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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.

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 2022

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

Summer 2023

Change of Major Application Opens

May 5, 2022

August 1, 2022

December 11, 2022
May 4, 2023

Deadline to Apply for Restricted Major

May 20, 2022 August 12, 2022 January 6, 2023 May 19, 2023

Deadline for Notification (Restricted Major)

May 26, 2022 August 18, 2022 January 12, 2023 May 25, 2023

Deadline to Apply for Non-Restricted Major

June 3, 2022 August 26, 2022 January 23, 2023 June 2, 2023

Deadline for Notification (Non-Restricted Major)

June 9, 2022 September 1, 2022 January 30, 2023 June 8, 2023

All Changes in Banner

June 13, 2022 September 6, 2022 February 1, 2023 June 12, 2023

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

College

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)

Requests will be processed anytime.*

*MATH will process secondary major and option requests during the Change of Major Application period.

Public Health Program Requests will be processed anytime.