We track our advising so that you can view the following:
- Undergrad main topics percentages.
- Our monthly traffic report, showing appointments only, walk-ins only, and both combined.
You can see how our walk-in advising spikes in Sep. and Feb., and topics for the peak month.
- Undergrad advising by college, major, academic level, and main topics. View by semester or full year. Data for current semester through prior business day.
- Please note definitions and term dates.
Our walk-in advising spikes in September and February. This is largely driven by students seeking resume reviews prior to career fairs (most sponsored by academic departments and colleges). We recommend that students plan ahead and avoid last-minute visits. Walk-in is first-come, first-served, and for 10 minutes. Appointments are limited in September so we can staff for the walk-in traffic — over 1000 students in September. We encourage you to visit us early in your college career so we can assist you with your overall career exploration and search strategy!
The majority of students who seek advising are seeking career-related experience during college. That's true all year. In 2015-2016, 59% of our advising was for experience, up from 52% the previous year. We are happy that students are motivated to seek experience! It's crucial to several things:
- Career exploration — trying out your field in the real world.
- Developing professional competencies for workplace success.
- When you learn how to seek experience, you learn many skills and tools you'll need for seeking a post-graduation job.
Even though 92% of our graduates (who responded to the Post-Graduation Survey) told us they had career-related experience during college, ONE THIRD of our grads said they wish they'd had more! Experience covers a lot of bases: volunteering, part-time jobs, summer jobs, field studies, undergraduate research, unpaid internships, paid internships, cooperative education, and more. The types of experiences you'll want to seek will depend on your career field and goals.
Definitions, term dates and explanations
- Fa = summer+fall = May 16 - Dec. 15. [During term, updated daily to include prior business day.]
- Sp = spring = Dec. 16 - May 15. [During term, updated daily to include prior business day.]
- Full academic year = May 16 - May 15. [Published after end date.]
Source for enrollment and major abbreviations:
Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness publishes enrollment each fall [headcount by college and major].
How far back are data available?
Within data table view, you can opt to view terms beginning spring 2013.
Type of advising:
Advising data includes appointments and walk-ins, plus a small quantity of phone and email advising.
- Contacts = number of total advising contacts with students.
- Individual = number of individual students with whom we had advising contacts.
- Topic C-M Expl. = career-major exploration.
- Topic Experience = seeking experience during college (any type, including internship, co-op).
- Topic Post-grad employ. = seeking post-graduation employment.
- Topic Cont. educ. = planning for pursuing another degree after the current degree.
- Topic HPA = planning for a health profession requiring a degree beyond the bachelor's degree.
We advise all students at Virginia Tech, first-year through graduate level. The majority of graduate students who seek our advising are seeking experience or post-graduation employment.