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Virginia Tech Traditions...................................................... 2 Corps of Cadets............................................................... 3 Division of Student Affairs Principles of Community............. 4 Principles of Community.................................................... 6

know before you go................ 7

May 1 - Accept admission offer and pay matriculation deposit Right away - Create PID  SAP - Apply for priority placement in a A living-learning community

To-do List......................................................................... 8 Orientation....................................................................... 9 Computing..................................................................... 12 Academics..................................................................... 14 Living-Learning............................................................... 18 Dining Plans................................................................... 20 Hokie Passport............................................................... 22 Parking.......................................................................... 23 Student Conduct............................................................ 24

June 1 - Final deadline to submit housing/dining contract

moving to campus................ 25

August 10 - Tuition deadline

J une 30 - Final deadline to register for orientation (Do it now—sessions fill up!) July - Orientation/register for classes


August 22–25 - Move in

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parents & family................... 63

August 27 - Classes begin

Sign up for VT Alerts Turn in immunization history form Check computer specs

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Welcome to Virginia Tech and your new life as a Hokie! Virginia Tech is a big place, with a lot to learn and do. We’ve tried to provide an overview of what’s important to student life here, and while this book may not tell you everything, it is a great place to start as you prepare for your new life on campus.

Look for helpful tips throughout the book from students who have spent some time getting to know the university. We hope this book will help you adjust to your new life as part of the campus community.



Virginia Tech was founded in 1872 as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Today, it is a comprehensive research university with a student body of more than 30,000 on campus. The 2,600-acre main campus is located in the small college town of Blacksburg, where Tech students make up more than two-thirds of the population.

Random (but useful!) facts Service is a big part of the university community. Our motto Ut Prosim means “That I may serve.” The nickname VPI is from one of the university’s former names, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, official from 1944 to 1970. The word “Hokie” was coined by O.M. Stull (class of 1896) in a spirit yell that has become an official anthem for the university. It apparently didn’t have any meaning, and was just used to get attention. In 1913, a local resident named Floyd Meade trained a large turkey to gobble on command at games. Although the nickname “Gobblers” had been used sporadically for about 10 years, Meade’s turkey spurred fans and sports writers to use it regularly. The HokieBird, the university mascot, evolved from a live turkey paraded on the playing field to a hand-sewn costume with a papier-mache head to today’s professionally manufactured outfit.

Connect, Network, & Get Hired Stay connected to Hokies around the world! Log in to Hokie Nation Network, the social and professional networking site exclusively for Hokie students, faculty, staff, and alumni at

Fans used to refer to the Tech teams as “Hokies” as well as “Fightin’ Gobblers,” but the latter nickname prevailed. In the 1980s, a football coach who didn’t like the gobbler image encouraged the use of the nickname Hokies, and the two names evolved into the HokieBird.

Derived from nonsense syllables in an old spirit cheer, a “Hokie” is any student, alum, or fan who supports Virginia Tech with pride and enthusiasm. When asked what a Hokie is, you can proudly answer, “I am!”


The original school colors were black and gray, but people eventually noticed that it made the athletes look like prisoners in their striped uniforms. Burnt orange and Chicago maroon were chosen in 1896 because of their uniqueness. To listen to mp3s of the official Virginia Tech songs Old Hokie: and cheers, visit www. Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hi! Tech Tech VPI Sol-a-rex Sol-a-rah Use your smart phone Poly Tech Vir-gin-i-a and this QR code will Ray Rah VPI take you to our website. (Sorry, dumb phones Team! Team! Team! still require typing.)


Corps of Cadets When Virginia Tech opened its doors in the fall of 1872 as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, its first students looked a little different than the average Tech freshman does today. Clad in uniforms, the first cadets were organized into two companies forming a single battalion, founding an institution known today as the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC), one of the nation’s six senior military colleges.

Today’s corps of cadets More than 900 cadets currently participate in the corps, 80 percent of whom are also enrolled in one of the three ROTC units. The remaining 20 percent are enrolled in the Civilian Track and plan on going into the public or private sectors after graduation. They get hands-on leadership experience while also receiving training on ethics, resumé writing, and business leadership. Today’s corps provides the building blocks for success and leadership for any career path.

The VTCC holds remembrance vigils at the War Memorial in honor of Virginia Tech alumni who have died in the line of duty, whose names are etched on the Pylons. The cenotaph in the center honors Virginia Tech’s seven Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

didyouknow? 200 incoming cadets each year receive an Emerging Leader Scholarship for $3,000 per year (out-of-state) or $2,000 per year for four years (in-state). In-state cadets with an ROTC scholarship and the ELS only pay around $1,500/semester to attend Virginia Tech, not taking into account the $300 to $500 monthly stipend they receive as spending money. First-year cadets in the Highty-Tighties also receive a scholarship worth an additional $1,000. Students who decide to join the corps after applying to the university make up 8 percent of each incoming cadet class­—it’s not too late to join! Learn more at

Leadership and values training Cadets are taught the fundamentals of leadership, the importance of integrity, and are instilled with a deep sense of service. Cadets are ambassadors of the university motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), and complete a community service project each semester. The VTCC combines motivational leadership training with top-notch academics. Cadets really get the best of both worlds here. 3


Student Affairs (What the heck is that?) I know, isn’t everything at the university a student affair? Well, actually, yes. The Division of Student Affairs is responsible for integrating the stuff you do in class with all the other aspects of life on campus. Its programs and services will have a huge impact on your time here at Virginia Tech. Find out more at Student Affairs supports the university’s mission to “expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life” for students. In other words, we try to supply everything you need to graduate as a successful, learned, and decent person.

College is about more than just academics, and Student Affairs covers all the stuff that doesn’t come on a syllabus. With its programs and services, you can learn to lead responsibly, discover a promising career, develop habits for a healthy and productive lifestyle, and make a real, positive impact on the communities to which you belong. In addition to encouraging individual learning and achievement, the division is committed to cultivating a welcoming and supportive environment for all students. Its programs, services, and resources promote an inclusive and diverse campus community where people from all backgrounds can learn from one another as well as from their academic studies.

Jenna Communication, 2012

The main thing that I have learned is that everyone on campus, both students and staff, is very open. Meeting people is not hard at all, so there is no reason to be scared or shy about making new friends. This is your home now and your friends become your family. Cherish every moment and make the most of your experience. Get involved and don’t hold back your Hokie spirit!

Though there is certainly a lot going on at the university, the most important part is the focus on discovery, learning, and engagement—and Student Affairs supports it by encouraging critical thinking and hands-on experience. You’ll find information on our departments and their many resources and opportunities throughout the book, though we’ve given references in case you’re not a front-toback kind of reader:


 Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center – sponsors programs to head off drinking issues before they become a problem. Page 53

Cook Counseling Center – provides mental health, psychiatric, and trauma counseling and screening. Page 48

 Career Services – offers counseling and resources to help you explore majors, get into grad school, or find that perfect job. Page 52

 Corps of Cadets – teaches leadership development and prepares students for commissioned service in the U.S. Armed Forces. Page 3


 Cranwell International Center – supports the 2,300 students who come to Virginia Tech from other countries. Page 50  Dean of Students – serves as a liaison for students in emergencies and coordinates orientation and Hokie Camp for new students. Page 53  Dining Services – provides national award-winning food service in 10 campus dining centers. Page 42  Fraternity and Sorority Life – advises the Virginia Tech Greek community, which makes up 16 percent of the undergraduate student population. Page 54  Housing and Residence Life – provides resident services and community development to the 9,000 students who live in the residence halls. Page 38  Multicultural Programs and Services – supports underrepresented populations through advising, leadership development, and diversity training. Page 50

didyouknow? Virginia Tech is a big place, and it might take you a while to get to know it, but here’s a start. Virginia Tech has: more than 30,000 full-time students about 9,000 campus residents 6.2 million meals served in the dining centers each year 65 bachelor’s and 145 master’s degree programs a main Blacksburg campus of over 2,600 acres

 Recreational Sports – operates the two gyms on campus and coordinates intramural sports teams, club sports, group fitness, and self-directed exercise programs. Page 60  Schiffert Health Center – delivers medical services and health information programs. Page 47  Services for Students with Disabilities – advises students who need help gaining access to university services and opportunities. Page 17  Student Centers and Activities – manages student centers, event planning, university awards, and student organizations. Page 58 Student Conduct – oversees misconduct cases, peer advisors, and the student judicial committee and publishes the Hokie Handbook. Page 24

University Studies as its second most popular freshman major, after engineering more than 900 students in the corps of cadets



The Principles of Community were affirmed in 2005.

How are Virginia Tech students making a difference? Visit the Division of Student Affairs’ Aspire! Awards page, where you can read stories of amazing students who make a positive impact on our own community and beyond. Learn more about the aspirations online at

Principles of Community

Aspirations for student learning

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. Learning from the experiences that shape Virginia Tech as an institution, we acknowledge those aspects of our legacy that reflected bias and exclusion. Therefore, we adopt and practice the following principles as fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members:

The university wants you to have an exceptional college experience, and our excellent academic programs will give you a great start. So, the Division of Student Affairs made a list of all the things you should be learning outside the classroom, too, that will help you become a wise, upstanding, and generally well rounded individual. If you could get only five things out of college, we hope it would be these:

We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding. We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect. We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and the university. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity. We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others. We pledge our collective commitment to these principles in the spirit of the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).


Stories that Inspire

Commit to unwavering curiosity Virginia Tech students will be inspired to lead lives of curiosity, embracing a life-long commitment to intellectual development.

Pursue self-understanding and integrity Virginia Tech students will form a set of affirmative values and develop the self-understanding to integrate these values into their decision-making.

Practice civility Virginia Tech students will understand and commit to civility as a way of life in their interactions with others.

Prepare for a life of courageous leadership Virginia Tech students will be courageous leaders who serve as change agents and make the world more humane and just.

Embrace Ut Prosim as a way of life Virginia Tech students will enrich their lives through service to others. To learn more about the Division of Student Affairs’ commitment to a culture of learning and read the aspirations in their entirety, visit


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You’re in. You’ve signed the paperwork, and you’re officially a Virginia Tech Hokie. Congratulations! But, before you start Facebook friending the entire incoming class, here are some important things you’ll need to do this summer.



Stuff you should do BEFORE you get here:  Create your PID Email, orientation, dining plan, bursar’s account—it all starts here. Just go to and click on “Accounts and Access.”  Turn in your housing/dining contract At the Hokie SPA website,, you’ll need to electronically sign and submit your contract that says you want us to save you a place to sleep and tells us how much money to put in your dining account. The deadline is June 1.


Sign up for orientation Sessions run July 9 – 27 for freshmen, but you have to sign up no later than June 30 on Hokie SPA. (Are you sensing a pattern, yet?) Each session is limited, so the longer you wait, the less choices you’ll have. Once there, you’ll sign up for classes, find your way around, and learn how not to look like a total newb when you get here for the fall.

Get to know Hokie SPA No, it’s not a place to get a’s pretty much the hub for all the administrative things you’ll do online at the university. By going to, you can register for classes, view university account balances, find final grades and transcript information, choose a dining plan, review financial aid awards, check your email, and update your address.

Fill out your health forms Turn in the forms at and make sure your shots are up-to-date before you come, or you won’t be able to sign up for classes. If you have health insurance, bring your insurance card with you when you come in the fall; you never know when you might need it.  Get yourself a computer Make sure it meets the baseline standards at, and check with your department to see if there are any additional required specs based on your major.  Look up your room assignment Finally! Building/room assignments and roommate information are posted on your Hokie SPA page by July 31. Relax. This list is all you need.

More things to consider:  Apply for a living-learning community Priority consideration goes to those who apply by May 1, but if you find a community that you’d like to join on page 18, there’s still plenty of time left. See them all at B  uy a parking permit online If you’re bringing a car, you can purchase a parking permit at after July 1. If you’d ever seen the line to buy parking passes in August, you would do this one right now. Don’t wait!


 Upgrade your dining plan You will automatically be enrolled in the individual Major Flex, but you can upgrade your meal plan from June 1 through August 22 if you anticipate being super hungry or buying a lot of lobster and lattes. See page 20 or for the run-down.  Read the room decoration guidelines This is a good one to do before you start buying stuff that could make your room light up like a roadside fireworks stand. There are rules about what you can (flame-retardant curtains) and cannot have in the residence halls (halogen lamps, toasters, flamethrowers). See the shortlist on page 33 and read them all at


Orientation leader s can be recognized by their blazing Hokie colors, Hokie bling, and abundant school spirit.

Orientation When do I sign up for classes? How will I know where to go? When can I start meeting other students? Who will feed my turtle while I’m away at college? Hold your horses there, Captain Spaz. The answers to most of these questions can be found at New Student Orientation. At orientation in July, you’ll stay in a residence hall, meet with an academic advisor, get familiar with campus, learn about Virginia Tech traditions, and connect with other incoming freshmen. If you haven’t already signed up, go to That’s where you can also find out what to bring, where to park, and other useful stuff.

Kayla University Studies, 2012

As an incoming freshman, I was really nervous about going to orientation, but it actually turned out to be really fun! It is important to go into orientation with an open mind and a good attitude. You will meet lots of great people, so make sure you exchange numbers so you can meet up once school starts. You will really feel like a Hokie after orientation. The spirit is contagious! Embrace it and have a great time.




University Studies, Class of 2014

Hokie Camp really brought me out of my shell. It was a great time, especially for someone like me who was coming to Tech not knowing anyone. Hokie Camp led me to lifelong friends.

Just because it’s called camp doesn’t mean you will be sleeping in a tent in the woods. You’ll spend three days at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center, where you will stay in air-conditioned, furnished rooms and hang out with other incoming freshmen while learning more about life at Virginia Tech.

Hokie Camp The transition from high school to college can be a bit daunting, and even the most successful high school students sometimes need a little help adjusting to college life. That’s where Hokie Camp comes in. At Hokie Camp, you’ll have the opportunity to jumpstart your new collegiate life before classes start, make new friends, and learn all of the details involved in being a successful college student, specifically a Virginia Tech Hokie. It’s not required, but it is fun, and offered to all incoming freshmen.


Marketing Management and Theatre Arts Class of 2012

There is no way to describe the amount of spirit and energy that surfaces at Hokie Camp. It really is a great way for incoming students to gain a sense of cohesion, solidarity, and belonging to the Virginia Tech community. It allows freshmen to be a part of something bigger than themselves and really prepares them for being a student at Virginia Tech.


Wondering what’s going on here? At Hokie Camp, it’ll all make sense.


Your time at camp will be packed with fun activities and learning experiences, including a low ropes course, campfire, social events, and sessions on community service, traditions, academics, and more. Hokie Camp costs $195, which covers travel from Virginia Tech to Smith Mountain Lake (about 90 minutes), food and lodging while you’re there, and a Hokie camp T-shirt. If you think about it, having a group of new friends to share the first week of school with is worth every penny. Sign up today at


Marketing Management, Class of 2012

Hokie Camp was one of the best experiences I have had at Virginia Tech thus far. The three days I spent at Hokie Camp were the most exciting, exhausting, and special days I think any one experience could ever provide. Everyone, counselors and campers alike, left camp feeling closely bonded to the Virginia Tech community and enthusiastic to start the new school year. I think every Virginia Tech student should be involved with Hokie Camp to share passion, traditions, and cherished memories with past, present, and future Hokies .


Hokie Campers participate in ropes course challenges.

Each session, about 320 Hokie Campers are assigned to five color groups, whose members get to know each other, compete together in challenges, and team up throughout all three days of camp. You know how in teen movies everyone suddenly breaks out in a spontaneous yet intricately choreographed dance? Hokie Camp has that. The Whirlay Bird is an original hip-hop song and dance that seems to pop up all over the place on campus, so pick it up at Hokie Camp (or check it out on YouTube if you need extra practice time). 11

As soon as you create your PID and password, you’ve got yourself a Virginia Tech email account. Just tack “” on the end of your PID to get your address. You can check your mail at Your PID gives you access to: Hokie SPA, where you can register for classes (wait, wait, not until orientation!), review financial aid information, view class schedules, and see final grades

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While social media may be the new thing, the university sends a lot of vital information through good old-fashioned email, including account information, contract renewal instructions, and safety bulletins. Check your university email at least once a day to make sure you’re not missing something important. To learn how to keep your computer secure, attend the computer security requirement presentation at orientation, or visit for guidelines and information., a free place to store files online MyVT, a portal with access to email, online courses, accounts, and other services offered at Virginia Tech, at Scholar, a site professors use to post course documents, syllabi, and other class materials. Some professors post course syllabi and assigments before the semester begins, so you should probably check in advance to see if you have any assignments due the first day (seriously!). Whether you’re checking in or checking out tips, news, and stories, Virginia Tech has a robust presence on social networks. Stay up to date on news, research, and fun happenings through Virginia Tech’s Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube pages. Don’t miss the popular Daily Photo feature on Facebook, where you can share your experiences on campus with Hokies around the world. There’s even an I’m a Hokie Twitter feed for studentrelated news. To help you explore campus, Virginia Tech has partnered with Foursquare. You can check into more than 100 venues to get tips, leave pictures, and find friends.


Cheap Software! Hooray! You do get some perks for paying all that college tuition. For discounts on Windows, Mac OS, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suites, required software packages, and other software titles, visit

Looking for more ways to keep up with what’s going on at the university? Check out the official university accounts at

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The Internet can be scary …and you are responsible for updating, maintaining, and backing up your own machine. To protect yourself and your computer, be sure you can check off everything on this list. Visit, send in a help request to, or call 540-231HELP if you need help. First and foremost, run the VTnet CD that you receive at orientation! VTnet will install Symantec Antivirus on your system and automatically set it to update on a regular basis, ensure your firewall is turned on, and automatically check for critical software updates. Create and use secure passwords. “Password” does NOT count. To find out what does count, view the password guidelines at Turn off file sharing. Yes, it’s awesome—until you get a virus, a conduct referral, or a subpoena for stealing intellectual property. Nobody wants to be called a music pirate in criminal court.

Back up your data regularly. Especially near exam time. Losing a 20-page paper the night before it’s due is a tragedy no one should have to experience. Don’t open shady attachments, click on unfamiliar links, or any other questionable email stuff. This includes desperate pleas for money from the crown prince of some exotic foreign country. Virginia Tech will never send a message to you asking you to validate, confirm, or update your personal information and passwords. So, if you see something convincing but it asks for your account info, just delete it. If you’re going to set up your own wireless router, beware—you are responsible for maintaining and securing it yourself. For information on how, visit

Arrrgh! Hand over yer gigabytes!

Wondering what kind of computer to buy for school (or how you’re going to afford one)? Visit for specs.

A Mac lover’s paradise.

Math Emporium Ever thought, “I really wish there was a giant room filled with 500 computers where I could study 24 hours a day”? The Empo was meant for you. Use this off-campus computing behemoth for free math tutoring, group meetings, or just plain studying. Catch the University Mall Shuttle in front of Burruss Hall.



Academics Making the jump from high school to college There are many fun and exciting opportunities at Virginia Tech, but when it comes down to it, everyone is here to get an education. College classes can be vastly different from what you were used to in high school, so getting the hang of it might take a few weeks.

While you shouldn’t be scared that college classes are going to be “hard,” you should expect it to be more challenging. How, you ask?

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T eachers and parents direct your work, prioritizing for you and giving you scheduled times to work on assignments at home and in class.

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 ou’re expected to study about three hours per week Y outside of class for every credit-hour you’re taking.

You might have aced quizzes and tests with little more than some last-minute cramming with friends.

There may be as few as two exams per semester, and doing well will likely mean reading the text, taking notes in class, going back over both, AND reviewing before exams.

Teachers give you homework assignments at the end of class and make sure you’re on track.

Most classes provide a syllabus at the beginning of the year, and anything on it you’re responsible for, whether the professor mentions it in class or not.

You often go over any readings in class, discuss them, and review them if they will be on a quiz.

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Basically, high school is designed to teach you facts and information, while college teaches you how to learn on your own and be an independent, critical thinker. Don’t wait until after the first test of the semester to figure out where your learning style could use some adjustments! But, don’t worry. The university has some excellent resources to help new students get up to speed. The Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence offers free academic support and educational programs for undergraduates. They offer services

like tutoring, study skills seminars, college transition programs, gradschool prep, and grants for research projects. To see if you might benefit from some of the programs they offer, go to

age your time and CAEE can teach you to man take top-notch notes.

What if you’re not sure which academic program or major is right for you? The University Academic Advising Center administers University Studies—the designated major for students who are undecided about their majors, exploring several majors, or preparing to apply to a competitive admission program. University Studies lets students explore what’s available at Virginia Tech before choosing a program of study, and provides advising and administrative services, so that even commitment-phobes can find something that sparks their curiosity. To find out whether University Studies might be the right place for you to start, go to



While you’re responsible for your own academic success (including choosing your major), your academic advisor can help you develop an academic plan and stay on track for graduation. Your advisor won’t pick out your classes for you or tell you what you should be when you grow up, but he or she can make suggestions based on your goals and interests. Visit for tips about meeting with your advisor.

Bring to your advisor meeting: Questions about requirements Courses for next semester Internship ideas

All students are required to complete the Curriculum for Liberal Education before they graduate. The purpose of these courses is not to frustrate literature-loving bookworms, future scientists, and math geeks alike. The CLE is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge across multiple disciplines, which will strengthen your skills in critical thinking, communication, research, quantitative reasoning, and other abilities that you’ll rely on long after your college years are over. To view the CLE requirements for your class, go to

Research interests Subjects you liked/didn’t like in high school

Make friends with the library It may not be the most popular place to spend a Friday night, but everybody should get to know the library. It has tons of books, electronic databases, and research journals you’ll need in your studies, as well as services to help you find them. The library also offers an extensive collection of DVDs that includes recent releases and television series. There are a variety of great places to study nearby, including Torgersen Bridge and the library’s own Learning Commons. There are also designated spaces in Newman Library where you can hold small group meetings with classmates. If you prefer to do your library research online, you can work in the comfort of your room and talk to librarians using the online chat service. For more details, go to 16


Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program There are also programs designed to help specific student populations. The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program is an academic success community founded on principles of self-help, mentoring, and peer support. Its goal is to help diversify the student body, particularly in the areas of science, math, and technology. To find out about its academic support and scholarship opportunities, visit

Services for Students with Disabilities Services for Students with Disabilities exists to assist the Division of Student Affairs and the university with advancing their missions and with protecting students’ civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The department establishes clear guidelines and procedures, creates collaborative partnerships, and provides progressive services to promote student learning, personal growth, and development of life skills. SSD endeavors to create a campus climate in which students with disabilities experience full access and inclusion in curricular and co-curricular opportunities in the academic community. For more information, please visit

Education Abroad Finally, while there are a ton of academic options on campus, there are infinite possibilities to expand your education beyond its borders. Regardless of major, study abroad is an option for every student at Virginia Tech, and junior year is a popular time to go. Education Abroad offers more than 70 student exchanges and more than 40 faculty-led programs in countries all over the world. You can take classes or intern abroad

for a semester, a summer, or even just a few weeks, for not much more than the cost of studying on campus. There are popular programs in Australia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, and many more, plus you can design a program elsewhere around your own academic interests. For information on how to get started, go to



Living-learning communities What if you REALLY want to step up your Virginia Tech experience? Then try one of our amazing living-learning communities, designed to integrate academics and college life in ways that benefit both of them. More than 1,000 students take advantage of the enhanced learning, stronger personal development, and lasting friendships by joining one the communities listed below (and studies show they get better grades, too). There are residential learning communities designed around academic majors, co-curricular interests like service-learning and leadership, residential colleges with live-in faculty, and themes like international and substance-free housing. To learn more about them, visit


The Biological/Life/Physical/ Quantitative Sciences and Engineering Community The inVenTs living-learning community for engineering and the biological, life, physical, and quantitative sciences in Lee Hall can help you through some of the first-year courses relevant to your major and introduce you to other students interested in similar scientific fields.

Sharing academic classes and social fuctions help create a tight-knit community.

The four communities within inVenTs are: DaVinci: The Biological and Life Sciences Community Curie: The Physical and Quantitative Sciences Community Hypatia: The Women’s Engineering Community Galileo: The Men’s Engineering Community

Residential Colleges: The residential colleges at Ambler Johnston are supportive intellectual communities governed by members and live-in faculty principals. Open to students of all majors, years, and interests, they challenge members to learn from each other and mentor younger students in the community. Students and faculty from disciplines across campus interact and learn from one another in a tight-knit community that students say has helped them find their place at the university. The Honors Residential College at East Ambler Johnston, which opened in fall 2011, is open to University Honors students. The Residential College at West Ambler Johnston, opening fall 2012, is for all students regardless of year, major, or honors status.

Hillcrest Honors Community: If you’re an honors student looking to further intellectual interests, pursue undergraduate research, or join in spontaneous philosophical discussions, you can apply to Hillcrest, regardless of major. The application process is invitation-only and very selective. You’re required to attend a two-hour colloquium, as well as other academic and social events, as long as you remain in the program. See for information on applying.



Serve: Community service is important to many Virginia Tech students, and some of them have even based their residential experience around it. The SERVE community in Pritchard Residence Hall—Students Engaging and Responding through Volunteer Experiences—is for first-year students who are committed to serving the surrounding community and making friends while doing it.

Hillcrest members take a hike.

The WELL: The Wellness Environment for Living and Learning in Newman Hall is a substance-free community emphasizing overall wellness. Participants live in an environment free from smoke, alcohol, and tobacco products. Members can take further responsibility for their substance-free commitment by serving on the WELL Community Board, which organizes programs, creates a hall newsletter, and recruits new members. There’s also a fitness room in nearby Miles Hall. Residential Leadership Community: Want to enhance your leadership skills and learn a few new ones? The RLC, located in Peddrew-Yates Hall, teaches comprehensive historical and social leadership theories while developing communication, project-management, and team-building skills. Participants enroll in one three-credit course per semester that offers an introduction to the basic tenets of leadership theory and application.

Find a built-in study group,

or just friends to hang out

with in the lounge.

The World: The World, located in Newman Hall, offers a unique living experience that brings international and U.S. students together in a cross-cultural setting. It provides a home-away-from-home during university break periods, saving the expense of flying home or finding a temporary place to live. A kitchen is available for preparing meals, and staff members provide programs to increase understanding and awareness of a variety of cultures.

Thrive: The new Thrive community in Pritchard Residence Hall is one of the best ways to meet and work with bright, motivated students determined to get involved at Virginia Tech. A unique living-learning community, Thrive brings together first-year students from all fields of study and provides access to some of the best resources on campus.

Reach: Reach brings together first-year students who want to learn how their unique strengths, talents, and attributes impact choice of major and career options. Housed in Newman Hall, Reach includes a course taught by advisors from the Smith Career Center that will engage members in self-assessment as well as research on occupations and academic majors.



Your Individual Dining Plan For the next four years, you’ll be eating some of the most delicious campus food in the country. How much food? Well, that all depends on how wisely you use your individual dining plan. Flex Plans are designed to provide maximum flexibility (hence the name). They do not provide a fixed number of meals per week like some universities—instead they offer a balance for you to spend like a debit account. Sometimes you’ll go out to dinner, accidently sleep through breakfast, or settle for a bowl of ramen in your room rather than venturing out into the cold, so these plans are not designed to provide every single meal. But here is a rough approximation based on all-you-care-to-eat meals at D2:

Major Flex Plan

about 10 meals per week

Mega Flex Plan

about 13 meals per week

 Premium Flex Plan

about 15 meals per week

Choosing a plan Students who live on campus are required to purchase one of these three Flex Plans, which they can only use for their own meals. That means no sharing plans. (Seriously, it is a conduct violation.) Check plans for prices. If you will be living on campus, your plan will automatically default to Major Flex. However, if you anticipate eating expensive things like steak and grande double mochachinos all the time, you can upgrade your plan June 1 through Aug. 22 at

Eating at D2: always a good idea.

Going to college is your first step to being on your own, so having a Flex Plan is a perfect way to start learning how to budget your money. (Luckily, you can always add money later if your budgeting is not so successful at first.) Living off campus next year? There are more plans for you to choose from, in case you become especially attached to that wood-fired oven pizza or your cooking skills top out at PB and J. Check out all the plans at

Flex Dollars are accepted for anything, from pizza to coffee, on campus.



What are all these dollars? Your Hokie Passport ID card grants you access to many different things, including the BT (the Blacksburg Transit bus system), your dining plan, football games, the gym, and the library. Because your Hokie Passport is home to three different accounts, it can get a little confusing. Here’s help: Flex Dollars: This is the money that you get when you purchase your individual Flex Plan, required for all campus residents. The cost of the plan includes a base amount that covers our fixed operating expenses like mortgages, utilities, and labor up front, allowing you deep discounts on actual food prices for the rest of the semester. You can use your individual Flex Plan (Flex Dollars) to eat at any of our campus restaurants. It works just like a debit card with a declining balance. Flex Dollars give you a 50 to 67 percent discount compared to cash on all menu items.

Adding money to your dining plan In the event that you do spend your entire Flex Plan on smoothies or steak and lobster (yep, we have those!), there are several easy ways to add more money to your account.

1) Online Log in to Click on the “Personal Info” tab at the top of the screen. There’s a Hokie Passport box on the right side; click on “Make Deposit.” On the next page, select “Make Payment” on the left. Select the account you would like to deposit money into by clicking the “pay” button.

Dining Dollars: A good option for commuters, Dining Dollars are very similar to Flex Dollars in that they work just like a debit account in the dining centers. However, using Dining Dollars will get you a 5 percent discount on the regular cash price, whereas Flex gives a much deeper discount. Dining Dollars don’t come in set amounts like the full dining plans required for campus residents, so they are popular with off-campus students who just want to grab food occasionally between classes. Hokie Passport Account: You can add money to your Hokie Passport account to do laundry, buy groceries, print or make copies at the library, and purchase items at vending machines, the bookstore, and the on-campus convenience store. This, too, works just like a debit account and money can be added online. You can use your Hokie Passport Account at the campus restaurants, but they receive no discount at the registers like Flex or Dining Dollars. Many local retailers also accept Hokie Passport as a form of payment. More information about your Hokie Passport, including a complete list of vendors that accept it, is available online at

Type in the amount of your deposit in the “Payment Amount” box. The minimum online deposit amount is $25 and the maximum is $1,000 (for those of you who are seriously hungry). Select payment method and enter your information accordingly. Confirm payment and print a receipt for your records.

2) Cash-to-card machines Make Dining Dollars-only deposits at the cash-to-card machine at West End Market. Make Hokie Passport Account or Dining Dollars deposits using the cash-to-card machines located at:

Johnston Student Center

Turner Place at Lavery Hall

Math Emporium

McComas Hall

Student Services Building

Newman Library

War Memorial Gym

Owens Dining Center

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Hokie Passport Your Hokie Passport is kind of like a real passport. Except that you can’t use it to travel to foreign countries. And it doesn’t come in a cute little leather case. And I guess you can’t buy delicious food from Owens with your regular passport. Alright, so maybe they’re not very much alike after all.

Your Hokie Passport can do lots of things though, and aside from day-to-day identification and reminding you how good-looking you are, that little piece of plastic is really important.

But wait, there’s more! You can use your Hokie Passport as a debit card to purchase items at the bookstore, Dietrick General Store, or any other business that accepts Hokie Passport (lots of them do—check the Hokie Passport website for the full list). You can also use it to do laundry or in vending machines across campus.

Keep an eye out for this logo

For information on adding money to your Hokie Passport or Dining Dollars account, visit www. You can also consult the map on the inside back cover for locations where you can add money to your Hokie Passport

But what if I lose my Hokie Passport?

Don’t leave home without it (or you can’t get back in)!

For starters, you’ll need it to get into your residence hall. Since the main doors are locked 24 hours a day, you’ll need to swipe your Hokie Passport to get in. Your housing assignment is coded onto your card, so you’ll only be able to get into your building. In addition to gaining access to your habitat, your Hokie Passport can get you food, too. When you purchase a dining plan, you swipe your card at any dining hall to purchase tasty meals.


Lost or stolen cards should be deactivated immediately to prevent unauthorized access. Lost or stolen cards can be deactivated at, under the “Personal Info” tab. Cards can also be deactivated by calling Hokie Passport Services at 540-231-5121 during business hours or the VT Police Department at all other times. Stolen cards should be reported to the Virginia Tech Police at 540-231-6411.

To reactivate a card, visit Hokie Passport Services in the Student Services Building. The university assumes no responsibility for unauthorized purchases or access due to lost or stolen cards. Replacement cards can be obtained at Hokie Passport Services. A replacement fee will be charged for lost or stolen cards. And if you find someone else’s card, you can turn it in to Hokie Passport Services or the Virginia Tech Police.


Parking There’s nothing funny about parking. Sorry. To make it up to you, we’ll pack this with information. If you bring a car with you to campus, you will have to register it with Parking Services and purchase a university parking permit at Buy one online after July 1, or take your Hokie Passport and vehicle registration to the Parking Services building at 455 Research Center Drive and they’ll help you through the process. You can get a one-year, semester, or daily parking permit, which will allow you to park on campus without getting towed or fined. When your friends or parents come to visit, they can get a visitor parking permit at the Visitor Information Center on Prices Fork Road between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This will allow them to park in any student, faculty, staff, or visitor spot unless otherwise marked. You don’t need a pass on weekends except in designated 24/7 faculty/staff lots, so just check the signs before you leave your car there.

Pay attention to signs and

email notices to avoid par

king fines.

The university offers several alternative ride programs for students interested in saving money and going green. Carpool programs are also available for graduate students and commuter students who wish to ride together. Information on that is available at alternative via the Alternative Transportation link. Students are encouraged to bring bikes to campus to make getting around easier. Bike racks are provided around campus and at all residence halls. Register your wheels with Parking Services at If you don’t have a car, don’t worry. The Blacksburg Transit can take you wherever you need to go, and bus schedules are available online at

didyouknow? Off-campus students can apply for the commuter alternatives program, which includes the Bike, Bus, and Walk and carpool programs. Bike, Bus, and Walk provides an incentive of 15 discounted daily parking permits per semester to students who use the bus, bike, or walk to get to campus.

If you have any other questions about parking, such as where to park, when to park, what to do if you get a parking ticket, how to pay it, and all that kind of stuff, be sure to visit, it has everything else you need to know. Oh, and I almost forgot: What happened to the frog who parked illegally? He got toad. I told you parking wasn’t funny.



Student Conduct We know your newfound freedom can be enticing, but university policies apply to you from the moment you accept your offer, during orientation and Hokie Camp as well as throughout the school year. If you think you might get in trouble for it, it’s probably against the rules, and you might even end up with a conduct referral (C.R.) .

A C.R. alleges a student’s involvement in a violation of the university’s code of conduct. A meeting is held to determine whether a policy violation occurred. At the meeting, students can explain their version of the alleged events and learn the outcome of the case. But there are better reasons to stay out of trouble than simply avoiding a C.R. The Virginia Tech campus is a tightly knit community, and we all depend on each other to respect the rules and act responsibly. Thinking about the consequences of your actions, both for yourself and for others, helps keep everyone safe and fosters an environment where we can actually learn—from professors, fellow classmates, and even ourselves.

Every student is responsible for following the conduct policies laid out in the Hokie Handbook. If you don’t read it, you can’t follow it, so visit before you get here (because not knowing is not a valid excuse).

The Hokie Handbook The Hokie Handbook is an online resource with all the policies you are responsible for knowing and following, from the time you sign your acceptance letter until the time you graduate. It contains the Student Code of Conduct, which lists the rules about drugs and alcohol, hazing, sexual harassment, and weapons, as well as the University Policies for Student Life, which handles more specific things like use of university resources, class attendance, the smoking policy, and advertising events on campus. Every student is responsible for following these policies, whether you’re on campus or off, freshman or senior, living on campus or studying abroad. If you have any questions, the Student Conduct office would be happy to go over them with you at 540-231-3790 or 24

didyouknow? Students are required to report any arrests, convictions, or issuances of protective orders to Student Conduct within 10 business days of the event. All reports must be submitted in person using the Self-Disclosure of Arrest(s)/Conviction(s) Form available on the Student Conduct website at Virginia Tech can hold you responsible for violations that occur both on campus and off. If you’re involved in underage drinking at a party off campus, you’ll face the same sanctions as you would if you were at a party in the residence hall. It is a violation of university policy to record video or audio of someone on campus without their permission when there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. This means you can’t videotape your roommate without permission, even if the stuff he says in his sleep is hilarious. Your parent or guardian will be notified by mail if you are found responsible for a violation involving alcohol or illegal drugs. We hope they will choose to talk with you about it before the behavior leads to a more serious sanction, such as suspension.


g n i v o m s u p m a to c Before you come here, go here:

Move-in isn’t hard, but there are a lot of details to think about. If you’re into the Internet and all that (we think it’s just a fad), we have an entire move-in site full of everything you need to know at If you’re not into that though, here are the answers to some of the questions you may have.




Parking and unloading Almost 9,000 people live on campus, and they ALL move in at the same time. Here’s the play-by-play for parking, so you can get in, get out, and get on your way:

1)  F ind the unloading area closest to your residence hall using the map on the move-in site, There is a 30-minute time limit for unloading your car in order to keep the traffic moving on campus.

2)  You will receive a 30-minute unloading permit when you check into your residence hall to pick up your key. Make sure your parking permit is clearly displayed and either hung from your rearview mirror or placed on the dashboard. It’ll help you avoid parking tickets and general misfortune.

3)  Unload. That’s the whole reason you’re here, right?

4)  After unloading, have somebody stand with

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VERY IMPORTANT! Be sure to have your Hokie Passport with you when you check in!

Remember, you are not permitted to park in service or handicapped parking spaces, on grassy areas, or on sidewalks. You are also not permitted to park in your room (no matter how easy it would make moving in), in the Duck Pond (think of the ducks), or on our football field (end zones included).

5)  Feel free to ask questions if you’re not sure about where to leave your car. There will be plenty of volunteers, attendants, and police officers to assist you.

6) Relax and enjoy Virginia Tech; you’re all moved in.



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your stuff and move your vehicle to the resident section of the Duck Pond Road Lot, the Litton-Reaves Lot on Duckpond Drive, or the Commuter/Graduate section of the Perry Street and Prices Fork Lots on Prices Fork Road. (Don’t worry, you’ll learn where all these are soon. For now, use the parking map mentioned in #1.)


Hand carts are key (we have some you can borrow).


