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As students return for fall semester, here's some key information

August 11, 2016

Students begin to unload their cars and move their belongings into residence halls.
Move-in begins on Wednesday, Aug. 17, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 20.

As students return to Blacksburg, Virginia Tech prepares for their arrival and the start of the fall semester.  

Housing and Residence Life

First-year and returning students who will live on campus can move into residence halls beginning Wednesday, Aug. 17. The final day for residence hall check-in is Saturday, Aug. 20. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. each day.

Hokie Helpers will be available to assist with move-in Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dining Services

Dining centers open and dining plans go into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7 a.m. 

This year, D2 at Dietrick Hall will have continuous service flowing from breakfast to lunch, starting Thursday, Aug. 18, and carrying through the remainder of the fall semester, Monday through Friday. Lunch service will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Recreational Sports

McComas Hall and War Memorial Hall will both be open throughout move-in.

·      Wednesday, Aug. 17: 4 to 10 p.m.

·      Thursday, Aug. 18: noon to 11:30 p.m.

·      Friday, Aug. 19: noon to 11:30 p.m.

·      Saturday, Aug. 20: noon to 11:30 p.m.

Regular fall hours begin on Sunday, Aug. 21.

·     McComas Hall

  • Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: noon to 11:30 p.m.

·     War Memorial Hall

  • Monday through Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday: noon to 9 p.m.

Free Week of Fitness will take place from Aug. 22 to 28. Any group exercise, small group training, or dance format class is free to try. Refer to the Rec Sports website for a full schedule of these opportunities.

Intramural sports registration opens on Aug. 22 for 9-on-9 soccer, fantasy football, putt-putt, 8-ball singles, and sand volleyball doubles. To register for a sport, a student must first purchase a $20 intramural membership, which allows access to register for any sport throughout the year.

Registration for fall trips with Venture Out opens on Monday, Aug. 15. These trips include rock climbing, canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, stand-up paddle boarding, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and caving. Students can also rent equipment, such as tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks, to venture out on their own outdoor trips. Venture Out is located at 205 W. Roanoke St.

Schiffert Health Center

Schiffert Health Center resumes regular hours on Monday, Aug. 15, for the Corps of Cadets, and on Monday, Aug. 22, for all Virginia Tech students who have paid their health fee. Schiffert Health Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon for urgent care only.

Cook Counseling Center

Cook Counseling Center maintains regular business hours year-round. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

University Libraries

Newman Library will return to its regular “24/5” hours beginning Sunday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m.

Student Engagement and Campus Life

Student centers on campus have varying hours of operation throughout move-in.

Squires Student Center

·      Wednesday, Aug. 17, and Thursday, Aug. 18: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

·      Friday, Aug. 19: 7 a.m. to midnight

·      Saturday, Aug. 20: 9 a.m. to midnight

·      Sunday, Aug. 21: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Johnston Student Center

·      Wednesday, Aug. 17 to Friday, Aug. 19: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

·      Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21: closed

Graduate Life Center

·      Wednesday, Aug. 17, to Friday, Aug. 19: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

·      Saturday, Aug. 20: noon to 3:30 p.m.

·      Sunday, Aug. 21: noon to 5 p.m.

University Bookstores

The on-campus University Bookstore and off-campus Volume Two Bookstore offer regular and extended hours as students prepare for fall semester. Visit the Virginia Tech Services website for store hours information.

Blacksburg Transit

Blacksburg Transit returns to full service operation on Saturday, Aug. 20. Refer to the Blacksburg Transit website for additional schedule information, including service changes that will impact bus routes and schedules this fall. 

Hokie Hi

Hokie Hi at Virginia Tech is a series of events and Hokie traditions designed to welcome you back to campus and to continue preparing you for success in and out of the classroom. Kick off the school year by connecting with your campus and community through a variety of interactive social, artistic, and academic activities. From the Welcome Back Picnic in Lane Stadium or a movie on the Drillfield, to academic success Seminar Series and Gobblerfest, there's something for everyone. For a full schedule, visit the Hokie Hi website.


Fall 2016 classes begin on Monday, Aug. 22.

First-year students (and returning students, as well) can find more information regarding all you might need to know the first few weeks of fall semester at You’re In…Now What?

Written by Holly Paulette.