic Rigor

    Not bad, but this is all contingent on the professor. Sometimes, you might just be able to learn a great deal more through khanacademy.com or lectures by other professors that have been put up somewhere on the internet. Stay interested in what you're doing. Keep up with your field outside of class. Set yourself apart. Make connections in the business right here. Nothing's impossible with a fat smile and a firm handshake.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends Check ratemyprofessor.com for all your chosen classes-- there are some professors who don't speak English AND don't know their curriculum. Watch out for them. It looks like a lot of people are into bringing their hookah to campus, but just as many people don't get it. This school is a test of patience: can you come here for two whole years until you're guaranteed admission at VCU or UVA or VT, etc? Have a job or hobby or internship

    In three sentences

    People only want to get in and get out. Everyone's here to transfer out and it's difficult to make friends with all the complaining and negativity. It might not be the most work you've ever had to do, but you wont get very far if you can't keep your head up-- make an effort at making friends and with the right attitude, you'll be out in no time.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    It's an all commuter school. There are clubs but I'm not sure how active they are

    Food and Dining

    Cheap Food

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are good. Be sure check up on your professors in advance though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come here expecting to make a lot of friends

    In three sentences

    This all commuter school is good for anyone looking to go to school for cheap. The classes are good and there are plenty of options for those with full schedules. Just don't expect a great social life.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    105 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's police and security on campus, and they're available whenever needed. Nothing extremely dangerous has ever happened on campus (knock on wood!)

    Greek Life

    There is none here at NOVA

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of different clubs to join, and they make your experience at NOVA a LOT better.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to stay local, who want/ have a job, who want to save a lot of money, who like lower class sizes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several campuses, including Loudon, Annandale, Manassas, Woodbridge, Reston, Alexandria, Arlington, and the Medical Campus

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely. NOVA's tuition compared to other places is so cheap so you get more than your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    There are several clubs available for students to join, and a lot of them host fun events on campus that are open to all students such as festivals and semi formal dances

    Food and Dining

    All of the campuses have cafes where you can get food to eat; some are better than others. At the Annandale campus they have a Starbucks cafe, which is nice :)

    Dorm Life

    It's a community college, so there's no dorms here.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are great, and there are wonderful professors on campus. It's similar to high school as in the biggest class size I've had in 3 years is a class of 35; the teachers make an effort to get to know you and help you, which helps you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    To make the most out of being at a community college, get involved! NOVA has a lot of different clubs that you can join, and it is the best way to meet other people, both for networking and just to make new friends. You're guaranteed to have more fun if you become envolved in all of the events that happen on the NOVA campus.

    In three sentences

    NVCC is the best place to go to save a LOT of money and still have a college education. There are several campuses to fit your needs, several associates and applied associates degrees to pursue, and several ways to get involved in the student life. With the way the economy is now, it's the best way to go!

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    SGA is a great way to interact with students and the college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remmber to do your assingmnets.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is a great place for students who want to get a good education.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have a police on campus. You can call them whenever you need them. They helped me jump start my car!

    Bang for the buck

    It is pretty cheap, compared to other colleges. Why pay more, when you can get the same education?

    Food and Dining

    The food verity us okay. There is a Starbucks cafe.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms. I live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what teachers you take. But overall, it is not bad.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I think the campus does a good job keeping the safety of the students a priority. They work hard 24/7 to keep the campus a safe environment for the students and they will never hesitate to take action if something is wrong.

    Clubs and Activities

    Nova has many activities available for students to join. For example the Student Government Association which its the voice here on campus. If you are interested in joining a club you can always pick up a student club and interest group directory in the student activities office.

    Bang for the buck

    The prices here are very understandable. The food here is cheap and convenient everyone can afford most of the stuff here mainly the food. The book on the other hand you would have to save up but you can always rent a book because its much cheaper than buying a book and you can always return it to get some money back.

    What to do for fun

    what you can do for fun is hang out wit friends after class or attend campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    I think the food here is great and very delicious. There is many different types of food for every taste out there. I love sushi so i always get sushi.

    Dorm Life

    i dont have a dorm life because i live wit my parents and i live close by NOVA so i just take the bus

    Academic Rigor

    I think academically its very challenging but if you ask questions and attend class, and meet your teachers expectations then you might have a great change to be successful academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    dont be shy and go ahead and ask whatever question you have regarding the school, faculty, and student help.

    In three sentences

    I think Northern Virginia community college is a great college because the faculty is very helpful and its a beautiful campus. I am honored to study here at NOVA which offers many opportunities for students. It is a safe environment to be in and the students are very respectful and friendly.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Really safe, we have a police station right on campus!

    What to do for fun

    There are always events, so keep an eye for flyers and your student email.

    Food and Dining

    There are 2 buildings that have food services, including a Starbucks. which is nice for a Community College.

    Dorm Life

    We do not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the teacher. But most of them are easy going if you do your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. You may get lost if you dont get to know the campus well. 2. Parking takes a lot of time specially the first weeks of school. 3. There are 2 places where you can get food!

    In three sentences

    I go to Annandale. Nice campus, probably the best one, has good facilities. People are nice, is multicultural atmosphere and there is always something going on. Teachers are nice and most of them are willing to help you, as well as all its staff.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    110 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    I live at home with my family.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's helpful to walk around a little bit, take an orientation.

    In three sentences

    It has a nice campus for a community college. Has helpful staff. I don't much like the food in the cafeteria though ha!

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    excellent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many activities for the students to explore.

    What to do for fun

    Go to church.

    Food and Dining

    Fast food type of cafertria.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not bad if you pace yourself by taking the amount of credits you feel comfortable with.

    Tips for prospective students

    DON'T GIVE UP!

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. I have the best professors that I could ever have hope for. The school is large with many buildings to give it the feel of a large unversity.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    112 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There hasn't been any known crime at this campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Cultural clubs love to throw down extravagant parties to demonstrate pride in their culture.

    Great for these types of students

    All who want to enjoy the comfort of a simple, yet energy packed college.

    Bang for the buck

    Stick around and look. NOVA hosts fairs for brand new students, some of which holds bumper cars rides, rock climbing areas, circus acts, a mechanical bull ride, and even free massages and energy drinks before finals.

    What to do for fun

    Look around, there's a game room, the rec area, the billiard table( with the occasional competition) library, fairs, visit the art department to showcase you artistic ability, etc.

    Food and Dining

    despite the prices, there is a decent variety of which to choose from. And lets be honest, anything beats high school lunches.

    Academic Rigor

    It may not seem like much, but teachers do place an effort to have students work to the fullest of their abilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the same classes as you would at a regular college, and earn the same credits, but at NVCC the classes are not over priced.

    In three sentences

    A great place to mingle. Like a coffee shop of pure student activity.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    113 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There is a nice cafeteria, or if you prefer, Wegman's is right down the street.

    Dorm Life

    It's a community college, there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    They seem to run a fairly tight ship.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is best to start the financial aid process and pick classes as soon as possible, since the financial aid office is not easy to get a hold of or work with and the classes can fill fast.

    In three sentences

    The school is quite small, making it easy to get from class to class. They offer a great deal of classes at various times, making it easy to customize a schedule. Most of the classes they offer transfer easily to other colleges, making it easy to attend a university.

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is heavily patrolled and very safe.

    Greek Life

    None

    Great for these types of students

    NoVa is great for all students, but I have found that the really go the extra mile for Veterans and returning students.

    Bang for the buck

    NoVa is fantastic 'bang-for-the-buck', especially if you are an instate student. They also have an agreement with Virginia four year institutions to accept all junior college credits.

    What to do for fun

    NoVa Annandale is right outside of DC, so there is never a shortage of free fun activities!

    Food and Dining

    While I have not eaten in the main campus cafeteria, I have heard it is wonderful. The NoVa Cafe, adjacent to the bookstore is great. It serves a multitude of food and brews Starbucks coffee.

