Please use the resources below as a toolkit for success in your first-year of engineering at Virginia Tech.

How to use office hours

Keeping track of individual course grades

Computing your semester GPA and overall GPA

Improving your study skills

Tips for time management 

Virginia Tech offers multiple ways for students to receive academic support in terms of comprehension, study strategies, test performance, and time management through the Cook Counseling Center and the Student Success Center.

There are additional support services and accommodations offered through Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) for students who register with the SSD office.

Students may use the below tutoring resources for general chemistry (CHEM 1035, CHEM 1036) and organic chemistry courses (CHEM 2535, CHEM 2536).

Students may use the below tutoring resources for the foundations of engineering courses (ENGE 1215, ENGE 1216).

  • Department of Engineering Education
    • ENGE 1215 Office Hours
    • ENGE 1216 Office Hours
    • ENGE Lounge
      • Sundays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM in 212 Randolph Hall
      • Mondays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM in 212 Randolph Hall
      • Tuesdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM in 212 Randolph Hall
      • Wednesdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM in 212 Randolph Hall
    • MATLAB Lecture Series
      • Thursday, January 18, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM in 210 Randolph
      • Thursday, January 25, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM in 210 Randolph
      • Thursday, February 1, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM in 210 Randolph
      • Thursday, January 8, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM in 210 Randolph
    • MATLAB Workshop Series
      • Sundays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM in 210 Randolph Hall
      • Mondays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM in 210 Randolph Hall
      • Tuesdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM in 210 Randolph Hall
      • Wednesdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM in 210 Randolph Hall

Students may use the below tutoring resources for English courses (ENGL 1105, ENGL 1106).

Students may use the below tutoring resources for calculus of a single variable (MATH 1225, MATH 1226) and multivariable calculus (MATH 2204).

  • The Student Success Center
    • Drop-In Tutoring
      • MATH 1225:
      • MATH 1226:
      • MATH 2114:
        • Wednesdays, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM in 216 Hall Hancock
      • MATH 2204:
        • Tuesdays, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM in 216 Hancock Hall
      • MATH 2214:
        • Mondays, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM in 216 Hancock Hall
    • Individual Tutoring

Students may use the below tutoring resources for foundations of physics (PHYS 2305, PHYS 2306).

Course Days Times Location Sponsoring Organization
BIOL 1106 Tuesdays 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Slusher ARC Student Success Center
CHE 2114 Wednesdays 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Goodwin Hall Omega Chi Epsilon
On-line resources (LearnChemE) University of Colorado Boulder
CHEM 3615 On-line resources (LearnChemE) University of Colorado Boulder
CS 1XXX and 2XXX level courses Contact a UPE officer UPSILON PI EPSILON
ECE 1574 Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 209 Hancock Hall Student Success Center
ECE 1XXX and 2XXX level courses Wednesdays 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 130 A New Classroom Building Eta Kappa Nu
ECON 2005
ECON 2006
Mondays 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3028 Pamplin Hall Department of Economics
Tuesdays 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3028 Pamplin Hall
Wednesdays 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3028 Pamplin Hall
Thursdays 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3028 Pamplin Hall
ESM 2104 Mondays 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 216 Hancock Hall Student Success Center
ESM 2204 Mondays 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 134 McBryde Hall Student Success Center

Students can locate information regarding requirements and support for computing through the College of Engineering and Virginia Tech below.

Virginia Tech provides support for students' well-being and health through several offices. Students are encouraged to review the resources below.

