Pathways to Success

Pathways to Success: Exploring Your Future (UNIV 1824)

University Studies believes starting you on the right path during your first year is crucial to your academic and personal success at Virginia Tech.

Therefore, we’ve created the Pathways to Success course which is designed to facilitate your academic success and provide a smooth transition to college. The course is taught by your academic advisor and an undergraduate peer mentor.

"In my opinion, every incoming freshman, especially in university studies major, must take [this] class. This class helped me to decide my major as well as provided lots of assistance and guidance in transition from high school to college. Overall, this class helped me to prepare for my future college semester.” -Aditya B.

Pathways to Success is a first-year experience course for University Studies majors. It is designed to establish fundamental knowledge and skills that facilitate success not only during college, but also for the rest of your life, including

  • Academic/success skills
  • Major and career exploration
  • Research and Communication Skills
  • Familiarization with campus resources available to students
  • Various activities that incorporate problem solving, inquiry, and integration of knowledge.


Learn more about Pathways to Success (pdf).

This course is only taught fall semester and is open only to first-year University Studies students.  For more information about the course, please contact Dr. Herbert “Bruce” Bruce or talk to your University Studies academic advisor.

What do students say about the course?

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