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Make an Impact.

The Impact Living-Learning Community is a community of people – from all majors and all years – who come together to explore using data analytics to solve some of life’s most challenging and important problems.

Impact will accelerate the education of the scientific, societal and business foundations of data analytics and its applications to societal problems and opportunities. Building on the University’s strong curricular foundations, this LLC will provide an environment where students can engage with faculty, students and external partners from across the university and around the world.

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Cochrane Hall

IMPACT is currently located in Cochrane Hall.

This community is for students of any major, academic college, or academic year who have an expressed interest in data analytics as a career pathway or interest. We welcome students who want to sharpen their data analytics skills, network with analytics faculty and professionals, work in multidisciplinary teams to solve problems using data, and learn leadership skills.

Living in Impact, you will be exposed to cutting-edge data analytics tools and techniques, and you will work with students who have similar interests across many different majors. As a first-year student, you will enroll in a one-credit required course designed to introduce foundational concepts and to build community. Fireside chats and other special events will provide regular interaction with leading data analytics professionals. You will also engage and collaborate with community partners, as well as faculty members from the Pamplin College of Business and the College of Science. You will emerge as an effective leader who can make an impact through data-informed decisions.

Students in Impact will pay a $50 per semester fee to live in the program.

If you are a new student coming to Virginia Tech, you can apply for Impact once you have accepted your offer of admission from Virginia Tech and paid the matriculation fee. If you are a current or returning student, you can apply in the StarRez Portal beginning in October. Learn more about the application process.

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