Pathway to the Baccalaureate and Pathway Connection

Pathway to the Baccalaureate provides structured support to students as they transition from high school to and through Northern Virginia Community College, as well as transferring to George Mason University or another university.

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Pathway Services:

  • One-on-one meetings with a Pathway counselor and college transition workshops in participating high schools.
  • Personalized support with each step of the college process, from application to graduation.
  • Early, on-site college placement testing and priority course registration.
  • Learning community and cohort courses and activities at NOVA and George Mason University.
  • $1 million in grant and scholarship funding dedicated to program participants.
  • Designated Pathway counselors on NOVA and George Mason campuses who provide one-stop, case management support.
  • Hands-on assistance with transferring to any four-year college or university.
  • Guaranteed admission with fee waiver to George Mason University with a 2.85 GPA and completed associate’s degree.

Students apply to the Pathway program in the fall of their senior year of high school. Ninety three percent (93%) of the students accepted into the program meet one or more U.S. Department of Education criteria known to adversely affect academic persistence in college, such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, first generation in college, and disability. Any student may apply, but priority is given to students who clearly demonstrate one or more barriers to college access or success.

High Schools:

The Pathway program currently operates in 55 high schools and centers across Northern Virginia. In Fairfax, Pathway is offered in the following high schools:

  • Annandale
  • Bryant Alternative
  • Centreville
  • Chantilly
  • Edison
  • Fairfax
  • Falls Church
  • Hayfield
  • Herndon
  • Lee
  • Marshall
  • Mount Vernon
  • South County
  • South Lakes
  • Stuart
  • West Potomac
  • Westfield

Pathway Connection:

Pathway Connection is a pilot program for students in grades 10 and 11. It is designed to reduce the number of high school graduates who require remedial course placement in college. Pathway Connection is a feeder/companion program to Pathway to the Baccalaureate and offers the following services:

  • One-on-one college readiness meetings with a Pathway Connection counselor.
  • Development of an individualized college readiness plan for participating students.
  • Priority admission to the Pathway to the Baccalaureate program in 12th grade.
  • Early, on-site NOVA placement testing in 10th grade.
  • Student and parent workshops on college readiness topics.

Pathway Connection is designed to support students whose cumulative GPA, eighth grade SOL scores, or other standardized assessment scores suggest that they are not on track to be college-ready. Eligible students are notified by their high school and invited to participate in an information session.

Pathway Connection is offered in the following high schools:

  • Annandale
  • Edison
  • Falls Church
  • Hayfield
  • Lee
  • Mount Vernon
  • South Lakes
  • Stuart

http://www.nvcc.edu/pathway/