Individualized education. Individualized support.

The Honors Peer Advising Center, or HPAC, helps Virginia Tech honors students find or develop answers to honors-related questions. We offer free one-on-one peer advising, Course of Study Planner guidance and approval, and small-group workshops. We work with honors students from all colleges from their first semester through graduation.

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  • + Program Description

    The Honors Peer Advising Center (HPAC) will provide significant support related to honors credit, honors diplomas, and the Course of Study Planner, though it will adapt to support honors students as needed. The HPAC’s main service will be one-on-one peer advising appointments, but it will also offer small-group workshops. P/F, Fall and Spring semesters, credit TBA.

  • + Position Description

    Peer advisors have meetings to ask questions, get students involved in finding solutions, and introduce resources. Less frequently, they teach workshops on common problems or areas of interest.

  • + Practicum

    UH 4xxx Honors Peer Advising Practicum is taken during the semester(s) while advising. This Practicum emphasizes honors students’ characteristics and needs, problem-solving skills, and familiarity with Honors and University resources. 1H, 3C; P/F.

  • + Time Commitment

    • Significant pre-experience training
    • Several hours of weekly advising appointments
    • 75-minute Practicum (meeting frequency TBA)
    • Homework
    • One workshop per semester
    • Academic year commitment
  • + Selection Criteria

    The most successful peer educators are honors students who can be approachable, reliable role models and mentors with strong communication, listening, and interpersonal skills; strong organization and time management skills; experience in peer leadership; a strong academic record; and adaptability, empathy, and patience. The best applicants will have experience in Honors and at Virginia Tech, willingness to learn Honors and University resources inside and out, and sufficient availability throughout the full academic year.


Galina Belolipetski

Kira Bourret

Erin Deshazo

P'trice Jones

Rachel Kanefsky

Dominique Ngo

Lauren Weaver



hpac@vt.edu | (540) 231-4591


Virginia Tech Honors College, MC 0427

116 Hillcrest Hall

385 West Campus Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061


Phone: (540) 231-4591