Summer programs will educate, inform, and entertain thousands

Students study on the Drillfield.

Students study on the Drillfield.

BLACKSBURG, Va., May 14, 2008 – Lazy, hazy summer days will be few and far between at Virginia Tech from June through mid-August as the university welcomes more than 12,000 visitors from 87 groups and organizations to campus for a variety of educational, professional development, athletic, cultural, and summer fun programs.

These events and activities will take place during the university's First Summer Session, which runs from May 19 through June 26, and Second Summer Session, with classes scheduled from June 30 through Aug. 7.

In addition to students, faculty, and staff normally on campus for the summer sessions, some 5,000 incoming freshmen and 800 transfer students, along with parents and other family members, will be in Blacksburg over the summer to attend one of the required orientation sessions, which run from July 7 through July 25. Orientation provides an opportunity for students and their parents to learn about Virginia Tech and prepare for college experience. Both parents and students will stay in residence halls on campus and eat in D2 dining center. Details relating to the 2008 orientation program are available through the Orientation website.

Concurrent with regular summer session classes and the orientation program, a variety of special programs are being offered to participants from around the state and nation. A long list of scheduled conferences, sports camps, conventions, and other events includes the following:

A detailed list of summer activities coordinated by the Office of Student Programs can be found at the 2006 Guest Calendar webpage.

A comprehensive list of summer events coordinated by Continuing Education can by found on the Continuing & Professional Education Calendar and the University Event Calendar.

Fall classes begin at Virginia Tech on Monday, Aug. 25.