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Advising at Virginia Tech is a collaborative process between student and advisor leading to the exchange of information that encourages the individual student to make responsible academic and career decisions.

Virginia Tech Student Advising Handbook 2020-2021

As a math major, your academic advisor is a faculty member who can discuss details of course and career advice throughout your undergraduate career.

Spring 2021 Course Withdrawal Procedure

The Course Withdrawal (W grade) request deadline for the Spring 2021 semester is Wednesday, May 5, 2021. A final grade of "W" is denoted on a student's transcript for each course in which a Course Withdrawal is applied. Students are permitted to withdraw from up to three courses during their academic career at Virginia Tech. Discuss the decision with your academic advisor.

 To submit a Course Withdrawal request:

  1. DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE the College of Science Course Withdrawal Form
  2. DISCUSS the decision with your academic advisor and request their signature on your completed form
  3. UPLOAD the completed and signed form to Sadie Powell's Document Portal

Spring 2021 Quicklinks

Change of Major/Minor

Students can change their math degree option during any of VT's three common change of major periods. The next change of major period for non-restricted majors is May 5, 2021 - June 2, 2021.

Students can change their major to mathematics during any of VT's three common change of major periods. The next change of major period for non-restricted majors is May 5, 2021 - June 2, 2021.

Students can add math as a second major during any of VT's three common change of major periods. The next change of major period for non-restricted majors is May 5, 2021 - June 2, 2021.

Students can add or drop a math minor anytime. No appointment is necessary.

  1. Download the College of Science Change of Major Form and fill in the topmost box with your student information.
  2. In the bottom-left portion, mark the box for minor next to "Add" or "Drop" (whichever you are doing) and type MATH on the line provided.
  3. Sign the bottom of the form (digital, typed signature is fine).
  4. Upload the form.

Student Forms

Visit the College of Science Forms page to download the following forms:

  • Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere
  • Change of Major/Minor
  • Experiential Learning (Undergraduate Research/Independent Study)
  • Course Withdrawal
  • and more...

Students submitting an Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere form should discuss their course choices with their academic advisor, then email Jessica Hurdus for instructions to complete and submit the form.

Instructions for completing a course withdrawal form can be found in the FAQ Highlights section above.

All other form submissions and questions should be directed to Sadie Powell.

Are you a junior or senior in the traditional degree option? To submit your Math-Related Course Plan:

  • Download and complete the fillable Math-Related Course Plan Form. Do not complete within a browser.
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trad-math-related.pdf
  1. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your course plans and review the form.
  2. Once course plans are agreed upon by you and your advisor, both sign and date the form (digital, typed signature is fine).
  3. Upload the signed form HERE. Must access through your VT Google account.
  4. The department will email you about final plan approval and documentation in DARS. Allow at least two weeks.

Are you a junior or senior in the Applied Computational Mathematics (ACM) degree option? To submit your Applications Area Course Plan:

  • Download and complete the fillable Applications Area Course Plan Form. Do not complete within a browser.
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acm-applications-area.pdf
  1. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your course plans and review the form.
  2. Once course plans are agreed upon by you and your advisor, both sign and date the form (digital, typed signature is fine).
  3. Upload the signed form HERE. Must access through your VT Google account.
  4. The department will email you about final plan approval and documentation in DARS. Allow at least two weeks.

VT Campus Jobs and Scholarships

The Mathematics Department and other offices around campus employ both undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of positions that require a math background.

It's scholarship application time!

Department, College, and University Scholarships

The Math Department Scholarship Committee recommends students for certain scholarships. Some, but not all, of these scholarships are need-based.

In considering your eligibility for a scholarship, the Scholarship Committee can use only the information you allow it to use. You will not be penalized for denying access to information, but details of your academic and extracurricular activities are the evidence required to show eligibility for many scholarships and may increase your competitiveness for scholarships.

Use this form by March 31st to choose the information you wish the Math Department Scholarship Committee to consider. 

Requirements for Scholarships Eligibility:

  • Submit the General Scholarship Application + College of Science Scholarship Application using Scholarship Central 
  • For need-based scholarships, submit a FAFSA

Experiential Learning Scholarship Database

 The Academy for Experiential Learning has consolidated a database of scholarships, awards, and other funding for study abroad, research, and internships. This resource will be updated periodically and serves as a single source for undergraduates to find funding to support their experiential learning endeavors.

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

Almost all math department advisors use email to schedule appointments, with a few exceptions noted below. Appointments should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

Note: The links above are for fall/spring semester appointments. Use email during summer and winter sessions.

Click here to schedule an Explore Mathematics Navigate appointment during the fall or spring semester. If you have questions during summer or winter, email mathadvising@math.vt.edu.

timeline showing advisor responsibility decreasing and student responsibility increasing over time

The student shares the responsibility for developing an advising partnership with the advisor. Over time, the partnership results in increased responsibility for the student. This is achieved through the student:

  • Communicating goals and concerns to the advisor in a respectful and sincere manner
  • Keeping abreast of their own academic progress and requirements related to their academic program
  • Making, keeping, and being prepared for appointments with the advisor
  • Informing the advisor of changes in plans and/or circumstances that might impact academic performance
  • Knowing departmental procedures for changing advisors
  • Bringing concerns regarding quality of advising to the attention of the advising unit

The advisor shares the responsibility for developing an advising partnership with undergraduate students. This is achieved through the advisor:

  • Communicating with students and delivering individualized and accurate information in a professional and sincere manner
  • Being informed of, and providing accurate information about current academic policies and procedures
  • Keeping appointments and being available for assistance
  • Providing appropriate referrals, contacts, and information
  • Conducting appropriate follow-up with students
  • Seeking out and taking advantage of opportunities for professional development
Important Dates
Apr 21 Deadline: Request to Change Final Exam Time form
Apr 23 Fall 2021 drop/add opens @ 8pm
Apr 26 Spring Break Day
May 5 Deadline: Course withdrawal request (W grade); Last day of Spring 2021 classes
May 6 Reading Day
May 7-12 Spring 2021 Final Exams