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Greater Washington D.C. Area Hokie One Stop

Supports and services for graduate and undergraduate students in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area

Virginia Tech students in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area and at specialized campuses and sites in Northern Virginia outside that region are vital members of the Virginia Tech community. We are committed to providing you the supports and services you need, and helping you connect with fellow students, faculty members and staff as a welcoming, inclusive Virginia Tech community.

Virginia Tech is providing answers to questions and information about resources related to COVID-19 in the D.C. area on this Frequently Asked Questions page. It is updated regularly. Additionally, the Graduate School has created a website of information specifically for graduate students, which includes guidelines for graduate assistants and the Graduate School's plan for the fall 2020 semester. This site also is updated regularly. 

CONNECT

Connect with services directly related to becoming a student, to the business of being a student in this region, and for academic success in the classroom and laboratory.

A step-by step guide to getting started at Virginia Tech in the Washington, D.C., area is maintained on this webpage.  For international students, there are additional steps to follow, which can be found via this link

Be sure to read the Expectations for Graduate Education, and to learn about the Graduate Honor System.

The first point of contact for undergraduate students studying, interning, or conducting research at one of our sites in the northern Virginia area is their home department, faculty advisor, or local supervisor. Undergraduate students should refer to this website for information about additional university support services available locally or remotely from Blacksburg and help navigating their overall Virginia Tech experience. Email DCHokieOneStop@vt.edu for assistance.

Students enrolled in Virginia Tech’s Business Information Technology major with specialization in Cyber Security Management and Analytics (BIT-Cyber) should refer to the program website for a list of resources or contact the program director, Svetlana Filiatreau at sfiliatr@vt.edu or (703) 538 – 3764 to set up a phone or virtual appointment.

New and replacement Hokie Passports are issued out of the Northern Virginia Center Resource Center Library. Students can schedule an appointment to get their card Monday through Friday between 11am and 6pm. Contact the center directly more information or to schedule an appointment outside of the normal hours at nvclibrary@vt.edu or 703-538-8340.

The Graduate School offices in the Washington, D.C., area provide a wide range of support for international students, including immigration-related advising and resources for adapting to life in the United States. Because Virginia Tech in the D.C. area is considered a separate campus from Blacksburg, questions related to international students should be addressed to the D.C. area staff using intlncr@vt.edu, rather than to Cranwell International Center. You can also contact us by phone at 703-538-8326.

Prospective and current student veterans or military connected students using VA benefits may have a variety of questions as they navigate the college application process and their experience at Virginia Tech. Please reach out to the Office of Veteran Services at veteran@vt.edu or 540-231-5815 to set up a phone or virtual appointment.
  • The Graduate School handles many of the processes related to your education. They work directly to process admission applications and support enrolled student’s progress to degree including registration assistance, processing Graduate School forms, plan of study review and approval, preliminary and final examination scheduling, electronic thesis/dissertation review and approval, degree awarding and mailing of diplomas.
  • Registering for classes is done through HokieSPA. Your faculty advisor or graduate program coordinator will assist you with course selection and registration. Once you have registered, you’ll receive an invoice to pay tuition and fees. 
  • For information on tuition and fees, please visit the website for the University Bursar.
  • To request verification of enrollment or degree or a copy of your academic transcript, contact the University Registrar.
  • Many departments at Virginia Tech provide services designed to meet the academic and learning assistance needs of students. Utilizing these services allows students to meet their full academic potential and helps them plan for future academic and professional endeavors.

Virginia Tech offers a wide assortment of financial aid and assistance programs that can be applied towards college expenses.

For information on tuition and fees, please visit the website for the University Bursar.

The following links connect to calendars and lists of deadlines related to academics, financial aid, and tuition and fee payments.

Academic calendar, drop/add, grade deadlines and availability, and religious and ethnic holidays

Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

COMMUNITY

Join the Virginia Tech community of students, faculty, and staff members for informational, educational, and personal support, and for engaging activities. 

The Graduate School’s weekly D.C. area newsletter is the main communication channel to students in the D.C. area. The newsletter is published weekly on Fridays.  We also maintain an archive of past issues.

All current students should automatically receive this newsletter.  If you are not receiving the newsletter, please contact Susan Merten and ask to be manually added. 

Follow the D.C. area graduate community on Social Media:

Twitter: @VTGradSchDC; @vtncrgsa; @VTGradCommunity; @kpdepauw

Facebook: Virginia Tech Graduate School

Virginia Tech places a priority on student wellness. Services for students include individual counseling and a health-insurance program for purchase by full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Hokie Wellness offers select virtual programming to all students.  Also, students are encouraged to take advantage of local area services and opportunities.

  • The Student Medical Insurance office assists students with enrolling in Virginia Tech's Student Health Insurance Plan. They also help students clarify the often confusing language of insurance, navigate local providers, and submit claims. Contact them at smi@vt.edu or 540-231-6226.
  • The Washington, D.C., area has numerous opportunities for recreation. Check out NOVA Parks to get started. 