    Dorm Life

    There is no on-campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a community college, so really the classes are what you make of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for your classes early, the school is large and classes tend to fill up quickly. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help - the staff is amazing!

    In three sentences

    NoVa Annandale is a fantastic place. I have dealt with all aspects of student services, to include the Veterans Office, and have been nothing but pleased. The Professors are both tough and fair.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Getting an associates degree is one of the wisest things you can do. It is cheaper and it transfers to other four year colleges. Helped me tremendously. I had to pay nothing for my first two years in college.

    In three sentences

    The teachers and counselors are pretty helpful.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    116 of 179

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been a string of robberies, but not violent. A few guys have been asking for gas money and stealing wallets and purses. The campus police patrol the area and have been trying to catch them.

    Greek Life

    There aren't any fraternities or sororities that I'm aware of at NOVA.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not aware of any clubs or actvities, and I'vebeen attending here for 1 year

    Great for these types of students

    NOVA is great for anyone who wants to go to college and save money.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I can't think of any. Students do't tend to do much on campus. They go to class and go to work or home.

    Bang for the buck

    I can't think of a reason not to attend a community college for the first 2 years. It saves money, and isn't frowned upon by Universities, as it used to be.

    What to do for fun

    NOVA is great for students who have lives outside of being stundents. Whatever you currently do you can still do, because wherever you live, NOVA is close to home.

    Food and Dining

    This depends on the campus, as NOVA has many. I attend the Alexandria campus. It's close to old town, but not walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    What's greater than not living in a box?

    Academic Rigor

    College takes commitment and studying. This should be expected. You'll et out what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go here. There's no reason not to knock out your first few years of college at NOVA. Don't start your new career out in debt!

    In three sentences

    With campus throughout Northern Virginia, NOVA is very convenient as well as affordable. Working students with families as well as first time College Freshmen who want to save money by not leaving home can appreciate locations close to work and/or home. Tuition is inexpensive, but not at the expense of a great education.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are cameras and campus police.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a wide variety. If you do not find something that fits you, make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone who is looking to save money, only take a few classes, or coming back to college after a break.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and organizations! Join a work study program. Take a fun Physical Education class like archery, ballroom dancing, tennis, or even bowling. You can join sports, too!

    Food and Dining

    Food is a bit pricey, but there is a Starbucks on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Every teacher and class has a different academic rigor. Everyone has to do work. Everyone has to put some effort. Each class is different.

    Tips for prospective students

    Reach out to counselors and advisors. Be aware of the opportunities that are in front of you. You may be eligible for other scholarships or financial aid.

    In three sentences

    This is a great college and campus with many opportunities for students who are not sure what they want to do or are looking for a cheaper alternative. You can come here even for certification or to take one class. The teachers and faculty are very supportive, and the school is environmentally aware.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    New CA building at Annandale Campus FINALLY has a Starbucks! Grab a coffee and a bagel before class, or if your studying, grab a coffee to keep awake.

    Dorm Life

    No campus dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Get into campus activities! Don't think because one is attending a community college, it shouldnt be taken seriously.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is incredibly diverse, allowing one to open their mind to new ideas. NOVA is affordable, allowing one to save money the first 2 years they attend college. NOVA has many locations, convenient for students around the Northern Virginia area to access classes daily.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Activities For example: road trips, sport tournaments

    In three sentences

    Staffs are willing to help the students with anything. It provides any source for students to use toward their success. it has a great process for graduation

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I don't live on campus so I'm not sure what they have for fun.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't tried it yet.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes I've taken so far have been fairly easy but I've only taken a couple so we'll see what happens next.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a parking pass! Go a day early to find all your classes to save yourself some stress on the first day.

    In three sentences

    The parking is difficult as they have very few meter spots so you have to buy a pass even for one or two classes and even then it's not easy finding a spot. As far as everything else goes, I think the school is great.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus seems well secured. Thy give you advice and make you feel safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are planning on transferring to a 4-year college, while trying to save money. Also great for students who do not want to go to college in another state.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get started on scholarship searching soon! NOVA is affordable, but you are still going to need money! Get information and help about FAFSA if you need it; they have a financial aid office with people who are more than happy to help.

    In three sentences

    Every time I have been at Northern Virginia Community College, people have been nothing but friendly. The kindness of the people in there is one of the things I like about my new college. Another thing I like about NOVA - Woodbridge Campus is the lake they have by the side. The lake seems like a really nice place to spend time in between classes and as a place to go relax after a stressful day. The third thing I like about my new college is that it is going to help me save so much money! I love the idea of going to NOVA for two years and then transferring to another college because the tuition is affordable and a good deal! There are many other aspects of NOVA I like, and I am sure there are many others to discover.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports are a big part of NVCC and there are many opportunities to join clubs or teams to play many sports.

    Food and Dining

    NVCC Annandale's cafeteria has many different healthy treats. The food is excellent and prices vary on what you are getting. There is a Starbucks located in the campus where most of the students go to hang out and study.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at NVCC since most students come from within the area. Students coming from other states can stay at apartments close to the school. Life around campus is great and with many opportunities to interact with different people.

    Academic Rigor

    All classes at NVCC are tough but not impossible to pass. An A grade can be achieved in any class if a students listens to the professors and really puts the effort in every class. Classes are as tough as they are in other universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be ready and excited to learn. Many students feel that because NVCC is a community college classes will be easier but contraire classes are NVCC are no different from any other classes taken at other universities. The levels of education at NVCC is in fair competence with other schools.

    In three sentences

    NVCC has some best professors in the area that come from different universities and have taught at very important schools. There are many students of different ethnicities that bring a very special atmosphere to the school. NVCC has the perfect ambiance to make students feel welcomed and excited about learning.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have a police department next to the Campus.

    Greek Life

    okay not that many.

    Clubs and Activities

    NOVA even though a community college has sports including: soccer, basketball, Rowing,golf, and badminton.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students that have financial troubles and for those who want to save money.

    Bang for the buck

    Nova is worth the money when it comes to transferring to another University. You save a lot of money by going to NOVA, but i don't know if same can be said about what you get out of it.

    What to do for fun

    Usually for fun, students can go to the weight room ( opened from 8AM-6PM).They can also go to the Ernst Center where they can do many activities such as riding a bull, circus, and paint face drawing (all free). And sometimes when the weather is really good, students have cook out on campus, dance off battles, and singing contests.

    Food and Dining

    The food is awful here at NOVA(AN). And to top it off they charge you more than what the food is worth. You can find healthier things in a Mcdonald than dining at NOVA, thats how bad the food is.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know if nova has a dorm or not. I don't think they have dorms, since it is a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not great,but what do you expect. The classes are too easy.Get good grades here, and you can literally go anywhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are unsure if you wanna go straight to a 4 year university or go to NOVA for 2 years, just think about these things: 1. The classes are way easier. I transferred from NOVA to a 4 year university that isn't even highly regarded, and NOVA was easier. 2. WAY cheaper. 3. Making friends at a 4 year university is easier. Just things to think about

    In three sentences

    Aside from a few horrible professors, I've had very positive experiences at NOVA & learned a lot. I even had a professor who told me he taught the same class at George Mason University, explaining to us that we got the same education at a deep discount. I love the landscaping, but I hate the 5-10 minute walk uphill from the parking lot to class!

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    never been in NVCC yet but they got so many clubs all around NOVA

    Food and Dining

    i heard that thier food is very good n healthy unlike school food.

    Dorm Life

    im living with parents cause they dont afford my expenses

    Academic Rigor

    just perfect

    In three sentences

    northern virginia community college is nice place to start and it helps me in saving money and prepare for life. also NVCC is one of the biggest community college in the united States

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus cops are visible and have a station on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a bit of on-campus activities and clubs but mostly people are there to take care of business and then go home.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, TV/TV-Tech, and poor students looking to prove their abilities in whichever subject to go to a better school later on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Multicultural.

    Bang for the buck

    Already shared.

