Virginia Tech is looking for academically curious rising juniors from historically underserved or underrepresented populations to participate in Explore VT, a residential academic summer enrichment program June 25-29, 2017 on Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg.

Explore VT is a 5-day program that gives underrepresented students the opportunity to live in a Virginia Tech dorm, immerse themselves in a college environment, and learn from faculty from all 8 of Virginia Tech’s colleges:

Explore VT is an InclusiveVT initiative. InclusiveVT is the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (that I may serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. (link to our website).   In an effort to advance diversity, InclusiveVT Project 2022 is a collaborative effort between the Office for Inclusion and Diversity, Undergraduate Admissions, Outreach and International Affairs, the College Access Collaborative, and VT’s 8 colleges.

Cost: $500 for one-week residential camp.  

Application Deadline - April 14th

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Here is the tentative schedule. Final details TBD.



June 25

June 26

June 27

June 28

June 29

June 30








Example Theme

Move – In Orientation  

Policy and Social Disparity 


Sustainability and Modern   Agriculture 

GIS and ecosystems 

Student Presentations, Students Depart



Cohort 1

09:00 am    


10:00 am

Academic Workshop 1 (10 min break)

11:00 am

Academic Workshop 2 (10 min break)

12:00 pm

Break /Lunch - Dietrick Dining

01:00 pm

Mentorship meeting

02:00 pm

Academic Development Seminar

03:00 pm


04:00 pm


05:00 pm

Free time

06:00 pm

Dinner- Dietrick Dining

07:00 pm

Evening Directed Activity

08:00 pm

Evening Directed Activity

09:00 pm

Supervised hall free time

10:00 pm

Lights out


An eligible student must be:

  • A Virginia resident
  • A rising junior in a Virginia high school
  • A full-time high school student
  • Academically curious
  • From a historically underserved or underrepresented population

West Ambler Johnston Hall: http://housing.vt.edu/experience/YourResidenceHall/HallListing/aj-w.html

Sheets, blanket, and pillow provided.

Something to take notes with: a laptop and/or notepad. (You will have Internet access on campus.)

As we are located on the cusp of the Appalachian mountains, summers are a bit cooler than other parts of Virginia. But shorts and T-shirts should be just fine.


Students will have lunch on their own; maps and lists of local restaurants will be provided. Students will have supervised free time in the evenings. Some potential activities around Blacksburg may include:

  • Campus performances
  • Exploring the campus, playing Ultimate Frisbee on the Drillfield, strolling around the Duck Pond
  • Local festivals and events such as the Free Friday Concert series 


Students be sent links to participate in online discussions moderated by faculty members.

We will reach out to attendees regarding tutoring/mentorship opportunities, special invitations to campus. We will keep you in the know about upcoming VT events and pre-college programs.