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.
Checklist For New Students
- 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.
Orientation Materials Fall 2019
The fall 2019 orientation materials will be available in August 2019.
NVC Parking Proximity Cards
If you will 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 8pm from one of the Facilities Coordinators in Room 403 during the work week. Only semester and yearly VT parking permits will be issued a proximity card. All other users must pay the daily rate with a credit card.
Hokie Passports (Virginia Tech student ID cards) can be processed at Orientation in the Library (first floor of the NVC) from 11am to 6:00pm. Staff will take your picture and print your card while you wait. IDs can also be processed from 11am to 6:30pm during the work week. Please bring a valid ID such as a driver's license or passport.
Graduate Student Services Office
The Graduate Student Services Office (GSSO) in the National Capital Region, serves as a coordinating and governing body to all the Virginia Tech graduate programs and their students. Some of the services they provide include:
- Change of status
- Plan of study review
- Processing graduate school forms
- Registration assistance
Graduate Student Assembly
The NCR Gradate 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.
The NCR GSA Leadership for 2019-2020 is:
- Joel Hartleroad, Chair
- Maryann Romero, Vice Chair
- Brandon Hagerty, Social Chair
- Abdualaziz (Aziz) Alhamadani, Philanthropy Chair
- Erica Ramirez, Falls Church Representative
- Fanglan Chen, PhD Representative
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.