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COVID-19 Information about Graduate Education, the 2021-22 academic year

The Virginia Tech Graduate Life Center seen from the GLC Plaza


All students are required to receive COVID-19 vaccinations prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester, with exemptions for medical reasons and sincerely held religious beliefs. Students should visit this site for more information about vaccination requirements, confirming vaccination status, and requesting an exemption. The deadline for students to report that they have received the full course of vaccine doses (one or two, depending on the vaccine) is Aug. 6, 2021This page provides directions for how to register your vaccination. 

Cranwell International Center sent additional guidance directly to all currently enrolled and new international students. Visit this page for COVID-19 information for international students.

The university also has published the COVID-19 testing program for fall semester. The university anticipates that students will experience a more normal semester in fall 2021, which begins Aug. 23 and ends on Dec. 15. This includes returning classrooms to their normal capacities, and reopening academic programs and student support offices, with services being offered in person. That said, the unversity also is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully. Virginia Tech will continue to adjust university plans, procedures, and protocols as circumstances and federal and state guidance surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve. Masks are required on the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine campuses in Roanoke. Be sure to check the university's Ready site regularly for updates.

The University continues to work with the area health districts to ensure vaccine availability for Virginia Tech students and employees. The state recently announced that all Virginians ages 12 years and older are eligible for vaccinations. 

In this Ready section, you'll find the following resources:

Graduate students are integral members of the teaching community at Virginia Tech, and their well-being should be given consideration equal to that of any other instructor in the planning and execution of courses. 

(updated August 4, 2021)