Drop-in Advising

Fall and spring semesters only.
Fall 2019 and spring 2020 drop-in advising is usually M-F, 11am-3pm, but not always!
Extended hours M. 8/26 - Tu. 9/17/19
No drop-in Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, due to Career Outfitters.
See when & where.

About drop-in advising

  • We look forward to meeting you and assisting you!
  • 10-minute limit.
  • Is for questions with quick answers; brief reviews of resumes, cover letters. 
  • See before resume, cover letter reviews.
  • Not for career exploration and other topics that take more time: for those, please schedule an advising appointment.
  • At drop-in, you'll meet with a Peer Career Advisor. If you wish to see a specific professional advisor, you may schedule an appointment.

Smith Career Center drop-in dates and hours

Location: Smith Career Center.

Fall semester 2019:
M-F, 11am-3pm, starting Mon. Aug. 19, 2019, one week before classes begin.
Extended hours 10am-4pm, Mon. Aug. 26, through Tues. Sep. 17, 2019; except NO drop-in Mon. Sep. 2, when university is closed.
See office hours for VT & CPD closings.

Spring semester 2020:
M-F, 11am-3pm, starting Tues. Jan. 21, 2020. No drop-in Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, due to Career Outfitters.

Summer: No drop-in advising. You are welcome to schedule an advising appointment.

Graduate Life Center

Satellite locations

  • Graduate Life Center (GLC) Main Lobby.
    For graduate students.
    Thursdays, 3-5pm.
    Fall semester: Thur. Sep. 19 to Thur. Dec. 5, 2019.
    Spring semester: Thur. Jan. 23 to Thur. Apr. 30, 2020; not held spring break week.

  • Torgersen 1st floor atrium.
    For engineering students.
    Wednesdays, 1-3pm.
    Fall semester: until end of October 2019.
    Spring semester: Wed. Feb. 5 to Wed. Mar. 25, 2020; not held during spring break.

Can I call in for advising?

  • Yes, for quick questions. Our reception staff will determine if an advisor is available, or help you schedule an appointment.
  • Resume reviews by phone, for students who are not in/near Blacksburg, must be done by scheduled appointment.

Other alternatives

  • When drop-in is not offered...
  • If drop-in hours do not work with your schedule... 
  • If you prefer a scheduled time... 
  • If you want more than 10 minutes with an advisor... 
    ... You are welcome to schedule an advising appointment.

Before resume reviews (and cover letters)

Traffic alert before career fairs & class assignments

  • Drop-in is first-come, first-served; not an appointment.
  • Many students seek drop-in before career fairs. There is no guarantee we can talk with every student if traffic exceeds our capacity, so plan ahead by a week or two!
  • Do the preparation explained in "before resume reviews...."
  • If you have a class (or other) assignment to use drop-in advising, don't wait until your deadline. If too many students are waiting ahead of you, you take the risk that you might not receive advising on that day.