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General Engineering Orientation

Welcome, Incoming Hokie Engineers!

We're so glad you joined the Virginia Tech family. Orientation is designed to empower you with the tools and skills that will assist you in creating a schedule for your Fall 2021 semester. Just follow the steps in order, and be sure to contact us at 540-231-6555 with any Qs.

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Step 1: Read your General Engineering Emails.

Be sure to read our two welcoming emails, which include deadline info, resources and connect you to your advisor.


Welcome to the College of Engineering! I will be your official academic advisor during your time in the General Engineering (GE) program. I am here to help you understand academic policy and procedure, as well as connect you with the numerous resources Virginia Tech has to offer. Above all else, I want to see you succeed!

To aid in your transition to Engineering at Virginia Tech, please review the items below to get started:

Engineering Welcome Video

Engineering Timeline and Action Items

  • May 27 - Deadline to complete items on the Engineering Orientation Checklist

  • May 27 - Deadline to complete the Engineering Pre-Orientation Form
    If you receive the following message "You need permission" you will need to sign out of your non-VT gmail account and log into your VT gmail account at

  • May 27 - Deadline to complete both parts of the Spatial Visualization Exercise

  • June 7 - Receive details/instructions for how to work with me virtually regarding class registration and advising, which will occur at some point between June 14 - July 30

  • August 23 - Fall 2021 classes begin: Academic Calendar

Resources to Review

This is where your advisor included some information about themselves!

Communication Expectations

Your VT email is the primary way I will communicate with you and is the best way to contact me if you have any questions. I will be working remotely throughout the summer and will not be physically on campus or in my office. I am excited to begin working with you and know you are looking forward to getting a fall schedule sorted out, but I ask that you remain patient about fall class scheduling until you receive further instructions on June 7.

I look forward to supporting you as you navigate life here at Virginia Tech! Go Hokies!

Welcome to Virginia Tech!


Hello and welcome again to General Engineering (GE) in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech! As a reminder, I am your assigned academic advisor and primary point of contact for your advising and registration questions. Also if you have not already done so please complete all items on the Engineering Orientation Checklist.

Virginia Tech will evaluate Math and Chemistry eligibility through placement tests. Math and Chemistry are two critical and fundamental courses for all first-year Engineering students, which is why it is important to share that the availability of the placement tests has been delayed. Unfortunately, it has not yet been communicated when these assessments will be available.

I am sure you are eager to get started as am I! So, in the meantime, until more information about the Math and Chemistry placement tests is available, I would like you to complete a few tasks right now to prepare. Virtual Advising and Class Registration will begin once I share with you more information no later than 5 PM (Eastern Time) on Monday, June 14. 

In summary: 

  1. Since the MATH and CHEM placements are not yet available; I will email you when these placement tests are available. 
  2. Check your VT email daily to stay informed. I will email you an update no later than 5 PM (Eastern Time) on Monday, June 14.
  3. Don’t worry; the GE advising team will adjust our Engineering Virtual Advising and Course Registration availability as necessary to allow you to have plenty of time to complete the placements and sign up for courses accordingly this summer! 
  4. To prepare for the course registration process, read this General Engineering Guide. It is essential you read this thoroughly! The General Engineering Guide contains detailed information about our General Engineering program, so think of it as a user’s manual to being a first-year engineering student at Virginia Tech.
  5. Gather together all AP, IB, CLEP, Cambridge and dual enrollment scores and transcripts (unofficial with pending grades is appropriate for now).

I am excited to work with you and I really appreciate your flexibility through this process! If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Go Hokies!

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Hello Hokie! It’s your General Engineering advisor again! This is the email you have been waiting for, so please read this message carefully as it contains specific instructions on how to begin developing your Fall 2021 class schedule.

Engineering’s virtual advising and course registration process requires you to provide information regarding earned transfer credits and the goals you want to achieve. I will take the information you provide and give you individualized feedback so you can construct your Fall 2021 schedule. Take a moment and watch this video right now to understand the process and the steps you need to complete. 

Once you receive my feedback on your proposed fall schedule, you will adjust your schedule using the registration system on Hokie Spa. You’ll notice that you have been pre-enrolled in some of the typical first-year engineering courses. Please do not drop any of these courses until you receive my feedback which will be created just for you.

