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Priority academic advising for VT freshmen

Post Date:05/31/2019 12:00 PM


Kellie Crowe, Coordinator of PR & Marketing
276-739-2456 |

VT-Virginia Tech

ABINGDON, VA – In response to a notice issued to 1,559 in-state Virginia Tech freshmen offering incentives to delay enrollment, Virginia Highlands Community College is providing priority academic advising June 3-6, with after-hours options, for those impacted by the over-enrollment strain. 

Virginia Tech was anticipating a class of incoming freshmen that would level off at 6,600 students. However, according to current enrollment numbers, the count is greater than 8,000. One of three enrollment deferment options Virginia Tech is offering select incoming freshmen is GRANT2020, a Guaranteed Admission Transfer Program that will provide students reimbursement for courses taken at a Virginia community college.

“We’re ready to welcome students who have received a notice from Virginia Tech,” said Dr. Stacy E. Thomas, Vice president of instruction and student services at VHCC. “And, we’re willing to extend our  office hours to accommodate those who need to make an informed decision ahead of Virginia Tech’s June 6 deadline.”

According to Thomas, Virginia Highlands has a strong transfer partnership and relationship with Virginia Tech.

“We’re well prepared to provide these students a rigorous academic beginning with courses that will transfer seamlessly to VT,” said Thomas.

Parents and students eligible for GRANT2020 are invited to contact Meghan Copenhaver, a VHCC college success coach, by calling 276-739-2518 or by emailing, to answer questions, set up a campus tour, explore course options or learn more about tuition costs and financial aid. 

Incoming, in-state freshmen impacted by this decision are those with the following majors:
  • General engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Biology
  • University studies 
  • Exploring technologies

“Fortunately, for students in our service area, Virginia Highlands has an excellent reputation in the declared majors impacted by VT’s over-enrollment, most specifically engineering and biology,” said Barbara Manuel, dean of arts & sciences at VHCC. “Our faculty and staff work very closely with Virginia Tech to make sure our students are challenged by courses specifically designed to prepare them for academic success.”

About Virginia Highlands Community College
Virginia Highlands Community College is one of the 23 comprehensive community colleges in the Virginia Community College System. VHCC has become a dynamic leader in Southwest Virginia with a primary goal of providing comprehensive and quality education and related services for residents throughout its region. We proudly serve the residents of Bristol Virginia, Washington County and the Western Part of Smyth County. The College is committed to teaching, learning and community building and serves more than 2500 students, offering more than 80 academic areas of study.

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