About University Studies

Mission Statement

University Studies is an inclusive educational environment that empowers students to explore possibilities, confidently make decisions, and prepare for the future.

Vision Statement

University Studies will empower students to collaborate with academic advisors and campus partners to take ownership of their education and engage in intentional exploration of majors, interests, and skills. 

History of University Studies

The University Academic Advising Center (UAAC) began operation in July 1989 under the supervision of the College of Arts and Sciences and advised General Arts and Sciences (GASC) students as well as entering freshmen in a new major University Studies.  The staff consisted of a Director, 3 full time advisors, and one admin and was located in Williams Hall.  In 1990, the UAAC became a separate entity, recognized as its own college and department, with the Director acting as the Dean for students in University Studies and GASC.  At that time, offices were relocated to Burruss Hall and 6 part time advisors were added.  In 1996 the UAAC moved to its current location in Femoyer Hall. 

In 2007, the University Academic Advising Center was the recipient of the University Exemplary Department Award, for excellence in developing and sustaining innovative and effective departmental approaches to advising at the undergraduate level.

In 2017, University Studies expanded to include a new major, Explore Technology, for students who identify an interest in technology based majors.  

First Year Experience in University Studies

As early as 2007, University Studies offered a first year experience course to students.  During these first years, the course was taught by US advisors but housed in courses owned by other departments.  The first course was Univ 1004, College Success Strategies, and credit for the course did not count toward graduation.  In 2010, the course was re-designed to comply with QEP and VT’s Pathways to Success initiative and was offered in a variety of delivery modes including traditional, online, and blended sections. In 2011, the course was offered under a new number and as a special study, Univ 2984.  After a lengthy review by the University Curriculum Committee, University Studies was ultimately awarded its own course first taught in Fall 2014, Univ 1824-Pathways to Success and it was offered for credit toward graduation. The course enrollment and the number of sections offered has increased to accommodate student interest and demand.

Who is my advisor?

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