Naugatuck Valley Community College is an open admission institution with selective placement into some programs and courses. Acceptance to any degree or certificate program requires that an applicant be a graduate of an approved secondary school or have earned either a State High School Equivalency Diploma or a General Educational Development (G.E.D.) diploma. Seniors graduating from a CT high school are accepted into a degree or certificate program and permitted to register prior to their date of high school graduation under the condition that they submit proof of high school completion by July 7 of the year in which they graduated high school. Failure to do so will result in the student being removed from their program of study and switched to non-degree status.
Admission to the College does not necessarily mean admission to all courses and programs. Several degree and certificate programs have specific admissions criteria. Please refer to the Programs of Study section of the catalog for specific admission requirements.
Students who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent may enroll at the College as non-degree students. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid, but may take advantage of the Connecticut Tuition Payment Plan.
High school students who demonstrate sufficient scholastic ability and who present written approval from their high school principal or a designated representative may register for courses as non-degree students on a space available basis.
Students may gain admission to Naugatuck Valley in either the fall semester (August) or spring semester (January). In some programs, admission is specifically for the fall or spring semester only.
Classes are offered days, evenings and weekends, as well as online. Part-time students enroll for a maximum of 11 credits; full-time students enroll for a minimum of 12 credits. Courses vary in the amount of credit they carry; however, most courses are worth three (3) credits.
Admission to English as a Second Language Courses
The English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at Naugatuck Valley Community College are designed to serve the needs of nonnative speakers of English. The ESL Department offers a multi-level program to increase students’ proficiencies in English in all four areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
In addition to the basic application procedures, a writing sample and the English Proficiency (LOEP) portion of the Accuplacer Placement Test must be completed before students can register for the courses. The English placement for non-native speakers of English is determined by the ESL office and is based primarily on these tests.
Admission to the Allied Health and Nursing Programs
The Allied Health and Nursing programs have specific admission criteria which can be found in the Programs of Study section of the catalog. Admission to these programs is highly selective and based on academic record and assessment testing. A program application for admission must be submitted in addition to the College Application.
Admission to Technology Degree and Certificate Programs
In addition to the standard requirements necessary for admission to the College, students applying for admission to technical degree and certificate programs should possess a solid background in science and mathematics. Refer to the programs of study section of the catalog for details.
Admission to Non-credit Programs
Non-credit programs are open to all citizens in the region for professional and personal development. Formal college application is not required. Registration is accepted for all courses. Certification programs have specific requirements that should be understood prior to registering. Customized programs are specially tailored for organizations and companies that address workforce demands/ needs. Lifelong learning staff are available to provide information. To see full list of programs visit nv.edu/nc. Non-credit staff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 203-575-8029.
The College admits students on a first-come, first-served basis. For the fall semester, which begins in late August or early September, preference is given to applications received by June 1. For the spring semester, which begins in January, preference is given to applications received by December 15. Applicants will be accepted after these dates provided openings are available.
Applications for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program are available in April and must be submitted by August 1. Applications for Radiologic Technology and Respiratory Care Programs are available October 1 and must be submitted by January 15. The online application for the Nursing Program is available November 1 and must be submitted by February 1.
Note: All admission dates to select programs are subject to change. Please meet with your advisor for program updates.
The following procedures apply to all individuals planning to enroll in degree or certificate programs for the fall or spring semesters:
- Complete applications online at NV.edu/apply, please email NVCC@nv.edu with any questions.
- Upload an official copy of the high school transcript or supply a copy of the high school diploma with the date of graduation.* Equivalency Diploma recipients must submit a copy of the equivalency diploma or G.E.D. results.
* Applicants who are presently in high school may submit their completed application with an in-progress high school transcript.
- All new and transfer students seeking admission into a degree program who were born after 12/31/56 are required by state law to upload immunization documentation for two (2) doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Those born as of 1/1/80 also need to submit documentation for two (2) doses of varicella (chicken pox).
Transfer students who have not previously attended Naugatuck Valley must follow the procedures for New Students.
Students who are interested in receiving credit for course work completed at another institution must request that an official copy of their college transcript be sent to the Admissions Office at Naugatuck Valley. Students who have attended institutions outside Connecticut should also provide course descriptions for the courses they would like to transfer.
Transfer credit may be granted for comparable courses completed at regionally accredited colleges and universities. The total amount of transfer credit granted may not exceed 75 percent of the credits required by the College in a specific program. Transfer credits will not be used in the calculation of grade point averages. For more information see “Transfer Courses ” section.
By law, all higher education institutions in Connecticut require each full-time or matriculating student born after December 31, 1957 to provide proof of adequate immunizations before permitting the student to enroll.
New and Transfer Students
If you were born after December 31, 1956, Connecticut State Law requires that all full-time (degree seeking and non-degree/ non-matriculating) and part-time matriculating students enrolled in postsecondary schools be adequately protected against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). In addition, all full-time and matriculating students, except those born in the continental United States prior to January 1, 1980, must provide proof of immunization against varicella (chicken pox). Students must have two (2) doses of each vaccine administered at least one (1) month apart to insure adequate immunization.
Services for Special Student Populations
International Student Admission
Students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States, but who are interested in studying at Naugatuck Valley Community College on the F1 Student Visa, may do so by applying as international students.
Application Deadlines for F-1 Applicants
Students are admitted for the fall and spring terms. We recommend that international students apply by the following dates:
- The fall term begins in August; the application deadline is June 15.
- The spring term begins in January; the application deadline is November 1.
International students planning to attend Naugatuck Valley on an F-1 student visa must present the following documents:
Students must apply for admission by going to nv.edu/Apply.
The following documents should be uploaded into the application portal:
Proof of your graduation from high school or university, in the form of a diploma or transcript (translated to English). You may be asked to use a foreign transcript evaluation service, such as the following:
- World Education Services
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274
Phone (212) 966-6311 or (800) 937-3895
Fax (212) 739-6100
Proof of immunization against MMR and varicella must be provided. Refer to the section on immunization requirements.
Evidence of English Proficiency
International students are required to submit proof of English proficiency. Preferably, applicants should take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Enrollment in English as a Second Language coursework may be required until a higher level of English proficiency is attained.
Tuition and Fees
All holders of temporary visas (such as F-1) will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate, unless and until they present evidence of an approved or pending change to permanent residency, as well as evidence that establishes Connecticut residency in accordance with state law. For information about current tuition rates, go to https://nv.edu/Portals/0/Documents/Bursars/NVCC2022.2023TuitionFees.pdf.
There are no dormitories on campus. International students must arrange for their own housing.
NVCC is a commuter college and students are expected to make arrangements for transportation to and from the College. International students may not be immediately eligible for a Connecticut driver’s license. Upon verification of payment of the student activities fee, enrolled students will qualify for a local Waterbury bus pass.
Forms and Documentation Needed for Form I-20
International students who are in F-1 student visa status, or who need F-1 student visa status, must work with the international student advisor to obtain the Form I-20. In order to receive the Form I-20, international students must prove that they have the funds immediately available to pay for the first year of tuition and living expenses. International students with families need to add $3,000 per dependent accompanying them to the US. For details on the amount of funding required, please contact the International Student Advisor.
To apply for the I-20, students must submit the forms and documentation listed below.
- International Student Information Sheet.
- Certification of Financial Support: This form contains a summary of the student’s financial resources and ability to pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses.
- Promise of Cash Support or Form I-134, signed by the sponsor and notarized: This form states that the sponsor will assume some or all responsibility for the student’s expenses during his/her stay in the U.S.
- Promise of Free Room and Board: This form is necessary if a local sponsor is providing the student’s housing and food.
- Bank statements proving the availability of adequate funds
- Copy of passport identity pages.
- Students who are already in the U.S. should also provide copies of the I-94 card and visa stamp. Students applying from outside the U.S. will need to bring these documents to the international student advisor upon arrival.
The Form I-20 will not be issued until all of the above items have been received. Students will then be advised on how to pay the $350 SEVIS fee that is required for the student visa process. Please contact the International Student Advisor with any questions or concerns: (203) 575-8010.
International Transfer Students
If you are transferring to Naugatuck Valley from another school in the United States, you should follow these additional steps:
- Provide a copy of your current I-20 to the International Student Advisor
- Notify the DSO (Designated School Official) at your current school that you plan to transfer to NVCC and ask them to:
- Release your SEVIS record to NVCC and
- Complete the bottom portion of the Transfer Verification Form (available from the NVCC International Student Advisor).
There are no dormitories on campus. International students must arrange for their own housing.
NVCC is a commuter college and students are expected to make arrangements for transportation to and from the College. Upon verification of payment of the student activities fee, credit students qualify for a local Waterbury bus pass. International students may not be immediately eligible for a Connecticut driver’s license.
All holders of temporary visas (e.g. F, J, and H) will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate, unless and until they present evidence of an approved or pending change to permanent residency, as well as evidence that establishes Connecticut residency in accordance with state law.
Transferring In for International Students
If you are transferring to Naugatuck Valley from another school in the United States, you must follow these additional steps:
- Provide a copy of your current I-20
- Notify the DSO (Designated School Official) at your current school that you plan to transfer to NVCC and ask him/her to:
- a. Enter into the SEVIS information system your “intent to transfer.”
- b. Enter into SEVIS a “transfer release date.”
- c. Complete the bottom portion of the Transfer Verification Form (available from the NVCC International Student Advisor).
Students who are interested in enrolling in individual credit courses, but who are not interested in pursuing a degree or certificate program, may elect to enroll as non-degree seeking students. Non-degree students complete a College Admissions Application at the time of registration. In some cases, non-degree students may be required to take academic skills assessment tests in English or mathematics and/or provide proof that prerequisites for specific courses have been met. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid, but may take advantage of the Connecticut Tuition Payment Plan. Non-degree students are not permitted to register for a full-time course load (12 credits or more).
