Hokie Focus Schedule

Hokie Focus is normally an event held live on campus, but given concerns surrounding COVID-19, a virtual event is available to take its place on Saturday, April 4, 2020. This schedule is still in development, so check for updates!

Schedule of Events for Virtual Hokie Focus

These information sessions are LIVE at the times listed below. Join in to learn more about housing, dining, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, and the college where your major lives. You’ll have a chance to engage with the presenters through a Q&A period at the end of the session. Click here to jump directly to the Break-Out sessions section of this page.

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Break-Out Sessions


Molly Wilson
Director of Student Recruitment
Email: mollywilson@vt.edu


Rob Jacks
Director of Academic Advising
Email: rjacks@vt.edu

Hokie Focus Presentation, Spring 2020

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greetings thanks for tuning in to watch this brief presentation about the College of Architecture and urban studies my name is Rob Jax and I am the director of academic advising for the college of architecture and urban studies at Virginia Tech and we prepared this presentation for hooky focus the spring of 2020 and wanted to make a virtual version of it to make accessible to all of our admitted students again welcome I'm going to go through this brief presentation about the college and I have my contact information at the end of the video if you need to get in touch I want to start by talking a little bit about who we are as a college the college of architecture and urban studies is composed of four different schools a plus d architecture and design SOVA the school for the visual arts SPEA the school for Public and International Affairs and MLS OC the Myers Lawson School of construction within those four different schools we have more than 200 faculty members and 2,000 undergraduate students we very much are an International College and interdisciplinary college and an experiential College and I'll elaborate on that in a few minutes we have 12 different undergraduate majors within our college so you have been likely offered admission to one of those but we also have seven different minors within the college that you can choose from as well there are also 10 different research centers within the College of Architecture and urban studies I like to highlight those research centers because Virginia Tech is very much a research university and if you come and study here in our College as an undergraduate student you will be doing research and also we have facilities not just here in Blacksburg Virginia but also in Alexandria Arlington Richmond and Reva Sun batali Switzerland so I want to start off by talking about us being an International College since the college of architecture and urban studies was founded more than 50 years ago we've always had an international focus and studying abroad is something that any student in any of our majors can pursue here you see on the top left-hand corner some students environmental policy and planning or mapping water resources in Africa the bottom left you see some graphic design students studying abroad in Italy and on the right hand side you see some students this past fall who were on our fall travel program in architecture what I think makes our College standout has all the different ways you have to study abroad we have the Steiger Center which is located in Rivas and Vitale Switzerland which is a villa owned by Virginia Tech where architecture students can actually enroll and take classes in their fourth year but the most popular way to study abroad is probably through faculty-led programs this is where you go with a group of Virginia Tech students abroad to study this could be for an entire semester it could be for a couple of weeks it could be just a spring break it could be over the summer there's a lot of different ways to do a faculty-led program we also offer exchange programs with universities literally all over the world and exchange works where you pay your tuition to Virginia Tech but you spend that semester enrolled in one of our partner institutions we also allow our students to directly enroll in other universities or go on and rare occasions sometimes third party programs I also mentioned that our college is very interdisciplinary if you pause for a moment to think about Virginia Tech and think about the College of Architecture and urban studies cause is really at the center of this university if you think about those different colleges engineering liberal arts Natural Resources science the College of Architecture and urban studies pulls from all of those disciplines and integrates them into our curriculum so we very much are at the center of this university somewhere between engineering and science and the humanities and so in all of our classes across all of our majors you're not going to be just taking classes and just having projects with students in your major you're gonna get to venture out there and have experiences that bring you into classes with students and other disciplines on the left-hand side you see an example of an interdisciplinary project this is a sculpture that was created by visual arts students and engineers on the right hand side you see an image of probably our most famous interdisciplinary project was had over 60 different undergraduate students from architecture to building construction to engineering to the Pampling College of Business working to create future house a solar house of the future when that project was completed it actually went on to compete in an international competition whereat won first place in Dubai and it won the distinction of being the world's best solar home this is a real-world example of an interdisciplinary project that a lot of our students may choose to take advantage of while they're here at Virginia Tech we're also an experiential College in the sense that much of the learning that takes place in our College gets you out of the normal classroom so we take you outside we go in a lot of field trips in this College no matter what major you're studying in you're gonna get to go outside and experience learning in the in the field it could be taking a campus sketch walk there's a lot of learning that happens outside of the classroom here on the Virginia Tech campus it could also be outside of a traditional classroom and in one of our studio spaces we're here you see an industrial design student who's working on a screen printing project or it could be like some of our building construction students who instead of learning about building safety through a textbook they actually go to a construction site and learn from professionals in the industry or some of our students studying in the school of public international affairs who have the option of spending a semester on Capitol Hill or you could be one of those visual artists who's working on emerging creative technologies we really are a hands-on college that gets you out of the classroom and into the real world to experience things firsthand now as you would have been offered admission to Virginia Tech you've been offered to one of these different programs within the college and when you come to Virginia Tech you are in you are in a major you will be admitted to one of these majors but as I mentioned at the beginning of the presentation our majors live within schools so within the school of architecture and design that's where you see architecture industrial design interior design landscape architecture our School of Visual Arts that's where we have our studio art graphic design creative technologies and art history programs the Myers Lawson School of constructions has is our building construction major smart and sustainable cities and environmental policy and planning are found in our