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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. The resources listed on this page should help you connect to the academic and students support services you will need during your time as a student, and help you connect with fellow students, faculty, and staff.

Onboarding and Academic Services

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 must be currently enrolled and can schedule an appointment to get the student ID card, or they can contact the center directly for more information 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 also sponsors an affinity group for veteran students in the D.C. area. Contact Chontrese Hayes for more information or to join the group.
  • The Graduate Student Services Office provides a variety of student services to graduate students located at the greater DC metro area and surrounding campuses. We assist students from the admission to graduation with all academic progress needs. Services provided include:

    • Processing Graduate School forms: In-State Tuition, Reduced Tuition, Change of Campus, Change of Program, etc.
    • Readmission and leave of absence approval
    • Plan of Study final approval
    • Preliminary and Final Exam approvals
    • Processing of official transcripts for the student record
  • The Graduate Student Services Office is located in Falls Church, at the Northern Virginia Center.  Staff can be reached via email at gssoncr@vt.edu or 703-538-8327.
  • 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

Student Services & Community Engagement

Join the Virginia Tech community of students, faculty, and staff members to navigate your student experience through social and community events, personal support, and much more. 

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; @sgsdean

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.

  • Counseling is available to all D.C. area students through Virginia Tech’s Cook Counseling Center. Appointments will be offered in person or via telehealth. Access self care and support resources online. To make an appointment or for more information call Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Embedded Counselor at the Northern Virginia Center, at 703-538-3797, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or call 540-231-6557, after hours, or click here.
  • 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 a website that allows students to search for off campus housing in the DC area based on their campus location and other search criteria. The website includes a roommate finder for students looking to share housing with others.

  • For a list of housing and apartment options in the Falls Church, Alexandria, or Arlington areas, visit the DC Off-Campus housing site. The site supports single sign-on using your VT credentials.

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 for help with personal/family emergencies, personal/academic support, emergency financial assistance, Honor System and Student Conduct advising, to report other general complaints, or if you just don’t know where to go for help. For assistance or to set up an appointment, please contact Assistant Dean of Students Phillip Hernandez de Wright at phernandez@vt.edu or 540-231-3787.
  • 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.
  • Virginia Tech is working toward a community free from gender-based discrimination, harassment, and violence. We commit to taking all resports seriously, to treating all individuals with compassion and respect, and to holding those who perpetrate harassment and violence accountable. TO report gender-based harassment, visit Stop Abuse at VT for information.
  • The Office for Equity and Accessability coordinates and supports civil rights compliance and offers resources to address workplace conflicts. For support and assistance, please contact Equity Manager, Gennelle Chatman, at gennelle@vt.edu or 703-538-3753.
  • The Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Academic Affairs and Student Success is a proactive resource to assist graduate students with a range of academic success outcomes focused on increasing retention, graduation rates, and supporting professional development goals. Students should contact Chontrese Hayes, Ph.D., chontresehayes@vt.edu for assistance in finding solutions to balancing academics and against competing priorities such as work and family

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.

  • InclusiveVT
  • Office of Graduate Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion 
  • Women's Center
  • Chosen Names and Personal Pronouns
  • Interfaith Engagement
  • Graduate Student Affinity Groups: The overarching goals for the affinity groups are to build an enhanced sense of community and share resources to assist staying the course in graduate school. Although the affinity groups are graduate student-focused, all students, faculty, and staff may also participate.  Currently, there are four affinity groups established for students who identify with the following communities:  Veterans, Black, First-Generation, and Latinx. The Graduate School is looking forward to forming additional affinity groups during the 2022-2023 academic year. Contact Chontrese Hayes, Ph.D., for more information.

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.

A small number of graduate students receive a graduate assistantship to support research or teaching. These assistantships are provided by the academic departments. Though rare, any available on campus student employment positions in the D.C. area would be advertised in the weekly newsletter.

Learning Support & Professional Development

Catalize your learning with research support, career and professional development, and more. 

Career and Professional Development offers the following career related resources and guidance.

  • Get customized career coaching and advising services including:
    • Career exploration and/or transition
    • Resume/CV & cover letter reviews
    • Networking strategies
    • LinkedIn profile and professional branding
    • Job search planning
    • Interview strategy & practice interviews
    • Salary negotiation techniques
  • Visit Handshake to search for jobs and internships, to view and register for workshops and events, and to make an appointment with DC Area Career Advisor, Kerry Spitze.
  • Utilize these additional resources:

The Northern Virginia Center Library is both a branch of the University Libraries 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 in person or online. The facility is located on the first floor of the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, and is equipped with group and individual study rooms, research materials, 3D printers, and workstations. Contact us at nvclibrary@vt.edu or 703-538-8340. See the current hours.

Students can also reserve a study room in the Library 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 students may access additional books via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Use your VT ILLiad account to request books from the University Libraries catalog, or from other affiliated libraries. WAAC students can 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:There is an outdoor book return next to the rear delivery entrance of the building and an opening 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 or 703-538-8340.

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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