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Explore. Discover. Decide.

What do you want to do with your life? At VIA, we love that question. That’s because we’re a community of explorers committed to finding our passion in school and designing our path afterward.

In the VIA Living-Learning Community, we offer students from any major (or no major at all!) the space, structure, and skills to discover what really sparks passion for you. In VIA you’ll get all the space, support, and structure you need to identify or declare a major, define your career ambitions, and make a solid plan to achieve your goals.

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Who VIA is for?

VIA is open any student who’s deciding on a major. That includes University Studies students, undecided majors within each college, or declared majors who want to explore their options.

As a resident of VIA, you’ll:

  • Meet regularly with an academic advisor, a career counselor, and peer mentors who can talk to you about potential majors, classes, life plans, and more.
  • Participate in weekly workshops, activities, and events that will help you learn more about majors and careers and figure out the right fit for you.
  • Build a community of VIA friends through social activities like movie nights, game nights, holiday parties, service-learning, sports, hikes, crafts, outings to VT football games, an end-of-the-year banquet, and so much pizza.
  • Gain special access to campus resources that help you succeed in college.
  • Write a professional resume, make a Handshake profile, and learn how to network.
  • Develop leadership skills as you help plan events for VIA residents as part of our student leadership council.
  • Live in Pritchard Hall, in the heart of Virginia Tech’s campus, just a short walk from our award-winning D2 dining hall, two gyms, an outdoor fitness park, Cassell Coliseum, and Lane Stadium.

What’s required?

All first-year residents of VIA take the course UNIV 1824—Pathways to Success: Exploring Your Future during the fall semester. It’s taught by your VIA advisor and undergraduate peer mentors.

We designed the Pathways to Success course to help you transition smoothly to college. In UNIV 1824, you’ll

  • Learn skills for succeeding in college.
  • Explore majors at Virginia Tech and the careers they lead to.
  • Develop your research and communication skills.
  • Practice problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Discover campus resources for students—the kind other students don’t find out about till senior year.

For more information or to ask a question, please contact Program Director Jason Johnson at