54% seeking experience

The majority of undergrad advising (54%) is for seeking experience. That's great because experience is essential for all aspects of career preparation, from exploration to getting a post-grad job. And even though 93% of grads got experience during college, 34% wished they'd gotten more (the biggest regret of new grads). So that makes a strong case to seek multiple types of experience throughout college.

Experience has these benefits:

  • 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 skills and tools you'll need for seeking a post-graduation job.

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.

Other topics:

Of the four other main topics, three are almost tied for second.
14% exploring self, careers and majors.
14% seeking post-graduation employment.
13% Health Professions Advising: preparing for admission to professional school for a health career such as medicine, dentistry and other health professions.
4% planning for continuing education other than health professions.
We encourage more students to take time for career exploration — and not just choosing a major — because the number two regret of new grads (over 29%) is wishing they had learned more, earlier about career options.


Advising main topics

This includes both appointments and drop-in.

Advising by topic for undergraduates


Monthly traffic report

Drop-in advising spikes in September and February. Many advisees are students seeking resume reviews before career fairs; so just a heads-up to plan ahead and avoid last-minute visits. Drop-in is first-come, first-served, and for 10 minutes. Appointments are limited in September so we can staff for drop-in traffic — over 1200 students this 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!


Peak month topics:

Peak month advising topics


Undergrad advising:
By college, major, acad. level & main topic

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Definitions, term dates and explanations

Term dates:

  • Full academic year = May 16 - May 15  [Published after end date.]
  • Sum = May 16 - Aug 15
  • Fall = Aug 16 - Dec. 15
  • Spr = Dec. 16 - May 15
  • [During a current summer, fall, or spring term, data updated daily to include prior business day.]

Source for enrollment and major abbreviations: 

Enrollment numbers are for fall on the university's Census Date for enrollment, and are from the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness  [headcount by college and major].

Fall Census Date enrollment is shown to give context to advising numbers.

How far back are data available?

Within data table view, you can opt to view prior terms. If you are a Virginia Tech faculty or staff member, and have need for a different date range view, please call Catherine Copeland, 540-231-6241.

Type of advising:

Advising data includes appointments and drop-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. = exploration of self, careers, and majors.
  • Topic Experience = seeking experience during college (any type, including internship, undergraduate research, field study, co-op, etc.).
  • Topic Post-grad employ. = seeking post-graduation employment.
  • Topic Cont. educ. = planning for continued education [graduate or professional school, or other] beyond the current degree.
  • Topic HPA = Health Professions Advising: 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.