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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 DC Metro Area.

New Graduate Student Orientation Fall 2021

Online Orientation

The online orientation was held on August 11, 2021.  A recording of the online orientation can be viewed below or at https://video.vt.edu.

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 Pre-Arrival and Arrival Checklist.

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.  We are scheduled to make student ID cards, no appointment necessary, during New Student Orientation sessions on Thursday, August 5 from 5pm-7pm and on Saturday, August 21 from 10am-4pm (expect a line).

Our regular schedule is Monday - Friday 11am - 6pm. Please note that there are no Friday appointments until school starts the week of August 23, 2021.

Please make an appointment at: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/appointments/nvc-library

Parking is free on Saturday at the NVC in the lower parking lot.   

If you plan to use the NVC parking lot during the year and have purchased a VT parking permit, you can pick up a proximity card anytime from 8:30am to 7pm from one of the Facilities Coordinators in Room 403 or 404 during the work week.  Only semester and yearly VT parking permits will be issued a proximity card.  Please bring proof of parking permit/hang tag in order to register and receive proximity card. All other users must pay the daily rate with a credit card.  More information about parking can be found here: Parking at NVC

The Graduate Student Services Office (GSSO) in the Greater Washington DC 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:

For more information on the GSSO, please Click Here

On-campus employment in the DC area is extremely limited.

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 our immigration advisors for specific details at intlncr@vt.edu

If you have more questions regarding graduate education at Virginia Tech in the D.C. area, please email gssoncr@vt.edu.

The Greater Washington DC 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 GSA in Blacksburg to improve scholarly development, and graduate community by creating and implementing goals based on the issues and concerns of graduate students on campus.

Website: https://gsa.vt.edu/

The Greater Washington DC Area GSA Leadership for 2021-2022 is:

  • Abdulaziz Alhamadani , President
  • Fanglan Chen, Vice President 
  • Zongtao Lin, Communications Chair
  • Hypatia Alexandria, Arlington Chair

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.

Annabelle Ombac
Associate Director Executive PHD Programs
Email: aombac@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-3746
Location: VT NVC - Room 357

Sarah H. Martin 
Graduate Student Coordinator
Email: shmartin@vt.edu
Phone: 540-231-6069
Location: Blacksburg

Roxanne Paul
Program Coordinator
Email: roxpaul@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-8370
Location: VT NVC - Room 312A

Samantha Pipkin
CS MEng Program Coordinator
Email: samanthap@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-3766
Location: VT NVC - Room 479

Roxanne Paul
Program Coordinator
Email: roxpaul@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-8370
Location: VT NVC - Room 312A

Celina Gallegos
ECE MEng Program Coordinator
Email: celinag1@vt.edu
Phone: 571-858-3120
Location: VT Research Center Arlington, VA

Ginny Wagg
Assistant Director MBA Programs
Email: gwagg@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-3746
Location: VT NVC - Room 359

Dana Hansson
Director of MBA Programs
Email: dhansson@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-3761
Location: VT NVC - Room 344

David Robertson
XMNR Associate Director
Email:  davidrobertson@vt.edu
Phone: 434-258-2236

Diane Dondershine
XMNR Program Coordinator
Email:  dmdondershine@vt.edu
Phone: 571-858-3339

Omar Youssef
MSBA-HTM Program Coordinator 
Email: omary@vt.edu
Phone:  703-538-8349
Location: VT NVC - Room 361

Hannah Parks
Graduate Program Coordinator
Email: hsswiger@vt.edu
Phone: 540-231-5586
Location: Blacksburg

Reve Anderko
Graduate Program Coordinator
Email: randerko@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-8410
Location: VT NVC - Room 301

Beverly Griffin
Program Coordinator
Email: bgriff75@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-8397
Location: VT NVC - Room 301

Christine Sok
Academic Operations Manager
Email: cssok4@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-8384
Location: VT NVC - Room 365

Shekina Roberson
Graduate Program Coordinator
Email: shekina@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-8361
Location: VT NVC Room 365

Rabeya Rahman 
Graduate Program Coordinator
Email: rahmanra@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-8397
Location: VT NVC - Room 365

Kieran Lindsey
MNR Associate Director
Email:  klindsey@vt.edu
Phone: 540-744-2534
Location: VT Research Center Arlington, VA

Allison Jones
Program Coordinator
Email: arjones@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-3790
Location: VT NVC - Room 435

Allison Jones
Program Coordinator
Email: arjones@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-3790
Location: VT NVC - Room 435

Susan Li
Graduate Academic Program Assistant
Email: susanli@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-8481
Location: VT NVC - Room 446

Susan Li
Graduate Academic Program Assistant
Email: susanli@vt.edu
Phone: 703-538-8481
Location: VT NVC - Room 446

Ariel Ahram
Program Director
Email: ahram@vt.edu
Phone:  571-858-3123
Location: VT Research Center Arlington, VA

Kelly Crist 
Program Coordinator
Email:  kcrist@vt.edu
Phone:  540-231-2291
Location: VT Research Center Arlington, VA

Susan Piedmont-Palladino
Program Director
Email:  spalla@vt.edu

Stephanie Woodson
Program Coordinator
Email:  rwsteph@vt.edu