Pathway to the Baccalaureate
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.
- 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.
The Pathway program currently operates in 55 high schools and centers across Northern Virginia. In Fairfax, Pathway is offered in the following high schools:
- Falls Church
- Mount Vernon
- South County
- South Lakes
- West Potomac