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Resources for Roanoke Students

Virginia Tech students on the Roanoke Health Sciences and Technology (HS&T) Campus are vital members of the Virginia Tech community. We are committed to providing you the support and services you need and helping you connect with fellow students, faculty members, and staff as a welcoming and inclusive Virginia Tech community. 

Roanoke students are enrolled in various departments and programs, many of which are based on the Blacksburg campus. Contact your home department or the Graduate School directly with academic advising and program support questions.

Virginia Tech provides information about COVID-19 resources and answers to general question on its VT Ready site. The Graduate School also provides information specifically for graduate students, including guidelines for graduate assistants (GA, GTA, GRAs). All of these websites are updated regularly. 

Bryan Hanson works as the Graduate School Ombudsperson and is available to Roanoke students as well. He’s willing to do phone meetings, zoom meetings and in person meetings. Contact him at 540-231-9573 or

Virginia Tech is committed to providing reasonable accommodations and services that allow students with disabilities access to academic programs. Accommodations are designed to reduce or eliminate barriers experienced because of a substantial limitation related to disability.

To get started, review information about requesting reasonable accomodations.  Contact Services for Students with Disabilities at or 540-231-3788 if you have questions about how SSD can assist you. 

While the SSD office is located in Blacksburg, they are available for remote meetings visa phone or Zoom. After you contact SSD, they will work with you to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

Medical/Health Center Access

Student healthcare analogous to Schiffert Health Center in Blacksburg is available in Roanoke for VT students who have paid the student health fee. It is run through Carilion Family Medicine at 3369 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, 24018.

  • Student health hours: Monday-Friday 2:00-4:00pm. 
  • Services include Acute care, X-rays, Lab services, Physical exams, immunizations and well visits
  • Schedule healthcare appointment: Call 540-795-3278
  • Schedule shuttle services from Riverside campus to Colonial Ave: Call 540-529-1220

Virginia Tech students who have paid the student health fee are also eligible to use Schiffert Health Center on the Blacksburg campus. With the exception of selected services, visits to Schiffert Health Center are covered by the health fee. For more information on eligibility and available services or to make an appointment, please go to the Schiffert Health Center website.

Wellness Activities

Hokie Wellness offers health and wellness workshops and events activities and events to students and employees located at the VTC campus in Roanoke.  

Hokie wellness rooms:  Students have access to Hokie wellness rooms in Riverside 1. These rooms include student only conference rooms for use in wellness activity like low impact exercise, yoga, meditation and just general private space.  See the Hokie Wellness Room Guidelines for more information. Rooms are accessible for graduate student use 24/7 and you may reserve the space by contacting Becky Guynn.

Gym Access

Students have access to the Carillion Wellness Centers.  You must reactivate your card or get a card if you haven't yet signed up. Go to Carillion Wellness--Roanoke to renew your card or sign up.

Any student who has paid the recreation fee (through the Comprehensive fee) has access to War Memorial and McComas Hall on the Blacksburg Campus. Just present your Hokie Passport at the front desk.

Students who are NOT enrolled in classes have the opportunity to pay the Recreation Fee to gain access to McComas and War Memorial Hall on the Blacksburg campus as well as Carillon Wellness Facilities  in Roanoke. To sign up or for additional questions,  call Virginia Tech Recreational Sports administrative office at 540-231-6856 or email at

New and replacement Hokie Passports are issued by Hokie Passport Services in the Student Services building on the  Blacksburg campus.  

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International student services are provided remotely by the Cranwell International Center for VT students with a Blacksburg-campus I-20 or DS-2019 form. Students may arrange one-on-one Zoom sessions with immigration advisors  as needed, or advisors may provide information sessions and/or one-on-one meetings in Roanoke if arranged in advance. Contact or 540-231-6527 to request a meeting.

Roanoke-based students have access to all library services available to Blacksburg students, both online and in person. Services can be found on the main library website. New in 2020, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Health Sciences and Technology Library is open to students in Riverside 4. 


Counseling is available to Roanoke students with Dr. Jennifer Slusher 5 days a week on the 2nd floor of 1 Riverside Circle. The Blacksburg counseling center is always available to Roanoke-based students as well. Counseling is included in the comprehensive fees. Call Cook Counseling at 540-231-6557 to set up an appointment and please indicate that you are located on the Roanoke HS&T Campus.

Other Resources

list of other resources in the Roanoke area has also been compiled by the Cook Counseling Center.

All VT graduate students with a valid Virginia Tech ID have access on a  first-come, first-served basis to a shuttle service between Riverside 1 on the Roanoke HS&T campus and the Blacksburg Campus, free of charge. More information can be found on the VTC website and on the Virginia Tech Parking and Transportation website, including a current schedule.  

For maps of the Blacksburg and Roanoke campuses, refer to the VT Maps and Directions website.

Professional Development Workshops

Some professional development workshops are provided through the Graduate School in the Graduate Life Center, or at other Blacksburg campus locations. If five or more Roanoke-based students request a session and identify a date and time, Graduate School staff will provide the session in Roanoke, or virtually but at the convenience of Roanoke-based students. Find a list of programs in the GLC weekly newsletter or reach out directly to to request webcasting or in-person delivery in Roanoke.

Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development at Virginia Tech offers guidance and skill development opportunities to all VT students. All students are welcome to visit during office hours in Blacksburg to use the Career Resource Center, to take full advantage of the website, and to seek assistance from CPD professionals. In addition to individual consultations, CPD provides workshops on a variety of topics, including career fair preparation, resume, CV, and cover letters,  job search, and job offer evaluations.  

For more information, visit their website or contact Alyssa Rametta.  Follow the Graduate Student

Writing Center Services

The Virginia Tech Writing Center is a free service for all Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, at all levels.  It has modeled service for both groups and individuals in Roanoke. You can also find information about virtual appointments on the online appointment request form. Online writing sessions function like  face-to-face writing consultations in the VT campus Writing Center, except the online sessions are held virtually via Google Hangouts and Google Docs using a VT email account. For more information, please contact Jennifer Lawrence at, and indicate that you are located on the Roanoke Campus. 

Webcasting classes can be requested by all VT students, and should be coordinated when course request opens for the intended semester. Students should contact HST IT staff to begin dialogue with the main campus IT and the instructor of the course. When selecting courses, you can also determine their web capability by checking the codes available on the Registrar’s Office website. Students may also reach out directly to professors to request other ad-hoc arrangements.

Roanoke Graduate Student Association (RGSA)

If you would like to receive the weekly RGSA, please sign up for it on their website. You can also follow the RGSA Facebook page for updates on events and services in the Roanoke area.

If you are a Roanoke student and would like to be added to the Blacksburg Graduate School listserv,  email and put "GLC Weekly listserv" in the subject line.


Explore the list of registered student organizations, track your involvement, and discover events and opportunities for students at Virginia Tech. You can filter the organization list for Graduate Student Organizations.

Contact Us

Graduate Student Services:

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

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