In the year of “unprecedented,” Virginia Tech brings new and exciting definitions to the word. Virginia Tech will welcome its most diverse first-year class to date, composed of 6,675 students from 46 states and 46 countries. Move-in will take place August 14-23, and incoming residents from around the world will begin their journey at Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech has created a new event evaluation process so that students will be able to safely hold in-person events this fall, as long as those events meet the university’s strict public safety and health guidelines. Virtual events should continue to be conducted when feasible.
“While plans in many areas are still evolving, we want to share with students and their families the information we have now,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Shushok. “Be sure to visit the For Students section on the VT Ready website often for the latest information on plans for fall semester 2020.”
When the senior from Mount Vernon, Virginia, found himself unable to pursue his dream of being a Navy pilot, he rallied by switching to a national security and foreign affairs major at Virginia Tech and resetting his goal to become an intelligence officer in the Navy.
Students have been key contributors in the ongoing Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment revision process and have had the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in sustainability and invaluable professional development opportunities.
In the spirit of physical distancing and more time spent at home studying and working, university community members are reminded of the countless locations to enjoy outdoor recreation in the New River Valley.
The Interfaith Program at Virginia Tech provides space and resources for students, faculty, and staff from different belief systems and worldviews to build relationships, engage in constructive dialogue, reflect on values and practices, and partake in common action in the community around matters of shared concern.
Going into its 11th year, the award-winning Office of Sustainability Internship Program provides students with invaluable opportunities to gain real-world insights and professional skills in sustainability and university operations.
Students who do have on-campus dining plans will find significant changes, beginning with reduced capacity, as tables will be spaced 9 feet apart to provide for 6 feet of physical distancing between people seated at different tables.
Virginia Tech is welcoming new Hokies and their families through an online orientation experience this summer. The university began working to implement the new format after announcing in the spring that orientation would be online in response to COVID-19.
As part of the Hokies@Home collection, the project will include all official digital content from Virginia Tech related to COVID-19, including news articles, public announcements, websites, social media, emails, and recordings of public town hall events. But project leaders stress that a key part of this collection will be crowdsourced personal experiences from Hokies, near and far.
For many international students visiting Cranwell International Center over the past four years, their first interaction would have been a friendly greeting from Savannah Nelson, a senior in criminology who has worked as an administrative and programming assistant at the center since her first week at Virginia Tech.