Office Services Contact
Cook Counseling Center
  • Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Psychotherapy
  • Study Skills
240 McComas Hall (Main)
107 East Eggleston (Satellite)
Cranwell International Center
  • English Conversation Groups
  • Global Ambassador Program
  • International Street Fair
  • International Week
1015 Harper Hall
Dean of Students
  • Class absence verification
  • Personal/family emergencies
  • Student conduct advising
109 East Eggleston Hall
Schiffert Health Center
  • Class absence verification (medical)
  • Medical Clinic
  • Nutrition Services
  • Pharmacy
  • Women's Clinic
McComas Hall
Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Accomodations
  • Physical Access
  • Support Services
  • Temporary Injuries/Illnesses
310 Lavery Hall
Women's Center
  • Counseling and advocacy
  • Educational programming
  • Outreach
  • Violence against women awareness
  • Student engagement through volunteerism
206 Washington Street (off campus)
Office Services Contact
Bursar's Office
  • Student Accounts
  • Tuition and Fees
150 Student Services Building
Dining Services
  • Dining Centers
  • Dining Plans and Policies
  • Menus and Nutrition
151 New Hall West
Housing & Residence Life
  • Housing Contracts
  • Living Learning Communities
  • Residence Halls
144 New Hall West
University Scholarships & Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
  • Work Study
200 Student Services Building

Choosing a college major can be a daunting process, and there are a lot of options. An important part of a student's journey through college is determining which major best fits their interests, skills, values, and career goals.

The majority of college students will change their major at least once, and many will change it more than once as interests, skills, values, and career goals may change.

The Department of Engineering Education and Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development recommend students follow the 4 Phase Plan to finding majors and careers. Additional details for each phase can be located below:

Using the options below, students are encouraged to assess their individual goals, values, strengths, weaknesses, and interests to begin to develop "clues" as to which major(s) and/or career(s) could be a could fit for them.

  • Free Online Self Assessment Tool: Complete 10-minutes assessment Traitify (formerly Woofound)
  • Make an appointment with a Career Advisor in Career Services to complete a more in-depth assessment, such as MyPlan or Do What You Are

Using the below resources, students are encouraged to intentionally research and make a list of the top five majors they are interested in pursuing.

Once students have determined their top five majors, a vital next step is to review each major's website and look at course descriptions in the undergraduate catalog for majors of interest. 

After the initial information gathering, students are encouraged to follow the Major/Career Exploration Checklist, complete the tasks outlined to further evaluate their options, and make a final decision.

Important Reminder: Part of the evaluation phase is determining if you are eligible and/or competitive for your major of choice. Please review the restricted majors at Virginia Tech.

Students should also consider the resources below when evaluating their choice(s):

Once students have made their decision, it is important to take action to reach their goals.

  1. Network
    1. With Hokies
      1. LinkedIn (click Network, then Find Alumni)
    2. With Professionals
      1. LinkedIn
      2. CareerShift
  2. Attend Career Fairs
  3. Use Handshake
  4. Search Location-Specific Opportunities
    1. Alumni Chapter Contacts
    2. CareerShift 
    3. GoinGlobal
  5. Visit Job Listings
    1. Career Specific
    2. Internships
    3. LinkedIn Student Jobs Portal
  6. See where graduates currently work
    1. Post-Graduation Report
    2. Co-op/Internship Program

Take advantage of all the services that the Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development has to offer to TAKE ACTION, including walk-in advising, resume reviews, mock interviews, and more. Visit for more details. 

WADE is a series of interlocking workshops which address the obstacles faced by first-year Engineering students. The series addresses these obstacles by guiding students through hands-on academic development activities using specific examples from Engineering curriculum. Each workshop focuses on a different academic development topic and students will leave with specific take-away skills to use in their daily college life.

Below you can view each workshop, the skills students will leave with, and date and registration information for each one.

Workshop Skills Dates and Registration

Time Management

  • Develop a semester calendar incorporating important university and class deadlines
  • Develop a weekly calendar incorporating class meeting times, personal obligations, and appropriate study time

Tuesday, January 23:

Study Strategies

  • Use a specific strategy to support reading textbooks
  • Use specific strategies to support conceptualization
  • Perform routines to enhance understanding when working practice problems from Chemistry, Math, and Physics

Thursday, February 1:

Tutoring, Resources, and How to Use Them

  • Find academic resources for specific courses
  • Find university resources which support academic development and college success
  • Properly/effectively use tutoring resources and office hours

Tuesday, February 6:

Wednesday, February 7: