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Innovative, inclusive, individualized Graduate Education

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Read Dean DePauw's message to the Graduate Community regarding the fall 2020 semester.

New students, you can find out more about what to expect by visiting our Information about fall 2020 page, which is based on questions from newly admitted graduate students.

Graduate students with assistantships should read the Graduate School guidelines for fall webpage, developed by Dean DePauw and graduate school leaders. 


Read Dean DePauw and Assistant Dean Shernita Lee's complete statement about inclusion and diversity and the graduate school's commitment to support all students.

For the latest news regarding the university's response and plans related to COVID-19, please visit Virginia Tech's Ready for Fall webpages.


Transforming students, education, and lives

"The traditional curriculum must become more inclusive, adaptive and individualized, with emphasis on integrative thinking and experiential learning." ~ Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw  

Check out Dean DePauw's 31 Tips for Thriving in Graduate School.

Also visit our Expectations for Graduate Education, which note the contributions graduate students, faculty, departments and programs, and the Graduate School itself, are expected to make to foster and maintain a dynamic and productive academic environment in which students thrive as they pursue their degrees.

Visit the links below to learn more :

We offer a range of programs to help enhance students' graduate education experience, including:

Bring Your Kids to School Day at the Graduate School with families and children, dean Karen DePauw and President Sands and Laura Sands.

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Student Support

Counseling, tutoring, Graduate Student Ombudsperson, and other services

The Graduate Life Center, known as the GLC, provides spaces for meetings, classes, social gatherings, down time, and housing. It's also home to the Graduate School's administrative offices. 


Visit our Events calendar and read our  Weekly announcements blog. 

You will find our latest social media posts and stories on  our Graduate Students in the News page.

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