Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), located in the Washington, D.C. metro area, is one of the largest community colleges in the nation and is a pioneer in the field of distance learning, offering its first distance learning courses in 1975.

Today, NOVA offers 35 online degrees and certificates through its Extended Learning Institute (ELI). With convenient monthly start dates and courses available in 8-week, 12-week, and 16-week lengths, studying online at ELI fits anyone’s schedule. Our outstanding faculty teach over 300 online courses in more than 60 disciplines to prepare you for transfer or career in fields from IT to criminal justice to fine arts, business to fire science technology to early childhood education.

Financial aid and a tuition payment plan are available, and ELI staff stand ready to help you every step of the way, from our 24/7 technical support to our distance learning librarian to our student success coaches. ELI students also benefit from free 24/7 online tutoring services, virtual student clubs and activities, distance learning counselors, and more. And a degree from NOVA’s ELI can be a ticket to a prestigious baccalaureate degree, as students who complete a NOVA transfer degree through ELI with a required GPA can receive guaranteed admissions to major universities including the University of Virginia and George Mason University.

We can even help you earn college credit for your prior learning experiences in the workplace, the military, or volunteer work. Last year, 21,000 students took courses at ELI, from students just out of high school to working adults looking to advance or change their careers to active duty service members and veterans (at NOVA, we are proud to have been named a Military Friendly School three years in a row by G.I. Jobs magazine).

Whether you seek unique courses you can’t find online anywhere else (ELI offers online courses in 7 world languages—French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian—interesting science courses like oceanography and meteorology, and engaging electives like Literature of Science Fiction and History of Latin American Civilizations) or practical, career-focused courses like Java programming, network administration, or Principles of Federal Taxation, you will find it at ELI. And whatever the course, you’ll find user-friendly technology, rigorous academic content, dedicated professors, and an interactive experience that makes you excited about learning from the moment you first log into your class.


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Phone: 703-323-3347 or 1-888-4DL-NVCC (435-6822)
Extended Learning Institute (ELI),
Address: Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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