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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.

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

Student Forms

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

  • Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere (US)
  • Change of Major/Minor (used to change math degree option)
  • Undergraduate Research/Independent Study
  • Course Withdrawal
  • and more...

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 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 advisor

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 professional 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
  • Doing appropriate follow-up with students
  • Seeking out and taking advantage of opportunities for professional development