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UNIV 1824: Pathways to Success

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 3-credit hour course which is designed to facilitate your academic success and provide a smooth transition to college. This course helps students navigate the university, understand university resources, and provides a structured way to explore possible majors and careers.

For students in University Studies, this class is taught by your academic advisor. We also offer one section of this class for students in the VIA Living-Learning Community and one section for students currently in a major who want to explore new options to transition between majors.

3 Things We Know in UNIV 1824:

  1. Coming to college is a transition – it’s ok if it’s not easy.
  2. Asking for help does not mean you are weak.
  3. Being undecided is normal!

What do students say about this course?

The following are quotes from University Studies students who took UNIV 1824.

"This was one of my favorite classes this semester because [the instructor] genuinely cares about the success of each of her students and created an environment that made learning fun. The information we learned helped me a lot in figuring out my major."

"The class was half interactive and half lecture. I feel like it was a good mix. [The instructor] taught a lesson and then had us do an activity involving that lesson. That really made them stick with me."

"I really enjoyed the course and felt that it really helped me find a major and adjust to college."

"[The instructor] was super nice and very approachable. She was always willing to help me and meet with me and always made sure I fully understood things when I asked questions. She made me feel comfortable and welcome. As a freshman it was really nice to have someone that had such good advice and wanted us to do well."