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Fall 2020 Updates

Last updated on July 24 2020 02:34 PM

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as decisions regarding college operations are being made following guidance provided by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Governor’s office, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and broader community are of the utmost importance.

The most current information will be updated on this page. However, if you would like to see past Fall 2020 communications sent to students, we have made those available as well.

Past Fall 2020 Communications

NRCC Announces Plan for the Fall 2020 Semester

New River Community College has announced plans for the coming academic year. Fall semester classes, which will begin August 24, will be offered online with the exception of some career/technical and workforce development programs that require hands-on or clinical experiences.

For the first two weeks of the semester, all instruction will take place online, including the early portions of classes that will later meet in person. Beginning September 8, classes that include face-to-face instruction will begin meeting while following COVID-19 protocols for small groups. All other instruction will continue to be offered remotely.

NRCC’s academic calendar has been adjusted so that students will not need to return after Thanksgiving. This year’s fall break has been eliminated, and the concluding two weeks of the semester, including final exams, will be completed online.

While college offices will remain closed to the public until further notice, staff are available online at nr.edu and by telephone at 540-674-3600 to assist with registration or other matters. Registration is under way now for both the second summer session (beginning June 25) and the fall semester. Fall course class listings will include identifiers so students may readily determine the format in which they are offered.

New River Community College Reopening Plan

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar for Fall 2020 has been changed as described above. Any future changes to the calendar will be announced and communicated to you via your NRCC student email address.

Master Calendar / Academic Calendars

Fall 2020 Schedule

Fall semester classes, which begin August 24, will be offered online with the exception of some career/technical and workforce development programs that require performance-based, hands-on, or lab or clinical experiences. The list of performance-based, face-to-face classes is available below. The following notes have been added to our class schedules to help you easily identify the format in which classes will be offered. Please continue to check our Coronavirus Information section for updates.

This class requires "real time" online class meetings using Zoom.

  • This class will meet online using Zoom on some or all of the days/times listed on the schedule.

This class requires in-person labs from September 8 to November 20.

  • This is a performance-based, face-to-face class that will meet on the days/times listed on the schedule.

This class is online with scheduled in-person meetings (dates/times listed on schedule).

  • This is an online class which requires a limited number of performance-based, face-to-face class meetings. This class will meet on the days/times listed on the schedule.

This class is online with scheduled in-person meetings to be announced.

  • This is an online class which requires a limited number of performance-based, face-to-face class meetings. The instructor will communicate the meeting dates/times to students.

This class is online with no scheduled class meetings.

  • This class is fully online.

This class requires limited access to technology.

  • This is an online class which requires limited technology to complete coursework.
Class Schedules

List of Face-to-Face Classes

The performance-based classes in the following document will meet face-to-face beginning September 8, 2020, and will follow CDC guidelines. Please refer to the Fall 2020 course schedule for the specific meeting days and times.

Fall 2020 Performance-based, Face-to-Face Classes

Class Registration

Student services advisors are available to assist you with registering for your fall 2020 classes. Advisors are available by phone, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by calling the Advising Center at 540-674-3609. If you are unable to reach someone during these times, please be patient as this means we are on the phone assisting other students. We ask that you leave a message, and someone will return your call the same day. Messages received after 5:00 p.m. or on weekends will be returned the following business day.

Advisors also are available by email at advising@nr.edu. We ask that you please either call and leave a voicemail message or send an email – but not both. Utilizing both forms of contact methods will result in duplicate advising requests and may slow our response time. Emails will be responded to within one-two business days. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we are committed to helping all students during this time.

As a reminder, if you are a returning student, you may register for classes through the Student Information System (SIS) or by contacting your assigned student services advisor for assistance.

Financial Aid

Financial aid staff are available to assist you with completion of the 2020-21 FAFSA or any financial aid To-Do List items you may have. Financial aid staff are available by email at finaid@nr.edu. Open Zoom appointments are available Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. You will be placed in a waiting room upon entering the meeting until staff have completed assisting the previous student. If you encounter issues entering the meeting, please contact Shauna Crosscup at 540-674-3600, ext. 4279.

24/7 student accounts and financial support is available online or by calling 855-874-6689.

Bookstore Information

All students are strongly encouraged to purchase your textbooks and supplies online, with home delivery, through the NRCC Bookstore (www.newrivershop.com). Financial aid online purchases are available August 10 – September 9. Online purchases with home delivery should be the first choice for all students.

A limited number of bookstore appointments will be available for in-store purchases and returns, August 4 – September 10. Appointments are available Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and may be scheduled by calling the bookstore at (540) 674-3638. Only students with a scheduled appointment will be admitted to the bookstore and a mask must be worn. More information is available on the bookstore website and additional details will be provided to students when an appointment is scheduled.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation sessions will be online beginning on August 3. Students who are required to complete an orientation session will receive information and instructions in the coming weeks.

Video Guidance from the CDC

Please view the following videos to help prepare you for your time on-campus and other public places.

Remote Resources

Whether you are new to online and remote learning or you just need a little extra support right now, NRCC is here for you. The below links provide direct access to resources to help you succeed in an online environment.


Fall 2020 14-Week Session
Fall 2020 10-Week Session
Fall 2020 First 7-Week Session
Fall 2020 Second 7-Week Session

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