Cara English, 2012

Move-in day for me was kind of a blur. My entire family came to Virginia Tech to see me off, which was very thoughtful, however, it stressed me out a little more than I thought it would. I was thinking about all of the things I had to accomplish before school, while worrying about how my first year at Virginia Tech would go, as well as how hard it would be to leave my family behind. Actually moving in, though, was an adventure. Parking was an absolute nightmare—I think we had to create our own parking spot at one point. Checking in was a very simple process, and there were many people, like the football team, helping all of us move in. The only true horror was the line for the elevators. As luck would have it, living on the seventh floor of West A.J. did not make my life any easier. I think I waited for a half hour for one trip up and every time after that, I ran with my stuff up the stairs. It was awful! But, by the end of move-in day, it was 11 p.m. and my family had to leave. I thought I would’ve cried, but somehow I managed not to. My mom teared up, but she handled herself pretty well, which was very surprising. Although the day was extremely hectic, it was a great first experience here at Virginia Tech.

Your mission: get as close to your hall as possible, check in, unload, move in, relax.

Hokie Helpers Looking for help on move-in day? Boy, are you in luck. Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students, and organizations all get together and volunteer to give campus residents a warm welcome. We give directions, help unload vehicles, carry stuff, and even hand out snacks and water. That’s really nice of us, you say? We know. We can’t help it, we’re just that glad you’re here!



The residence halls Traditional A traditional residence hall has a bunch of rooms along a common hallway with a large shared bathroom. Most halls also include a shared lounge area. This is the most common type of room, found in portions of Ambler Johnston, and in Barringer, Brodie, Campbell, Eggleston, Johnson, Lee, Miles, Monteith, Newman, O’Shaughnessy, Pritchard, Rasche, Slusher, Thomas, and Vawter.

Hallway Room






Showers Bathroom

Suite-style This type of residence hall has two or three bedrooms, most with a shared living room and bathroom with showers. You’ll find suites in portions of Ambler Johnston, and in Cochrane, Harper, New Residence Hall East, Payne, and Peddrew-Yates. The layouts in different buildings vary; this is just one example of a suite.


Living Room/Den







Hotel-style Rooms with a private bathroom are only found in the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown and New Hall West, and in portions of Ambler Johnston, which are usually reserved for upperclassmen or graduate students.

What to bring: For information on what decorations and appliances you can bring to clutter up that empty space and turn your room into a home, check out It’s also a good idea to get in touch with your roommate and discuss who’s bringing what.

What’s in a traditional room?

Two extra-long twin beds (80” x 36” x 6”)

Closet space

Lofts are optional

Two desk chairs

Two dressers, like this one (or one larger one)

Two desks

Sink (except in suites)



Free lofts, hooray! It’s true, lofts are a great way to free up space so you can have room to do things that college students enjoy, like studying hard and reading informative books. Two loft kits come in most rooms. The university-provided lofts can be placed in the low, mid, or high height settings. (Sorry, no lofts allowed in cadet barracks.) Keep in mind that everything has to be put back the way you found it when you move out and all university-provided furniture must remain in your room.

Say hello to your little friend Use these instead of nails, tacks, and screws to hang stuff up. They might help you avoid wall damage, which can be costly when you move out. There are lots of other Command stick-up things, too. (Remember to remove all sticky things correctly, or you will be charged for any damage.) Take care of all the other parts of your room to avoid charges for repair and cleaning when you leave for the summer.

Back in the day, your parents probably called them dorms, but our buildings offer a lot more than a place to sleep. For starters, each floor has a resident advisor—a student staff member responsible for helping you adjust to life on campus. There’s also a hall council of students who design programs for your hall and work with the campus-wide Residence Hall Federation. Then there are social events, health seminars, exam study breaks, community picnics, and tons of other things organized for residents. So, think of your residence hall more like the center of your campus experience, instead of just a place to store your shower shoes.

Residence hall schedules Everything you need to know about openings, closings, break hours, halls that stay open for breaks, and more is available at Go there; find out what you need to know.

Questions about the residence halls Are dimensions and floor plans for residence hall rooms available anywhere? Rooms vary in size from building to building, and sometimes there are variations within a residence hall. Average room and window dimensions and example floor plans are posted at These will also be provided with room assignments on Hokie SPA in July.

Can I get some help setting up my computer? The Get Connected staff will be available during move-in to help connect student computers to the Virginia Tech network. Check with your resident advisor or visit


Is extra storage space available? Unfortunately there’s very little space available for storing personal property. Ask your resident advisor, house supervisor, or resident fellow at check-in to learn whether limited storage is available in your residence hall.

Do any of the residence halls come with fitness centers? Ambler Johnston, Miles, New Residence Hall East, and Pritchard have fitness rooms for registered residents. Register online at If you don’t live near any of those, then you can always visit the gyms at McComas or War Memorial Hall.


Do I have to live on campus? All entering freshmen are guaranteed university housing and are required to live in the residence halls unless they live with relatives in the local community, live with a spouse, are military veterans with at least six months of active duty, or are at least 21 years old. To request an exception, email

Where can I get cash on campus? Until we get the money trees we ordered, you’re going to have to visit one of our ATMs. Here’s a list of locations so you don’t have to wander around looking for them. Wells Fargo Squires Student Center

Where am I living? Who is my roommate? Is he/she cool? Relax. Room assignments for fall semester will be posted on Hokie SPA at the end of July. To access your housing assignment: 1) Visit Hokie SPA ( and log in using your PID and password. 2) Select “Hokie SPA.”

University Bookstore Freedom First Credit Union Dietrick General Store G. Burke Johnston Student Center Squires Student Center

3) Select “Housing and Dining Services.” 4) Select “View Room Assignment.” 5) Select “Fall Semester 2012.” You’ll see your housing assignment, roommate, arrival information, dimensions of your room, and hall layout.

My mom sent me a care package, where can I pick it up? USPS packages can be picked up at 23 Owens Hall (you’ll get an email when there’s one waiting for you). FedEx and UPS deliver straight to your room. Regular mail goes to a mailbox you share with your roommate, either in your building or somewhere nearby. You can find out where at Your mom is nice.

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What to bring Lucky for you, we have a full packing list, categorized and organized for your convenience, at

Still want more? Here’s some free advice: Free advice #1: Contact your roommate. It’ll be a lot easier to pack if you know who’s supposed to bring what. You don’t need to coordinate on everything. Some things though, like refrigerators, microwaves, and TVs, are good to discuss beforehand.

Two of everything...way to go geniuses.


on duty

Outside of all RA rooms, there is a duty board indicating which RA is on duty and his or her room number. If you have a need or an emergency, use the duty board to locate an RA or contact the emergency number listed.

I’m locked out of my room, now what? If you get locked out of your room, try to locate an RA in your building. If you’re unable to reach one, check with your area office or the Housing and Residence Life office at 540-231-6205.

Free advice #2: You don’t have to pack everything now. You can always call your parents and have them send you your stamp collection, your pillow shaped like the Disney princesses, more sweaters, or whatever you need. And we have stores here, too. Free advice #3: You will be sharing your room. Make sure you pack accordingly. This might seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget that you will only get half of that space. Leave some room for your roommate. Free advice #4: Before you start packing, read through the policies on what you can and can’t bring with you. The basic guidelines are listed on these pages, and you can find a full listing at Free advice #5: It can get REALLY cold here in the winter, and also pretty wet. If you wait until Thanksgiving break to swap your shorts for your Alaskan crab-fishing parka, you might end up with a case of hypothermia from the walk to class. Heavy coat, rain jacket, sturdy umbrella, and shoes that keep the water out are all very good items to keep around.

RA: Short for resident advisor, an RA is a student leader who lives on each floor of the residence halls and is there to help on-campus residents and enforce university policies.

What about a fridge and a microwave? You are allowed to have one refrigerator in your room, so you will need to share with your roommate. The fridge cannot exceed 4.5 cubic feet in capacity with an electrical rating of 120 volts and no more than 2.0 amps when in operation. You can also have one small microwave up to 1,000 watts in your room. So check with your roommate when you get your assignment and figure out who’s bringing what.



Where am I going to get this stuff? For most of it, you’re on your own, but for the items below, you can visit to see what the Residence Hall Federation (a student group dedicated to enhancing campus life) has to offer. For most of these, you can order in advance and pick up or have it delivered to your room when you get here: Microfridges Safes Hutches Closet Organizers Carpets

Linens Exam Baskets Moving and Storage Services

To see the full list of fire regulations for residence hall rooms, go to

What to leave at home (or, rules for what you can’t have in your room) Rules?! But I thought this was college! Well, it is. But college won’t be very much fun if you’re on fire, which is why you’ll have to leave your propane stove and oily rag collection at home. Don’t worry; we have some handy guidelines below to help you keep things cool. 1)  If it’s something that catches fire easily, don’t hang it from your ceiling, stick it all over your door, or wrap yourself up in it and jump through flaming hoops. Curtains need a tag stating they’re made from flame resistant materials, and don’t hang paper, posters, or other combustible things around windows or on the outside of room doors. 2) If it looks like a candle, and it smells like a candle, don’t bring it. 3)  If it’s named after a heavyweight boxer, cooks delicious burgers, and rhymes with “Forge Gormon Drill,” leave it at home (that goes for all toaster ovens, indoor grills, hotplates, space heaters, and other open-coil appliances, too). 4)  Mini lights are…actually mini cool lights are ok, as long as you don’t hang them next to combustible materials. 5)  No fuel. Period. That means no butane, propane, lamp oil, solvents, gasoline, moonshine, lighter fluid, or anything else that could cause mayhem and chaos. 6) Posters are cool, but don’t overdo it. You can only have 10 percent of your walls covered. That means you can bring your “Hang in there” poster with the kitten on it, and still have space for your Lisa Frank unicorn poster…I mean…if you’re into that kind of thing. 7) No halogen lamps. Seriously. Don’t bring halogen lamps. 8)  No extension cords. Don’t worry; you don’t have to share a single outlet with your roommate. Just be sure that you bring a UL-listed power strip that has a maximum ampere rating of 15, and has an integral circuit breaker or fuse (the kind with a reset switch or button on it).



Oh yeah…books! The on-campus University Bookstore and off-campus Volume Two Bookstore have a lot more than just books. There are two locations to choose from, so you can go to whichever is convenient for you. These two official Virginia Tech bookstore locations transfer surplus funds to the university for student purposes, so when you shop here, you support your school.

The off-campus Volume Two Bookstore, which is located in University Mall on University City Boulevard (near the Math Emporium), offers the same complement of merchandise and services as the main university bookstore location, with the addition of Vera Bradley, Yankee Candle, and Clinique.

On-campus University Bookstore

The on-campus University Bookstore is right next to Newman Library. Textbooks for all classes are stocked, as well as course packs and supplemental materials. The computer department sells all the computer hardware and software you’ll need for school. Art, engineering, office, and school supplies are available in the supplies department, and the specialty shop has food, drinks, and personal items. Plus, if you want to make sure all your friends know where you go to school, the clothing and gifts department has a large selection of Virginia Tech logo clothing, gifts, and fan needs of the Hokie Nation.

Off-campus Volume Two Booksto


If you’re strapped for cash at the end of the year, both bookstore locations buy back used textbooks. They’ll even give you cash so you can turn right around and spend it. You can also find basic supplies, like toothbrushes, pencils, and Hot Pockets, at the on-campus Dietrick Convenience Store, in the lower level of Dietrick Dining Center. For more information about the university bookstores, visit



Kicking off your first few weeks at Virginia Tech Hokie Hi is a great tradition at Virginia Tech­­­—it’s your time to get acquainted with your new home, to make new friends as you meet other new Hokies, and to explore all the exciting ways to learn, in and outside of class. Hokie Hi has more than 50 events for you to choose from, all in the first few weeks of the fall semester.

Yeah. The Welcome Picnic is that good.

From the Welcome Back Picnic in Lane Stadium to the Gobblerfest fair spanning Squires Student Center and the streets of downtown, Hokie Hi is packed with fun and exciting events. There are lots of options to choose from, all with the goal of helping you meet other Hokies and get to know your new surroundings.

Hokie Hi events will be listed in a calendar online at Events are added all the time—be sure to check the site often.

Hokie Hi events range from large university-wide programs, to smaller club/organization-specific programs, to academic major and college welcome events, to residence hall socials. The university-wide programs include events such as the Welcome Back Picnic in Lane Stadium, where you’ll have the opportunity to hang out with the rest of the Hokie community, kick back with some good food, and get to know athletics at Virginia Tech.

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Many Hokie Hi events are held in the quads around campus. Just walk up and enjoy the fun!

That’s President Steger!

Club and organization events will give you the chance to explore ways to get involved on campus. Student clubs holding events range from religious to service to academic to intramural sports to performing arts and everything in between. Get out and explore ways to get involved at your new home!

The whole community comes out for Gobblerfest, which makes it a great place to see what’s around downtown Blacksburg and the local area.

Hokie Hi extends into the fall semester with events that bring essential campus resources and fun social activities to the residence hall communities, providing skills and information you can use to succeed during your college career and beyond.



