Need-to-Knows
Student Affairs

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You’ll hear that phrase a lot at summer orientation. Have you signed up yet? If not, now is the time. First-Year Orientation offers 13 sessions over a four-week period in July (the weeks of July 10, 17, 24, and 31). Your specific orientation session is based on your academic major, so you may have fewer than 13 session dates from which to choose. Registration is open so don’t delay. It’s time to get your gobble on!

Official Mission Statement: The mission of the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) is to promote student learning, life skills, and personal growth through a strong focus on holistic student development and collaborative partnerships that deliver superior service to, and care for, students in the spirit of Ut Prosim.

Unofficial Mission Statement: The DSA covers all the stuff you won’t see on a syllabus. Your college experience is not only about academics, and the DSA is responsible for integrating what you do in class with all the other aspects of life on campus.

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Once you get your PID, it’s never too early to discover your Strengths. Check out the StrengthsFinder assessment to learn more about your gifts and talents. Make note of your top five—we love strengths here at Virginia Tech, so you’ll be talking about them a lot!

We structure everything we do off of our Aspirations for Student Learning. Throughout your time at Virginia Tech, you’ll discover these five Aspirations and create your Keystone Experience. It’s our hope that, come graduation, you’ll leave with more knowledge of yourself and the world around you, thanks to the Aspirations and your Keystone Experience.