The typical fall semester schedule (page 9 of the guide) includes MATH 1225: Calculus of a Single Variable and CHEM 1035: General Chemistry. The Math and Chemistry placement assessments for enrollment are not yet available; however, the feedback I provide will include specific actions that you will take for class registration once the assessments are available and/or your applicable pending transfer credits are officially processed on Hokie Spa > Grades Menu > Transfer and Other Additional Credit. 

I am aware that AP, IB, CLEP and Cambridge scores will not be available until late July. However, class registration is open on HokieSpa now through August 27, so I want to assure you that this still allows you plenty of time to make the proper adjustments to your Fall 2021 schedule once your expected transfer credits are processed and showing on HokieSpa. 

So here is what you need to do right now in this order:

  • Download the General Engineering Guide and read it thoroughly.
  • Watch this video to understand the Advising and Course Registration process.
  • Complete steps 1 and 2 on this website. Step 2 will require this link: (see the actual email you received for this specific link)
  • Complete steps 3 through 6 on this website. (This will include an opportunity to see me via Zoom in a group setting).
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Step 2: Sign up for a date to submit your proposed Fall 2021 schedule.

To allow your advisor enough time to review and provide individualized feedback about your proposed Fall 2021 schedule (more about this in step 3), we need you to select a submission deadline for yourself. 

Check your advisor email for your unique submission link.

Yes, you can; however, your advisor won't start reviewing your submitted proposed schedule until the date you selected.

You will receive your individualized feedback by the Friday of the week you select. For example, if you select June 14 to be your deadline and you submit by that day, you can expect individualized feedback no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, June 18.

If you submit late, your advisor will need more time to get you feedback, so it might be the next Friday. For example, if you select June 14 to be your deadline, but you don't submit until June 15, you can expect your feedback by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 25.

Step 3: Submit your proposed fall 2021 schedule. You'll need to be signed into your VT Google account.

Step 4: Review the feedback from your advisor.

Make sure you submit your proposed fall 2021 schedule by the date you selected in step 2! As long as you submit by that date, you'll receive an advisor email no later that 5 p.m. on Friday of the same week. It'll be a view-only Google document with individualized feedback on what you proposed.

In addition to the feedback email from your advisor, you'll get one from Navigate titled "[your name], Here are my Advising Office Hours!" inviting you to attend ANY office hour. While optional, it's a great opportunity to meet your advisor, say hi or ask any general questions.

For specific questions about your feedback or your schedule, please email your advisor (located in your welcome email).

Step 5: Make any changes your advisor recommended. Watch these videos to learn more!

Timetable of Classes

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This video is a brief description of what the timetable of classes is; how to access it; and how to browse through the choices available in certain semesters. It also describes how to search for Pathways for General Education.

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This video will help you understand the results of your course search in the timetable of classes; what a CRN is (Course Registration Number); how to find descriptions of classes; and how to find any course restrictions that may prevent you from registering for a course.

How to Register for Classes

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This video describes how you can access the course registration system in HokieSpa; how to complete the “Prepare for Registration” before you begin registering for courses; how to enter CRNs if you used the timetable of classes to search for courses; and a brief description of the “Register for classes” system interface.

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This video describes the different ways you can add courses in the course registration system in HokieSpa, some potential errors you may receive and how to troubleshoot those situations.

Step 6: Attend a virtual Q&A/info session. These are optional, but we highly encourage you to attend.

All sessions are now available as recordings! Got questions not answered by the videos? Email us at

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College of Engineering Overview Sessions

Tues, June 22: 3-4 PM | Recording

Tues, June 29: noon to 1 p.m. | Recording

Tues, July 6: 6-7 p.m. | Recording

Tues, July 13: noon to 1 p.m. | Recording

Tues, July 20: 6- 7 p.m. | Recording

Tues, July 27: 3-4 p.m. | Recording

College of Engineering Q&A Sessions

Computer Requirement
Wed, June 23: noon to 1 p.m. | Recording

Hokie Shops
Wed, June 30: 3-4 p.m. | Recording

Peer Mentoring (CEED) 
Wed, July 7: noon to 1 p.m. | Recording

Study Abroad
Wed, July 14: 3-4 p.m. | Recording

Career Support
Wed, July 21: noon to 1 p.m. | Recording

Your academic advisor is here to support you throughout your journey!

Learn more about your advisor and how they can assist you at Virginia Tech. And of course, feel free to reach out your advisor at their email address.

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