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University Studies & Scholarship Support

Open 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily, 220 Gilbert Street Blacksburg, Virginia.

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University Studies & Scholarship Support is an inclusive educational environment that empowers students to explore possibilities, confidently make decisions, and prepare for the future. Learn about our vision and our history.

Meet your advisor or mentor

Our academic advisors and mentors provide advising and mentoring services to all of our students. We can answer your questions about Virginia Tech and can direct you to resources on-campus towards success. Our advisors and mentors offer consistent availability for students. Meet with your advisor or mentor online or in-person by scheduling an appointment in Navigate.

Frequently Asked Questions

University Studies academic advisors and HUB Scholarship Mentors schedule all appointments through the Navigate system. To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor or mentor, follow these instructions.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Schedule an Appointment (in blue in upper right corner)
  3. Select Advising, then the Service, such as University Studies Advising or HUB Scholarship Mentoring and then choose the advisor. Students will have the ability to choose a modality for their meeting including virtual or face-to-face.
  4. During Orientation, students can choose any available advisor.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email (including a Zoom link) upon signing-up for an appointment. All students will receive reminder emails closer to the date of the appointment. 

"Force-Add" is the procedure that allows students to enroll in classes that are already filled to their intended capacity or that have restrictions which the students do not meet.

View Force-Add procedures for the upcoming semester

A class can be force-added in two instances:

  1. When the class is at full capacity and the professor agrees to let you enroll.
  2. When the course has restrictions that you do not meet but the professor agrees to let you enroll. Force-add procedures are handled differently in each college/department.

For each course you hope to add to your schedule, please consult with an advisor from your declared major and the academic department offering the class you hope to force-add to your schedule. It may be necessary to receive approval from both your major and the other department to force-add the course or courses. Departments still using paper force-add forms may require multiple signatures to complete the process.

Change of Major occurs three times each year. Incoming students can only change their major after their first semester.

When a change of major time opens up, students can request a new primary major through Hokie SPA. Each college will run its own process to determine if it can accept the student and will then notify the student of the decision. This process applies to students who wish to change their primary major. Requests for adding secondary majors will still follow the current paper process.

There are two types of majors at Virginia Tech, restricted and non-restricted. Restricted majors have specific criteria students must meet to be eligible to declare. Please review the restricted majors website for a complete list of restricted majors and their criteria.

See more information on the Change of Major page.

See the information on our How do I Withdraw page.

See the information on our How do I Explore Majors page.

The DARS report shows all requirements completed and yet to be fulfilled in order for a student to complete a degree. This report is automatically generated when a student applies for a degree through Hokie SPA or when a student requests an audit for a different degree program through a "What-If" DARs report. University Studies students will need to run a "What-If" DARs report to see their future major information.

Students should request an updated DARS at least once a semester until graduation. DARs reports are instrumental towards choosing courses for the following semesters. Students who want to add a minor, concentration, or double major should do so with their academic dean's office first, and then update it on their application for a degree. It will then show up on DARS.

See the information on How Do I Run a DARS page.

See the information on our How Do I page.