Admissions and Records

Five Steps to Successfully Enroll as a New Student

Welcome New Students! Applications for admissions to Napa Valley College are accepted at any time for any future semester.  A 'matriculated' student is a student who has completed the Placement Process and Orientation. The following procedures are required for all prospective students:




Admissions and Records, (707) 256-7200

Complete the Application for Admission by selecting the Apply to NVC Online."  It pays to Declare Your$elf, so please make sure to provide us your biographical/demographic information under section 2 of the application.


1.     After submitting your application, you will immediately receive a “Welcome to CCCApply” email and within 24-48 hours a separate “Welcome to NVC” letter at which time you will be in the system and then you can continue with step 2. 

2.     It is very important to include a current email address to be used for all important college communications.

3.     If you are returning after 3 or more years, you must complete the Statement of Legal Residency (available online) and submit it to Admissions and Records office.

4.     Have you applied for Financial Aid?  If interested, see the Financial Aid website.

5.    High school students should refer to the High School Students link under the Admissions and Records website.




Testing and Tutoring Center, (707) 256-7434 or (707) 256-7437

Take a placement test in the Testing and Tutoring Center, Room 1764 in Building 1700, to determine the course placement for English and Math classes.  No appointment is necessary.  Call office or check website for drop-in hours.  Some students are exempt from placement test.  Students must complete an online college application before the assessment test and bring a picture ID.


1.     For Math classes, students can use their high school transcript to demonstrate they have met a prerequisite for a course.  This requires a Prerequisite Equivalency Petition with the high school transcript attached, available through Admissions and Records or Counseling Center.

2.     Students who have completed assessment at another college within the last 3 years must bring a copy of the test results to the Testing and Tutoring Center for evaluation.

3.     Students with an English or Math class from another college may use their unofficial transcript and the Prerequisite Equivalency Petition to demonstrate they have met the prerequisite.

4.     Students with a AA/AS or higher degree from a US institution are exempt from the placement test.  (Complete the Matriculation Waiver at the Counseling Office.)


Prerequisite Equivalencies:  Students should submit the Prerequisite Equivalency Petition with documentation (transcript).  All prerequisite equivalency courses must be registered in person.  Bring approved petition to registration. 


Prerequisite Challenges:  If a student needs to challenge a course, they will need to meet with a counselor to complete the process.  Students will be required to submit supporting documentation with their challenge.




Students can sign up for in-person orientations at the General Counseling Center, or take the online orientation at 


1.     Complete the online orientation session at, and then contact the General Counseling Center for the paper quiz.

2.     In orientation, students learn about academic programs, services, regulations and student services.

3.     Students need to bring Math and English assessment test results to the in-person session to guide in course selection.



Step 4          COUNSELING/ADVISING (Optional Step)

Counseling Center, (707) 256-7220

If you are taking over 6 units, it is recommended that you meet with a counselor or Student Services Specialist, after you have completed your application, placement test and orientation. 


1.     Counselors and Specialists are available to all students on a drop-in only basis during registration periods.

2.     A counseling session is not required in order to complete registration, but is advised for students taking 6 or more units.

3.     Counselors will assist students with selection of their first semester courses, based on their academic goal and placement results.

4.     Appointments are available during the non-registration periods for students who would like to develop an Educational Plan that reflects their career and academic goals.

5.     Counselors and Specialists are available in the General Counseling Center, Transfer Center, Career Center, Student Support Services, EOPS, CARE, Athletics, Workability III, and DSPS.

6.     Students with transcripts from another college can bring official sealed copies to their counseling appointment.




Registration for classes can be done through the WebAdvisor system up to midnight before the first day of classes.  All students register according to their priority registration status.  After the first day of classes, students will need an add card from their instructor to register.


1.     Students are ready to register online through WebAdvisor or in person, based on A-F priorities.

2.     "How-to" instructions for WebAdvisor are also listed on the following pages.

3.     Registration priority is given to students who complete the Placement Process and Orientation, and is based on the number of units completed at NVC.

4.     If a class is full, students may sign up to waitlist for classes through WebAdvisor up until midnight before the first day of the semester. 

5.     You must attend the first class meeting, including students on the waitlist, or you may be dropped from the class.

6.     Payment is mandatory within 3 days of registering, otherwise you will be dropped for nonpayment.  For questions on how to pay, please contact the Cashier's Office at (707) 256-7188.

7.     Add cards can only be obtained from the instructor of the course on or after the first day of instruction.

8.     Print a copy of your class schedule to confirm that you have successfully registered for classes via WebAdvisor.