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.
||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 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.
*MATH will process secondary major requests during the Change of Major Application period.
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 of Agriculture and life Sciences||Human, Foods, and Excercise||
|College of Architecture, Arts, and Design
||Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture||
|Art (Creative Technologies, Studio Art, and Graphic Design)||
The Creative Technologies, Studio Art, and Graphic Design majors are restricted majors which typically admit an incoming cohort of around 20 first-year and external transfer students each year.
Only when seats open in our program 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 August major change period in advance of 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 have a minimum 2.5 GPA and apply using the change of major form in hokiespa. Faculty will review the individual petitions for major changes via hokiespa and make decisions on a case by case basis as to whether or not there is room to admit the student to any of these majors.
Portfolios are not accepted as part of the change of major process.
Students exploring these restricted majors are eligible to enroll in our foundation studio classes, if space is available. Taking these courses does not expedite time towards graduation, or increase the chances of being allowed to change majors.
These courses are:
When exploring the Creative Technologies, Studio Art, and Graphic Design majors, it is important to consider time towards graduation. Due to the sequencing of classes, it typically takes students 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||
For students applying August 2019 and later.
Admission is offered upon completion of the above requirements and not competitively base among students
|College of Engineering||All Engineering Majors|