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Change of Major Dates

Primary Major Change

When a change of major time opens up, students can request a new primary major through Hokie SPA. Each college will run its own process to determine if it can accept the student and will then notify the student of the decision. This process applies to students who wish to change their primary major. Requests for adding secondary majors will still follow the current paper process.

There are two types of majors at Virginia Tech, restricted and non-restricted. Restricted majors have specific criteria students must meet to be eligible to declare. Please review the restricted majors section below for a complete list of restricted majors and their criteria.

Step-by-step instructions available on how to apply for a new primary major.

Take Note
Spring 2024 Summer 2024 Fall 2024
Change of Major Opens
December 11, 2023 May 2, 2024  
Deadline to Apply for Major Change
January 5, 2024 May 17, 2024  

Secondary Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

The following table shows when colleges are processing secondary majors, minors, and/or concentrations.

College  

 College of Ag & Life Sciences (CALS)

Requests will be processed anytime.*

*HNFE will process secondary major requests during the Change of Major Application period.

 College of Architecture, Arts, and Design (AAD)

Requests will be processed anytime.

Pamplin College of Business (PCOB)

Secondary major requests will be processed during the Change of Major Application period.*

*Minor applications and changes to concentrations will be processed anytime.

College of Engineering (COE)

Secondary major and minor requests will be processed during the Change of Major Application period.*

*Concentrations will be processed anytime.

College of Liberal Arts & Human Studies (CLAHS) Requests will be processed anytime.
College of Natural Resources & Environment (CNRE) Requests will be processed anytime.
College of Science (COS) Requests will be processed anytime.

Students should be aware that there are some academic majors and programs within the university that have strict entrance requirements or are in such high demand that they cannot accommodate all who wish to enter them. Administrators of these restricted programs must be selective in allowing students to transfer in from other majors within the university and in permitting second majors or minors. Students seeking entrance into such restricted programs should consult the appropriate department.

Restricted programs for internal transfers are as follows:

College Program Criteria Effective Through
College of Agriculture and life Sciences Nutrition and Dietetics

Internal Transfers:

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Grade of C- or higher in CHEM 1035

Students not yet meeting these criteria are encouraged to enter the Exercise and Health Sciences major as a first step. There are no restrictions for Exercise and Health Sciences.

External Transfers:

  • Competitive GPA for university admission.

Completion or progress toward completion of prerequisite coursework for the major, with particular emphasis on General Chemistry, as outlined on the Admissions Transfer Roadmap.

 
College of Architecture, Arts, and Design
Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture

Space is limited in the Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture majors.  Virginia Tech students wishing to change into one of these majors should follow the outlined major change process:

  1. Attend, if you can, a major change information session (typically held in mid-October).  Each of the faculty program chairs for Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture shall host a meeting for internal major changes to outline the restricted major change process and timeline.  
  2. Apply using the School of Architecture or School of Design internal major change form.  This application is published each year on the above links, and generally is due early February each year.
  3. Every student who applies to the Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, or Landscape Architecture majors is given an interview with the chair of the program who will review their application and check that the applicant has met the minimum academic requirements for acceptance.  The number of students accepted each year depends on the space available in each major. Only when seats open up in our program do we have room to allow for internal major changes.
  4. Students are notified of their acceptance typically by mid-March, if not sooner.  They will be enrolled in ARCH 1015 and ARCH 1016 over the summer, and required to attend the summer design lab.  The guarantee of changing majors is conditional upon successfully passing the ARCH 1015/ARCH 1016 classes with a grade of C or better.

 

 
   Art (Creative Technologies, Studio Art, and Graphic Design)

 

The Creative Technologies, Graphic Design, and Studio Art majors are restricted majors which typically admit an incoming cohort of around 25 first-time-in-college and transfer students each year, to each major.

Only when seats open in our majors do we have room to allow for internal major changes to these restricted majors.  The availability of internal major changes is most likely during the Fall semester, but it is never a guarantee that we will have room to accept internal major changes.

In order to transfer to either of these majors, students should follow the procedures on the School of Visual Arts website.

Students exploring these restricted majors are eligible to enroll in SOVA foundation studio classes, if space is available.  Taking these courses does not expedite times towards graduation, or increase the changes of being allowed to change majors.

These courses are:

  • ART 1204 - Principles of 2D Art & Design
  • ART 1214 - Principles of 3D Art & Design
  • ART 1404 - Principles of Drawing
  • ART 1504 - Contemporary Art & Practice
  • ART 1604 - Principles of 4D Art & Design

When exploring these restricted majors, it is important to consider the time towards graduation.  Due to the sequencing of required classes, it typically takes students 3.5-4 years to finish these majors from the time they successfully change majors.

 

 
Pamplin College of Business Accounting and Information Systems, Business Information Technology, Finance,  Hospitality and Tourism Management,  Management, and Marketing
  1. New internal transfer requirements:

For students applying August 2019 and later.

  • Minimum in-major GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum overall GPA: 2.0
  • Completion of: ACIS 1504, MATH 1524, MGT 1104, ECON 2005
  • a. At least two of the above courses must be taken at VT (must earn a grade in at least two courses, cannot all be transferred)
  • b. No grade lower than C- earned in any of the above courses or any lower division business course attempted
  • All non-native Pamplin* students must re-apply when attempting to change or add a major. For example, a student from University Studies accepted into Finance would have to re-apply to change into BIT or add BIT as a second major
  • Acceptance based on competitive GPA and space availability in major
  • *Real Estate and Event & Experience Management students are subject to internal transfer requirements to change into or add a restricted business major.
Spring 2022
  Business Minor
  1. Completion of MATH 1524 (or equivalent)
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.0 in at least 24 credit hours at VT

Admission is offered upon completion of the above requirements and not competitively base among students

 
College of Engineering All  Engineering Majors
  1. General Engineering Students to Degree-Granting Engineering Majors
  2. Non-Engineering Students to Degree-Granting Engineering Majors
  3. Degree-Granting Engineering Majors to Degree-Granting Engineering Majors