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Welcome to CNRE! Ready to get started?

If you have made the 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. Orientation for new students and families will be online this summer in response to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19. However, every new student in CNRE will have a virtual advising appointment to discuss their fall schedule. Make sure you register for orientation as soon as possible and keep checking your Virginia Tech email for important updates and announcements.

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

Sign up for your orientation session

Summer 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.

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 the CNRE Advising Center at or 540-231-5482 if you cannot attend one of the available sessions.

Plan your next steps using the New Student Checklist

You’ve applied, been accepted, and are preparing to move to your new home at Virginia Tech. What should you be doing and when should you do it to ensure your first semester goes well? You can find out using the to-do list for new Hokies. It will guide you through everything from creating your username and password to completing your dining contract.

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.

Before you participate in online orientation and your virtual advising session, you will need to take care of some basic tasks for all Hokies. If you haven’t done so already, visit the New Student Checklist and make sure you have completed the following action items (see links in the checklist unless noted below):

  1. Register for orientation — It’s required for all new students. If you have a conflict, email
  2. Send all transcripts to Virginia Tech Admissions — This includes dual enrollment or college transcripts, which must be sent directly from the institution(s).
  3. Send all test scores directly to the Virginia Tech Registrar: Advanced Placement (AP) scores, International Baccalaureate (IB) scores, and/or CLEP credits.
  4. Review computer requirements.
  5. Create your Virginia Tech username and password.
  6. Enroll in two-factor authentication.
  7. Submit your immunization forms.
  8. Review the Virginia Tech FERPA disclosure.

Before you can meet with your advisor and register for classes, you will need to complete a series of six online advising units that include information about topics such as degree requirements, previously earned credits, preparing for registration, and academic advising at Virginia Tech and within CNRE.

Your advisor will send you an email with information about when these units are available and how you can access them, so make sure you check your Virginia Tech email on a regular basis.

You do not need to do anything in relation to registering for classes until you meet with your advisor. At that time, your advisor will discuss fall course recommendations with you and answer any questions you may have about registration and degree requirements.

As you prepare for your virtual advising appointment, listed below are the three kinds of courses that you will take to earn a Virginia Tech degree and some helpful links:

  • Pathways classes, known as general education requirements (about 45 credits).
  • Major classes, which are required courses specific to your area of study (50-70 credits). To see the required courses for your major, access the graduation checksheet.
  • Free electives, which are additional courses taken to achieve the total number of credits required to graduate, and an opportunity for you to pursue personal interests.
  • All credits must add up to 120, the total needed to graduate from Virginia Tech.

As part of the orientation process, you will attend a virtual advising meeting with your academic advisor. Depending on advising availability, this meeting may take place before or after you attend online orientation.

Please note that there will be a hold on your account until your advising appointment. Once you have met with your advisor, however, you will be able to make changes to your schedule using Hokie SPA, as long as you have completed the tasks outlined in Advising Unit #3: Preparing for advising and registration.

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. You’ll also need 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 appointment, 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 and feel a change to your schedule is needed, please contact your advisor.

After online orientation and by 5 p.m. on September 5, 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 fall 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 any groups that interest you.