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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.

Fall 2020 Quicklinks

Spring 2021 Course Request

Spring 2021 course request is open from October 27 - November 10. Be sure to meet with your advisor to discuss your course request choices. Also, make sure you do not have a hold on your account that could prevent you from submitting your course requests. 

FAQ Highlights

The Course Withdrawal (“W” grade) request deadline for the Fall 2020 semester is Wednesday, December 9, 2020. A final grade of a "W" is denoted on a student's transcript for each course where a Course Withdrawal is applied. Students are permitted to withdraw from up to three courses during their academic career at Virginia Tech. 

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 HERE.

*Note: If you are having trouble obtaining your advisor's signature, upload the completed form without an advisor's signature to the link in step 3 and email mathadvising@math.vt.edu.

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 December 14, 2020 - January 24, 2021. Specific procedures will be posted during that time.

Students can add or drop a math major during any of VT's three common change of major periods. The next change of major period for non-restricted majors is December 14, 2020 - January 24, 2021. Specific procedures will be posted during that time.

Students can add or drop a math minor anytime. No appointment is necessary. Download and complete the College of Science Change of Major/Minor Form (topmost section, bottom-left section, and sign the bottom). Then upload the completed form HERE.

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 above.

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

Note: To change your math degree option, see FAQ highlights above.

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

Some advisors require appointment scheduling through Navigate. To see if your mathematics advisor schedules appointments this way, log in to Navigate and follow these directions. If you see appointment time options for your advisor, choose the one you’d like to schedule and follow the rest of the prompts on the screen. If you don’t see appointment options, then your advisor schedules appointments through email.

Schedule an appointment during the fall or spring semester through Navigate by selecting the service Explore Mathematics. Directions can be found here.

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
Oct 5 Last day to drop a class
Oct 16 Fall Break - no classes
Oct 19
Last day to apply for fall graduation
Oct 26 Last day to resign (requires contact with academic dean)
Oct 27 Spring 2021 course request opens
Nov 10 Spring 2021 course request closes