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We think you are pretty great already, just because you're a Hokie. At Virginia Tech, we don't talk about our weaknesses. Instead, we focus on our strengths. That's why we are the first university in the nation to offer the CliftonStrengths assessment FREE to all students. Learn about how you work, what you value, and who you are becoming. And don't be surprised if someone asks you about your “top five” once you get to campus!

Academics in college are much different than academics in high school, but have no fear! Your academic advisor is here to help. They won’t pick out your classes for you or tell you what you should be when you grow up, but they can make suggestions based on your goals and interests. Remember: to get the most out of the advising process, you need to take an active role in seeking out support and advice. Also, take advantage of Career and Professional Development, who will give you a head start in post-grad planning.

For all things academic, check out the University Registrar’s website and the University Catalog.

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There are infinite possibilities to expand your education beyond the borders of Blacksburg’s campus. Study abroad is a possibility for every Virginia Tech student—regardless of major. The Global Education Office can help you discover more than 60 faculty-led programs and 50 exchange opportunities in countries all over the world.

We’re big fans of well-rounded students.

Regardless of your major, you’ll need to complete the Curriculum for Liberal Education. These courses give you a broad base of knowledge across multiple disciplines and impact creative and intellectual engagement; civic, personal, and social responsibility; and lifelong learning.

The Student Success Center supports the academic success of all Virginia Tech undergraduate students. They offer tutoring, seminars, courses, and academic coaching to help students develop the skills and attitudes they need to succeed and become effective, self-motivated learners. Check out their website to find out how the Student Success Center can help you achieve your academic goals!

Know that it is okay to not know what you want to do.

University Studies is the designated major for students who are undecided about the major they’ve chosen, exploring several majors, or preparing to apply to a restricted program. Hang out in this major while you explore what Virginia Tech has to offer and work with advisors to find something that sparks (and holds) your curiosity.

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Newman Library is much more than a place to borrow books. Open 24/5 (with weekend hours, too!), the library just might become your home away from home. There’s Wi-Fi throughout the building, a café on the first floor, meeting spaces for study groups, and so much more. What more could you need? (GoPros? iPads? Laptops? They’ve got those, too.) Lots of space in the library is being transformed into innovative project spaces, like the 3D Design Studio and the new Fusion Studio, where groups of students can apply for space to work on creative, long-term projects. In addition to being a great study spot, the library is a space for creating knowledge in fun and collaborative spaces.