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It’s a great way to adjust to the college atmosphere, make new friends, and learn what it really means to be a Hokie. Here are some things you may want to know to get the most out of your time on campus. 37


Hokie Brokie You can submit requests for routine repairs, replacements, or services for your room and furnishings using the online work order system, Hokie Brokie. To submit a work order, go to For help with entering a work order, call 540-231-1111 Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.– to 4:30 p.m. For emergencies, contact your resident advisor or the Virginia Tech Police Department.

Your Area Office Your area office is typically located in the same building where you receive your mail. It’s open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the staff is there to help answer your questions and requests about the following: Key loans Roommate conflict mediations and resolutions Room changes (requests and approvals)

Laundry (I have no more clean underwear, now what?) Your friends and roommate will appreciate it if you wash your clothes once in a while. There are laundry rooms located in or close to each residence hall on campus, so there’s no excuse for avoiding it. You can pay with quarters, or use your Hokie Passport for the Laundry Web system—it won’t fold your clothes or iron your shirts, but it can reserve a machine, tell you how many are in use, or send you a text when your laundry is done. Visit for instructions. For all of you laundry virgins out there, here are some stepby-step instructions for not shrinking or fading your clothes, while still making sure they get clean: 1) Start your washing machine by depositing quarters or swiping your card and following the directions posted on the machine. 2) Choose your water temperature based on the clothes you’re washing. When in doubt, go with cold. 3) Pour your detergent in the appropriate compartment. Follow the directions on the box to avoid bubble overflow disasters. 4) Keep track of time—if you don’t want your clothes put on top of the machine, or on the floor, you’re going to want to remove them as soon as they’re done.

General campus, the local area, and events Service requests (including extermination) RA, RHF, and university programs Work orders University policy and procedures Group space reservations University conduct system process Critical incident response Jobs in residence halls 38

5) Place clothes in the dryer unless the tags say not to, and insert money. Choose the cycle that best fits the kind of clothes you’re drying. 6)  When you’re finished, call home and announce that you are officially an adult!


Housekeeping Housekeepers clean the bathrooms and common areas in the residence halls during the week. They are not responsible for your room, nor the mess you make in the common areas, so clean up after yourself! Each student is responsible for removing trash from his or her room and taking it to the nearest dumpster. Dumpsters and recycling centers are located outside the building. Recycling bins are provided in each residence hall room. Please take advantage of these bins to recycle paper, cardboard, glass, and plastic. When your bin is full, you can dispose of your recycling at the nearest outdoor bin.

What is HAP? Although all first-year students are guaranteed a place to live on campus, returning students are not. Returning students who want to live on campus next year must enter the Housing Application Process. You’ll receive information in November about how to sign up next January. To read up on it now, check out the guide posted at

Off Campus Housing Office

Lock your doors! Theft is the most frequently reported crime on campus. In order to discourage theft in the residence halls, it is important to lock your door every time you leave the room and when you are asleep. And since you are locking the door every time, be sure to BRING YOUR KEYS and Hokie Passport with you when you leave.

Many students decide to move off campus after their first or second year, but with the wide variety of off-campus housing options in Blacksburg, sometimes the choices can be overwhelming. The Off Campus Housing office, located in Squires Student Center, offers help to students who may have questions about life off campus, including leasing, pets, bills, and rent. The website allows students to search listings for available housing, roommates, and subleases. VTOCH hosts two housing fairs each year so students can get up close and personal with rental options and make connections with others to share living expenses. For more information, go to



Safety and security

Fire safety

College is fun, but you’ve got to remember that school is part of the real world, and while you’re not alone, you are responsible for yourself and your actions. Here’s some information about transitioning to college life without going all wild and crazy.

If you suspect a fire or see smoke, pull the fire alarm and exit the building immediately.

Watch your popcorn! The number-one cause of fire alarms on the Virginia Tech campus is burnt microwave popcorn. If you don’t like going outside at 3 a.m. in your pajamas, be sure to keep an eye on your snacks!

Emergency kit Everyone should keep an emergency kit in the room at all times in case of a power outage, severe weather, or other unexpected situation that could disrupt campus operations like dining center service. To avoid going hungry if you do end up on your own for a meal or two, your kit should have at least two meals of nutritious, non-perishable foods and items like these:

Meal 1

Meal 2

1 PowerBar

3 Tbsp. peanut butter

1 6.75-oz. juice box 1 pudding pack

15-20 crackers (Saltines, Triscuits, Wasa, etc.)

2 4-oz. cans of fruit

1 pack of applesauce

1 20-oz. bottle of water

1 20-oz. bottle of water

A 6-oz. can of tuna or chicken could also be added to each meal for extra calories and protein.

You will also need: Flashlight and batteries


Charged cell phone battery

Moist towelettes and hand sanitizer

Contact list (in case cell service is disrupted)

Garbage bags and plastic ties (You don’t want to know why. Trust us, they’re important.)

Prescription medications and glasses Change of clothing


First-aid kit

If you hear the fire alarm sounding, evacuate the building right away, even if you know it is a drill. You might ask,” What’s the difference?” Good question. A drill is a planned event. An alarm is any other time the fire alarm system is activated. You can get a conduct referral for failing to evacuate for either one. You’d rather be safe than sorry, right? Keep your door keys handy, so you can easily grab them in the event of an emergency. Feel the door with the back of your hand. If the door is cool, leave your room, close the door behind you, and proceed to the nearest exit to leave the building. If your door is hot, remain in your room, go to the window, and signal for help. Do not use elevators during a fire alarm. Safety is important in a building with several hundred residents. Find out what decorations you can bring, what appliances are safe to use, and read complete fire safety policies and information at


Virginia Tech Police Virginia Tech has a nationally accredited police department 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 or 911 for emergencies. You can find them online at www.police. and VirginiaTechPolice.

It may be nothing, but... If you’re concerned about an individual’s behavior or believe someone may pose a threat to the university community, you should contact the Virginia Tech Police department at 540-231-6411 or 911.

VT Alerts In the event of an emergency, VT Alerts sends text messages, emails, and other notifications to registered users. All students should sign up for this service at

Emergency telephones that are placed strategically across campus connect you directly with the police department. Just look for the blue lights. Need a ride after dark? Call Safe Ride, a transportation service offered by the Virginia Tech Police at 540-231-SAFE.

Student Police Academy Like CSI? Ever wanted to drive a police car or make a traffic stop? Join the police academy! No, not the movie from the ‘80s, the Student Police Academy sponsored by the VTPD. It’s a free class that gives you an inside look at the duties of law enforcement. Register at

RAD Ladies: ever wanted to improve your buttkicking skills? The Virginia Tech Polic e offer a Rape Aggression Defense course to help you learn how to avoid risks and protect yourself (and possibly your boyfrien d, if he needs it). Register at www.facebo VirginiaTechPolice.



Eating on campus You’ve heard your parents tell horror stories about mystery meat, but Virginia Tech dining is not your parents’ college cafeteria. In fact, according to the Princeton Review, our students think we have some of the best food around. Not only have we ditched the whole cafeteria mystery meat scene, we offer just about anything you want to eat, on a daily basis— from burgers and spaghetti to lobster, steak, sushi, and vegan and vegetarian options. Au Bon Pain at Donaldson Brown, inside the Graduate Life Center, features many of the same coffees, pastries, soups, wraps, and salads as the main location in Squires. D2, on the upper level of Dietrick Dining Center, is an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant with a wide variety of options like a pasta station, pizza, grilled sandwiches, vegetarian and vegan dishes, carved meats, a salad bar, Asian stir-fry, and a dessert bar. It’s also home to many special events throughout the year, including the annual Thanksgiving Feast and chef cooking demonstrations. DXpress, DXpress, on the ground floor of Dietrick Dining Center, is the best place on campus for a late night snack, or a quick bite any time of day. DX offers a wide variety of grab-and-go items such as burgers, breakfast sandwiches, pizza, and even sushi, including our YES To Go line of quick, healthy options.

Deet’s Place, also on the ground floor of Dietrick, is our premiere coffee, ice cream, and pastry café. Deet’s serves the perfect treat, whether it’s a latte made with beans roasted in-house, an organic blend from its Fair Trade, direct-relationship supplier, or a giant ice cream sundae. It also offers daily soup and sandwich specials. Hokie Grill & Co., in Owens Dining Center, is a food court- style restaurant featuring Chick-fil-A, Dunkin’ Donuts (coming fall 2012), and Pizza Hut, as well as Virginia Tech’s own Blue Ridge Barbecue, salad bar, and grab-and -go selections. It’s a great place to go on the run between classes.


Owens Food Court, also in Owens Dining Center, is a 12-station food court serving international and American favorites, including stir-fry, a salad bar, a dessert counter, Freshëns Yogurt, Carvel ice cream, deli sandwiches, home-style staples, pasta, the best Philly cheese steaks on campus, Mexican dishes, as well as produce from the Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm and campus-raised beef and pork at Farms and Fields.

Squires Food Court, in Squires Student Center, houses Sbarro and Au Bon Pain. Sbarro offers pizza, pasta entrees, and salads. Au Bon Pain is a great place to grab pastries, soups, and gourmet sandwiches. The ABP kiosk, located just outside of the food court, offers grab-and-go and breakfast options as well as coffee drinks. Turner Place, the new dining center located in Lavery Hall, is the first dining center on the academic side of campus. This eight-venue eatery features three national franchise brands, including the first Jamba Juice in Virginia, and five original concept upscale restaurants, such as the sit-down Japanese sushi bar and teppanyaki grill, Origami. Bruegger’s Bagels, Qdoba Mexican Grill, pizza and pasta, crêpes and gelato, espresso drinks, steakhouse-style and southern fare, and more are on the menu. West End Market, attached to Cochrane Hall, is one of Virginia Tech’s most innovative and popular restaurants, with a wood-fired oven pizzeria, wrap and deli sandwich shop, steak house, soup and salad venue, coffee and dessert bar, and sports lounge and grill. Vet Med Café at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine offers convenient grab-n-go items as well as made-to-order dishes, including biscuits, omelets, grilled sandwiches, and personal pizzas.


National award-winning special events showcase chefs’ talents and give students a chance to try something new.

Need a job? Get work experience that fits your class schedule with the Virginia Tech dining program. Work as little as eight or as many as 40 hours per week and get a competitive hourly wage and a free meal with every shift you work, along with opportunities for pay increases and advancement. For more information, go to

Paying in the dining centers

Serving up the best In addition to the delicious food served daily, there are numerous opportunities for you to try new flavors and new experiences at the dining centers. Throughout the semester, our dining staff provides first-rate special events ranging from hands-on cooking demonstrations to international culinary extravaganzas. Many of these events, programs, facilities, and services have won national awards. Here are a few of the most recent (to see them all, go to Top-3 ranking in Best Campus Food in The Princeton Review for six years in a row Ivy Award from Restaurants & Institutions Magazine (2009) Golden Cup Awards for Deet’s Place from the Specialty Coffee Association of America

The campus dining centers all accept payments made with your Hokie Passport, which uses Flex, Dining Dollars, or Hokie Passport Account (if you’re already confused, see page 21). But what about visitors who don’t have a Hokie Passport? Credit cards are accepted at Au Bon Pain, Hokie Grill & Co., Squires Food Court, West End Market, and the new Turner Place dining center. Most locations accept cash, although Turner Place will not. If you want to pay cash at West End Market, stop by the customer service window to pick up a card and add money first

What’s for dinner, and when can I start? You can find menus and operation hours for each dining center every day at Just click the place you want to go to find out when it’s open and what the daily specials are. For more information on potential allergens, click the Mobile Menu logo on the Dining Services home page at

Best Concept Awards from Food Management Magazine More than twenty Grand Prize and Gold, Silver, and Bronze Loyal E. Horton Awards from the National Association of College and University Food Services But, while recognition is nice, the main goal is high marks from you, our guests. The dining staff wants your experience to be great, so they offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. If you need anything, just ask a manager or fill out an online comment card and give them a chance to make good on their commitment. Find the online comment card at

Find out how many calories are in that chocolate muffin at the online nutrition database.



Nutrition This one is really up to you, but we don’t want you thinking “the freshman 15” is inevitable, so we’ll give you some pointers on how to avoid it.

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Virginia Tech has 11 separate on-campus dining locations, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find something to satisfy your appetite. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, then it probably isn’t meant to be eaten in the first place.

Picked fresh from campus, served in the dining centers.

In an effort to provide you with nutritious choices, we have expanded our dining program to include more whole grains, less trans fats, more locally grown foods (including Farms & Fields in Owens Food Court, dedicated to locally grown, sustainable, and organic products), and YES To Go items designed to show you quick, healthy options to eat on the go. Items with the YES To Go labels shown here can be found at DXpress, Hokie Grill & Co., and Turner Place.

