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Resources for Roanoke Students

An increasing number of graduate students are working in research groups or taking classes at the Roanoke health sciences and technology campus. Their limited access to Blacksburg services presents special challenges to students and service providers alike. Below are resources and information specifically for this population. 

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

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 your student fees. You can call Cook Counseling at 540-231-6557 to set up an appointment.

A list of other resources in the Roanoke area, courtesty of Cook Counseling, can be found at the link below.

Resources for Roanoke and the Surrounding Area

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 are Monday-Friday 2-4pm. Services include Acute care, X-rays, Lab services, Physical exams, immunizations and well visits. Walk-ins are welcome or you can schedule an appointment at 540-795-3278.

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. Go to the Hokie Wellness Roanoke Health Science and Technology Campus Page for a list of current programs and other Wellness information.

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 Wellnes Centers starting August 20, 2018. 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, please call Virginia Tech Recreational Sports administrative office at 540-231-6856 or email at

International student services are provided remotely for VT students with a Blacksburg-campus I-20 or DS-2019 form. Students may arrange one-on-one Skype sessions with immigration advisors  as needed, or advisors may provide information sessions and/or one-on-one meetings in Roanoke if arranged in advance and at least 5 students need information/services at one time. Contact or 540-231-8486 to organize a meeting.

Virginia Tech is committed to providing appropriate services and accommodations that allow identified students with disabilities access to academic programs. To achieve this goal, the university provides services through Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

There are different requirements for registering with SSD based on your enrollment in the university, whether you’re a current student or an incoming student. Please go to the Students with Disabilities website for more information. You can also contact the Services for Students with Disabilities website at or 540-231-3788.

Any meetings may be in Blacksburg, but some work may be done over the phone or remotely. If a group of three or more students request a meeting on the same day, SSD may be able to set up a meeting on the Roanoke campus.

Professional Development Workshops

Professional development workshops are provided through the Graduate School and take place 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. Some programs may also be webcast. 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 advising with. They provide one-on-one or group presentations on a variety of topics including career fair preparation, resume, CV, and cover letters,  job search, and job offer evaluations. Examples of events they have conducted in the past are Dining Etiquette and Interviewing Skills.

For more information, visit their website at or contact Katie Beach at You can also follow the Graduate Students Career Ops blog for more information on career opportunities at

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

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

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 page: Students may also reach out directly to professors to request other ad-hoc arrangements.

If you would like to sign up to receive the weekly RGSA (Roanoke Graduate Student Association) newsletter, please go to 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, please email grads@vt and put listserv in the subject line.