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Why choose ELI?

Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) has offered outstanding online learning programs for 40 years.  More than 9000 students a semester choose ELI courses.

Among the many reasons students choose to take ELI courses, ELI offers:

  • excellent, responsive faculty who truly care about teaching
  • over 300 courses to choose from, in over 50 academic disciplines
  • more than 13 degrees and certificates you can earn completely at a distance
  • comprehensive student support services including 24/7 online library support, free online tutoring, hotline and IT Help Desk, counseling staff, and more
  • assistance with transfer to four-year universities, including guaranteed admissions programs to elite institutions like the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, and many others


Digital Community Colleges Survey

NOVA Wins Technology Award

The Digital Community Colleges Survey awarded NOVA the top prize, First place for colleges with 10,000 or more students. The survey looks at how community colleges use digital technologies to enhance student, faculty, staff and community servcies.


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Do you live outstide of Virginia and want to take online classes?

Northern Virginia Community College, as a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus, has reciprocal agreements with other SREB member states that allow students living in those states to take NOVA online courses through ELI. In addition, NOVA meets the requirements of many other states, so that students living in those states may also take NOVA online courses through ELI.

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