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

We post all nutritional information on our website for the menu items in our dining centers. You can go to the daily menus at to find out what’s available, calorie counts, information on potential allergens, and more. Dining plan holders can take advantage of free nutrition counseling with our administrative dietitian. If you’re interested in discussing special dietary needs, nutritional goals, or learning more about healthy eating, e-mail to schedule an appointment. There is a great nutrition blog managed by the administrative dietitian at www.vtnutrition.wordpress. com. It has recipes and facts, and you can go there to ask questions and discuss food and nutrition.



Sustainability Sustainability is an important topic, and we’re making changes to our dining centers and residence halls to be more earth-conscious and to better serve customers and the local community. Last year, we composted more than 400 tons of food waste from five major dining facilities, rather than sending it to the landfill. Some of it is even used in our own garden—we grow just over two acres of sustainably produced vegetables and herbs at the Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm, right off the main campus. The produce is served in the campus dining centers, especially at our local/ sustainable food venue, the Farms & Fields Project at Owens Food Court. We don’t stop at just composting the waste we already have, however. We also work to reduce waste by going trayless at D2, selling special reusable bottles (use them to get free water and discounted fountain drinks), donating leftover items to local hunger relief organizations, and recycling in the dining centers. We serve local and sustainable foods whenever possible, including delicious Homestead Creamery ice cream from Franklin County, Virginia Tech-produced meats, Black Eagle Farm eggs, and direct-relationship coffee.

The garden is maintained

by student volunteers.

Look for labels such as “organic,” “local,” “vegan,” and “vegetarian” in the dining centers.

To stay up-to-date on sustainability in Dining Services (and find out how you can help), visit The residence halls have been making some changes, too. All bathrooms were upgraded with pressure-compensating shower heads that reduce water flow by 33 percent, and light bulbs in the common areas are being replaced with T8 fixtures that use less energy and give off better light. Staff members received Green Zone Certification for using greener cleaning chemicals and recycled paper products in the halls when possible. To ensure that campus becomes a more sustainable place to live, all new residence halls, including the Ambler Johnston renovations, will meet requirements for U.S. Green Building Council LEED silver certification or higher.



Roommates How are roommates assigned?


When you fill out your housing application, you can tell us your preference on room layout, visitation hours, and co-ed versus single-sex residence halls. You’ll be matched up with a roommate based on these preferences. If you’d like to request a roommate, you can.

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How do I request a roommate? On your housing application, there will be a place for you to enter the person’s name and student number, and he or she must do the same in order for you to be placed together.

It’s cool to have a roommate from a different place. Mine is from Pennsylvania, and although that’s not far, it’s interesting to learn about the differences in culture.

What happens if I don’t get along with my roommate? If you have problems, make sure that you have tried talking to your roommate first—most issues can be resolved through good communication. You can always have your RA or house supervisor help mediate. If it turns out that you just can’t get along and wish to be reassigned to a new room, request a room change from your area office after the first two weeks of school.

Finding your roommate on the Internet You may be able to find out a lot about your roommate through Facebook. BUT—don’t make judgments based on your roommate’s personal web pages. No digital profile can truly represent who a person is, and things that are meant to be inside jokes to friends may look bad to outsiders. With that in mind, maybe you should clean up your own online profile a little. Employers and parents look at those, too, you know.




Health Injury and illness are never fun. Dealing with them far away from your home and family can be challenging and stressful. Lucky for you, Virginia Tech has Schiffert Health Center, conveniently located on campus to put you at ease when harm or germs attack. The student health fee covers most services available at the health center. However, some items and services (injections, pharmaceuticals, X-rays, etc.) carry a small charge. The health fee does not cover health care expenses outside Schiffert, such as visits to emergency rooms, hospitalization, specialist care, and surgery. The health center does not release medical records to anyone without the patient’s written permission except in cases of emergency. Medical records and academic records are not connected in any way. Visit www.healthcenter. for more information.

Charles W. Schiffert Health Center in McComas Hall

Services available to Virginia Tech students: Pharmacy services Radiologic and laboratory procedures Allergy/other injections and tuberculin tests Travel Clinic Women’s Clinic Dietitian services Online and on-site Self-Care Cold Clinic Personal health workshops Health Education and Wellness Resource Center

Getting to the hospital If you do need to go to the hospital, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg is the closest. From campus, head east on Route 460 and take the first exit; the hospital is on the right at 3700 South Main St. (turn right at the stoplight onto Hospital Drive).

didyouknow? After-hours consultation is provided by the Advice Nurse Program at 540-231-6444 after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends.



Tips for staying healthy while living on campus with 50 of your closest friends: On-campus living is definitely in close quarters, and the spread of germs can be rampant during cold and flu season. Here are some tips to avoid catching what the rest of your hallmates have: Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly

Avoid close contact with people who are ill

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Get vaccinated

Avoid touching your face— it spreads germs!

Eat healthy foods

Keep these helpful self-care items handy: Digital thermometer (very important!) Antibiotic ointment and antiseptic Bandages Tweezers for splinter removal Copy of insurance card (SHC does not keep records of coverage) Over-the-counter medications for cold symptoms or allergy relief Sunscreen Bug bite remedies

Stay hydrated Get enough sleep Don’t share drinks

Got the sniffles? Visit the Cold Self-Care Guide at resources/cold-clinic/cc-intro.htm.

Counseling and mental health Virginia Tech also has a counseling center that provides mental health consultation to the entire university community. It focuses on counseling services, crisis intervention, and assessment and referral. The Cook Counseling Center is on campus and available to help students succeed despite difficulties like depression, anxiety, relationship problems, loneliness, or substance abuse. The center offers one-on-one consultation, online study skills programs, peer outreach, and group counseling services for students. All services are free to students who pay the health fee. Visit for more counseling information.

Full semester supply of any long-term medications Cook offers online screenings for depression, alcohol use, eating disorders, and anxiety on its website to help you determine whether seeing a counselor might help.



Diversity The Virginia Tech student body is composed of many cultures, ethnicities, races, and religions. Many students, especially those who are members of groups that represent a small population on campus, wonder, “is there anything at Virginia Tech for me?” The answer is YES! There are more than 700 student organizations on campus and many focus on diversity awareness. Examples include: Native @ VT (Native American Student Organization) Black Organizations Council (umbrella organization for predominantly black student orgs) Latino Association of Student Organizations (umbrella organization for Latino/Hispanic student orgs)

Womanspace Jewish Student Union (umbrella organization for seven Jewish student orgs) Queer Grads and Allies Students with Differing Abilities Organization

Asian American Student Union (umbrella organization for 10 Asian-American orgs)

Council of International Student Organizations (the umbrella organization for international student orgs)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance

Veterans at VT (for incoming and current student veterans)

Several colleges and departments also co-sponsor student organizations that address the career concerns of minority and female students.

Diversity initiatives at Virginia Tech: AIDS Awareness Week American Indian Heritage Month Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Black History Month Celebration of Diversity Deaf Awareness Week Disability Awareness Week Diversity Summit Donning of the Kente (an Afrocentric graduation ceremony) Filipino Cultural Extravaganza Hispanic Latino Achievement Ceremony Hispanic Latino Heritage Month International Education Week International Week Islamic Awareness Week Jewish Awareness Month Lavender Ceremony (an LGBTQ and allies graduation graduation ceremony) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History Month

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Cultural awareness programs There are various cultural awareness programs offered annually by student organizations and departments. For more information about multicultural programs, visit

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration National Coming Out Day Pride Week SAFE Zones Transgender Week Women’s History Month

Academic courses focused on diversity All students at Virginia Tech must take courses that will foster an understanding of cultural differences, such as Black, Native American, Women’s, Asian, or Appalachian Studies. A major effort is also taking place to infuse diversity topics into all classes. 49


Cultural and educational centers There are four cultural and educational centers where you can attend programs, exhibits, and meetings and join in the community conversation: Black Cultural Center (126 Squires Student Center) Cranwell International Center (end of Clay Street) Multicultural Center (140 Squires Student Center) Women’s Center (206 Washington Street)

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion The Office for Diversity and Inclusion envisions a university where the commitment to building a community of excellence through the affirmation of difference is seen in the composition of its administration, faculty, staff, and students; through its policies, procedures, and practices; within its organizational structures; across its curricula; integrated into its co-curricular services and programs; and woven into the fabric of its interpersonal relationships. To that end, its mission is to promote, sustain, and advance an environment that supports principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.

Cranwell International Center The International Street Fair

Multicultural Programs and Services The mission of the Multicultural Programs and Services Office (MPS) is to assist the university in creating and maintaining an inclusive and welcoming campus environment. MPS is dedicated to offering programs and services that are responsive to the needs of all students, particularly those who are members of historically marginalized and underrepresented populations. For more information, visit


The Cranwell International Center provides a welcoming environment and support services for Virginia Tech’s international community. Located on the west end of Clay Street, the International Center offers many programs to help incoming students adjust to university life, including International Student Orientation, local culture field trips, a first-year seminar, and English conversation groups. It also provides visa-related services for international undergraduates, assistance obtaining a U.S. driver’s license, and help with filing important documents, such as tax forms. In addition, officials from the Social Security Administration visit each month to help eligible international students obtain a social security number. The center also advises internationals on a wide range of matters and maintains an all-hours emergency cell phone. The International Center hosts several social gatherings where students can get together to celebrate holidays, watch sporting events, and honor graduating international students. The center also promotes the International Street Fair, an outdoor festival held during Virginia Tech’s annual International Week in April, featuring cultural performances, arts and crafts from around the world, folk dances, and exotic foods. Cranwell International Center is designed to help everyone feel at home here at Virginia Tech. For more information, go to


Getting around Before you park on campus, purchase a parking pass online or at the Parking Services office. See page 23 for information or visit If you have visitors coming to campus, they should stop by to pick up a parking pass Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Visitor’s Center, or chances are good they will end up with a parking ticket. After hours, they can get one at the Virginia Tech Police Department on Sterrett Drive.

Carly Marketing, 2012

When I first came to Virginia Tech, I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to find my way around. Luckily, there are so many resources here that help you find exactly what you need.

Need a lift? Take the bus. To get you to and from the Roanoke airport, the Smart Way Bus offers regularly scheduled service between Blacksburg and other spots in the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, Bedford, and the Lynchburg Amtrak station for a few dollars each way. Visit to view the schedule and route.

Don’t be dumb. Ride the Smart Way Bus.

If you want to go a little bit further, Megabus is a great option. You can catch the bus in Christiansburg and go directly to Knoxville, Tenn., or Washington, D.C. For information on schedules and fares, visit

For trips around town, Blacksburg Transit is your new best friend. The buses run daily and all routes have at least one stop on campus, some as often as every few minutes. Routes stop at the Math Emporium, local apartment complexes, the hospital, and the Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, and the New River Valley Mall, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and the courthouse in nearby Christiansburg. The Hokie Express route offers a quick ride to different places on campus, including the Drillfield, the gym and health center, resident parking lots, Squires Student Center, and the Oak Lane Community. Since student fares are pre-paid, all you have to do is show your Hokie Passport. For schedules and routes, visit or call 540-961-1185.

For those times when you really need your own wheels, you can borrow them from U Car Share. This program lets you reserve one of its shared vehicles, pick it up at one of the convenient campus locations, and drive around for as low as $4.95 an hour. For more information, visit

Eventually, you’re going to need a ride home. Check out Home Ride of Virginia, which provides weekend and academic break bus service to Northern Virginia, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, and the Tidewater area. Buses leave Virginia Tech on Fridays and return on Sunday afternoons. Visit for more information.

Another option is to participate in ride sharing with RIDE Solutions or the Virginia Tech Rideboard, which help you find rides and information to make carpooling easy. It’s a great way to meet people, share costs with everyone traveling in the car, and save the planet some CO 2 emissions. Visit or 51


Career Services Career Services is here to help all students at the university, from freshman through graduate level, to find, prepare for, and achieve their dream jobs. Find out more about the career center at

Explore your career options Majors and career planning go handin-hand. It’s important to know the entry requirements for careers that interest you, as some fields require very specific academic backgrounds. Thinking about grad school? Those decisions also require careful research and planning.


Get experience

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Career Services’ programs give you a chance to apply what you learn in class to the real world. My coop gave me the opportunity to explore what I want to do with my major, and the experience will give me an extra edge when I seek employment after graduation.

Achieve your goals Whether you’re looking for a job after graduation or preparing for graduate school, Career Services advisors and resources can help: Individual advising appointments help with career decisions and job search assistance Walk-in advising sessions answer quick questions and refer you to customized resources

A college degree and a good GPA are not enough to make you a strong job candidate after graduation. Career-related experience is extremely important. Career Services’ internship and externship programs help you try out a job to see if you will like it, and career counselors can offer advice on polishing your résumé or what to wear to the interview once you get it. The office also sponsors the Connection Co-op and Internship Fair in February, where you can land an internship that could evolve into full-time employment.

