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Academic Advising - VT Math

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.

Fall 2024 Drop/Add: 4/19-5/24 & 8/5-8/30

PRO TIP: Check your pre-registration requirements prior to April 19 to be sure you're able to access drop/add when it opens!

REMEMBER:

  • No Guarantees - You were not guaranteed all your classes or specific sections through Course Request.
  • Live - Drop/Add is a live system. Monitor the system for an open seat in the course of your choice.
  • Be Flexible - You may also have to rearrange your schedule to get the courses you need.
  • Check Building Locations - Make sure you can get between back-to-back classes in time.

Course Drop vs. Course Withdrawal

If you are considering whether to drop or withdraw from a course, discuss the decision with your academic advisor.

  • Dropping a course will remove the course from your class schedule and your transcript. It will reduce your total number of credits for the term. NOTE: 12 credits are required for full-time student status in fall and spring terms. This can be important for scholarships, financial aid, health insurance, student visa requirements, etc.
  • The deadline to drop a Spring 2024 course is Monday, February 26. It is highly recommended to discuss the decision to drop a course with your advisor. 
  • Students can drop a course through the HokieSpa drop/add menu.
  • Requesting a course withdrawal (W grade policy) will denote a final grade of "W" on your transcript for each course in which a Course Withdrawal is applied. No credit is earned for a course with a W grade, and a W grade does not factor into GPA. Withdrawing from a course will not change full-time student status, as the course(s) withdrawn from will remain on your transcript (though no credit is earned). Students are permitted to withdraw from up to three courses during their time at Virginia Tech. 
  • The deadline to apply for a course withdrawal for a Spring 2024 course is Wednesday, May 1. An advisor's signature is not required, but it is highly recommended to discuss a course withdrawal decision with your advisor. 
  • To apply for a course withdrawal, complete the Course Withdrawal form posted on the College of Science Forms page

Change of Major/Minor/Degree Option

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

Use the links below to schedule an advising appointment with your mathematics advisor. If you do not see any availability that fits your schedule, email your advisor to schedule an appointment. Appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance and will default to 20 minute appointments.

Math Advising Team
Jessica Hurdus
Fanny Jasso
Jessica Schmale
Eric Ufferman

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

Students with a math minor can email questions to mathadvising@vt.edu or schedule a Mathematics Minor Advising appointment through Navigate.

Math Major: Students interested in a math major can schedule an Explore Mathematics appointment through Navigate.

Math Minor: No appointment is necessary to add a math minor. Instructions to add a math minor can be found on our FORMS page. Students who have questions about the math minor can email mathadvising@vt.edu or schedule an Explore Mathematics Minor appointment through Navigate.

If you are unable to find an available appointment, please email mathadvising@vt.edu.

Scholarships

In a typical year the Math Department awards more than $60,000 to 30+ students with the majority going to continuing students. To be considered for a Math Department awarded scholarship, complete the following steps:

  • STEP 1 (required): Complete the General Application in Scholarship Central (priority deadline is January 22, 2024)
  • STEP 2 (preferred): Provide additional information to the Math Department Scholarship Committee to assist with scholarship decisions by filling out the Department of Mathematics Scholarship Permission Form 2024-2025
  • STEP 3 (optional): Fill out the FAFSA form. This form is only required for eligibility to certain scholarships based on financial need. 

The General Scholarship Application can be found in Scholarship Central. Students should complete the General Application before attempting to complete any other scholarship application in the Scholarship Central system. You must complete both the General Application and the FAFSA (for need-based scholarships) by the date listed for maximum scholarship consideration. Math majors should also complete the College of Science Scholarship Application, due January 22, 2024.

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.

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
May 1 Last day to apply for "W" grade (course withdrawal). Last day of Spring 2024 classes.
May 2 Reading Day - No Classes
May 3-8 Final Exams
May 10 College of Science Graduation Ceremony
May 12 Final grades viewable on Hokie SPA
May 24
Fall 2024 drop/add closes