Students visiting Virginia Tech’s campus have more options than ever
Both prospective students and students offered admission have events tailored to their experience
February 6, 2020
The beauty of the Blacksburg campus is one of the greatest strengths of Virginia Tech, according to student surveys. To meet increasing demand for visits to see that beauty, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has a multitude of offerings throughout the spring to expand the opportunities for students and their families beyond the regularly scheduled daily tours.
Spring visitation events are specially tailored for two distinct audiences: students considering applying in the future and students who have been offered undergraduate admission for fall 2020. To offer a more personalized experience, students are given options to connect with college representatives, housing, financial aid, the Corps of Cadets, and other key offices on campus to help answer questions.
Events for students considering applying
First on the calendar for prospective students is Spring Open House, happening March 21 and 22. Both days offer the same one-day program. This is the same program presented during Fall Open House, but the spring event is more oriented toward current juniors and transfers. Historically, more than 1,000 families and 3,000 people attend throughout the weekend.
The next spring event is High School Spring Break, so named for its strategic placement in a two-week window when many high schools are on spring break. Taking place from April 6-10 and April 13-17, each day of this series includes an almost identical experience. All colleges who offer undergraduate degrees are available to answer questions and help students and families find the best academic fit. The Corps of Cadets will offer special sessions as well.
In addition to the talk of future enrollment, students during these two weeks will be able to participate in a new event - the “Selfie Showdown.” By taking selfies of themselves at several different locations around campus, students can win prizes from admissions, the Pamplin College of Business, and others.
Transfer information sessions during High School Spring Break are scheduled only on Friday, April 10 and Friday, April 17.
Events for offered students
Even after students are offered admission, many still have questions aimed at ensuring they are making their best choice for higher education. To help students and families with these inquires, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides several options for engagement.
Completely oriented toward students who have received undergraduate offers of admission, Hokie Focus is an invitation-only event slated for April 4 and 5. Like other admissions events, each day contains an identical program. The program addresses the final questions students typically want to ask before accepting their offer. Invitations to Hokie Focus begin with the release of the Early Action notification during the last week of February.
For students who have been offered admission but aren’t able to attend Hokie Focus, High School Spring Break also features special sessions specifically for students who have been offered admission. Students who fall into this category and who wish to visit during High School Spring Break should not register through the public registration, but will receive an invitation via email along with their Hokie Focus invitation.
Juan Espinoza, director of Undergraduate Admissions, sees the roster of spring events as central to the mission of Virginia Tech. “We’re focused on helping students see the best that Virginia Tech has to offer,” he said. “By partnering with our campus community, we’re confident that the great things you find at Virginia Tech every day will be the things that convince new Hokies to become part of our family.”