Virginia Tech® home

Institutional History & the VT-Shaped Student

The FYE program first launched in 2010 as a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), originally named “Pathways to Success.” This was designed for re-accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). FYE is now housed in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, which reports to the Office of the Provost.

Over the years, FYE has evolved into a key initiative for assisting first-year students at Virginia Tech. The program focuses on the transition and integration of new students into their academic experience through a variety of courses.

Although each academic college differs in focus, all FYE courses encompass necessary criteria for shaping first-year students and their collegiate success. A community of practice is upheld through faculty and campus partners involved in the FYE program. From partnering with Hokie Wellness to University Libraries, FYE is committed to its connections with all areas on campus.

Additionally, FYE uses five essential practices to ensure a “VT-shaped” experience: effective teaching and learning, digital and information literacies, mentorship and engagement, undergraduate academic integrity, and embodying Virginia Tech Principles of Community.

Learn more about the “VT-shaped” student.

The initiative is also home to an expanding peer mentoring program. The program has provided many opportunities for peer mentors to aid the growing numbers of first-year students in their college transition.

What began in 2010 as 5 courses and 1,000 students has grown into 42 courses and 8,715 students--138 sections across the 7 university colleges during the 2020-21 academic year. And the FYE program continues to develop, enhancing the experience of first-year Hokies.

Read more about the history of Virginia Tech.