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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 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 Newman Hall. Located just steps from Owens Dining Center — enjoy a variety of dining options, including: Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A, and more. Take advantage of nearby pickleball courts, the newly renovated War Memorial Gym, and plenty of greenspace. With quick access to the Drillfield and academic buildings, and just a short stroll to downtown Blacksburg, Newman Hall is a convenient home for students who want to explore Virginia Tech!
Students working on a design exercise in VIA LLC

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, 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.

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