The Career Resource Center houses more than 600 books and magazines on career exploration, job searching, and graduate school (visit for the full list) Use Hokies4Hire to help you post your resume, search and apply for jobs, and find out about career fairs, workshops, and employer information sessions on campus The Office of Health Professions Advising provides guidance for all you aspiring healthcare professionals



Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center The Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center educates students about alcohol use and abuse. It promotes programs around the Virginia Tech campus that inform students about positive drinking behaviors and the potential negative effects of alcohol abuse on individuals and the community at large. The center emphasizes the importance of positive, low-risk alcohol consumption for those students who choose to drink. By maintaining healthy habits, students can limit high-risk drinking situations that can lead to negative consequences for themselves, their friends, and our community.

CAAPC sponsors fun alcohol-free events like Friday Night at Deet’s performances.

didyouknow? There are more than 20,000 different activities offered at Virginia Tech that don’t involve drinking.  90% of Virginia Tech students think that bragging about drinking isn’t cool.  76% of Virginia Tech students believe that encouraging someone to participate in high-risk drinking isn’t cool.  75% of Virginia Tech students believe that not drinking, or having only a few drinks, is more fun than getting drunk.

Everyone understands that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years old, and we expect students to respect the law. For those who choose to drink, we recommend and support doing so in a legal, positive, and low-risk manner that reduces or eliminates negative consequences. Decisions concerning alcohol consumption are a personal choice, but students are expected to take responsibility for their alcohol-related behaviors, respect the choices of those who do not wish to drink, and hold peers accountable by intervening when their actions adversely affect health, safety, welfare, or civility.

Make informed decisions about alcohol use. To find out how to “Party Positive,” and see other real-life tips on “Positive Drinking,” check out

Dean of Students Have a problem and not sure where to turn? The Dean of Students Office is a good place to start. The office is a liaison between students, parents, and families and the services and programs offered at the university. Staff members are there to help with student challenges, emergencies, and crises, including injury or illness, academic progress issues, or other situations when students just need a knowledgeable advocate. Parents can also turn to them with questions or concerns. Most of all, the Dean of Students Office is there to offer help and guidance when you’re not sure who to call or where to start at



Getting involved You’ll be spending the next four years at Virginia Tech learning and preparing for your career in the “real world.” However, your future employers are looking for more than just a degree on a piece of paper. Getting involved in extracurricular clubs and activities will not only enhance your résumé, but will give you a chance to meet new friends, network with potential employers, and have some fun outside of homework and classes.

Fraternity and Sorority Life a

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Virginia Tech is proud to host a large and diverse fraternity and sorority community. Approximately 3,700 students participate in a general collegiate fraternity or sorority at Virginia Tech—that’s 16 percent of the undergraduate population.

Why Join a Fraternity or Sorority? Research shows that students who are involved:

Fraternity and sorority life is one of many opportunities to get involved at Virginia Tech. Here are just a few reasons why you should join:

earn better grades are more successful in their academic program are more likely to stay in school and graduate on time feel more satisfied with their college experience are more marketable when job searching and applying to grad school develop valuable leadership and interpersonal skills

Members of the Panhellenic community

You’ll gain valuable leadership skills that will last a lifetime You’ll have plenty of opportunities to help out the greater community through national philanthropic work and community service projects You’ll establish strong connections with a group of friends that will last far beyond your years at college Your grades are likely to be better than those of non-fraternity/ non-sorority members You’ll always have something fun to do, with social events, gatherings, semi-formal banquets, and formal events You could be eligible to receive scholarships through your chapter’s national organization Think you might want to get involved in a fraternity or sorority? Check out for more information.


Service is an important part of fraternity and sorority life

Councils: Interfraternity Council - Virginia Tech’s largest governing council governs the campus’ North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) fraternities. Multicultural Greek Council - The youngest governing council at Virginia Tech, having been founded in 2004 under the name United Council of Fraternities and Sororities. The council brings together multicultural, faith-based, service-based, and special-interest fraternities and sororities. National Pan-Hellenic Council - The governing and coordinating council for traditionally African-American national collegiate fraternal organizations of NPHC, Inc. Panhellenic Council - The governing council responsible for supporting the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) chapters at Virginia Tech.


Residence Hall Federation RHF is a student organization dedicated to improving and sustaining the quality of life for students living on campus. In working with RHF as a hall council officer, you’d have an opportunity to build leadership skills, gain insight from working with others, develop your résumé, and make a difference in your residence hall and the Virginia Tech community. All Residence Hall Federation members work together to enhance residence life and plan, conduct, and promote a variety of activities for the residents of Virginia Tech. This includes hall programs, involvement in service activities, campuswide programs, and leadership retreats. RHF operates using funds raised from the sale of microfridges, safes, linens, carpets, hutches, and shelves. RHF recruits officers for hall council during the first few weeks of school, so look for information in your residence hall. Find out how you can become involved at

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It is so easy to get involved, whether it’s by attending football games or running for class office. You will always have a home at Virginia Tech.

Clubs and organizations Joining a club means meeting new people who share the same interests as you and working with them to achieve a greater good, even if that greater good is eating pizza and playing video games every Saturday night. There are organizations for just about anything you can think of, from snowboarding and cancer fundraising to service projects and belly dancing. There are more than 700 officially listed student organizations at Virginia Tech, and each has a different focus and operates under student leadership. Search the student organizations at If you don’t see the group that’s right for you, you could always start your own—all it takes is three people!

Students volunteer at the Big Event.

Community service Serving your community and the surrounding areas is a great way to make friends and learn valuable lessons in humility and leadership. Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim, means “That I may serve,” so naturally there are plenty of opportunities to serve the community through organizations at Virginia Tech. While all general fraternities and sororities have their own philanthropic causes and community service projects, there are specialized fraternities and sororities outside of the general fraternity and sorority community that are also dedicated to community service, and many clubs devoted to a specific cause or charity.



Community service (continued) If your passion is working with underprivileged children, there are organizations you can get involved with. If you want to help cure diseases in third-world countries, there is a group for you. If you are dedicated to finding a cure for cancer, or picking up trash in your neighborhood, there are others just like you out there. To view a complete list of community service organizations, visit and search the student organizations list.

The campus’ Relay For Life event raises money for cancer research.

Virginia Tech also has some annual events where the whole campus pitches in to raise money or provide service to a good cause. Every spring, thousands of students, faculty, and staff volunteer for The Big Event, a student-run community service effort to thank the residents of Blacksburg and Christiansburg for supporting the Virginia Tech community. The university also has a strong history of participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life fundraiser, garnering more donations than any other youth/college relay in the country for two years in a row. More information on these events and how you can get involved is available at and

Leadership development opportunities The twenty-first century requires dynamic, ethical, and courageous leaders – those who view leadership as a collaborative process towards a common goal, not merely a position. Whether you are looking for the year-long, influential leadership development experience found in our Leadership Tech program or the a la carte experience of our leadership speaker series (SPLASH), Student Centers and Activities has a program for you. Leadership development is a lifelong journey and Virginia Tech is here to help you along your individualized path. Visit to learn more about many of the leadership opportunities offered across campus.

Dining Services Student Advisory Committee Ut Prosim (That I may serve) is Virginia Tech’s motto. How can you find ways to serve? Get involved with VT Engage! Visit to find service opportunities and to pledge community service hours for the school year.


At a school with 30,000 people, you might feel like you don’t have a voice, but being on the Student Advisory Committee lets you participate directly in decisions that impact student life on campus. This group of 20 to 25 students meets every three weeks with the directors of Dining Services to provide suggestions, advice, and feedback on facilities, policies, programs, services, and staffing. The directors take the recommendations made by this committee seriously, and frequently act based on the committee’s input. The Student Advisory Committee helped influence some serious changes like the Flex dining plan, theme housing options, D2 and West End Market designs and names, residence hall card access, housing application process improvements, and more. For more information, visit


Class officers Eight class officers are elected in the spring of their freshman year and serve for life. Officers are responsible for maintaining Virginia Tech traditions through class activities and events, such as Ring Committee, Ring Dance, and Grad Bash. Officers include president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, historian, femalemember-at-large, male-member-at-large, and cadet-member-at-large. Ohhhhh, it sparkles!

Class rings The Virginia Tech class ring represents and invokes memories, traditions, and pride that connect Hokies both young and old. The tradition began when the classes of 1911-1914 designed a distinct ring for each graduating class, and ever since, the sophomore class has designed its own unique ring, unveiled to the junior class at Ring Premiere each fall. Rings are officially presented to juniors during a formal ceremony the following spring at Ring Dance, a two-night tradition that dates back to 1934. For more information, visit

Show off your new bling at Ring Dance.

Venture Out Venture Out specializes in outdoor recreational adventures for all experience levels in backpacking, canoeing, caving, downhill skiing and snowboarding, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting. They are also a resource center for local recreational information, providing affordable equipment rentals, leadership opportunities, and a portable team-building program. If you are looking for something different to do, then Venture Out and see what is on the schedule! ? No problem. Canoe didn’t fit on your room ! Out ture Ven from Rent one

Adventure into hidden caverns just a few miles from campus with Venture Out caving trips.



BreakZONE Need a break from classes and homework? BreakZONE, located inside Squires Student Center, is the perfect place to hang out with your friends without leaving campus. You can bowl, play in a billiards tournament, school your roommate in pingpong, or video game your little heart out. It also sponsors competitive leagues and on-site skills classes, in case you need to work on your backhand first. Squires Student Center

Bowling at BreakZONE in Squires.

Student Centers and Activities The Department of Student Centers and Activities coordinates many types of organizations, activities, and events to keep you entertained between classes, provide leadership development, and support your academic experience. The department manages two student centers on campus, Squires and GBJ (that’s G. Burke Johnston), where you can stop in to study between classes, hold group meetings, meet friends for coffee or a bite to eat, or just hang out. It also rents space in the student centers to student organizations, whether the Student Government Association is holding an awards banquet or the Quidditch team just needs a meeting room. As if all that weren’t enough to keep you busy, Student Centers and Activities supports the Virginia Tech Union, which hosts events, concerts, visiting Broadway productions, and other programs.

To make sure you don’t miss anything, check them out on You can purchase tickets to these and most major events on campus Studyin’ hard at GBJ. through the Ticket Office in Squires. If the visual arts are what interest you, stop by the Perspective Gallery on the second floor of Squires to see works from local and regional artists. If you’re looking for a way to get involved (or just looking for a job), Student Centers and Activities hires almost 300 student employees to help operate their facilities and service areas, providing leadership skills and career training. Areas include the BreakZONE, event operations and planning, Venture Out, and more. To apply for a job, go to

The Student Centers and Activities staff.



Virginia Tech Athletics Whether it’s cheering your head off in Lane Stadium, celebrating a dunk in Cassell Coliseum, or supporting any of the other Tech squads, sporting events are where we gather to show our Hokie spirit! Virginia Tech has a long and proud athletic tradition, but the Hokies have really seen their success grow over the past few years. For the ever-growing legion of Tech fans, the most exciting part is that the future looks even brighter.

Hokies Respect

Hokie fans “rock the Cassell” at Cassell


You, as a student, have an important role in the success of these teams. Not only do the Hokies need your support in Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum, but throughout the year at all of the other sporting events across campus. The Hokies have been on top of the ACC in many Olympic sports, including NCAA appearances by the soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and wrestling teams. Hokie fans make it hard for opponents to come to Blacksburg and leave with a win! Not only can you help cheer the Hokies on to victory, but you can also get lots of free stuff. Be one of the first fans at specified sporting events and you could receive anything from a free Virginia Tech T-shirt, hat, or bag to bobbleheads Careful with the HokieBird! and free food. Check out to see what’s happening at the next upcoming event. Virginia Tech athletic events are a great way to show your Hokie spirit and mingle with thousands of your closest friends. Show your support! Go HOKIES!

If you attend sporting events during your time here at Virginia Tech (we certainly hope you will) you should be aware of Hokies Respect, a program designed to promote respectful conduct by fans. The goal is for Virginia Tech to always be a tough opponent, but also a first-class host for visiting teams. You should show your respect and appreciate other teams and other fans through your conduct during sporting events.

Stay up-to-date with the weekly sporting events: Go to, the official website of Virginia Tech Athletics. Be sure to like the official VT Athletics Facebook page for upcoming games, promotions, and contests www.facebook. com/hokiesports. Follow your favorite Hokie sports team via Twitter. For a full listing, visit www.



Recreational Sports: building healthy Hokies Are you looking to keep fit and stay healthy? If so, check out the ways to stay active offered by the Department of Recreational Sports. Rec Sports is home to intramural sports, sport clubs, aquatics, fitness, and open recreation—something for everyone! With over 40 activities to choose from, Intramural Sports has something to offer every Hokie. Intramural Sports offers both team and individual sports ranging from flag football, basketball, and softball to racquetball, chess, and mini golf. Sport Clubs are 31 club teams that compete against other universities at a level that is more competitive than intramurals, but not quite varsity. Sport Clubs are entirely student-run, and prove to be a great way for students to get involved and have fun. If you love the pool, the Aquatics Program has a lot to offer. Programs include instructional swimming, and health and safety programs such as CPR, first aid, and lifeguard training. For more traditional ways of staying active, the Fitness Program offers more than 120 group exercise classes per week that will increase your cardiovascular fitness, tone your body, or increase core stability. Certified personal trainers are also available for Hokies looking for one-on-one and small-group help with their exercise regimens.

