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New Student Checklist

Here’s a list of all the things you need to complete once you’re accepted as a graduate student. Download the checklist in PDF format.  

Before You Arrive

1. Create a personal identifier, or PID

You’ll use this for email, class registration, and to access all your Virginia Tech accounts.

2. Contact your academic department

They’ll inform you of any departmental requirements, as well as provide information about orientation, advising, funding, and registering for classes.

3. Complete your health forms

Turn them in at least one month before classes start to avoid a registration penalty.

4. International students only: Orientation to health care video

Watch this to learn about the requirements and benefits for health care in the U.S. for international students. 

5. Find housing

Find resources to help you search for off-campus housing or apply for our on-campus housing for graduate students.

6. Purchase health insurance

International students must purchase a health insurance plan, and U.S. students are encouraged to. The university offers a student health plan, or you can select any other that meets the minimum requirements.

7. Register for classes

Log in to Hokie SPA during the drop/add period to enroll in courses recommended by your departmental advisor.

8. Pay tuition and fees

Log in to Hokie SPA to pay your student account bill once you’ve registered for classes for the semester.

9. Check out our welcome events

Attend a welcome event to meet fellow students and faculty. 

After You Get Here

1. International students only: Immigration check-in

All new international graduate students must complete a mandatory immigration check-in process after arrival. Follow the instructions on the Cranwell International Center website to check-in.  

2. Get your student ID

Visit the Hokie Passport Office to have your picture taken and pick up your student ID card.

3. Attend Graduate Student Orientation

Come to our orientation event to learn about the programs and services we offer for graduate students. Attendance is optional, but encouraged.