You applied to the School of Architecture + Design but were offered admission into your second choice of Exploring Architecture and Urban Studies (Exploring CAUS)

What does this mean?

The applicant pool for admission into the School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) at Virginia Tech was very competitive this year. Many remarkable students, like you, were not offered admission into these majors, however we have a new option – Exploring Architecture and Design. The fact that you received an offer of admission to Virginia Tech in your second choice means we were still very impressed with your application, and we would love for you to be a part of Virginia Tech!

Every student who enters Virginia Tech in Exploring CAUS eventually will move into a degreegranting major. The focus of your academic advising in Exploring CAUS during your first year will be to fulfill the Curriculum for Liberal Education which is required of all Virginia Tech students, regardless of major. Additionally, academic advisors in Exploring CAUS will help you explore and prepare for an eventual transfer into a degree-granting major within CAUS or other academic colleges at Virginia Tech. The College of Architecture and Urban Studies offers a range of related majors including Art, Building Construction, Environmental Policy and Planning, Public and Urban Affairs and an affiliated degree in Real Estate.

Each year, hundreds of students enter Virginia Tech in exploratory (undecided) programs and go on to have very fulfilling experiences at the university. After learning more about other phenomenal academic options, students often find a perfect fit in majors they never knew existed or had not yet explored. We encourage you to learn more about Exploring CAUS by visiting the VT website, connecting with academic advisors in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, or attending their information session during Hokie Focus.

While we know your interest was initially in the School of Architecture + Design, there is no guarantee that you will be able to complete an internal transfer into the majors within the school. While most majors at Virginia Tech are open to internal transfer, all School of Architecture + Design majors are restricted and transferring into these majors once here is not guaranteed due to limited resources of faculty and space. Transfer requirements include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the end of your first term, an application process including a portfolio and interview, and additional coursework in the summer for students who are admitted into the majors. 

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