Virginia Tech has one university property available to students and an extensive website that allows students to search for off campus housing based on their campus location and search criteria.

  • Virginia Tech maintains a small residence hall in Old Town Alexandria, known as The Gallery.
  • Check back soon for a list of housing and apartment options in the Falls Church, Alexandria, or Arlington areas.

The Graduate School hosts or facilitates a number of student events and activities. Check out the student events calendar for up to date happenings! Also, the Northern Virginia Center has a Community Cafe on the first floor where students can hang out, play games, and attend events.

Academic study can sometimes be challenging and difficult.  If you are feeling like you need additional help to succeed in your program, several resources are available.

  • The Dean of Students office provides support and care for students in crisis or in connecting to university and community resources. Students should reach out if they need class absence verification, have personal/family emergencies, need personal/academic support or emergency financial assistance, Honor System and Student Conduct advising, or to report other general complaints.
  • Bryan Hanson is the Graduate School Ombudsperson and specializes in conflict resolution. He is based in Blacksburg, but is available to D.C. area students through phone meetings, zoom meetings and occasional in-person meetings. Contact him at 540-231-9573 or bryanh76@vt.edu.
  • For educational resources and to report gender-based harassment, visit Stop Abuse at VT for information.

Virginia Tech is committed to promoting, sustaining, and advancing an environment that supports principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.  The following links are excellent resources for individuals and communities who seek education and support.

The greater Washington, D.C., metro area Graduate Student Assembly seeks to nurture the graduate student community across departments by providing social events that foster inter-department, interdisciplinary conversation. The representatives liaise with the VT GSA in Blacksburg to improve scholarly development and the graduate community by creating and implementing goals based on the issues and concerns of graduate students on campus. Contact the D.C. area Graduate Student Services Office, located in Falls Church, at GSSONCR@vt.edu or 703-538-8327 more information.

By far the most common employment for graduate students is through a graduate assistantship. Though rare, any available on campus student employment positions in the D.C. area would be advertised in the weekly newsletter.

CATALYST

We provide several services that can serve as a catalyst for your learning and research support, career and professional development, and more. 

The Northern Virginia Resource Center is both a branch of the University Library and a support center for students and faculty in the D.C. area. Library staff can assist all students with finding resources, accessing collections, and requesting/borrowing materials. Consultations can be provided face-to-face or online. The facility is located on the first floor of the Northern Virginia Center and is equipped with group and individual study rooms, research materials, 3D printers, laser scanners, and CAD workstations.

Students can also reserve an individual study table or room in the Northern Virginia Center by using the online reservation system.

The Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center Library in Old Town supports architecture programs in the D.C. area. Note that the library is non-circulating: you may use books within the library or take them to your desk, but you may not take them home.

Virginia Tech WAAC students may access additional books via Inter-Library Loan (ILL). Use your VT ILL account to check out books from the VT University Libraries catalog, or from other affiliated libraries. Contact Marlene at mkoenig@vt.edu for more information on creating an account.

Borrowed University Library materials can be returned at the following locations:

  • Northern Virginia Center: Use the outside book return behind the building next to the delivery entrance or the return slot in the orange wall next to the library entrance on the first floor.
  • VTRC Arlington: The book return is located on the 6th floor within SPIA space and requires a key fob available to building employees and students enrolled for in-person classes.
  • Washington-Alexandria Architectural Center 1001: The book return is the gray "mailbox" inside the main entrance that requires a key fob available to WAAC faculty, staff, and students.

The Northern Virginia Resource Center offers proctoring services for testing. To find out more, contact nvclibrary@vt.edu.

The Graduate School offers a range of professional development workshops and events tailored to graduate students. Both online and face-to-face workshops are available. These events are also a great opportunity to network with other students from different programs.

All students can utilize the following career related resources to help prepare you for your next steps.

  • You can use the following VT platforms to explore companies that recruit VT students, search for job listings, and find out about virtual job fairs: Handshake and Career Shift. For those looking for international job listings and protocols as well as U.S. H1B companies, visit GoinGlobal.
  • For additional career advice, consult with a member of your faculty or contact VT Alumni through Hokie Mentorship Connect.

Parking in Falls Church, Arlington, and Alexandria

The VT sites in the D.C. Area do not share a common parking system. Links describing parking options at each site are shown below.

  • Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church parking page
  • Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington parking options (scroll to the bottom of the linked page)
  • Parking at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) in Alexandria is described in their FAQs.

Contact Us

Reach us in the D.C. Area: 

DCHokieOneStop@vt.edu

Graduate Student Services: GSSONCR@vt.edu or
703-538-8327

Or visit us on the 4th floor of the Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA.

The Graduate School offices in Blacksburg, VA:

Phone: 540-231-9561
Email: grads@vt.edu

Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
155 Otey Street
Graduate School, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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