Academics at NOVA are challenging, however, you have to be determined to get through long nights of studying and asking questions to further help you understand better. As I travel through the halls of NOVA, I see small study groups in the cafe, outside, and even in the library. The campus also offers days where you can come and study and you have refreshments and quiet time to yourself. One of the most challenging classes I have taken so far has to be Economics. Because of my major, Business Administration, I have to have this course in order to graduate. The professor was excellent, but the work was very hard to keep up and studying Economics is not an easy thing to do. Although, it was challenging, I finished and I passed, which made me feel so great inside. Having these challenges helps you to force yourself to do better because once you get that dream job you can look back and say it was all worth it.
Academics are excellent. Professors get to know your name quickly, and most of the on-campus classes I have attended have great student participation. My favorite classes have been related to my field (information technology), but some of the history and english classes have been fun. The school's academic requirements are good - but you need to have some idea of where your education is going to take you to get the full benefit. The 4-year university transfer requirements are specific, and you will definitely have to meet them to transfer. I like the guaranteed admissions to several 4-year schools for students who wish to pursue them - all you need to do is take the required classes and achieve a set GPA and you will be automatically accepted by that school.
Many people believe that community college students do less homework, attend less time to class and fail most of the courses. NVCC Annadale Campus as well as other Higher Education Institutions has students that study at all levels, some people you would see them studying all the time, some others would study just on weekends and there are others that would just party the whole week. Most of the professors are friendly and approachable, they want to help their students and see them shine by themselves. English, Economic and History classes are very popular and are the first ones to get full.
If you make an effort Professors will too. The class sizes aren't to big which I like. My favorite class was PSY 201 and my least favorite was PED (P.E basically) Students study, sometimes? Not frequently. Students usually meet to discuss projects and tutoring. Students aren't really competitive, some are but not most. Unique class.. I think English 112 was my favorite, the professor was excellent and made the class worth going too. I actually got invited to a Lesbian Book Club by my english professor and still go to this day.
Classes are small, so i think it's easy to communicate with your professors. If you work hard, you will earn what you deserve. It's not too hard to get A grades if you do the work and put your effort. Northern Virginia community college has guaranteed programs that make your transfer easier. If you hit the requirement, you don't have to compete. So make sure to set a wise strategy before enrolling your classes.
Professors leanr the students name very quickly and they are very helpful. My major is biology and i was afraid of asking questions but as time went on I got used to the college environment. Teachers are always available in office hours and they are willing to help anyone. :-D
The academics are really interesting, because there are the usual general education classes, but they also have a budding film program that has quality equipment. NOVA is in an interesting transition and I can't wait to see where it goes.
The classes are more flexible at NOVA due to the fact that most of the student body does work or cannot be present on campus. NOVA offers in class, online, or hybrid classes with chat room instruction and off campus classroom locations.
I have alot of professors knowing my name, one of my favorite class was ITE 115. You see students studying when getting close to finals week. Participation is very important, it even involves being in a group and presenting a case study.
Im in the nursing program sand the requirements are accurate and I understand why they make it a competitive program. On MEC campus the students study all the time, that's all we do.