    What to do for fun

    Keep up with your courses.

    Food and Dining

    Very good selection in the cafeteria. There's a campus convenience store and cafe.

    Dorm Life

    I am not sure about the dorm life. I live off of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a community college so the difficulty of the material cannot be comparable to a 4 year institution that specializes in the specific course you are studying. However, overall, the quality of courses is very strong for the tuition. Again it's springboard or there to complement your degree. You will run into quite qualified profs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get started early on applying and getting administrative things out of the way at the student center. Make sure to talk to the counselors about your plans. Choose your courses and consult Ratemyprofessor.com to get a good prof.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia is a fantastic choice for students all of sorts who are either building on their existing degree or are using the opportunity to springboard. The value of the education compared to the instate tuition is high.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life

    In three sentences

    Small classes. Good teachers. Cheaper classes.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 127 of 179

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    What to do for fun

    Just hang out at the cafeteria or in a courtyard, you're bound to find something interesting. And don't be afraid to just push a little bit out of your comfort zone.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life at NVCC.

    Academic Rigor

    Your classes are going to be as challenging as you make them. But there is always a tough professor available if you're looking to challenge yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use ratemyprofessor.com or myedu.com to check out professors before you register for classes. This will help a lot to understand what your expectations will be and what your workload will look like for a semester.

    In three sentences

    NVCC was a great school where I've made a lot of great friends and taken some great classes. There's always something going on around campus and there are plenty of club activities you can enjoy at any time.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Northern Virginia Community College has the TOP safety that I have ever seen at a college. Any emergency issues taken place on campus are handled immediately.

    What to do for fun

    There are many on campus activities for you students to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor is a gradual process that builds up so students have the necessary skills which will help them graduate and also use in there daily lives. These skills are taught and exemplified at NVCC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you come into the school organized and ready to work and learn.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College is a very organized school. They care about there students. They also want the best for the students.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Intramural activities and sports, seasonal fairs, hang out at the cafe, video game rooms, and many more!

    Food and Dining

    As mentioned before, NOVA offers a cafeteria with exceptional food and beverages. The campus also has a Starbucks located in their cafe where students can chat over a cup of coffee.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately, NOVA is a community college, meaning they do not offer dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at NOVA are a challenge but aren't rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students at Northern Virginia Community college should make use of the many buildings and centers the campus offers. Students may socialize at the cafeteria, work out at the gym on campus, study in the library, get help from tutoring centers, enjoy a coffee and free wifi at the cafe, and even join intramural teams that keep student athletes engaged in physical activity.

    In three sentences

    The Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale offers a beautiful campus with 8 educational buildings. NOVA offers a great deal of help to its students in many ways such as providing for a library, having a writing center, and also a tutoring center. The campus also offers professors that keep students engaged in their learning and ones that truly aspire for their students to succeed.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It doesn't HAVE to be a good review I hope. The security during the night classes is nonexistent. during the day they have the cop cars and all but nighttime, when they should b e roaming the campus they're nowhere to be seen.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all types, I cannot stress this enough. Unless you expect it to have dorms, then it's probably not the school for you. But if you want to get one on one learning with small classrooms this is an excellent transition between high school and a four year university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition for some friends and I at least is trying to feeding the turtles in the pond and watching the fish beat them to it lol. Something else that everyone has tried is going up the thirds staircase only to find that the fourth floor is closed and leads to nowhere.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I'd play Tennis with some of my Psychology classmates. Also trying to run their abandoned boot camp past the tennis court and encountering the tough deer. These deer will jump out the woods and just stare at you, not normal.

    Food and Dining

    I like their burgers and chicken wings are delicious, don't care for their grilled sandwiches or their deli sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    There is none.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Don't slack. Study. Basic things that apply anywhere else. Do not take community college as a place to slack because messing up your GPA so soon will have consequences later on. Also it's meant to be a TWO year college, not 3, 4 or 5.

    In three sentences

    My experience at the Woodbridge Campus was amazing, the teachers are so involved even more than high school to my experience. So many different ethnic groups gathered there, all kinds of cultures. Saw too many faces I knew, some i cared not to see again.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Because on the Alexandria campus there have been some robbing

    Greek Life

    there isn't really one

    Clubs and Activities

    there a ton of club and each campus has its own individual clubs, so that mean that each campus is run on its own accord

    Great for these types of students

    its mostly great for any type of student. the explain stuff very well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    actual yes there is this one location where all the gamer meet on campus, until they decided to renovate the upstairs. Since then they decided to go down stairs.

    Bang for the buck

    yes the campus is worth its penny even thought the cost has been raised.

    What to do for fun

    well we mainly hang around campus or decided to leave campus so that we can do things together.

    Food and Dining

    Well it does have some descent food there. like there cheese-steaks

    Dorm Life

    There isn't one unfortunately. We mostly live with our parent, with a select few that live separately.

    Academic Rigor

    Like right now I'm taking a summer class and the teacher is demanding alot of things that we as students must do.

    Tips for prospective students

    So there are five campus in the NOVA location each one exists to try and bested the other. But each NOVA campus has its specially.

    In three sentences

    Nova has its up and downs like any school. Some of its up happen to be the fact that a lot of the teacher there are really nice and they try and help you solve your problem. Some of the down happened to be that certain things fill up rather quickly at nova like for instance the writing center.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Seems safe, never had any problems

    Great for these types of students

    Working Professionals, students transferring to a 4-year institution

    Bang for the buck

    WAY less expensive than a 4-year institution

    Academic Rigor

    The programs at NOVA are to the point from what I've seen. However, they are not very challenging. Good place to get you GPA up.

    Tips for prospective students

    BE ORGANIZED!

    In three sentences

    Don't expect to be challenged like you would be in a University setting. NOVA's classes are basically the equivalent of high school classes. Expect homework, small classes, projects and papers.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is $145.25 per credit hour and is reasonable and has good classes.

    What to do for fun

    There are places to go and things to do in the city.

    Food and Dining

    There is no restaurants on campus but the town and surrounding areas are filled with many good places just like any other city.

    Dorm Life

    Northern Virginia Community College does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Good, challenging work but doable. One must apply them self and work hard and they will excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would encourage all students just out of high school to attend Northern Virginia Community College. It is a great school that with give new college students the attention they need while also preparing them for the unknown college life.

    In three sentences

    I believe that Northern Virginia Community College is an excellent school for helping me to jump start my future. I am now headed in the right direction to be able to get started with my higher education and to give me a better chance of getting into my dream college of James Madison University. NOVA is a great transitional school for me between a small high school and a bigger college.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It depends on which campus you're at. Annandale (the main campus) is very safe, but the Alexandria one has had multiple robberies. Campus police is always willing to walk you to your car.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is unhealthy and overpriced. The food at the Barnes and Noble cafe is delicious but extremely expensive. Best bet is to bring food from home. There is no meal plan at NOVA.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at NOVA. You have to find other housing or live at home with your parents.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be anywhere from easy to rigorous. Only at NOVA can you have a professor from Georgetown and pay the much less NOVA tuition.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you find your degree on the website, and you match your classes to your degree. If you're planning on getting an associates make sure you know the transfer requirements of your potential four year schools so you don't get messed up with graduating on time and find out at the last minute that you took all the wrong classes. The counselors at NOVA for the most part are horrible at giving class advice. Make sure you know who your academic advisor is because they can be a lot of help to you.

    In three sentences

    NOVA provides a high quality education for less money and smaller classes. It's great for recent high school graduates and anyone else who wants to take a class or two.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    It is one of the best community colleges in Northern Virginia.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    folks who didnt take SAT's

    What to do for fun

    Campuses are located in Central Hubs of the area

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to meet with an advisor before enrolling, it can be very confusing.

    In three sentences

    Affordable, convienant and challenging.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police and security do a good job to keep everyone safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities to get involved in. It is so much fun to be part of such clubs and activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and affordable too

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very competitive and the workload can be too much at times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study and have fun at the same time.

