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Northern Virginia Community College Overview

Northern Virginia Community College is a public institution located in Annandale, Virginia. Northern Virginia Community College is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Northern Virginia Community College Known For?

7,598 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at Northern Virginia Community College is the associate's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 30% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Northern Virginia Community College with a bachelor's degree make about $42,000 a year. That's 3% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Northern Virginia Community College Rankings

Northern Virginia Community College landed the #338 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #9 out of 54 schools in Virginia.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Northern Virginia Community College has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#80 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Northern Virginia Community College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Social Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best General Social Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Biological & Physical Science Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Dental Support Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#112 Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Northern Virginia Community College?

Location of Northern Virginia Community College

Contact details for Northern Virginia Community College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, VA 22003-3796
Phone: 703-323-3000
Website: www.nvcc.edu

Since Northern Virginia Community College has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford Northern Virginia Community College?

19% Take Out Loans
11.3% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Northern Virginia Community College, approximately 19% of students took out student loans averaging $4,827 a year. That adds up to $19,308 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Northern Virginia Community College is 11.3%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Northern Virginia Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,709 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 50,929 undergraduate students at Northern Virginia Community College, with 16,709 being full-time and 34,220 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Northern Virginia Community College

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,709 full-time undergraduates at Northern Virginia Community College, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Northern Virginia Community College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northern Virginia Community College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Northern Virginia Community College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,044
Black or African American 2,479
Hispanic or Latino 3,876
White 5,260
International Students 962
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,088

Over 137 countries are represented at Northern Virginia Community College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, South Korea, and China.

Online Learning at Northern Virginia Community College

5,373 Took All Classes Online
12,321 Took At Least One Class Online
-3.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 12,321 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Northern Virginia Community College has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Northern Virginia Community College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern Virginia Community College was -3.5%. This is the #2,401 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Northern Virginia Community College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Northern Virginia Community College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & Information Sciences 5%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 6%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 21%
Liberal Arts General Studies 21%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Northern Virginia Community College ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Northern Virginia Community College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Biological & Physical Science #11
General Visual & Performing Arts #14
General Social Sciences #54
Fire Protection #59
Visual & Performing Arts #116
Computer Information Systems #209
Social Sciences #218
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #234
Accounting #316
Criminal Justice & Corrections #445
Computer & Information Sciences #461

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northern Virginia Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 10 1,671 1,409 3,090
Business Administration & Management 172 833 2 1,007
General Social Sciences 6 516 0 522
Computer Information Systems 58 405 0 463
Biological & Physical Science 0 343 0 343
Computer Science 0 257 0 257
Information Technology 0 198 0 198
Human Development & Family Studies 75 72 46 193
General Engineering 0 188 0 188
Nursing 0 139 0 139
Electronics Engineering Technology 117 0 0 117
Allied Health Professions 28 84 0 112
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 57 51 0 108
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 35 34 25 94
Criminal Justice & Corrections 7 72 11 90
Accounting 38 24 26 88
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 85 0 85
Dental Support Services 0 39 11 50
Design & Applied Arts 0 46 4 50
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 34 0 15 49
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 42 0 42
Legal Support Services 0 31 0 31
Construction 10 20 0 30
American Sign Language 18 7 0 25
Computer Software & Applications 23 0 0 23
Hospitality Management 0 20 1 21
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 7 13 0 20
Other Visual Art 0 16 0 16
Surveying Engineering 15 0 0 15
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 14 0 14
General Engineering Technology 0 13 0 13
Precision Metal Working 13 0 0 13
Health & Medical Administrative Services 4 7 0 11
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 11 0 0 11
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 10 0 10
Biology & Biotech Lab Technician 3 7 0 10
Fine & Studio Arts 0 10 0 10
Writing Studies 0 0 7 7
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 7 7
Recreation Administration 7 0 0 7
Audiovisual Communications 0 0 6 6
Culinary Arts 0 0 6 6
Horticulture 0 5 0 5
Teaching Assistants 1 0 0 1
Fire Protection 0 1 0 1
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 0 0 0
Real Estate 0 0 0 0
Civil Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 749 5,273 1,576 7,598

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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