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Change of Major

To continue to enhance advising and help students change a major, the university now will have three common change of major times every year, instead of varying deadlines by colleges and departments. In addition, the process will be online. 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. Please be advised that some restricted majors have made adjustments to their requirements due to COVID-19 and the new grade mode option. Visit their college/program website below for more information.

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

Some majors will offer an information session or an opportunity to meet with an advisor for students to learn more about their major. View what is being held this semester.

 

 Take Note

Summer 2020

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

 Change of Major Application Opens

May 4

August 3 December 14 May 5

 Deadline to Apply for Restricted Major

May 17

August 16 January 3 May 19

Deadline for Notification (Restricted Major)

May 21

August 20 January 7 May 25

Deadline to Apply for Non-Restricted Major

May 24

August 30 January 24 June 2

Deadline for Notification (Non-Restricted Major)

May 28

September 3 January 28 June 8

All Changes Processed in Banner

May 31

September 7 February 1 June 10

 

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

 

 

Declaring Secondary Majors, Minors, 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
Public Health Program Requests will be processed anytime.