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Welcome to CNRE! Ready to get started?

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the College of Natural Resources and Environment!

As part of the orientation process, first-year and transfer students are required to attend a virtual meeting with their advisor to discuss their schedule, in addition to attending New Student Orientation. These are two separate events, so it is likely that your advising session will not be the same day as your orientation session with New Student and Family Programs. Make sure you register for your orientation session as soon as possible and keep checking your Virginia Tech email for important updates and announcements, including information about preparing for and scheduling your advising session.

Your CNRE advisor is looking forward to meeting with you and helping you make a smooth transition to Virginia Tech!

Plan your next steps using the University Advising Checklist

You’ve applied, been accepted, and are preparing to begin your transition to life at Virginia Tech! What should you be doing to ensure your first semester goes well? You can find out using the University Advising Checklist. It will guide you through everything from creating your username and password to completing your dining contract.

While some of the included items can take time, completion will help ensure that you are ready for the advising and registration process. Please review the University Advising Checklist below and complete the items prior to your advising session.

University Advising Checklist

  1. CREATE A NEW PID at accounts.it.vt.edu. (Allow 24 hours before completing the remainder of this checklist.)
  2. ENROLL in the 2-Factor Authentication with Duo at tech.it.vt.edu/2factor.
  3. DOWNLOAD the DUO Mobile App on your personal smartphone and enroll the device via tech.it.vt.edu/2factor.
  4. ACCESS, READ, and USE your Virginia Tech Google Apps email daily. Your Virginia Tech email is how the college and your advisor will communicate with you.
  5. ADD your Virginia Tech email to the personal smartphone that you will be bringing to orientation. See how here.
  6. SIGN UP for Orientation. Spaces do fill up, so the earlier you register the more dates you’ll have to choose from. Go to hokiespa.vt.edu:
    • Click “Hokie Spa”
    • Click “Information for New Students”
    • Click “New Student Orientation” and then “Sign Up for Orientation”
  7. COMPLETE the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you wish to apply for financial aid via finaid.vt.edu.
  8. COMPLETE and SUBMIT the immunization history form via healthcenter.vt.edu/new_student/required_immunizations.html.
  9. COMPLETE the housing/dining contract (required for first-year students) at housing.vt.edu/contracts/apply/first_year_students.html. Review living-learning program options.
  10. SEND your official transcripts (high school) to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions once you have final grades (Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 925 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061).
  11. SEND all AP, IB, CLEP, and Cambridge scores to Virginia Tech’s Office of the University Registrar. AP and CLEP results must be sent to Virginia Tech from the College Board (they will not process copies of scores). Send to Virginia Tech Registrar, Student Services Bldg., Suite 250, 800 Washington Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Use School Code #5859.
  12. SEND official transcripts for dual enrollment courses or courses taken at other universities to Virginia Tech’s Office of the University Registrar (Virginia Tech Registrar, Student Services Bldg, Suite 250, 800 Washington Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061).
  13. LOOK UP how courses may transfer to Virginia Tech:
  14. VERIFY receipt of AP, IB, CLEP, Cambridge, transfer credits on Hokie Spa at hokiespa.vt.edu:
    • Click “Hokie Spa”
    • Click “Grades Menu”
    • Click “Transfer and Other Additional Credits”

Your CNRE advising experience

As a CNRE student, there are a few important things you need to know about how to get the most out of your advising experience. Check out the information below for suggestions on what you should be doing before, during, and after your advising session.

  • Virginia Tech uses the Canvas learning management system for most classes and academic programs, and we will be using Canvas to share and gather information from you. 

  • On December 6, first-year and transfer students will receive an invitation to the Advising Center’s Orientation Canvas site, as well as an invitation to schedule an advising session. These communications will be sent to your Virginia Tech email, so make sure you check your email regularly.

  • The Advising Center’s Orientation Canvas site will contain important information about the advising process in CNRE and what to expect at your advising session. You’ll also find a scheduling worksheet that must be completed prior to meeting with your advisor. 

  • Your advisor will begin to build a schedule based on your major and the information submitted on your scheduling worksheet. When you attend your virtual advising session, your advisor will discuss course recommendations with you and answer any questions you may have about registration and degree requirements.

  • As part of the orientation process, you will attend a virtual advising session with your academic advisor. This meeting is a separate event from your orientation session with New Student and Family Programs.

  • Please note that there will be a hold on your account until your advising session. Once you have met with your advisor, however, you will be able to make changes to your schedule using Hokie SPA.

  • Make sure you have all these items available when you meet with your academic advisor:

    • A charged cell phone for Virginia Tech two-factor authentication

    • Your Virginia Tech username and password.

    • A list of all sources of anticipated credits (AP, IB, dual enrollment, etc.).

    • Copies of credit information (transcripts, AP/IB scores, etc.).

After your virtual advising session, you will be able to make changes to your schedule. However, it is highly recommended that you do NOT make changes to first-year classes such as ENGL 1105, ENGL 1106, COMM 1015, CHEM 1035/1045, BIOL 1105/1115, MATH 1025, or MATH 1225. These classes are in high demand and if you drop one of them, even accidentally, you may not get back in and will then risk falling behind in your program of study. If you have questions and feel a change to your schedule is needed, please contact your advisor.

After online orientation and by 5 p.m. on January 21, you need to complete the New Student Launch modules. You’ll receive the instructions for this last action item in the final email you receive from your CNRE advisor before the start of the semester.

Before you come to campus for move-in, make sure you review all information about where to go and where to check in, as well as how to access campus maps.

Finally, start making plans for how you’ll get involved in your college and/or major outside the classroom. You can learn more about CNRE clubs and organizations and connect with groups that interest you.

Sign up for your orientation session

In addition to attending an advising session, attending orientation is important for your success at Virginia Tech and in CNRE. Therefore, we require students to attend both events. Orientation sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so register as soon as you can. More information about all things orientation is available through the Office of Student Affairs.