All students under the age of 18 must complete the following prior to registering for classes:
- Application for Admission
- Secondary Education Validation Form and the Accuplacer® Assessment Test
- Interview with the Assistant Director and a parent must be present. The interview is mandatory.
Students who will be turning 18 years of age during their year of graduation from high school and will not be attending the college until after their high school graduation do not need to complete the Secondary Education Form or meet with the Assistant Director.
At Naugatuck Valley Community College, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights belong to the student, regardless of age. A “student” is a person who attends an educational institution that maintains educational records or personally identifiable information. Parents of community college students do not have a right to access their children’s student records. In accordance with this regulation, students’ college records will be released to parents only with the observed written consent of the student.
Tuition, the college service and student activity fees are waived for Connecticut residents 62 years of age or over on a space available basis. Special fees such as material or supplemental fees must still be paid. Registration under this waiver begins on the first day of the semester/session and is restricted to classes with available seats. Non-credit Lifelong Learning courses are not eligible for tuition waiver.
In addition to completing the basic application procedures, veterans should contact the Veterans’ Affairs Office at the College by calling 203-575-8006 prior to registering for classes. Once registered, the Veterans’ Affairs Office will certify enrollment to the Veterans’ Administration. To expedite the process of applying for benefits, the veteran should bring a DD214 (separation papers).
According to the Dependent Educational Assistance Act, wives and children of totally disabled veterans, widows and children of deceased veterans, and 100 percent totally disabled veterans are eligible to receive educational assistance while attending school. To expedite the process of applying for benefits, supporting documentation such as a marriage or birth certificate should be brought to the Veterans’ Affairs Office. Veterans who served on active duty during specific periods of conflict may be eligible for tuition waivers. For more information, call Veterans’ Affairs at 203-575-8006.
NVCC Office of Veteran Affairs offers a Veterans’ Room where they can meet, network, and share experiences. The Veterans’ Oasis is located in S411.
Admission with Advanced Standing
Academic Credit for Military Experience
Veterans may obtain transfer credit for courses successfully completed in the United States Armed Forces schools, provided that such courses are judged the equivalent of, and are applicable toward, degree requirements. Three credits in physical education are also granted for the completion of Basic Training.
Academic Credit for Work/Life Experience
Naugatuck Valley promotes the practice of awarding credit in recognition of learning acquired through life experiences such as employment, volunteer activities, military training, special seminars and other methods. Students may apply for the evaluation of prior learning through one or more of the procedures listed:
Credit by Examination - Students may elect to have prior learning evaluated by either of the following examination options:
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows individuals to earn college credit for what they already know. NVCC awards credit for successful scores on CLEP exams. CLEP tests may be taken at Naugatuck Valley through the Testing Center.
- Credit by Examination - Some divisions and departments of the College produce their own examinations. Please contact your advisor or the testing center for more information.
Academic Credit for College Career Pathways (formerly Tech Prep)
A high school graduate who was registered as a CCP student at their high school through the CCP program can apply their earned college credits toward a program of study at Naugatuck Valley Community College. A qualified high school student had to successfully complete approved articulated courses in 10th, 11th and/or 12th grade with a grade of “C” or better. The CCP student may be required to take the placement tests at the College. Parents of students under the age of 18 may be required to sign a parental consent form. For more information, contact the Academic Dean’s Office.
Advanced Placement Testing
Naugatuck Valley Community College, in alignment with state and national standards, grants academic credit on the basis of scores on the Advanced Placement Examinations (AP Exams) administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students who earn a score of 3 or higher receive credit for the courses for which the exams are stipulated as measures. All score reports must be submitted to Admissions.
New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Reciprocal Program
Naugatuck Valley Community College is authorized to participate in the NEBHE Reciprocal Program which is designed to encourage interstate enrollments in publicly supported degree granting institutions. A reciprocal agreement has been arranged among the six New England states to implement this program. Under this agreement, students enrolled in the NEBHE program pay tuition and fees which are substantially less than those listed for out-of-state residents.
A New England resident is eligible to participate in the program provided:
- The program of study is not offered at an in-state institution.
- The program of study is offered at both in-state and out-of-state institutions and the out-of-state institution is closer in traveling time to the applicant’s legal residence.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the College and fall within the quota arrangements of the program. All other out-ofstate applicants are required to pay the non-resident tuition and fees.
The NEBHE program is subject to change at any time.
Catalog Year Policy
Students are responsible for completing the requirements for their major and degree that were in place upon their admittance to the College as matriculated (degree-seeking) students - this is considered the student’s catalog year. (Note: If a student is readmitted to the College following a withdrawal or dismissal, he or she is responsible to complete the requirements in place on the new matriculation date.) Students may change their catalog year to the most current for their major by contacting the Registrar.