Practice your Bhujangasana (cobra pose) in mind-body fitness classes at McComas Hall.

If you enjoy planning your own workout, check out McComas Hall or War Memorial Hall. McComas has three basketball courts, two weight rooms, cardio areas, a suspended three-lane indoor running track, and a 25-yard lap pool. War Memorial Hall features a weight facility, as well as a 25-yard pool, four basketball courts and racquetball/handball/wallyball courts.

Recreational Sports also offers an array of special events including 5K runs, a bench press competition, and various incentive contests. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook (Virginia Tech Rec Sports), or stop by the Rec Sports main office in 142 McComas Hall.



Things to do in Blacksburg and the surrounding areas: Blacksburg may seem like a small, quiet town, but the longer you stay, the more you realize that there’s a lot going on. Blacksburg and the surrounding area are home to many restaurants, shops, and attractions. There’s something for everyone, no matter where your interests lie.

The Blue Ridge offers some excellent hikes and scenic views.

Got some free time? Here are some ideas: Go see a movie at the Lyric on College Avenue. Hike the Cascades, Dragon’s Tooth, Kelly’s Knob, McAfee’s Knob, Tinker Cliffs, Pandapas Pond, and other local scenic areas. Go tubing on the New River. Head out to Floyd and explore the Blue Ridge Parkway. Play pool or watch the game on the big screen TV at one of the restaurants downtown.

Shop for the perfect gift for you or someone special at one of the eclectic shops and boutiques downtown. S ing your favorite ‘90s hits during karaoke at Champs in downtown Blacksburg. Support local farmers at the Farmer’s Market Wednesdays and Saturdays at Roanoke Street and Market Square Park downtown. Sample new foods at one of the many ethnic restaurants in town, including Indian, Lebanese, and Ethiopian cuisine.

Get fresh, local produce at the Blacksburg

Farmer’s Market.

Watch out for that squirrel!



Relive your childhood playing laser tag, roller skating, or moon bouncing at Adventure World in Christiansburg.

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 Play a game of pick-up volleyball or basketball on campus or at the Blacksburg Recreation Center. Head over to Christiansburg for shopping or dinner at one of the national chain stores and restaurants.

 Spend the day on one of the area’s beautiful green golf courses. Volunteer at a local school, retirement center, animal shelter, or other charity or nonprofit organization. The Pete Dye River course

To find out more about things to do in the New River Valley, visit for restaurants and shopping in Blacksburg for local news and events for hiking maps and trails

The Cascades, a popular hike just a few minutes from campus.



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First of all, take a deep breath. We’ve got all kinds of programs, resources, and staff members dedicated to helping students adjust to college and get the most out of it. However, your partnership is a crucial element in your student’s success. Here are some tips and information that will help you strike the right balance between the pining silent type and hovering helicopter. 63


Parents as partners We know, college is supposed to be all about the students. But parents need a little love, too. That’s why the Dean of Students, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, offers a daily session during orientation to discuss partnership among families, their students, and the university. The Dean of Students’ office serves as a liaison between you and the university. Its staff puts you in touch with the right department for what you need and provides guidance and support in the case of medical issues, family crises, or other challenging situations. If you or your student have a problem and you’re not sure how to solve it, start with the Dean of Students’ office; they’ll set you on the right track. For more information, visit

A Page for Parents At, you will find resources and information just for you. Read policies there for tips on talking about underage drinking, answering your student’s questions about fitting in and dealing with roommates, and other pertinent information useful for parents.

Just for parents A  dvice by Email Got a question, but not sure who to ask? Start with H  okie Parent E-News You’ll receive a monthly email full of important dates, deadlines, and events at Virginia Tech. P  arents’ Fund Give a gift to enhance the quality of life for your student and fellow Hokies.

Families gather in the Hahn Hor ticultural Garden for a tour and breakfast.



Family Events Join us for food, music, activities, and a host of other fun events planned just for families and students at the fall and spring family weekends. Get to know the university (and use this as a good excuse to visit your student!).

Fall Family Day, Oct. 20, 2012 Spring Family Weekend, April 19-21, 2013

Sharing a moment together during Family Weekend.

Home Sweet Home Share your favorite family recipes and make college feel a little more like home. Visit to enter our annual recipe contest. Winning recipes will be featured at a special meal in one of our dining centers during Spring Family Weekend, and all will be printed in a cookbook.

Home Sweet Home 2012 recipe winner Natalie showcases her winning recipe of Pineapple Casserole, served at D2 Dining Center during Spring Family Wee kend.

Lodging When big events like Family Weekend and commencement happen, it can be tough to find a place for visiting family and friends to stay (and Grandma does not want to sleep on the floor). The Inn at Virginia Tech offers accommodations within distance to campus—limo not included.


If you need help finding lodging for everyone, check out accommodations listed by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce at

Get comfortable in style while staying at the Inn at Virginia Tech.



Ward off homesickness The best cure for homesickness is to stay busy, so encourage students to join a club, volunteer, or get a job. (Your wallet and your student will thank you.) Don’t ask your student if he or she is homesick—most students say they don’t think about it until their parents ask! If you’re concerned your student may turn to alcohol or other risky behaviors to deal with homesickness or other college stressors, Virginia Tech has several resources available through the Campus Center for Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Cook Counseling Center to ensure no one has to go through this alone.

All members of the family visit students during Spring Family Weekend— even Cookie the dog.

Parental account access If you want to add money to your student’s Hokie Passport Account or dining plan, or pay tuition online, you and your student will need to set up an authorized payment account with the bursar’s office. Go to to find out more.

Wine and Cheese tasting with Dr. Steger during Spring Family Weekend.

Rights and records Virginia Tech complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, meaning that we do not disclose personal information on students’ educational or medical records without their written consent. Your student can authorize that this information be released to you via the FERPA disclosure web form available at


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2012-2013 Academic Calendar Fall 2012

Spring 2013

Aug 27 Classes Begin

Sep 3

Jan 21 Martin Luther King Holiday (No Classes; university offices closed)

Oct 12 Fall Break Begins (No Classes; university offices open)

Jan 22 Classes Begin

Mar 9

Labor Day, Classes DO Meet

Spring Break Begins

Oct 14 Fall Break Ends

Mar 17 Spring Break Ends

Nov 17 Thanksgiving Holiday Begins

May 8

Classes End

Nov 25 Thanksgiving Holiday Ends

May 9

Reading Day

Dec 12 Classes End

May 10 Exams Begin

Dec 13 Reading Day

May 15 Exams End

Dec 14 Exams Begin

May 16 Senior Day

Dec 20 Exams End

Dec 21 Fall Commencement Ceremonies (University and Graduate)

May 17 University and Graduate Commencement Ceremonies

May 18 Spring Commencement (College Ceremonies)

University Resources Athletic Department 540-231-6797

Corps of Cadets 540-231-6413

Dietrick Convenience Store 540-231-6151 Dietrick Dining Center

Career Services 540-231-6241

Council of International Student Organizations 540-231-6035

Dining Services 540-231-7549

Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence 540-231-5499 Curriculum for Liberal Education 540-231-5155 Computing Support/4Help 540-231-HELP(4357)


Counseling Services/Cook Counseling Center 540-231-6557 Cranwell International Center 540-231-6527 Dean of Students Office 540-231-3787

Education Abroad 540-231-5888 Fraternity and Sorority Life 540-231-6609 Hokie Passport Services 540-231-5121 Honor System 540-231-9876


University Resources (continued) Housing and Residence Life 540-231-6205

Student Centers and Activities 540-231-5431

Living-learning Communities 540-231-5709

Student Conduct 540-231-3790

Multicultural Programs and Services 540-231-8584

Student Software Distribution 540-231-3969

Newman Library 540-231-6170

Squires Ticket Office (Entertainment Events) 540-231-5615

Parking Services 540-231-3200

Ticket Office (Sporting Events) 540-231-6731

Schiffert Health Center 540-231-6444 Scholarships and Financial Aid 540-231-5179 Services for Students with Disabilities 540-231-3788

Undergraduate Admissions 540-231-6267 University Honors Program 540-231-4591 University Academic Advising Center 540-231-8440

Student Affairs, Vice President 540-231-6272

University Bookstore Computer Service Center 540-552-1459 401 Industrial Park Road, Blacksburg, VA University Bursar 540-231-6277 University Directory Assistance 540-231-6000 University Registrar 540-231-6251 Virginia Tech Police 540-231-6411 University Bookstore (On Campus) 540-231-5991 Volume Two Bookstore (Off Campus) 540-231-9674

University Bookstore 540-231-5991

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Community Resources Academic Primary Care Associates 3700 S. Main Street Suite A Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-443-7180

Café de Bangkok 104 Jackson St. #100 Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-951-THAI (8424)

Academic Sports and Osteopathic Medicine 825 Davis Dr. Suite C Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-443-7180

Campus Cookies Warm cookies delivered! Gift Delivery Available

Backstreets 207 S. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-552-6712 www.backstreets Bike Barn 424 N. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-443-9960 BreakZONE 117 Squires Student Center Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-231-4476 Bollo’s Café & Bakery 206 Draper Road Blacksburg, VA 24060 540- 953-1669 Buffalo Wild Wings 211 Prices Fork Road # 200 Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-552-WING (9464) Cabo Fish Taco 117 S. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-552-0950


Clay Corner Inn 401 Clay St. SW Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-552-4030 CMG Leasing College Savers 540-951-7777 Collegiate Concepts, Inc. (888) 929-0806 Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. 540-951-0454 Dr. Damon Thompson, D.D.S. 202 S. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-552-5433 Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine 2265 Kraft Dr. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-231-4000 Fringe Benefit 117 N. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540- 951-9777

Frosty Parrot 125 N. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-230-5264 Gillie’s Restaurant 153 College Ave. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-961-2703 Heavener Hardware 801 Kabrich St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-552-1221 Home Ride 800-553-6644 The Lyric Theatre 135 College Ave. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-951-0604 Mad Dog 109 N. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-961-4038 Main Street Inn 205 S. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-552-6246 www.mainstreetinn Matrix Gallery 115 N. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-951-3566


Community Resources (continued) Mish Mish 125 N. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-552-1020 Next Door Bake Shop 460 Turner St. NW #204 Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-951-BAKE (2253) On Campus Marketing 609.359.1071 800.220.4237 Pita Vera 235 N. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-552-9222

Polished by Claire 101 S. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 Poor Billy’s/Big Al’s 201 N. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-951-2200 University Bookstore 540-231-5991 Venture Out 123 Squires Stduent Center Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-231-4982

Pizza Hut 801 University City Blvd. #11 Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-953-3000

Venture Out Fun, safe, and educational outdoor services to the students, faculty, staff, and community of Blacksburg. Specializes in exciting outdoor adventures, quality rental gear at unbeatable rates, and valuable resources to help you plan the perfect adventure.

123 Squires Student Center 540-231-4982

Verizon Wireless 304 N. Main St. 1480 S. Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-961-4200 540-961-4400 Virginia Tech Services, Inc. Volume Two Bookstore Blacksburg, VA 24061 540-231-9674 Virginia Tech Union 327 Squires Student Center Blacksburg, VA 24061 540-231-7117 Volume Two Bookstore 540-231-9674

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Virginia Tech Traditions...................................................... 2 Corps of Cadets............................................................... 3 Division of Student Affairs Principles of Community............. 4 Principles of Community.................................................... 6

know before you go................ 7

May 1 - Accept admission offer and pay matriculation deposit Right away - Create PID  SAP - Apply for priority placement in a A living-learning community

To-do List......................................................................... 8 Orientation....................................................................... 9 Computing..................................................................... 12 Academics..................................................................... 14 Living-Learning............................................................... 18 Dining Plans................................................................... 20 Hokie Passport............................................................... 22 Parking.......................................................................... 23 Student Conduct............................................................ 24

June 1 - Final deadline to submit housing/dining contract

moving to campus................ 25

August 10 - Tuition deadline

J une 30 - Final deadline to register for orientation (Do it now—sessions fill up!) July - Orientation/register for classes


August 22–25 - Move in

living on campus.................. 37

Before classes begin:

parents & family................... 63

August 27 - Classes begin

Sign up for VT Alerts Turn in immunization history form Check computer specs

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Move-in Day................................................................... 26 Residence Halls............................................................. 28 Bookstores.................................................................... 34 Hokie Hi......................................................................... 35

Housing......................................................................... 38 Staying Safe................................................................... 40 Eating on Campus.......................................................... 42 Sustainability................................................................. 45 Roommates................................................................... 46 Health........................................................................... 47 Diversity........................................................................ 49 Getting Around............................................................... 51 Career Services.............................................................. 52 Resources, etc............................................................... 53 Getting Involved.............................................................. 54 Athletics........................................................................ 59 Rec Sports..................................................................... 60 Things to Do.................................................................. 61



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