    In three sentences

    A very good college. Academics are high. There is always someone around to help.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Very few fresh or vegetarian options.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on which classes you choose, and how hard you're looking to push yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    You get out of it what you put into it, and there are plenty of students here who just don't care about their success.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are so helpful and actually care about your success. The small class sizes ensure that your instructors actually know your name. All-in-all it's a great way to save money while working towards a 4 year degree.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Their is a lot of security and safety officeirs on Campus. They are very much present.

    Greek Life

    Their is a lot of greek society clubs.

    Clubs and Activities

    The NVCC is rich in multi-international clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    NVCC is great for all students. The library is very kool also, and if your the outdoor type their is a lake with benches to sit down and study.

    What to do for fun

    N.V.C.C. has movie nights on friday and other cultrual activities.

    Food and Dining

    The cook in the kitchen is very good. The food is always fresh, and the staff is pleasant.

    Academic Rigor

    The online classes will give you a lot of unneccesary homework. My advice is to take your classes in the class room environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please plan on taking your classes in the order by the semester that they have it listed on your sheet. Plan to get your parking passes early or you will get a ticket.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community Colledge has a lot of students. The School do not have enough metered parking for the students. The School has a good learning environment.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like all colleges, NOVA isn't 100% safe. But we have a great police squad on campus that help regulate a lot. And if there has been any crime it's been very minimal.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately we don't have any sororities or fraternaties. However we do have Honor Societies!

    Clubs and Activities

    NOVA has all sorts of people. You can never cease to be amazed at the variety of people. And because of the large variety, there are many clubs that you can participate in!

    Great for these types of students

    NOVA is an awesome place for any person who is ready for college, but isn't quite at the level of a dorm life, or being away from home. It's a small minor 15 minute long drive, but you can see and be with all of your friends on campus for hours!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NOVA has a knack of catching it's students off guard with pleasant surprises; NOVA Day!

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to the Universities, NOVA is definitely really good when it comes to saving money. You don't pay as much, but you definitely get your dollars worth!!!

    What to do for fun

    NOVA has plenty of clubs and organizations that you can join. The more involved you get, the more fun you have.

    Food and Dining

    Food is food. You should always eat, but remember, it's still school. You're not dining at a five star restaurant. But I must admit, the food is still pretty yummy!

    Dorm Life

    There isn't much of a dorm life. You can either live at home, or get an apartment with friends.

    Academic Rigor

    College is still college, whether its at a University or a Community College. There are difficult classes, but it all depends on how you apply yourself in the end. If you keep yourself organized then you'll be fine. Don't procrastinate. I learned the hard way!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be ashamed for going to community college. NOVA gives you everything you need to help you slowly transition into those bigger universities without wasting your time. It's definitely worth it.

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), is the perfect place to give students a fresh start close to home. It gives them the opportunity to experience college without moving out, and it gives you a chance to slowly transition into the responsibilities of an adult. It helps you find yourself while still being close to home.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    N.O.V.A is an affordable community college. Professors there are very passionate and nice. It has guarantee administration that helps students easily transfer to any desirable universities in Virginia.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great at Manassas campus. Police always around.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not involved or aware of activities offered at NVCC as I am a night student.

    Great for these types of students

    I am in the Welding program and students come from varied backegrounds and ages.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am a night student and therefore don't experience campus life.

    Bang for the buck

    NVCC is definitely affordable and a good value.

    What to do for fun

    As I am a night student I am not familiar with activities available.

    Food and Dining

    Many restaurants near by.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but professors so far have been very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is a lot of paperwork. Recommend to meet with a counselor early.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy my professions. Course work is interesting. Courses are convenient and affordable.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I give the campus police four starts (and a half, if I could) These cops are always on their job, I always see campus on patrol, searching for those bad-boys and it always make me feel safe! Be the matter lost and found or student bully's, these cops have your back!

    Greek Life

    Little to no Greek life here.. Remember.. we don't have dorms! Just usual, two year usual honor fraternity such Phi theta Kappa..

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many ways for students to excel in social, culture and government organizations at the college. The school encourages students to engage interest in clubs and they will assist you with starting your own club, (if by chance the existing ones aren't your style!)

    Great for these types of students

    This school is so diverse and welcoming, and is considered by me to be optimal for the high school graduate seeking new experiences among experience and culture.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One trend that the school holds is the annual NOVA Idol competition; In where a registered student can audition in front of a few local celebrities and (their peers) to compete for a chance to be in the televised running of NOVA IDOL. The NOVA IDOL winner then receives 4,000 dollars in cash and the title of NOVA IDOL

    Bang for the buck

    This school is not too expensive and because of the guarantee admissions agreement, you can be certain that your credits will transfer. Also if you are a resident of VA, they provide discounted tuition. Military, Business contract students and residents of DC get special tuition rates.

    What to do for fun

    There are various exciting student clubs/organizations at the Annadale campus of NOVA.They offer many interest such as Virginia recreation and park association, college democrats to even the most social Club Filipino!

    Food and Dining

    (Annadale Campus)The school has a on site Starbucks coffee shop and they stand ready to serve you. The service is fast, but it's Starbucks.... Pricey!

    Dorm Life

    ( I only checked one star because I had to) But this school offers no dorms although the idea has been discussed and is currently in consideration.

    Academic Rigor

    This community college is stern like no other, as your have to keep your academic game up, In other words one must maintain at least a 2.0 to be considered academically in good standing and for good reason, NOVA is the only community college in the northern VA area that offers a guarantee admission agreement with any four year college or university in the State of Virginia!

    Tips for prospective students

    Three tips that I strongly suggest for new students would be to: 1) Never forget why you are there> A lot of students get caught up in the hype of college life and become desperate to make friends or fit in. 2) Studies first, peers later! >I'd say be objective, don't give into peer pressure and put your studies first! 3) Take it easy> Remember to pace yourself.. manage your study time and social time and stick to it.. You will be fine!

    In three sentences

    Interesting but challenging for someone from out of town. Attending school at NOVA interesting resourceful as we have students from all ethic and socioeconomic backgrounds striding to achieve the same academic goals.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    NOVA is great for adults that are returning to college to begin or continue there education and have been out of the loop for a long time. NOVA is also great for recently graduated High School Students that are clueless to college life and the work study required.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes NOVA gives you your moneys worth!! The college is very very affordable and the classes are educational. So dollar for dollar it is worth every penny.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeterias are very accessible and affordable. They have a variety of meals, although they are pretty basic.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus so I don't know

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are great in my opinion, your professors will give you one on one time if needed. They will also work with you if you miss a test. The courses are challenging which is important because you personally are challenged also.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of your community college, NOVA is more affordable then traditional 4 Year colleges and you can get the same great education!!

    In three sentences

    Nova is a great school to return to after a long period of time being out of school or if your continuing your education. The teachers take the time to make sure you understand your subjects. The campuses offer great relocation and you can transfer between campuses.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are a constant presence and you'll feel very safe.

    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is a wonderful way to gain leadership and involvement in the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs in which to get involved. The school's activites director is very active and always has events going on. There are salsa lesson/dancing, free massages from the PT club, movies and much more.

    Great for these types of students

    Diligent, hardworking, self-starter type students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a great 1 mile road that many students take time to go for walks. It's actually very nice because it has a pond and is surrounded by fields and trees.

    Bang for the buck

    I get the same Dental Hygiene education and the same degree of Registered Dental Hygienist as schools that cost 3x as much or more. My 20k education would have cost me $60k elsewhere. BIG BANG FOR THE BUCK!

    What to do for fun

    Study, Study, STUDY! But, honestly, you really must take time for yourself. Be sure to exercise for improved memory and take time for family and loved ones.

    Food and Dining

    The Medical Education campus does not have a cafeteria, just a book store/cafe. I don't know why they would spend all this money on a beautiful new campus and no food service. But the offerings are meager, so pack a lunch.

