Find people who share your passions
There are many ways to get involved in the college, and you’ll have plenty of chances to meet people who share your academic interests and want to experience the same kind of adventures that you do. Start by connecting with other students and then look for opportunities beyond the classroom. Consider studying abroad or getting involved in a research project, or really put yourself out there by applying for the Leadership Institute.
Get support when you need it
When you’re a student at Virginia Tech, you’ll find that you have many different families and individuals to turn to when you need support. If you run into some challenges, first reach out to your CNRE academic advisor. He or she can help with any academic issues or help you get connected with other campus services.
Live with other STEM majors in an LLC
Students majoring in a biological, life, quantitative, or physical science are eligible to live in the Orion living-learning community. Choose Orion and you’ll live in a small community with other students who share your academic interests. You’ll also enroll in a First Year Experience course with other Orion students and have the chance to take part in service learning, science outreach, and social and professional networking events.
Settle in to your new home: Blacksburg
You’ll start getting to know your new home at orientation. Then, when the fall semester starts, make it a point to experience the best of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, and the New River Valley. If you like the outdoors, you won’t be disappointed, but there are plenty of other activities to try and places to visit — we’d say about four years’ worth!