The admission requirements for all branches of Northern Virginia Community College include filling out a college application, submitting required proofs of earlier education and completing prerequisite testing. Some variations exist depending on whether the applicant is a high school student, transfer student, returning undergraduate or international applicant.
High school/homeschool/GED graduates who are first time students at NVCC need to take English and math placement tests and get an acceptable score to enter. They also need to activate their NOVA email accounts for communication. A required student orientation program enables first time students to meet with advisers and register for classes. Each student takes the one-credit College Success Skills course.
Transfer students need to meet with academic advisors to determine what classes from other institutions can be transferred.
International students who want to enter a degree program can apply for both admission and I-20 forms, and they also need to note the application deadlines on the NVCC online application calendar. They need to provide evidence of good English skills, either by having taken approved English placement tests within recent history or by providing acceptable TOEFL scores and IELTS scores. The college has an ESL program for students who need more English practice.