Virginia Tech has a first-year general engineering program, which gives freshmen a chance to decide which engineering major they would like to pursue. Prospective students can explore engineering, science, and math majors using the Career Cornerstone website.
We encourage prospective students to visit our campus while classes are in session during the Fall or Spring semesters to get the feel of campus. Suggestions for a visit include:
- Attend a College of Engineering Information Session or Open House event (sign up ahead of time, as sessions may fill up)
- Request a Ware Lab Tour to see some of our senior design projects. (sign up ahead of time)
- Attend a Campus Tour and Admissions Information Session (sign up ahead of time, as sessions may fill up)
- Contact an engineering advisor in the department you are interested in to find out how their department schedules visits. For Mechanical Engineering, just stop by to see one of our undergraduate advisors during walk-in advising hours. One of our advisors is typically available Monday-Friday, 8:30am-11:30am and 1-4:30pm in 112, 113, or 113A Randolph.
Choosing an Major while in General Engineering
In addition to attending the departmental information sessions held in the fall, General Engineering Freshmen at Virginia Tech are encouraged to explore their desired major by:
- talking to upperclassmen, professors, and career advisors from the departments they are interested in,
- speaking to potential employers during the two engineering job fairs held at Virginia Tech to find out what engineers do at their companies, and
- attending student professional society meetings (like ASME) to learn more about their career choices
Freshmen are given free membership to our American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) student chapter and are invited to attend meetings to meet some of our current students and to find out more about our department.
We strongly encourage you to visit the Career and Professional Development Center located in Smith Career Center. The career counselors have a wealth of information on careers in all areas of science and engineering, including salaries, areas of specialization, resume building, and mock interview tutorials. They also host many company visits, career fairs, job opportunity boards, and professional development workshops.