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If you have made your decision to attend Virginia Tech and join us in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, one of your next steps will be to attend orientation. During orientation, you and your parents will learn everything you need to know to have a successful first semester. You’ll also meet with an advisor and register for classes.

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Sign up for your orientation session

You’ll be able to sign up for an orientation session in March based on your major. First-year orientation sessions take place in July and are two days; transfer orientation sessions take place in June and are one day. More information about all things orientation is available through New Student Programs.

Please note that orientation is extremely important for your success at Virginia Tech and in CNRE, and it is where you register for classes. Therefore, we do require all new students to attend. Please contact New Student Programs at orientation@vt.edu or 540-231-3284 if you cannot attend one of the available sessions.

Your CNRE orientation experience

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

Prior to your orientation session, you will receive a series of emails from the Advising Center that will help you get ready for your visit to campus and for course registration. They will guide you through a series of action items such as setting up your Virginia Tech computing accounts. Please check your Virginia Tech email frequently throughout the summer, and especially before orientation.

To help ensure that course registration goes smoothly, students will be preregistered for courses based on their declared majors prior to orientation. Schedules will then be adjusted as information regarding AP, IB, transfer, or dual enrollment courses is received. Please note that students are unable to see or make changes to their schedules until course registration takes place at orientation.

We recommend that you bring a copy of your AP and/or IB test scores to orientation, as well as copies of transcripts for any college classes you have taken, if applicable, even if you have already sent these items to Virginia Tech.

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

  • Learn about academic policies and procedures
  • Meet with an academic advisor
  • Work on creating your course schedule

While students are registering for their classes, the College of Natural Resources and Environment will host a concurrent session for families and guests.

Students will receive additional details about orientation and registration through New Student Programs.

Once you leave orientation, 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 CHEM 1035/1045, BIOL 1105/1115, or MATH 1025/1225. 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 after you leave orientation and feel a change to your schedule is needed, please contact your advisor.

The College of Natural Resources and Environment will host a welcome session for all new students on the Sunday before classes start in August. This session is required and will provide you with some additional academic information that you did not receive at orientation. You will receive more information about this session by email before the start of the fall semester.