    Dorm Life

    We are a community college, so there are no dorms, but having a quiet home to study and work is vital

    Academic Rigor

    I used to think college was hard - and I took microbiology, calculus, statistics. I have a new perspective because Dental Hygiene school makes that now seem like a cake-walk. Dental Hygiene School is more like boot-camp.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take more than just the minimum prerequisites so that you will not only be more competetive in your application but more prepared to take on the rigors of a very tough program

    In three sentences

    The dental hygiene school is accredited and has very high standard for the students. I feel that we are probably worked a good bit harder than some of the other local dental hygiene schools, we must find our own patients, for example; and I feel that this gives us a competitive edge in our profession. I took many more upper level prerequisite courses than most of my classmates and I do feel the school needs to require more advanced prerequisite courses, as I feel this will better prepare the students for the arduous road in dental hygiene school.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I never had the food at the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Its a community college, they don't offer dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Its a really good school for a 2 year college. The teacher are really nice and they try to make the class little my fun.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    One of most affordable colleges to attend in the area.

    What to do for fun

    NOVA offers a variety of clubs and organizations. Personally, I am not apart of any of them, but I would be if I didn't have to transfer soon.

    Food and Dining

    Very limited to a Starbucks cafe and some snacks. I wish they had a better, and more healthier selection to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Since it is a community college, there do not have any dorms on college campus.

    Academic Rigor

    With the right instructors, you can go very far in your journey to a better education with ease.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register as soon as possible to avoid having the good instructors taken!

    In three sentences

    Northern Virginia CC, also known as NOVA for short, is an affordable institution for higher learning. The professors are an inspiration to be around, and are great at tending to your needs if or when you need help with the curriculum. I do not feel threatened by my peers around me because we are such a diverse group, which cannot be said about certain community colleges in other places.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe at NVCC. Whenever there has been an incident, campus and local police have been instantly and effectively deployed.

    Greek Life

    No fraternities or sororities, but the honors society, Phi Theta Kappa, is a huge boost to your resume/CV, your transfer applications, and your community service records.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not a whole lot of unusual or interesting clubs, but engaging ones nonetheless; a lot of focus on community projects, which does look good on your resume/CV if you can get the chance.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone disadvantaged by public school or who needs to start over again with higher education could benefit tremendously from this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing about NVCC's campuses is particularly unique, although I always did like the pond at the Woodbridge campus. It can be quite tranquil to study there.

    Bang for the buck

    Tremendous value in class rigor/preparation for the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Look for student organizations to join, and if you don't see one you like, make one! A lot of power is in your hands at NVCC if you know how to ask for it.

    Food and Dining

    Average college cafeteria/bookstore helpings. It differs by campus as well--Annandale has a few neat options, but the Woodbridge campus is more reminiscent of high school pickings.

    Academic Rigor

    I was always challenged academically, and always intellectually engaged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to switch up campuses to widen your options in courses! Also, always at least talk to your professors. The better they know you, the better they can work with you, and you can get some truly amazing opportunities out of it.

    In three sentences

    A progressive, flexible school perfect for anyone who needs a jump-start to their higher education. The availability of classes to suit every schedule and skill level leaves endless possibilities of enrichment for a wide contingent of students who may otherwise have few opportunities in this area. I have been both challenged and met at my level with stellar performance from all of my professors.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've been attending for the past 2 years, and I have not heard of any problems on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're looking to save money, which I recommend most students in this nation to do, then NOVA is the place to go.

    Bang for the buck

    No where will be able to mach the education with the price you pay. It is worth going to!

    What to do for fun

    There is a lounge, where a few students will hang out at. Whether it be playing on the computer or playing a game of pool with your fellow classmates, there are a few things that will allow you to have fun and get away from school for a little.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't outstanding. I never eat a meal at the campus, but might use the vending machine here and there. Overall they just have sandwiches with lunch meats.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life, because there are no dorms, which is one downside to NOVA, but the benefit is that you save a lot more money if you stay with your parents, friends, or even rent an apartment yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    The material isn't different from any other school, what I believe makes it easier at NOVA than other 4 year schools is the helpfulness of the professors. Instead of having recitations, you can meet with the professor personally and ask questions on whatever confused you with the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in a club, whether through NOVA or outside, so that you can get to know other students. Because it is a community college, many students don't hang out on campus therefore it is difficult to get to know others.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school if you wish to save money. Unlike many preconceived ideas, the professors are not only knowledgeable of the material but can teach it very well! The faculty is also very welcoming and helpful in whatever the need is.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    It's alright. They have healthy options, which is always a change from the standard pizza and fries.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms as far as I know.

    Academic Rigor

    I am giving it a three because some of the classes have been extremely difficult while others have been a walk in the park but I also spoke to numerous students and they say that it all varies according to major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the orientations. You will make friends and won't feel so out of place when you start classes.

    In three sentences

    The classes are good, if you put in the work you will get the grades. Picking professors is tricky as with every school but they are generally knowledgeable, if you ask around most student will let you know what is what. Most of the locations are public transportation accessible which is definitely a plus (if you don't have a car). There us also parking, with a sticker from the University.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    Great for these types of students

    All students. Students who might not want to jump right into a 4 year college right out of high school.

    What to do for fun

    Its right outside from DC so the options are endless.

    Food and Dining

    Food is ok.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    In three sentences

    NOVA is a great start for students who might not know what 4 year college they want to attent. All the facilites at NOVA are very clean and inviting.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus is fairly safe, i've never experienced any incident. you an sign up for emergency updates on your phone which will give you a head's up if something is going on, i've gotten maybe 1 or 2 texts about a petty theft, but that's about the extent of it. the campus police seem to be omnipresent, keeping everyone in line.

    Greek Life

    greeks life? more like geek life! not going to find any betas or gammas here, this is a commuter college after all!

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many student bodies that do sports, theater, band you name it. if you're into doing those kinds of activities, just follow the posters!

    Great for these types of students

    introverted people can really get along well here, as they aren't forced into a huge community of the stereotypical crazy college kids. most everyone keeps to themselves more or less, but it's not hard to make friends at all. everyone is mostly friendly albeit quiet. independent workers and students who are less than inclined to do homework will get along very well here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nothing too exciting going on here, after all it is a commuter college. most people just drive in, go to class and drive out.

    Bang for the buck

    great, extremely cheap. you get an associates degree at a fraction of the cost of going to a 4 year and if you graduate nova with a 3.0 or higher, you can automatically transfer to most in-state colleges no questions asked.

    What to do for fun

    well what i personally like to do for fun is head over to the game room and play pool or league of legends on the computers. the guys there are more than friendly and you're bound to make a few friends and learn a few pool tricks. depending on your campus, there might be other things to do but they're more or less the same. there are some after school groups that meet up and do things like theater and community service, sports etc.

    Food and Dining

    i rarely eat on campus, but the food isn't that bad, but if you're going to school so close to home why not eat there?

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms, you're either going to have to swallow your pride and live with mom for 2 more years or get an apartment!

    Academic Rigor

    as i said before, there's hardly homework but there still is some. most of your grade is going to be based on tests and quizzes and classroom attendance in some cases. some classes you take will go faster than others, keep an eye out for the number of times you meet a week, that will gauge the speed of the class. all in all, the class sizes are very small and you have more than ample opportunity during class to ask questions and get to know your teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    study, take the tests and come to class! i cannot stress enough, the information you learn in class is vital to your success. at home studying is a must as well if you want to succeed on the tests. all in all, the first two years should go pretty smoothly in preparation for transfer to your four year college.

    In three sentences

    people going to northern virginia are mostly students who just didn't apply themselves in high school and are getting their second wind. there's not much homework, they grade you mostly on tests. i enjoy schooling here much more than high school.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    wonderful prices for exceptional classes.

    What to do for fun

    there are numerous clubs and activities that take place on campus or sponsored by the campus that allows plenty of oppertunity for fun.

