Explore. Discover. Decide.
What do you want to do with your life? At VIA, we love that question. That’s because we’re a dynamic community of students from every major who want to support one another and build life-long friendships while exploring all that Virginia Tech has to offer.
Through fun field trips, social and wellness activities, hands-on workshops, a personal success team, and more, VIA will help you create your own unique path as a Hokie.
Who VIA is for?
VIA is open to any student who wants to explore everything Virginia Tech has to offer!
What to expect
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 regular field trips, workshops, activities, and events that will help you learn more about majors and careers, and figure out the right path 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 (new location of Newman Hall starting Fall 2024), 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.
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, and it counts for Pathways to General Education credit that you'll need to graduate.
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.
- Discover campus resources for students—the kind other students don't find out about till senior year.
- Explore majors at Virginia Tech and the careers they lead to.
- Develop your research and communication skills.
- Practice problem-solving and decision-making.