• NOVA - Pathway to the Baccalaureate


     A special program at NOVA designed for students who:

    • Are interested in obtaining a bachelor’s (4 year/college) degree.
    • May need assistance with the process and Are interested in starting at NOVA and transferring to George Mason or another 4 year college/university.
    • Will graduate no later than August 2020.
    • Have a strong desire for academic success.
    • No minimum GPA is required to apply.


    Pathway Benefits in High School:

    • Individual meetings with Pathway Counselor in the Career Center (meet about college transition issues, major/career planning, etc.).
    • Workshops on the application process.
    • Preparation for placement tests & take placement test.
    • Assistance with financial planning – including help with applying for financial aid, scholarships and NOVA payment plan.
    • Priority course registration.


    Pathway benefits at NOVA:

    • Academic, career, transfer, financial aid counseling.
    • One-stop shop.
    • Can request same counselor at NOVA until transfer.
    • Guaranteed admission agreements.
    • Special Pathway agreement with George Mason University.
    • Special Pathway sections of College Success Skills course.
    • Regular academic and social activities.
    • Mid-Semester Progress Report.


    Important points:

    • Applying for and participating in the Pathway program does not bind you to NOVA – you can still apply/go to a 4 year school.
    • Pathway students can transfer to ANY 4 year school, it does not have to be GMU.
    • All NOVA students can take advantage of the GAA’s, but Pathway students can start the process early and are provided additional support.
    • NOVA application and the Pathway application are different.


    What do I do now?

    • Notify your School Counselor that you are thinking about the Pathway Program.
    • Obtain and fill out a Pathway application.
    • Return the application to your School Counselor by the deadline (currently closed).
    • Acceptance decisions will be mailed out at the end of December/early January.


    For more information about the program, please visit: https://www.nvcc.edu/pathway/   



Last Modified on January 7, 2020