Like to design or build things? An engineering major may be a good fit, but so could packaging systems and design, architecture or residential environments and design. Each of those majors resides in a different college at Virginia Tech, and although they have some commonalities, they have a different focus, curriculum and end goal.

The choices can seem overwhelming for students. The Majors Fair, hosted by Academic Advising Initiatives and Student Government Association, can help students explore the diverse options available at the university to find their perfect fit or even add a second major.

Virginia Tech offers more than 100 different majors in a wide range of fields so students can pursue the best choice for their personal academic and career aspirations.

“This event gives [students] the opportunity to see all kinds of different options that are available to them,” said Kimberly Smith, associate vice provost for student success initiatives. “We are making the best out of the virtual world. If they are thinking about going into one major but are unsure, or if they are thinking about a couple of different majors, they can conveniently log on during the majors’ presentation and learn what they are really about. It equips students with more information.”

The Majors Fair will move to a virtual format this year, taking place over a four-day period, Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Each day will have time allotted for majors/departments to promote programs within the various colleges, special programs to share information, and answer questions. The virtual fair will be live so students can attend sessions that interest them, as well as recorded for future accessibility.

Students can view the full schedule of activities and register for this event by visiting the Majors Fair website. All undergraduate students are welcome to attend.

Smith and event organizers hope that students attending the Majors Fair will be able to see that the possibilities for majors and areas of study at Virginia Tech are endless.

“We hope students will get closer to achieving their education goals by either confirming their original choice of major or gathering enough information to make an informed decision about choosing a different option,” Smith said.

For more information, visit the Majors Fair website or contact Academic Advising Initiatives at 540-231-9337 or

Written by Chenaye Blankenship

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