First Generation Students

A first generation college student is defined as a student whose parents or legal guardian have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college/university by the time the first generation student has started their own post-secondary education. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college or university.

This is a major accomplishment for which you and your family should be very proud! All of your dedication and hard work in high school has paid off. You will encounter unique experiences as you begin your exciting journey here at Virginia Tech, but always remember that you are never, ever alone.

The faculty, staff, and your peers in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies are here to support you. We are so glad you are here and we want you to find happiness and a sense of belonging here. We understand the challenges that rigorous college-level academics present, and we are here to help you overcome those challenges. Plan to meet with your academic advisor often…at least once per semester. Our advisors are trained professionals who are committed to assisting you with degree program planning all throughout your Hokie years. Make it a priority to meet with your advisor regularly! You will be so glad you did.