    Food and Dining

    a student lounge provides a variety of food and drink. there are also many fast food and sit down restaurants within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms at nova

    Academic Rigor

    if you take your time here seriously you will be challenged just like if you were at a four year institute.

    Tips for prospective students

    use ratemyprofessor.com in order find a professor that suits your learning style.

    In three sentences

    a wonderful place to start your college experience. multiple campus locations offer a wide variety of classes with a pleasant atmosphere. the professors are wonderful and challenge you to go the extra mile.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the police are so tough, they've ticketed deans in the parking lot!

    Greek Life

    we have phi theta kappa honor society - which is recognized internationally among all junior colleges and four-year schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    nova offers a large variety of clubs and groups to join.

    Great for these types of students

    nova is perfect for all students. a really beautiful feature about this school is that a student can expect diversity when entering a classroom or on campus. there are students who are high school seniors, returning adults, parents, international students, and anyone else really.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i'm not sure that are any unusual traditions at my school.

    Bang for the buck

    since this is a junior college, the tuition is low. plus, nova is located in northern virginia so the students are constantly exposed to the cultural sophistication of the area while being taught by worldly professors.

    What to do for fun

    nova has sports that play against other junior colleges, and against some four-year colleges too.

    Food and Dining

    starbucks at some of our campuses, au bon pain soup!

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    at nova, there are professors teaching that come a wide range of background. this includes adjunct professors who also teach at four-year universities, researchers, consultants, and even retirees.

    Tips for prospective students

    take advantage of every possible resource. the possibilities are endless. maintain focus, and above up never give up. it is better to try than to give up and quit.

    In three sentences

    a fantastic opportunity to enhance anyone's situation. northern virginia community college (nova) is the second largest junior institution. i would rate this school (from 1-10) 10 being the highest level of recognition.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the police are always moving throughout campus for our superb safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    they are a great way to meet people and participating in the club/intramural sports are a great way to stay active and possibly get picked up by college scouts.

    What to do for fun

    the clubs are a great way to meet people because if you do not, the campus may be a 13th year of high school.

    Food and Dining

    food is okay, though at times there it can seem like cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    its a commuting school, so there are no dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    some professors are great and others are not the greatest but i recommend ratemyprofessor.com.

    Tips for prospective students

    i advise that if you don't know what specific major you want to do, general ed classes are the best way to go because throughout the credit you may find a particular major you would like to focus on.

    In three sentences

    the annandale campus provides exemplary support for the students. this college is the perfect choice to make if anyone is indecisive about what they want to do in college. the academics expand anywhere from your easy a class to the difficult brain throbbing curriculum.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    i never had any of the school's food.

    Dorm Life

    being that this is a community college, i stayed at home.

    Academic Rigor

    overall the school is ok. the teachers are pretty laid back. i found the online courses to be more challenging then the in-person classes. that was probably due to the fact that i didn't have teachers telling me when assignments were due.

    Tips for prospective students

    ask your friends for help and advice who have been there or are currently enrolled . go online to the school website and navigate it because it has a lot of information regarding specific degrees.

    In three sentences

    the counselors at this school are not very helpful and some are not familiar with the school academics and policies. i have been there for almost a year and can't wait to graduate and get out of there!one of my teachers read straight from the power points and did not take time to explain the material.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    there is a variety of options but i prefer to bring food.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    honors classes are offered as well as the ability to challenge yourself and push you to be independent academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't take more classes than you can handle. communicate any issues, such as trouble understanding or potential absences, with all of your professors.

    In three sentences

    this school has flexible class schedules and lots of resources for students such as a large library and learning centers. there are also several campuses and several methods to pay. taking classes here is a great way to start a college career.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    nvcc has a safety system called nova alert, which sends you text message and/or email when there is an event: early closing of certain campus due to weather conditions, danger, or emergency. also, each campus has a police department to protect the students and faculties.

    Clubs and Activities

    if interested, check here (this is annandale campus): http://www.nvcc.edu/annandale/anstudentservices/activities/clubs.htm

    What to do for fun

    you can chill with your friends at cafe (at least for annandale campus) or work out at their weight training station or play basketball at the gym when they are open.

    Food and Dining

    each campus has cafeteria where you can buy breakfast and lunch. they have pancakes, bagels with cream cheese, hamburgers, sushi rolls, pasta, salad, etc.

    Dorm Life

    nvcc is community college, meaning they do not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    each professor has different rules; however, the basic line is to be on time, respect the professor and the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are interested, go and visit nvcc website or visit the counselors personally: http://www.nvcc.edu/index.html

    In three sentences

    nvcc provides many opportunity for the students, including but not limited to transfer to other 4-years colleges in va, to achieve certain degrees in various field, and to meet different people for social interaction. it has cheaper price compare to other colleges, reducing the burden on you and your supporters.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a police office in the campus.

    Greek Life

    Great.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sport games.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are fsix campuses, Annandale, Alexandria, Manassas, Loudon, Springfield and Woodbridge.

    Bang for the buck

    Students are hard workers. After graduating from NOVA, some students are even accepted to some Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Yale and MIT.

    What to do for fun

    Basketball games and concerts.

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Since it's a community college, living in campus is not offered.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are fun and some classes are just extremely painful to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just try to use all your resources. All the resources are there, you just need to know how to navigate and use them.

    In three sentences

    I love it. Professors, counselor and all the Administration staff will help you find your way to be successful in life. It's a great school.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to work harder than you ever thought you would

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    NVCC is great for anyone, from the student that is trying to save money and then transfer to the working mom/dad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus! Focus! Focus! Take advantage of all of NVCC resources that they offer for free. For example the writing lab, they will help you write you papers.

    Bang for the buck

    College is getting expensive every where but NVCC is definitely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really do enjoy being at school. I have never had an issue with any of the teachers or staff.

    Am learning a lot

    NVCC is a great college! They have so many resources and the instructors are willing and eager to help their students succeed.

  • 12/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    -if you're not sure what you want to do yet or only have a basic idea -just taking classes for fun/learning experience -Students on a budget -transfering to George Manson

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't listen to people who say community colleges are a downgrade from a university. The first two years in college are practically the same anywhere. The main advantages to a university the first two years are the social events. You also save so much money and i personally couldn't have afforded a university my first two years. NVCC is great especially if you don't know what you want to do yet. The classes are cheap especially for in-state students so you can dip you toes in different waters if you want. If you do know what you want to do, there are guidance counselors that are really nice and help you find out the best route. Definitely check out the guaranteed admittance programs you can get into as well, so you don't have to worry about not getting accepted in the University you want to transfer to after earning your associates degree.

    Bang for the buck

    All in all I'm glad i chose to attend a community college when thinking financially. You save so much money by attending a community college and the majority of my professors also teach at universities so you're basically getting the same education but for way less. If you're planning on signing up for financial aid do it quickly and as soon as possible. NVVC is known for having a VERY slow financial aid process. An entire semester passed before my financial aid went through and they refunded me for the classes i had already paid for. Be prepared to have to pay for classes if you sign up too late or not early enough!

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely like being in the Annandale campus more so than the Manassas campus. In the manassas campus one can expect to get their work done and leave without saying much. The manassas campus is small so classes fill up very quickly. In Annandale there are more classes available because it is so big. You'll definitely be saving LOADS of money by attending a community college the first two years to get an associates degree. I would however recommend visiting the community college first. My main problem with the Manassas campus was that the classes I needed for my degree weren't always available in that campus, so I had to commute to the Annandale campus which provides more variety with their classes.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm definitely learning a lot, but not necessarily in the way i want to learn. Students don't seem to be social at the manassas campus from what I've witnessed, and not just social in the halls, but social in the classrooms. The Annandale campus has more variety of students and professors. The environment of Annandale is much more university like than at Manassas. The manassas campus tends to feel like a training school for real college

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types, in my opinion. Anyone who has financial disablilites or just needs to take a break for a while.

