All About Summer Academy and its Benefits

Summer Academy Check-in

Summer Academy is a special opportunity for first-year students to jump-start their academic experience by earning six hours of course credit through a track program.


This allows you to customize your learning experience based on your interests and go into the fall with a strong GPA. Summer Academy offers both freshman and transfer tracks.


Virginia Tech is one of a select number of universities in the nation to offer a Summer Academy program. More than 1,500 students have benefited from Summer Academy since it launched in 2012.

We know being an official Hokie and getting to campus cannot come soon enough. Basically, you have the whole campus to yourself, along with 300 of your closest friends when you arrive on campus in July for early move-in! You will live with each other in one of two residence halls within walking distance of volleyball and basketball courts, gym facilities, and plenty of green spaces to relax and hang with friends.

Architecture students share their experience

Settling in

Both you and your parents will also participate in orientation in the first few days prior to the start of Summer Academy classes. By doing so, a separate orientation session is not required.

During orientation, you will meet the peer mentors assigned to your track. These upperclassmen also just participated in Summer Academy and can share all their insider knowledge. They are a tremendous resource and committed to making this an amazing experience for you.

Your enthusiasm for Summer Academy is equally matched with Virginia Tech's supportive faculty. These individuals love the unique teaching experience that Summer Academy provides with small classroom environments and getting to know students on a first-name basis.

Getting social

And then there is the social component. Your peer mentors will be sure to keep you moving with regular social events and weekend trips hiking, tubing, and just general fun outside.

As we know, it is very important to get a better sense of Summer Academy from those who have attended before. So, here is what students are saying.