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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 website 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
Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Change of Major Opens
May 4 August 3 December 14 May 5
Deadline to Apply for Restricted Major
May 17 August 16 January 3 May 19
Deadline to Apply for Non-Restricted Major
May 24
August 30 January 24 June 2

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 Arch & Urban Studies (CAUS) 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)

The following departments will process second majors/minors at anytime:

  • BIOC
  • CHEM
  • GEOS
  • CMDA
  • NANO
  • SYSB
  • PSYC
  • NMED

The following departments will process second majors/minors during the Change of Major Application period:

  • BIOL
  • ECON
  • MATH
  • STAT
  • PHYS
  • NEUR