    Tips for prospective students

    Hopefully you turned in your Pathways Plan App!

    Bang for the buck

    Two years at NOVA is apporx $10,000 I am very happy about that.

    Will enjoy being here

    I feel I will enjoy being there because I am close to home and I dojn't have to rush into a big university and have all the stress that brings. I feel NOVA will help me and prepare me to be able to ansfer to a university after two years.

    Will learn a lot

    I heard that once you get into NOVA, they automatically try to set you up with some type of internship or job. I also heard that the school has very good professors along with decent amount of work/space

  • 10/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Am enjoying being here

    I usually attend the Manassas campus, but I have recently attended the Annandale campus. It is so much nicer than what I'm used to. But at the same time, it's also much bigger. The only place I know is how to get to my classroom, and that's it. I'm afraid of getting lost! The only thing I really do hate is it is not really safe walking off of the campus, as far as cars. I walk to the campus so that I don't have to pay for a permit. It is nice except there is not a lot of space between you and the cars. Also, there are constantly students in their cars coming in and leaving the the campus. I usually wait until there are no cars around me so I feel safe to walk a long distance across the road.

    Am learning a lot

    All of the professors are always willing to help. Even if you think the answer is wrong, they rather you try than not say anything.

  • 08/24/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    -Great for smokers -Great for self-motivated students -Great for those on a budget

    Tips for prospective students

    Sure NOVA is a school that basically everyone will get accepted into, but you should in no way treat it as if it is an easy school- it is not. But, more to the point, if you slack through your time at NOVA and move on to get your B.A. you will not be prepared for the work you will have to do to pass.

    Bang for the buck

    NOVA pretty has the best bang for your buck you can get. You can get highly knowledgable, interesting professors and a very wide possibility of majors. Not to mention the flexibility of the College, you can pretty much take classes whenever you want to. You get accepted at NOVA and you have a choice of ~10 campus' to attend. No, housing is not offered at this time, the the college itself is pretty inexpensive at about $130 per credit hour. So, I would say it is a pretty good bang for your buck.

    Did enjoy being here

    I started out attending classes in-person, but I ended up having to become an online student fairly quickly. If you are a smoker this is an awesome campus, if not I would say really be considerate of how well you do with smoke. So, I enjoyed the people there- there is an awesome combination of students attending there. But, I really could not enjoy my physical time spent at school because I have bad allergies. So, I did not really enjoy being there.

    Did learn a lot

    This college has great Professors... and pretty poor ones. I found out quickly that at NOVA it is absolutly necessary to first check out ratemyprofessors.com, elsewise you can be stuck with a worst than useless professor and no other options to switch into.

  • 07/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 166 of 179

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    Great for these types of students

    Northern Virginia Community College is a great college for students just graduating high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to a peer mentor about teachers, classrooms, scheduling, and making your way around campus. It's a peer mentor's job to be there for you through all your college needs. I and the other peer mentors will be more than happy to help you.

    Bang for the buck

    You will save a lot of money by choosing to take your first two years of college at Northern Virginia Community College. You will also gain a Associate's degree before pursuing your Bachelors Degree, which is also a great help in your academic career.

    Am enjoying being here

    I greatly enjoy being a student at Northern Virginia Community College. It has opened many doors for me, including becoming a member of Phi Theta Kappa and becoming a Peer Mentor.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are great and dedicated to helping their students learn. They are fun and flexible. The work can get hard, but each teacher always has office hours scheduled in order to help students in need. There is also a tutoring center if you need more assistance.

  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    There is just about every type of person at the Woodbridge campus. So really anyone will be able to fit in. If you are the type of person who likes to study in your free time while at school, the Library is where you want to hang out. I would not advise the cafe area, it is very noisy and that is where all the card and video game challenges are held. I really hope this helps you get a better idea of the Woodbridge Campus at Northern Virginia Community College!! It is really a great school and I love it here!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don not wait until the last minute to get you FAFSA and take your entrance exams. The entrance exams are not as scary as they sound. It's very easy and laid back. When you go in make sure to have all the right documents. bring your birth certificate, social security card, High School transcript, and your Diploma. They will want copies of them. Most of all don't stress over getting ready. If you get confused on something there is an excellent program for first year students. they will pair you up with a student that has been there so if you have any questions you can ask him or her.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is cheaper than most. If you plan on going to a four year college, then I would advise take two years at NOVA then transfer. It will save you all kinds of money! I plan on transferring to Liberty University, so I need to save all the money I can.

    Am enjoying being here

    NOVA has great student activities! Almost everyday there is something to get involved in. In the Fall there is NOVA Idol. I myself tried out for it, and even though I didn't get past Semi-Finals I still had a great time. Often there will be cook outs, parties, book clubs, and the Woodbridge Campus recently started a Scholars program.

    Am learning a lot

    I love the professors here! Most of them are very nice and very easy to understand. Like all colleges you will have those few professors that you can't stand, but as a second year NOVA student I have loved my professors. They all know what they are teaching, and how to teach it well.

  • 06/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The tuition rate is great.

    Am enjoying being here

    Some of the teachers will show up late and expect you to still be there even after you wait for more than half an hour for them to show up. The counselors do not really help that much at one of the campuses I have gone to.

    Am learning a lot

    They have a lot of classes available at times that are mostly workable into one's daily schedule. It just sucks that not all the same classes are offered at every campus. There are those teachers where if you ask a question about something you are learning, they get a little angry, but other than the very few I have encountered, the teachers are great.

  • 05/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 169 of 179

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    Great for these types of students

    Commuters, people with jobs, people with busy schedules, anyone looking to transfer to a four-year university, budget conscious individuals

    Tips for prospective students

    STAY ON TOP OF YOUR GRADES!!! I cannot stress that enough. Please do not think that you can coast through NOVA because it's just a community college. I took 60 credits at NOVA and only got two B's, the rest were straight A's. Also, check up on scholarships that NOVA sponsors or has a partnership with and APPLY APPLY APPLY!! My good grades allowed me to win two scholarships from partners of the college for a total of $61,000 to apply toward tuition at the four-year university that I will be transferring to. There are so many amazing opportunities available for students to take advantage of, but few do. Don't let that happen to you, go out and apply for any aid you can!

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty much every other review hit this on the head. NOVA is very inexpensive compared to other schools in the area (George Mason...). There is not a drop off in the quality of teaching at all. All of the professors I've encountered in my two years studying at NOVA have all been leaders within their industry or current/former professors at other four-year colleges in the area (American, Catholic, George Mason).

    Am enjoying being here

    I really got to know all of my professors and they're all awesome. I really liked all of my classes and never felt like I was just dragging along or anything. I mainly went to the Annandale campus, and I have to say, it's the best of NOVA's campuses. Having a positive attitude goes along way to enjoying your time anywhere, and that goes for NOVA as well.

    Am learning a lot

    Some people see community college as just a stepping stone for people that couldn't get into a four-year university in high school. That is not the case at all! There are a great deal of interesting and diverse degree programs available to students. Whether you're just attending to get an Associates degree, or are planning to transfer to a four-year college (that's what I'll be doing this fall!!), NOVA is an amazing place to study.

  • 05/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The best thing about going to this college is that if you are eligible for in-state tuition you will only have to pay about $1500 for full time for one semester.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's closer to my home which makes it easy to get to and the college is very fascinating.

    Am learning a lot

    Northern Virginia College is very small which helps better with the student to teacher Ratio. I am able to communicate with my professor more easily and efficiently.

  • 02/10/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    NOVA's got something for anyone! Whether you're trying to rack up some summer credits to transfer to your school or going back to school after raising 5 kids, there's something great for you. NOVA has excellent diversity in ages and races that will make almost anyone feel comfortable. There are even online classes for those with already-busy schedules!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come ready to involve yourself! You can still get credits and an associates by just coming to class and passing, but your experience will be much more enjoyable if you're willing to put yourself out there and meet people.

