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Advising for First-Year Students

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This is your year of transition and exploration.

Each of the four schools in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design provides academic advising support for students as they develop a plan for their Virginia Tech education. Through guiding students to engage with faculty and supporting their personal and intellectual development, academic advisors encourage students to explore the full breadth and depth of scholarly opportunities and to discover their own sense of belonging on our campus.

Your choice of major already exposes you to the full intellectual richness of undergraduate study at Virginia Tech, supports you in your academic and intellectual pursuits, and instills within you a deep sense of identity and belonging among our community of scholars. This is your year of transition and exploration. To help you along the way, we have paired you with a professional academic advisor in your major department with whom we expect that you will maintain a strong connection all throughout your undergraduate years.

Always keep in mind that networking with university faculty, staff, and your peers may lead to opportunities that build skills, experience, and character. Engage yourself in conversations as you advance through each day and week of the semester. It is never too early to begin networking because it is never too soon to begin planning for your future career.

Incoming students at orientation
Orientation leaders with incoming students on a campus tour


Contact our director of academic advising, Rob Jacks, at or (540) 231-6416.