School of Public and International Affairs and any of you who are watching this video and were accepted to the Explorer cause major that program is run out of our dean's office as you are in a period of transition waiting to change majors to one of the other programs within our College now we do have different minors that you can take advantage of as well there are seven offered by our College art history community systems and engagement environmental policy and planning and dust realign landscape architecture smart and sustainable cities as well as visual arts in society but you're not limited to only do minors within the college you can be studying something in our College and choose to do a minor outside of our College it's pretty common to see people want to do a language perhaps to pick up a minor in the College of Engineering there are a lot of combinations you can do but we do have several popular minors within our college as well now no matter what major you have been admitted to that you are thinking about coming to Virginia Tech to study for I hope you've had some time if you've been on campus before to see some of our spaces if you haven't maybe get in touch with us I'll look at our website and see some of the pictures and images of what happens when students are in action using our facilities perhaps you can picture yourself here at Virginia Tech learning from some of our visiting artists and designers something we do in all of our programs is bring in guests for you to learn from so not only do you get to learn from our award-winning faculty but you get to learn from working artists and architects and designers as well perhaps you see yourself participating in some of our industry sponsored design competitions this is something that's true of our colleges we're very much linked to in this or teaching the classes giving our students the skills they need to enter the workforce and be competitive for jobs and perhaps you picture yourself learning in some of our unique learning environments including the Kiva here around classroom or you're in a studio based major where you're going to get your own studio desk peer learning is something that's really important to our approach to education here at Virginia Tech as well so again in addition to learning from our award-winning faculty you get to learn from each other we put our work up on the walls places for people to see what we're doing there are a lot of different ways and that opportunities for you to exhibit your work here at Virginia Tech and getting feedback from your peers is really important and perhaps to you picture yourself a here at Virginia Tech getting some of that real world experience getting outside of the classroom and experiencing something for yourself here you see a group of visual arts students who are participating in a competition with NASA to redesign the spacesuit and redesign the space helmet you might think this kind of opportunity is only for students studying aerospace engineering but actually NASA's working with our interior design students with our School of Visual Arts students on projects all the time and perhaps two you'll picture yourself here at Virginia Tech utilizing some of our maker facilities these are available to students from the first year to the fifth year and the design majors everything from a wood metal plastic slab to a build lab a foundry if you ever need to pour bronze our 3d printers are working in those numerous research centers I mentioned at the beginning of the presentation that Virginia Tech is a research university so no matter if you come here to study environmental policy and planning to study construction or to study architecture or interior design you're going to be exposed to research have opportunities to do research and perhaps work in one of our research centers now this is the normally the part of the presentation where we would pause to let our audience ask us questions and seeing as we are pre recording this video I thought I would throw out there a couple of frequently asked questions that we typically get at our hokey focus events the first is internships we always get questions asking us about internship opportunities within our college and one thing I like to highlight is that internships are available to students in every single one of our majors it's pretty typical if you're studying building construction for example to get an internship after your first year somewhere between your first and second year you can get your first internship in the major other majors like architecture it might be maybe your third or fourth year before you actually experience an internship but doing an internship is highly encouraged in something that's available to students in any of our majors sometimes people like to ask us about minoring or what are some popular minors that you can do in conjunction with our programs and minoring is very much encouraged sometimes we get students who are really ambitious and are able to pull off double majoring graduating with two different majors but in addition to the seven minors I talked about though we are within our College it's pretty common to see people do minors in languages to pick up a Spanish minor a French minor or a Japanese minor or students to do a minor in the College of Engineering that's one of the things that's really unique about Virginia Tech is that you have the opportunity as a non engineering student to take engineering classes so sometimes there's green engineering civil engineering mechanical engineering minors are pretty popular for our students as well we sometimes get asked about transfer credit if you're planning to bring any transfer credit whether that's dual enrollment credits whether that's ap credit or IB credit for exams that you've taken and passed we work with every student at New Student Orientation in the summer to articulate that credit and see exactly how it will transfer into Virginia Tech but here at Virginia Tech we do accept ap IB credit we do accept dual enrollment credit and that's something you would work with your advisor on during the summer orientation process in terms of classes and schedules we often get questions okay focus you know asking what kind of class is will I take and what does a first-year schedule actually look like and of course that's really going to depend on the major that you're in but at orientation that's when you're gonna meet your academic advisor orientation in the summer is where you actually finalize your course schedule for the fall semester and classes here at Virginia Tech really fall into three categories pathways courses that's your gen ed classes things like math science English your writing classes things everyone needs before they can graduate and then your major requirements those are the courses that are required for your major and anything left over is referred to as a free elective so if you want to take that Harry Potter course or you wanna when you're turned 21 take the brewing course those would not do anything for your major they don't count for your gen ed but we would call those a free elective so your first semester schedule depending on your major is really going to include a mix of those pathways general education courses as well as your major requirements if you have any additional questions that you would like to ask please feel free to get in touch with me again my name is Rob Jax and I'm the director of academic advising for the college of architecture and urban studies and the best way to get in touch is to email me at my email our J ACK s @ VT edu thank you very much for listening and have a great day.


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John Gray Williams
Director of Recruitment
Email: jxwillia@vt.edu


Kristy Morril
Director of Undergraduate Recruiting
Email: cosrecruiting@vt.edu


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