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Orientation

The College of Natural Resources and Environment is excited to welcome you to Virginia Tech! Orientation is an important part to your transition to Virginia Tech. During orientation, students will have the opportunity to learn about academic policies and procedures, meet with an academic advisor, and register for classes.
Register for Orientation

Your orientation session is based on your major. You will register for an orientation session through HokieSPA.

Sign-up for Orientation

Transfer student orientation is a one day event in June. Transfer students are defined as any student that has attempted more than 12 hours at any college or university since graduating high school.

First-year student orientation is a two day event in July. First-year students are defined as any student that has not attempted more than 12 hours at any college or university since graduating high school.

Prior to Orientation

Both transfer and first-year students must complete the Pre-Orientation Form that has been emailed to your Virginia Tech email prior to attending orientation. Students will be pre-registered for courses based on their declared major and schedules will be adjusted as information regarding AP, IB, Transfer, or Dual Enrollment is received. A hold is placed on a student’s account until they attend orientation. Students are unable to make adjustments to their schedule until they meet with an advisor at orientation.

Please bring a copy of all test scores (AP & IB) and transcripts for any college classes you have taken even if you have already sent them to Virginia Tech.

Transfer students: 2016 Transfer Pre-orientation Checklist (PDF | 77KB)

First-year students: New Student Pre-orientation Checklist (PDF | 76KB)

During Orientation

While at orientation, you and your guests will attend a mandatory academic session with the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Transfer students will have their academic session in the afternoon and first-year students will have their academic session the morning of day two. During this session, you will:

  • Learn about academic policies and procedures
  • Meet with an academic advisor
  • Finalize your schedule
After Orientation

Once students leave orientation they are still able to make changes to their schedule. However, it is highly recommended that students do not make changes to first year classes such as CHEM 1035/1045, BIOL 1105/1115, or MATH 1025/1225. These classes are in high demand and enrollment cannot be guaranteed if the course is dropped. If you have questions after you leave, please contact CNRE’s Advising Center.

The College of Natural Resources and Environment will host a mandatory new student welcome at 8:30am on Sunday, August 21st in Cheatham 317B/C. The new student welcome will provide additional academic information to students that was not given at orientation.

Unable to Attend Orientation?

Orientation is a key component to academic and personal success at Virginia Tech. Therefore, we require that all students attend orientation. Please plan to attend an orientation session designated for your major unless you have extenuating circumstances. The College of Natural Resources and Environment will host a make-up academic session for students on Thursday, August 18th starting at 1p.m. Students will not be able to finalize their fall course schedule until the make-up academic advising session.

Students will not use HokieSPA to register for this advising session, but should email cnrestudents@vt.edu to register.


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