Information will be available mid-May.

The Department of Engineering Education is excited to welcome you to Virginia Tech and the College of Engineering! This is an exciting time for you and your family. 

We believe new student orientation is a very important component of student’s successful transition to Virginia Tech and an integral piece of orientation is class registration. Before students can finalize their fall class schedule, they must attend a class registration session. In this session students will meet the advising team and learn what they can expect as an engineering student, as well as information to help them succeed.

Please review the below information for details regarding what needs to be done "Before Orientation", what you can expect "During Orientation" and what should be completed "After Orientation". A list of upcoming deadlines for all General Engineering (GE) students can also be located in the right side bar.

Orientation Session Cycle Transfer First-Year International
Student Population Transfer Students First-year students First-year and transfer international students
Program Length One Day Two Days Four Days
Dates June 19 – June 22 July 10 – August 2 August 21 – August 24
How to Register Hokie Spa Hokie Spa Hokie Spa

All General Engineering first-year students are pre-registered for first-year engineering courses prior to orientation and schedule adjustments are made as Virginia Tech receives AP, IB, and transfer credits. Students will not be able to see their schedule or make adjustments until the class registration part of orientation.

The below items are required of all first-year engineering students, regardless of their orientation date.

NOTE: Students are required to bring a copy of all test scores (AP & IB) and transcripts for any dual enrollment courses to their class registration session.

All new General Engineering transfer students are pre-registered for any necessary change of major course requirements prior to orientation and schedule adjustments are made as Virginia Tech receives AP, IB, and transfer credits. Students will be able to add courses specific to their intended major when they attend the class registration session. Students will not be able to see their schedule or make adjustments until the class registration part of orientation. The below items are required of transfer students, regardless of their orientation date:

  1. Review the Information Packet (located below)

NOTE: Students are required to bring a copy of all test scores (AP & IB) and all transcripts to their class registration session.

Transfer Orientation is a one day program held in June. Students planning to attend must register through Hokie Spa.

During the second half of the day transfer students will attend a session hosted by the College of Engineering that will provide an overview of the college. Afterwards, transfer students will attend a mandatory class registration session and work with an academic advisor to determine the appropriate courses for their intended discipline.

Students will receive additional details through New Student Programs.

First-Year Orientation is a two-day program held in July. Students planning to attend must register through  Hokie Spa.

General Engineering students, and any guests, will attend a mandatory session on Day One hosted by the College of Engineering, as well as a mandatory class registration session on Day Two

Students are randomly assigned an advising time on Day Two. The time and location will be printed on the nametag received during check-in on Day One. Students must come at their assigned time; accommodations cannot be made to the time or location printed on their nametag due to the large number of entering students.

While students are in the class registration session, the College of Engineering will host a concurrent session for families and guests.

Students will receive additional details through New Student Programs.

International students will have a four-day orientation August 21-24. International General Engineering students will a mandatory class registration session.

Students planning to attend the international student orientation must register through  Hokie Spa.

Students will receive additional details through the Cranwell International Center.

At orientation students receive will receive a wealth of information, and it is a lot to process. Therefore, after orientation, we recommend the following:

  1. Complete items on the Post-Orientation Checklist
  2. Complete the following programs through Virginia Tech's online prevention portal 
    1. AlcoholEdu (first-year students only)
    2. DiversityEdu (first-year students only)
    3. HAVEN-Understanding Sexual Assault Courses (first-year and transfer students)
  3. Review the materials you received at orientation
  4. Review the information packet (located below)
  5. Make schedule changes (if needed)*
  6. Ask questions
  7. Relax, enjoy the rest of summer

*It is highly recommended that students not make changes to the first-year engineering courses you have been placed in. There is a high campus-wide demand and limited seating in all of those courses, which is why students are pre-registered. If students drop a required course, the Department of Engineering Education cannot guarantee that the course can be added back to their schedule.

Please review the tabs below which provide additional resources for the topics covered at orientation.

The College of Engineering has a computer requirement, as well as other required (and recommended) classroom supplies. Students can view these requirements using the links below.

Students can locate additional information regarding how to register for courses using the links below.

Engineers, like other professionals, are expected to practice the highest ethical standards. Since honesty is fundamental to the many arenas in which engineers perform, it is incumbent upon us all to ensure that cheating is not tolerated within the College of Engineering.

Please read the Virginia Tech Honor Code and help us maintain the highest standards of excellence in our college.

Students can locate additional information regarding MATH 1225 readiness, MATH 1226 basic skills tests, and credit-by-exam opportunities using the links below.

Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities. Please review the links below that highlight some of the opportunities available to new students.

DEADLINES

JUN 4: Pre-Orientation Form
Required for GE First-Year Students Only

JUN 4: Prepare for Registration
Required for GE First-Year and Transfer Students

JUN 4: Spatial Visualization Exercise
Required for GE First-Year Students Only

AUG 27: New Student Welcome
8:00 a.m. Burruss Auditorium
Required for GE First-Year and Transfer Students