Record number of incoming students

The start of a new semester brings new opportunities. A record number of first-year students joined the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the fall of 2012. Our incoming class is almost 500 first-year students. The exact and official count will not be determined until the second week of classes. Joining the newest Hokies are 128 transfer students and 72 students in the Agricultural Technology Program. This is also a new record number of students for the AT program.

To help prepare our new students for their first day of classes, the College Ambassadors held a welcome social and information session on August 26 at Litton-Reaves Hall. This was the sixth year for the event and was attended by a record 235 new students! The students had an opportunity to mingle with upperclassmen and several faculty members and to play a game of corn hole. The gathering was followed by a Q&A panel in the main auditorium. You can read more about the event and the Class of 2016 on the CALS website.


First year experience course

The college first year experience course is being offered for the second time in the fall semester. The course is comprised of students and faculty members from:

  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Animal and Poultry Sciences
  • Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
  • Life Sciences – undecided

We have 22 students from the college who have volunteered to serve as peer leaders for the FYE course. Biochemistry and AAE offer their own FYE courses for their majors.


Fall Semester Kickoff Picnic

Mark your calendars now for the Fall Semester Kickoff Picnic and a diversity roundtable discussion on Wednesday, September 5 starting at 4 p.m. in the Ag Quad.  All faculty, staff, and students are invited to enjoy dinner, learn more about the 30+ organizations in the college, and participate in the diversity discussion.

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