Welcome new College of Science Students!

We are so very excited  you will be joining us here in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. Information and resources to help get you oriented to school and our community are listed on this page.

Once you accept the offer of admission and Virginia Tech has received your matriculation fee, follow the instructions the University provides.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us should you need anything. For information about orientation, see below

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Please e-mail cosadvising-g@vt.edu


Orientation

This is a two day event that will allow you to become acquainted with the orientation leaders, departmental advisors, and current students on campus.  During this time you will receive a lot of information about campus life, registering for classes, and just getting to know other new students.  

Sign up for Orientation

  • While orientation is listed for three weeks in July, not all departments will participate every day.  Open sessions will be listed when you register for summer orientation.  
  • If you do not see your major listed on a particular day, this means that either the department is not advising during this session or the session is filled to capacity. 
  • If you need to change your orientation date, you will need to log back into the system and register for a new session.
  • If the session you are searching for is full, you will need to continue to check the web site for openings.  As students begin to rearrange their sessions, they may become available.
  • PLEASE NOTE! Due to safety of everyone we cannot override a full session. 

Health Information

Students who fail to comply will have their registration blocked and will be unable to register for classes.

Transfer Credit While in High School

Many students enter Virginia Tech with college credits from either, Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), German Abitur, University of Cambridge International Examinations, or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.  It is imperative that Virginia Tech receives information about your participation in these programs prior to orientation.  Students who fail to inform Virginia Tech concerning these credits may be placed incorrectly in classes.

To receive credit through Dual Enrollment (DE), Advanced Placement (AP) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, Virginia Tech must receive official notification from the college or examination service.  College transcripts should be mailed to:  

Office of the University Registrar
Virginia Tech
250 Student Services Building
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Examination scores for Advanced Placement. International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program, and Cambridge Program must be sent directly from the testing agency.  Students must designate Virginia Tech as a recipient of exam scores, CEEB Code: 005859.  

 

To receive credit through Dual Enrollment (DE), Virginia Tech must receive official notification from the college, not the high school attended.  Please contact the College and have an official transcript mailed to the following address:    

Office of the University Registrar
Virginia Tech
250 Student Services Building
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

It is the student's responsibility to contact the college issuing the credit to have official transcripts sent to Virginia Tech.  

Please do not depend on guidance counselors to forward this information.  Status can be checked via Hokie Spa.

 

Examination scores for Advanced Placement must be sent directly from the testing agency.  Students must designate Virginia Tech as a recipient of exam scores, School Code: 005859.  

A maximum of 38 hours may be awarded. It is the student's responsibility to deny any credits over the limit. Failure to do so could cause registration or graduation problems. 

Virginia Tech typically receives the May exam scores in mid July.  Thereafter, scores are received weekly through August, then every 3-4 weeks.  Scores can typically be seen on Hokie SPA within three business days of Virginia Tech receiving the scores.  If scores were not directed to the Office of the University Registrar at Virginia Tech (school code 5859), you may contact the College Board at (888) 308-0013 or https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores/score-reporting//

Students can review credit awards for specific exams by viewing the AP tables listed on the Registrar's page.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is a national program that offers students credit by computer-based examination. This allows students to have the opportunity to obtain recognition for achievement in specific college courses. Students should request their official CLEP exam results directly from the College Board at: www.collegeboard.com.
 Virginia Tech’s CLEP school code is 5859. CLEP credit can be viewed on Hokie SPA under the grades menu. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be awarded.

Students can review credit awards for specific exams by viewing the CLEP tables listed on the Registrar's page.

University of Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge International exams, commonly known as A levels or AS levels, are administered by the University of Cambridge. Virginia Tech recognizes and gives credit for University of Cambridge International Exams based upon the receipt of an official certifying transcript. Students must request an official transcript directly from Cambridge International Examinations or other designated testing agency (Edexcel, etc.) and have this sent to the Office of the University Registrar. Credit will not be considered based on a high school transcript.  Credit can be viewed on Hokie SPA under the grades menu.  A maximum of 38 credit hours may be awarded.

Students can review credit awards for specific exams by viewing the AP tables listed on the Registrar's page.

German Abitur

Virginia Tech recognizes the German Abitur. Holders of the Abitur must have completed the 13th year and received Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Certificate of University Entrance). The University Registrar requires official translated transcripts. Subject electives are awarded for the Abitur. For consideration of specific Virginia Tech courses the student must provide syllabi (Note: no credit is awarded First-Year Writing). A maximum of 30 semester hours can be awarded.

Virginia Tech typically receives IB scores in mid to late July provided we are listed as a receiving college. Students can request transcripts at the below link: 

http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/assessment-and-exams/requesting-transcripts/

Please send transcripts to the following address:

Office of the University Registrar
Virginia Tech
250 Student Services Building
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

IB Diploma

  • A maximum of 38 hours may be awarded.
  • Credit is awarded for Higher Level (HL) courses based on minimum scores shown in the HL Credit Table.
  • Credit is awarded for only one Subsidiary Level (SL) course based on a minimum score of 6.  
  • Additional Credits can be received for 
    • Theory of Knowledge with a grade of "C" or higher 
    • Extended Essay with a grade of C or higher. 

IB Certificate

  •  A maximum of 30 hours may be awarded.
  • Credit is awarded for Higher Level (HL) courses based on minimum scores shown in the HL Credit Table.
  • No credit is awarded for Subsidiary Level (SL) courses. 
  • No Credits can be received for 
    • Theory of Knowledge 
    • Extended Essay

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