New Students Guide
Congratulations on your acceptance to Virginia Tech! We look forward to welcoming you to our community. This webpage is designed to provide you with a brief introduction to graduate life at Virginia Tech in the D.C. metro area.
Hokie One Stop
The Hokie One Stop serves as a multi-model servicing arm of Virginia Tech to promote academic success, provide convenient and centralized access to student business related services, enhance the student experience, and support learning and professional development for students in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area. Information about student housing in the D.C. Area can be found on the Hokie One Stop website.
Getting Started As A New Student
- Create your Personal Identifier (PID). A PID will give you access to Virginia Tech online services such as:
- Contact your academic department for information about advising, funding, class registration, and orientation requirements. Program advisors for each department are listed at the bottom of this page.
- Register for classes and pay tuition on Hokie SPA.
- Keep track of important academic deadlines (exams, commencement, thesis or dissertation).
- Login to OneCampus to setup your email, network, and 2-factor accounts.
- Order your textbooks from the Online Bookstore.
International Students please also see the Orientation & Arrival page.
More information for new students can be found on the Graduate School website.
The NVC Library handles the processing of Hokie Passports. Students have to be currently enrolled and in our database for us to make the ID.
- You can schedule a time to come to the Library via their reservation portal: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/appointments/nvc-library.
- Please bring photo identification. We will take your photo and print the ID while you wait.
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Parking is free on weekends at the NVC in the lower parking lot.
During the week, parking at the NVC is managed through the ParkMobile app and is $3.30 per day. To save time, consider downloading the app and creating an account before your first visit. More information about parking can be found here: Parking at NVC
The Graduate School - D.C. metro area serves as a coordinating and governing body to all the Virginia Tech graduate programs and their students. Some of the services they provide include:
- Processing of all Graduate Student Forms
- Updates to your Student Record
- Student Advising Appointments
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On-campus employment in the D.C. area is extremely limited. When we become aware of employment opportunities, we post them on our website.
Student employment on campus generally takes two forms:
- Graduate Assistantships (GA, GTA, GRA) provide students with a stipend for living expenses, tuition, and an insurance subsidy if eligibility requirements are met. Students may be expected to teach, grade homework assignments/exams, assist faculty with research, or provide administrative support to academic programs. Assistantships can be full-time (20 hours per week) or part-time (typically 10 or 5 hours per week), and the amount of financial assistance varies widely. For more information about GAs, visit the Graduate School’s page on this topic.
- Wage employees receive hourly pay on a semi-monthly schedule from the university (based on the hours worked each week) but do not receive any additional benefits.
For international students, visa status affects the employment opportunities available. Please check with your immigration advisor for specific details.
If you have more questions regarding graduate education at Virginia Tech in the D.C. area, please email email@example.com.
The greater Washington, D.C., area Graduate Student Assembly seeks to nurture graduate student community across departments by providing social events that foster inter-department, interdisciplinary conversation. The representatives liaise with the VT-GPSS (Graduate and Professional Student Senate) in Blacksburg to improve scholarly development and graduate community by creating and implementing goals based on the issues and concerns of graduate students across the university.
Graduate Program Advisors
Each department at the Northern Virginia Center has a program advisor that can provide information, advising, and answer questions about the programs they represent. Below is a list of the current program advisors located at the NVC.
CS Program Coordinator
Location: VT NVC - Room 312A