High Impact Practices

High-impact educational practices take many different forms, depending on learner characteristics and on institutional priorities and contexts. These practices include first-year seminars and experiences, common intellectual experiences, learning communities, writing-intensive courses, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, diversity/global learning, service learning, community-based learning, internships, and capstone courses and projects.

“When we talk about the student experience at Virginia Tech, we talk about holistic learning,” said Perillo. “Bridging formal learning with everyday activities, there are significant moments that are transformative in a student’s life, mentors that matter, and meaningful interactions that can make all the difference.”

In partnership with President Sands and Provost Rikakis, the Division of Student Affairs is committed to creating and supporting intentional opportunities for students to actively engage in high-impact practices.

Examples of existing Virginia Tech experiential learning opportunities include undergraduate research, living-learning communities, internships, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, athletics, and service learning.