NOVA & Mason Offer Students Affordable Way to 4-Year Degree

In an effort to streamline and guarantee the acceptance of transferable college credits and to reduce higher education expenses, NOVA and George Mason University partnered to assist students seamlessly transfer from NOVA to complete a four-year degree through an innovative and collaborative program called ADVANCE.

ADVANCE offers a single point of admission, dual enrollment and financial aid, a dedicated advisor from NOVA admission through Mason graduation, and a realignment of curricula to ensure students do not lose credits when they transfer and financial incentives for students to advance in their selected degree program.

With approximately 75,000 students enrolled at NOVA, an estimated 3,000 of them transfer to George Mason each year – a number exceeding the size of Mason’s incoming freshman class.  The new pathway program aims to boost that number by providing students with the support they need to earn a bachelor’s degree. NOVA’s commitment to discovering innovative measures to save students money goes beyond the NOVA-Mason partnership. In 2015, NOVA was one of the first two-year institutions in the nation to offer courses with no textbook costs, providing students with an incentive and reward for enrolling solely from a cost-management perspective.

In April 2017, former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe joined officials from NOVA and Mason to announce the groundbreaking partnership to assist students as they transfer from a two-year program and complete a four-year undergraduate degree.

“This is about making the right investment for our future,” NOVA President Scott Ralls said. “Our power to grow together to support the region is fundamental to the growth of the Northern Virginia economy. It’s also an essential component of our mission of inclusive excellence, which ensures that all students who want a degree can earn one. The program will strengthen our existing partnership with George Mason and our commitment to help students stay on track to accelerate their careers.”

George Mason and NOVA already established an articulation agreement that essentially guarantees admission for transfer students if certain requirements are met. ADVANCE builds upon the foundation of a pilot program in mechanical engineering, part of the institutions’ ongoing commitment to making education as accessible and affordable as possible within the Commonwealth.

The ADVANCE program is open to all NOVA students with less than 30 credits who plan to transfer to Mason to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the following selected fields:

  • Accounting
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil & Infrastructure Engineering
  • Communication
  • Computer Engineering
  • Cyber Security Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Systems Engineering
  • Tourism, and Event Management
  • Integrative Studies, Concentration in Legal Studies
  • Applied Science, Concentration in Cyber Security
  • Applied Science, Concentration in Health, Wellness and Social Services
  • Applied Science, Concentration in Human Development & Family Science
  • Applied Science, Concentration in Technology & Innovation

For additional information contact ADVANCE Success Coach Rita Snyder-Furr at 703.993.2426 or visit NOVA’s website.

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