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Math Department Orientation Advisors

Welcome to the Virginia Tech Mathematics Department!

We look forward to speaking with you this summer. This welcome letter was emailed on June 3, 2020 and a copy was also sent via USPS.

Virginia Tech's New Student Orientation Information

Math deparment orientation advising sessions will be held weekdays from June 30-July 21 (excluding July 3). To sign up for a session:

  1. Complete the university's pre-orientation modules through Pre-Orientation Module #2 (available June 15).
  2. Submit the Math Department 2020 Orientation Survey. This survey is only accessible through your VT Google account. (A link to this survey was also emailed to your VT email address on June 15.)
  3. Within two business days of submitting the survey, an email will be sent to your VT email address with instructions on how to sign up for a math department orientation advising session. That email will come from the Navigate advising platform.

Before your math department orientation advising session:

  1. Make sure you have completed the university's pre-orientation modules through Pre-Orientation Module #2 (available June 15). You will not be able to add courses to your fall schedule if this is not completed.
  2. Review this Registration Tutorial and complete the Preparing for Registration steps in HokieSpa. This tutorial will also help to introduce you to the drop/add process you fill follow during your orientation advising session.
  3. Explore the math department undergraduate website and learn about our four degree options.
  4. Explore the websites (and course requirements) of any other major or minor you might be interested in.
  5. Watch the two videos below. Have your FERPA self-passcode readily available during the advising session.
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  1. You must have completed through Pre-Orientation Module #2 in order to add courses to your fall schedule. 
  2. You will need to enter a Zoom password for the advising session. Your session's password will be emailed to your VT email on the Friday before your advising session.
  3. You must succesfully tell us your FERPA self-passcode in order to remain in the advising session.
  4. Log in to the Navigate advising platform and review the orientation advising report that has been started for you. Don't miss the two documents attached to the report!
  5. Review information in the PREPARE FOR YOUR ADVISING SESSION section above as needed.



We will place you into an appropriate math course before your orientation advising session based on the information that we have at the time. Be sure to submit any math transfer credit documentation that you may have to the Math Department 2020 Orientation Survey


SAT Score
ACT Score English Placement
≤ 660 ≤ 30 ENGL 1105
≥ 670 ≥ 31 ENGL 1106*

* Some students in this category may be placed into ENGL 1204H. All students placed into ENGL 1106 or ENGL 1204H qualify for ENGL 1105 Advanced Standing.

If credit for AP or IB exam scores has not be awarded by August 1, contact If AP exams were completed during a span of multiple years, you may need to contact the College Board and ask that your scores be merged and sent to Virginia Tech again (college code 5859).

Students must earn a C or better to receive transfer credit from courses taken at other colleges and universities. If you have submitted a transcript with a COVID-19 specific grading scheme that does not clearly indicate whether a grade of C or better was earned in a course, an explanation of the actual grade must be provided to the Registrar's office. This verification will be requested on the Hokie Spa transfer credit screen.

The table below shows the maximum number of credits allowed to transfer from various sources. Students who exceed the maximum in any category will need to submit a Credit Decline Form to This form should be discussed with an orientation advisor before it is submitted.

Transfer Credit Max # of Allowable VT Credits 
AP 38
IB Diploma 38
IB Certificate 30
Cambridge International 38
community college(s) 60
multiple sources 90
  • All math majors who are international students will have a secondary academic advisor, Dr. Tao Lin.
  • You will also have a Cranwell International Center advisor, who can help with questions about student visa requirements, travel, etc. Your Cranwell advisor should be listed in the Navigate advising platform by the beginning of the fall semester.
  • International students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits each fall and spring semester.


First-year students who are members of the Corps of Cadets will be required to have study hours every evening from 7-11pm. Course requirements outlined by membership are listed below.

Membership Course Credits
All New Cadets MGT 1945 2
Army ROTC MS 1005 2
Navy ROTC MN 1004 3
Air Force ROTC* AS 1115, AS 2944,
and AS 2934
Citizen-Leadership Track MGT 1935 2
Regimental Band
MUS 3314
CRN 88553

* Air Force ROTC cadets should be aware that they should not sign up for class at 9:30am Tues/Thurs if they sign up for AS 2934 on Tues/Thurs, or chlass at 9:05am Mon/Wed if they sign up for AS 2934 on Mon/Wed. Incoming 3 year Air Force ROTC cadets (most transfer students) will also need to sign up for AS 2115.

Air Force ROTC: Contact Capt. Lucas Adams (
Regimental Band: Senior Chief Jim Bean (
Leadership Studies Minor: Dr. Elaine Humphrew (
Transfer Cadets: Lieutenant Colonel Rewa Mariger (
Corps of Cadets: Lieutenant Colonel Rewa Mariger (


The Office of Veteran Services works with Virginia Tech’s Bursar’s Office, Registrar’s Office, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Services to receive and process all documentation related to veteran and military student educational benefits. They also collaborate with university and community partners to ensure that veterans and military dependents are connected to the financial, academic, and social resources necessary for a successful transition to and through their course of study at Virginia Tech.

Math majors can satisfy VT's foreign language requirement in one of three ways:

  1. Speak a native language is not English.
  2. Have taken at least two years of a single foreign or classical language in high school.
  3. Earn 6 semester hours of college-level foreign or classical language credit. These 6 credits are in addition to the 120 hours required for a math degree.
  • Free Time CRNs for Fall 2020 Schedule by Sport
  • Student athletes must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits) every semester to maintain NCAA eligibility for practice and competition. If a student athlete wishes to drop below 12 credit hours, permission must be obtained from the University Registrar and consultation with a Student Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS) counselor.
  • Freshman student athletes must pass 24 degree-applicable credit hours during their first academic year (ex: summer, fall, spring, summer)
  • All student athletes must complete a minimum of 6 degree-applicable credit hours every fall and every spring.
  • All student althletes must complete a minimum of 18 degree-applicable credit hours during the combination of fall and spring semesters each year.


Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides accommodations to students on a case-by-case basis depending on the type of disability they may have. SSD offers a host of accommodations, including classroom accommodations, accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing students, the SSD testing center, note takers, alternate text, and housing accommodations. Students who wish to receive accommodations must register with SSD.

  • The College Success Strategies course (UNIV 1004)  is a 3-credit (A-F) course. Course credit earned in UNIV 1004 cannot be applied toward graduation requirements. The credits earned will be used to determine full-time student status, for financial aid, and for other eligibility issues. The grade you earn will be computed in the semester in which you are enrolled in the class as well as your cumulative GPA.
  • The goal of the UNIV course is to empower students with the knowledge, skills and self-awareness necessary to achieve success in college and in life. This course is restricted to freshmen/transfer students or students having a GPA of 2.5 or less.
  • If you are a freshman and want to take UNIV 1004, register for CRN 90425.

Incoming students cannot apply to change their major until the end of the Fall 2020 semester (at the earliest, depending on major change requirements). If you've been accepted to VT as a math major but have already decided that you no longer want to be a math major, you'll still need to attend our math department orientation advising session to complete your fall course schedule. However, you should also meet with a transitional advisor. Information is available Click here for information about transitional advising.

We know that as family members and partners, you are both excited and anxious about your student's new venture at Virginia Tech. The College of Science welcomes you to join them in a Zoom conversation about how to best support your student in the years ahead. Sessions will take place every Friday at 11am and noon from Friday, July 3 through Friday, August 7. No signup is required.

The Zoom meeting link and ID for each session can be found on the calendar of the College of Science Summer Orientation 2020_Course Enrollment Portal Canvas site that your student has been enrolled in.