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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 2021

Fall 2021

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Change of Major Application Opens

May 5, 2021

August 2, 2021

December 12, 2021
May 5, 2022

Deadline to Apply for Restricted Major

May 19, 2021 August 13, 2021 January 7, 2022 May 20, 2022

Deadline for Notification (Restricted Major)

May 25, 2021 August 19, 2021 January 13, 2022 May 26, 2022

Deadline to Apply for Non-Restricted Major

June 2, 2021 August 27, 2021 January 24, 2022 June 3, 2022

Deadline for Notification (Non-Restricted Major)

June 8, 2021 September 2, 2021 January 31, 2022 June 9, 2022

All Changes Processed in Banner

June 10, 2021 September 7, 2021 February 2, 2022 June 13, 2022

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)

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.