    Bang for the buck

    NOVA is nationally recognized! It's inexpensive, but you can get into almost any college if you do well there. Then, you can get a four year degree for much less cost! I was very pleased to see all the guaranteed admissions agreements with four-year Virginia colleges and universities. Get an associates at NOVA with a certain GPA, and you're guaranteed admission into the Virginia school of your choice (make sure you read the agreement for the school you want, though, some have extra requirements)!

    Did enjoy being here

    The key to enjoying your time at NOVA is involving yourself. Being a commuter school, most people just go to class and then head home. What I found most helpful in getting involved, was plugging into the student activities. I got to know the student activities coordinator at my campus and helped him out when I could. That gave me a small group of great people who did the same thing that I got to know.

    Did learn a lot

    I came from a homeschooling background and thought the academics at college would be harder. I was wrong. There were definitely hard classes and assignments, but I feel like academically, I taught myself. I did learn quite a bit, but more about how to please a professor and learn in a classroom than what the classes were supposed to teach. The small classes are great for discussion if the professor allows it. Most of the professors I ended up with spent most of the class time lecturing, though.

  • 12/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The Woodbridge campus is great for anybody. Most everyone is friendly, and like I said before, you always have something to be entertained with. It's really diverse as well: you see students that are just out of high school, or even some military veterans or older people going back to earn their degrees. No matter the age difference, everyone is friendly at NOVA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure you enroll for classes as soon as possible, and tuition deadlines are very important. Also, keep up with all your work, because procrastination will really kill a full-time student.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is not that bad, and there are so many activities to do, including movie nights, free food events, mini fairs/carnivals, extracurricular clubs and more.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a small campus, with a small lake next to it. In the spring and summer, a great idea to just hang around outside the campus. Inside there is always something to do, with a the Cybercafé, Computer Lab and library where you can just hang with friends, go online or study.

    Am learning a lot

    The environment at the Woodbridge Campus is pretty cool. Most of the teachers are chill; not only do they teach, but they will even have conversations with their students on life, the class subject, or random things sometimes.

  • 11/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Nova is great for students who want to transfer to a more prestigious college then they would have been able to straight out of high school. It's also good for students who need or want to stay local, and those who are money-conscious.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything Nova has to offer, it makes it much more interesting and unless you're completely sure of what you want to major in from your first semester, stick with general studies and get your Associate's Degree so you can transfer out of Nova as a definite junior.

    Bang for the buck

    I've seen people stressing over loans and financial aid and I'm so relieved that that's not something I have to worry about at Nova.

    Am enjoying being here

    While Nova has many pros, it also has it's cons. It may seem like you're going from one high school to another, but in the long run it's completely worth it.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are usually small enough to allow student-teacher relationships to actually mean something. It's very easy to go up to the professors and ask for help with anything you don't understand.

  • 10/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    NVCC is a great school for those students who are ready to go to college but whom are not ready to go far from home. It's also a great school for students who have to pay for college themselves because in the long run they'll save lots of money.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a first time student at NVCC you need to take a SDV class. You should take this class during your first semester because you learn a lot about the school and useful college tips.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe going to NVCC is a very smart move for anyone. Not only are you getting the same education as someone who went to a university, but you're getting for a lot cheaper. The professors are great, buildings are close, its close to home, and the school offers many different classes.

    Am enjoying being here

    The classrooms are the same as high school, except for lecture halls. Most of the time I like being at NVCC, but sometimes I wish I had gone away for college. You don't really get the college experience at NVCC. You meet new people but you don't form bonds with other people, you come to class and then leave campus. Other than that, I do enjoy being at NVCC because there are people I already know.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at NVCC are very knowledgeable. They are very caring and understanding, but push the fact that you're not going to get a second chance. If you ever need help with anything each teacher has their own office with office hours. You can go to them with any questions and they'll gladly help and further teach you.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Ratemyprofessor.com is a must and join as many activities as you can such as CIRCLE K ! =]

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are really inexpensive, just remember to choose your teacher wisely. If the teacher's style is not how you learn you don't want to waste your money when all you do is sit in class just like how you did in high school.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's always something going around campus, such as free food or college visits which makes it feel more like a real university that everyone doubts that NOVA is (that included me).

    Am learning a lot

    I am telling you right now, go to ratemyprofessor.com I regret not listening to the reviews on one teacher I have now and I absolutely hate that class just like all the students before me, I haven't learned a thing. However, all my other classes I have really nice, funny, helpful teachers and I enjoy attending their class. Go to that website, it is very very reliable and search the teacher before you enroll.

  • 01/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Northern Virginia Community College is great for students that want or need to live close to home, or want a class size convenient for participation. It is more convenient for those that can drive, however, there is a bus that takes students to the campuses as well. Most of all, NOVA shines brilliantly for students who are looking to transfer, especially if they are freshmen students who are only beginning to adjust to college life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students looking at NOVA should know that checking their NOVA email regularly is extremely beneficial (a lot of people tend to forget about their email accounts). The staff often send notifications about upcoming events that are easily missed: plays, contests, talent shows, assemblies, college fairs, scholarships and fundraisers.

    Bang for the buck

    Did I mention the great tuition? It has to be one of the biggest advantages of being at Northern Virginia Community College! Students take the same classes at NOVA as they would at other, more pricey colleges; these classes also transfer easily from NOVA to almost any college in Virginia. This is especially useful when the student is looking to transfer while following the guaranteed admissions agreement between NOVA and many other colleges.

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely enjoy being at NOVA. It's close to home, yet students come from all different counties so there are still plenty of people to meet. The academic advising staff is excellent, to the point where I am always pointed towards the right direction and I know that I'm making progress in obtaining my degree. The teacher-to-student ratio is convenient, and the tuition is reasonable.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers at Northern Virginia Community College (or, as its students and staff call it, NOVA) truly are amazing educators. Many people are sorely mistaken when they think that as a community college, NOVA provides poor quality in its education. In fact, many of the teachers work a job aside from teaching which gives them field experience of what is in their lectures. Not only that, some are even teachers in more well-known schools as well, such as George Mason University or even William and Mary. Classes tend to be smaller, so students and teachers have the opportunity to be able to further discuss the material if needed.

  • 07/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    NVCC is great for the student who would like to save money and earn the same education at a 4-year college. NVCC is great for anybody.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for new students: Be ready to have the time of your life! Carry a map of the campus with you because the campus is pretty big, you might get lost. It's okay to ask for help!

    Bang for the buck

    The best part about NVCC is the price. You really don't pay a lot for what you get. You save money while you take the classes that you need to transfer over to whatever college you plan to go to and continue there where you had left off!

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many campuses that are apart of NVCC. You can pick which ever one that is located near you and all of them are beautiful. There are a lot of new faces to meet and also a really relaxing area with a cafeteria, a park, and it really looks like a college. It isn't high school all over again. It's a great experience being here. The professors are great and really helpful as well as the counselors! Some of the professors from GMU come to NVCC to teach as well, so think about it, you're basically getting the same education!

    Am learning a lot

    This school offers a lot more than just your pre-requisite classes. You'd be surprised if I told you this school has a lot to offer. Classes for the student that wants to own a major business to classes for the student who wants to become a med student. Here they offer you classes about how to handle college and also how to pick a major that is right for you, these classes are for those students who have had a hard time figuring out what they want to do when the get older.

  • 06/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 178 of 179

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    Great for these types of students

    Don't think it's any easier than a real college, but the good thing about that is that obviously you'll learn a ton! Do come prepared to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    The professors are great and really helpful. I would especially recommend the Spanish department. However, I didn't really like the ELI (extended learning institute). It's kind of nicer to just be in an actual classroom. Except for ELI, I highly recommend NOVA!

  • 06/01/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 7 people found this review useful. 179 of 179

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    Great for these types of students

    in northern virginia community college

    Am enjoying being here

    to study

    Am learning a lot

    skills and English