Northern Virginia Community College

4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd
Annandale, VA 22003-3796
Tel: (703)323-3000
  • Northern Virginia Community College is an open access, comprehensive community college offering two-year associate degrees, one-year certificates, and career studies certificates as well as continuing education and community services programs. NVCC, as one of the 23 colleges comprising the Virginia Community College System, is governed by the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges.
School Highlights
  • Northern Virginia Community College serves 51,487 students (36% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 38:1 is higher than the state community college average of 37:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 59% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is more than the state average of 43%.
  • Northern Virginia Community College is one of 4 community colleges within Fairfax County, VA.
  • The nearest community college is Columbia College (Fairfax) (2.90 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 1,369 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Northern Virginia Community College(VA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty1,369 staff45 staff
Northern Virginia Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 51,487 has grown by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 38:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.75 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment51,487 students1,577 students
Northern Virginia Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio38:137:1
Northern Virginia Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students18,742 students717 students
Northern Virginia Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students32,745 students860 students
Northern Virginia Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Northern Virginia Community College Enrollment Breakdown VA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Northern Virginia Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Northern Virginia Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Northern Virginia Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Northern Virginia Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Northern Virginia Community College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Northern Virginia Community College Hawaiian (2013-2016)
% Two or more races
Northern Virginia Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Northern Virginia Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Northern Virginia Community College Ethnicity Breakdown VA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.750.62
Northern Virginia Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Northern Virginia Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$46,200$29,600
Northern Virginia Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,882 is less than the state average of $4,711. The in-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,616 is less than the state average of $10,146. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,882$4,711
Northern Virginia Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,616$10,146
Northern Virginia Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid57%78%
Northern Virginia Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,000$11,000
Northern Virginia Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
Northern Virginia Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) was established in 1964 as Northern Virginia Technical College to serve the eighth planning district. A statewide technical college system was established with 23 regions under legislation enacted by the Virginia General Assembly. In 1966, the College bought 78 acres in Annandale, which became the first of five permanent campus sites. The first building was constructed there and opened in 1967. That same year 100-acre sites were purchased for campuses in Sterling, Manassas, and Woodbridge. In 1969, a campus site was purchased for Alexandria. NVCC offers a wide range of programs meeting standards for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in 4 year colleges and universities. We also offer developmental courses to assist students in developing skills to insure their success at the college, and community service/continuing education courses which serve to meet personal development needs and the needs for business/industry training and retraining. The Annandale Campus offerings include a variety of support classes, programs, and continuing education courses for transfer preparation and workforce partnerships. In addition to the in-class course offerings, our faculty offer a wide range of formats such as: distance learning, evenings, weekend college, and compressed weekends.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Columbia College (Fairfax)
    Private, for profit
    428 students | 2.90 Mi8300 Merrifield Ave 3F
    Fairfax VA  22031
  • Stratford University
    Private, for profit
    2,849 students | 5.10 Mi7777 Leesburg Pike
    Falls Church VA  22043
  • Medtech Institute
    Private, for profit
    1,371 students | 5.50 Mi6565 Arlington Boulevard
    Falls Church VA  22042
  • 361 students | 10.50 Mi6101 Stevenson Avenue
    Alexandria VA  22304
  • 327 students | 12.30 Mi8255 Shopper\'s Square
    Manassas VA  20111
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Did You Know?
For Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,711 per year for in-state students and $10,146 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,996 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 80%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.