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Trying to find your ideal major can sometimes feel like an overwhelming process. In the VIA Living-Learning Community, we are a group of explorers who are dedicated to working together to support one another as we explore our options to find the right path for each student.

We aspire that students will leave VIA having:

  • Identified or declared a major.
  • Defined career goals.
  • Experienced community engagement.
  • Developed a sense of belonging rooted in community.
  • Developed leadership skills.


VIA is open any student with an undecided major. This can include University Studies or undecided majors within each college. You must also commit to living in Pritchard Hall.

  • Participate in a series of workshops, co-curricular activities, and events designed to:
  • Build a community within VIA.
  • Explore majors and careers.
  • Develop decision-making skills.
  • Write a professional resume and acquire networking skills.
  • Engage in service learning opportunities.
  • Serve one another in the spirit of the university motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).
  • Gain valuable leadership skills through involvement with our student leadership council.
  • Help plan educational and social events throughout the year for VIA residents.
  • Benefit from formal and informal peer mentoring opportunities to support and encourage you throughout your exploration process.
  • Have ready access to your academic advisor, local professionals, and others to discuss potential majors, classes, life plans, and more.
  • Live in Pritchard Hall, which is conveniently located in the heart of Virginia Tech’s campus just a short walk from multiple dining centers, two gyms, the library, academic buildings, an outdoor fitness park, and other support offices that can help with your transition to college.

All first-year residents of VIA must take the course UNIV 1824-Pathways to Success: Exploring Your Future during the fall semester.

University Studies believes starting you on the right path during your first year is crucial to your academic and personal success at Virginia Tech. We created the Pathways to Success course to facilitate your academic success and provide a smooth transition to college. The course is taught by your academic advisor and undergraduate peer mentors.

It is designed to establish fundamental knowledge and skills that facilitate success not only during college, but also for the rest of your life, including:

  • Academic success skills.
  • Major and career exploration.
  • Research and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of campus resources available to students.
  • Various activities that incorporate problem solving, inquiry, and integration of knowledge.

For more information or to ask a question, please contact Program Director Jason Johnson at