• NOVA Pathways Program 

    The Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program provides support to students as they transition from participating high schools to NOVA, through NOVA, and as they transfer from NOVA to George Mason or another university. Through their participation in the program, Pathway students receive:

    ·       One-on-one meetings with a Pathway Counselor to prepare for college transition     

    ·       Regular workshops on college transition issues, including placement test preparation and financial aid

    ·       Personalized assistance with applying for financial aid and scholarships

    ·       Early placement testing and priority registration

    ·       Learning community/cohort courses and student development programming at NOVA

    ·       Grant and scholarship funding dedicated to program participants

    ·       Participation in academic, social, athletic and cultural events at both NOVA and George Mason University

    ·       Designated program counselors on campus to guide students through their college careers

    ·       Personalized assistance with each step of transferring to a four-year college or university 

    ·       The chance to enroll in classes at Mason while completing a NOVA degree

    ·       Opportunity, if qualified, to apply early for junior year admission to Mason

    The program is open to high school seniors in all Loudoun County High Schools.  Students must apply by published deadlines in the fall of the senior year to participate in Pathway and admission to the program is selective.  Academic potential is considered above academic achievement in the admissions process and there is no GPA requirement to apply.  For additional information on the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program, please visit our website at https://www.nvcc.edu/pathway/ or contact your high school counselor to request an application.






    If you are looking for a guided tour of any campus you should call the Admissions Office of the school you are interested in and inquire about their tour times.  Most schools have informational sessions that you might want to attend.  Please see the attached spreadsheet for the college website information.


    From Winchester to Bristol is the Route 81 College Tour.


    From Ashburn begin travelling on Route 7-W and stop in Purcellville at PATRICK HENRY COLLEGE.  Continue west on Route 7 to Winchester.  Our next stop is SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY.  Less than 30 minutes down the road in Front Royal is CHRISTENDOMCOLLEGE.  Keep on travelling south on Route 81 until you come to Harrisonburg.  Now you have 3 Colleges to visit – JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY, EASTERN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY and BRIDGEWATERCOLLEGE.  Next stop is in Staunton to visit MARY BALDWIN COLLEGE.  In Lexington, your visit will take you to VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE or WASHINGTON & LEE UNIVERSITY, and nearby is SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY.



    As you come upon Roanoke, head east to visit HOLLINS UNIVERSITY.  Get back on Route 81 for a couple of miles and then you’re heading southeast to visit FERRUM COLLEGE.  Back on the road, travelling south again on Route #81, from Roanoke, you’ll come to the town of Salem, where you’ll find ROANOKE COLLEGE.  While you are in Roanoke, be sure to visit JEFFERSON COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES.  (Special Note: If you are in the Roanoke area around suppertime, be sure to ask the locals about the Farmhouse Restaurant.  You don’t want to miss it!)  


    Next stop is Blacksburg, home of the Hokies at VIRGINIA TECH. (Get your visitors parking pass before you park anywhere!)  Less than a half-hour away from VT, is RADFORD UNIVERSITY.  Heading west off Route 81, go over the mountains to BLUEFIELD COLLEGE.  You can continue on the western track and visit theUNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S COLLEGE @ WISE (used to be CLINCH VALLEY COLLEGE). 

    From here you need to head back to Route 81.  If you travel north, plan to visit EMORY & HENRY COLLEGE.  If you choose south, head for Bristol, where you’ll find VIRGINIA INTERMONT COLLEGE.


    Route 29 College Tour.


    From Ashburn take Route #28 South to route 66 to Route #29 going South.  The first stop is in Charlottesville at the UNIVERSITY OF VIRIGINIA.   After discovering what a CAVALIER is and visiting this wonderfully historic campus, it’s back on Route #29-South.   Visit SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE.   The next stops in the Lynchburg area are RANDOLPH COLLEGE, LYNCHBURG COLLEGEand then off to LIBERTY UNIVERSITY. 


    Feeling a little tired of Route 29?  Take a side trip from Lynchburg onto Route 460-East and visit HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE and LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY.


    If you stayed on Route 29, the last stop on this tour will be in Danville where you’ll visit AVERETT UNIVERSITY.



                                                          Route 95 College Tour

    From Ashburn, you'll have a short trip to Fairfax to visit GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY and MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY in Arlington.  Then hop on the beltway to 95 South. It will take about an hour down Route 95 to Fredericksburg to see the UNIVERSITY OF Mary Washington.  The next stop on the outskirts of Richmond in Ashland, is RANDOLPH-MACON COLLEGE.  Next up, you have 3 colleges to visit in Richmond.  They are:  University of Richmond, Virginia UnionUniversity and Virginia Commonwealth University.  If you want to continue on Route 95, the next stop is Virginia State University in Petersburg.   From there take Route 85 South and go to Lawrenceville to see St. Paul’s College.



    Route 64 College Tour


    If you are planning to visit Virginia Beach while on your college tour, take Route 64 east from the Richmond area.  The first stop will be in Williamsburg to see the College of William and Mary.  (Spend a few days in Colonial Williamsburg & Jamestown – you’ll enjoy it!)  Next stop is Newport News where you can visit Christopher Newport University.  You only have five more colleges before you hit the beach!  The remaining campuses are: Hampton Collegein Hampton, Norfolk State University, Virginia Wesleyan College  and Old Dominion Universityin Norfolk and REGENT UNIVERSITY in Virginia Beach.