Your first semester at Virginia Tech will be a busy one! Here are some tips and recommendations for your first week, month, and semester. For a more detailed overview of what your first days and weeks on campus should look like, be sure to check out the Division of Student Affairs’ You’re In… NOW WHAT? Your Guide to Life at Virginia Tech.
Participate in Hokie Hi Welcome.
“Hokie Hi Welcome at Virginia Tech is a series of events and Hokie traditions designed to welcome you back to campus. Kick off the school year by connecting with your campus and community through a variety of interactive social activities. From the Welcome Back Picnic in Lane Stadium, to a movie on the Drillfield, to Gobblerfest, there's something for everyone.” – New Student and Family Programs
Find your classrooms.
Finding your classrooms is easy with this interactive campus map.
Locate resources on campus:
- The Schiffert Health Center delivers medical services and health information programs.*
- The Student Success Center offers free academic support and enrichment programs for undergraduates. It offers services like tutoring, study skills seminars, college transition programs, graduate school preparation, and grants for research projects.* There are academic success programs for students in serious academic trouble, students striving for that 4.0 GPA, and all students in between.
- Recreational Sports operates the two gyms on campus and coordinates intramural sports teams, club sports, group fitness, and self-directed exercise programs.*
Check out VTPD resources.
The Virginia Tech Police Department (VTPD) is nationally accredited with 53 sworn officers authorized to enforce federal, state, and local laws. They're on the job 24 hours a day to prevent crime and keep the community safe, so just ask if you need help, or dial 540-231-6411.*
In addition to campus safety tips, VTPD offers unique student programs such as:
- Student Police Academy. If you've ever wanted to drive a police car, make a traffic stop, or wondered what it would be like to do CSI, then the VTPD Student Police Academy is for you.*
- Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) for female students. If you want to improve your self-defense skills, the Virginia Tech Police offer a RAD course to help you learn how to avoid risks and protect yourself (and anyone around you, if they need it).*
- Safe Ride. if you need a ride after dark, call Safe Ride (540-231-SAFE), a transportation service offered by the Virginia Tech Police.*
Learn the ins and outs of your Hokie Passport:
Utilize the New Student and Family Programs office's lists of university resources and common concerns for new students.
* -Taken directly from the Division of Student Affairs' You're In… NOW WHAT? Your Guide to Life at Virginia Tech.
Make note of important dates:
- When do you register for your classes for next semester? See the academic calendar for registration dates and deadlines.
- When you do apply for financial aid and scholarships for next year? Stay informed with University Scholarships and Financial Aid's "Applying for Aid" resources.
Find ways to get involved in campus life:
- Looking for a student organization to join? Want to start your own? Check out GobblerConnect, your one stop shop for all student orgs and university events. Just create your account and a world of Hokie interaction is at your fingertips.*
- And if you get really jazzed about being involved in one of our more than 700 student clubs, look no further than Gobblerfest, the annual festival that connects students to campus activities, the community, and clubs and organizations. Gobblerfest takes over the entire Drillfield (which is no small feat) and regularly has a Ferris wheel and other carnival rides.*
Explore on-campus employment.
Did you quality for Federal Work Study? If so, follow University Scholarships and Financial Aid's instructions for finding an on-campus work-study position.
Looking for a part-time job on campus? Check out these on-campus employment opportunities:
Start planning your degree.
There are different types of requirements you'll need to meet for your Virginia Tech degree.
- You can find all your major requirements on your academic program's graduation checksheet.
- Familiarize yourself with your Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE) requirements (Virginia Tech's version of general education requirements).
- Planning to add a minor to your degree? Explore requirements for minors.
- Utilize the student resources from Advising Matters @ VT.
- For help in planning your degree and meeting the various graduation requirements, utilize the University Registrar's Pathways Planner.
* -Taken directly from the Division of Student Affairs' You're In…NOW WHAT? Your Guide to Life at Virginia Tech.
Take advantage of all the resources VT has to offer.
Explore off-campus housing opportunities for sophomore year:
- The Division of Student Affair's Moving Off-Campus video will help prepare you for the off-campus housing search.
- Attend the Off-Campus Housing Fair. "The Virginia Tech Off-Campus Housing Fair is a vendor resource fair where students, faculty/staff and community members are able to interact with local property manager to view vacancies for the following academic year." – Student Engagement and Campus Life.
- Visit the Off-Campus Housing webpage and search for nearby apartments and roommates.