Information for the incoming Class of 2023

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Virginia Tech is committed to ensuring a quality academic and co-curricular experience for all students. While increased enrollment may require us to operate differently, our commitment is unchanged. More details will be made available in the coming days and weeks and will be shared through VT News and this #VT23 FAQ.

Questions can be sent to askvt@竟博

Where will students live?

The university is actively developing options to ensure that every student continues to receive the quality of programs and services they expect. This includes new housing options, including allowing first-year students to live off-campus, and other solutions that will create an optimal student living experience. Updates will be shared through articles and notices on VT News, as well as this FAQ, as new information is made available.

For this academic year only, we are waiving the first-year residency requirement for students who may have an interest in living off-campus. This does not apply to first year Corps of Cadets. Students must apply for a waiver in the StarRez portal by June 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. If they or their preferred roommate are considering off-campus housing together, we will consider their applications concurrently. To apply for a waiver, students need to log into the StarRez Portal, select Online Forms from the menu, and then First-Year Residency Requirement Waiver Request and follow on-screen instructions.

By June 1, 2019 at 5 p.m., all incoming students expecting university housing must complete their housing contract in the StarRez Portal. For the housing contract to be final, they must electronically sign the contract. They will receive a confirmation email to their @竟博 email address and can view the confirmation in the portal. If they do not complete their contract by the deadline, they will not receive on-campus housing and the guarantee of first-year housing will be voided.

Housing questions can be directed to housing@竟博

For priority housing assignment, consider one of our living-learning programs.

The Virginia Tech Off-Campus Housing (VTOCH) Office is an important campus resource; they will be glad to assist in identifying non-university housing options within the community. You can contact VTOCH by phone at 540-231-3466 or by email to vtoch@竟博

Are Living-Learning Programs affected?

If students are considering participation in a living-learning program (LLPs), now is the time to apply. Students accepted into these programs receive priority assignment. By June 1, 2019 at 5 p.m., they need to ensure their living-learning program application is complete. Check out which LLPs are still accepting applications, especially the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston and the Leadership and Social Change Residential College. If a student has already completed their contract and is now interested in a living-learning program, they can still apply in the StarRez Portal until the June 1 deadline. Email livinglearning@竟博 for more information.

Are Transfer Students affected?

At this time, we are unable to extend any additional housing offers to transfer students. We will not be able to accommodate additional transfer students beyond the allocation for Transfer Experience LLC and Corps of Cadets.

Is the Corps of Cadets affected?

The Corps also received a higher-than-expected acceptance rate; however, the First-Year Residency Requirement Waiver is not available for members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. All cadets live on campus as part of their experience.

Will there be enough food in the dining halls?

Virginia Tech is well equipped to meet high volumes for food preparation. In addition to the more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students who attend school here, there is a constant need to provide food for guests, special events, large sporting events, and more. Dining Services is actively preparing for the fall semester.

Will lines in the dining halls be really long? Is anything going to be done to mitigate that?

Dining Services is considering numerous options to alleviate wait times including expanded hours and grab-and-go options. Hiring and staffing efforts are already underway. Students seeking employment are encouraged to consider working for Dining Services.

Will Virginia Tech be able to accommodate us at Orientation?

New Student and Family Programs is working diligently to address the increased enrollment and seeks to ensure all students have a quality Virginia Tech transition experience. Orientation capacities per session have been increased and an additional session will now be offered. Learn more and register for Orientation.

How are we addressing the rise in students seeking counseling services?

Virginia Tech has added 13 mental health professionals over the past three years including eight positions during the most recent 2018-2019 academic year. This included an additional psychiatry position as well as a mental health www.yrjzy.comcator position in Hokie Wellness.

The Cook Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), and maintains a student to staff ratio of one counselor per 1,000 students which exceeds the services offered at the majority of large public institutions. Currently, Cook Counseling Center employs 32 mental health professionals and five psychiatric providers.

How do we plan to address the increase in enrollment in 2019-2020 academic year?

The counseling center carefully monitors student usage during the course of the academic year and has added staff in proportion to the demand for services. The Cook Counseling Center will be hiring additional mental health professionals prior to fall semester to address the increased enrollment.

In addition to individual appointments, the Cook Counseling Center offers www.yrjzy.comcational outreach, focused workshops on a variety of topics and group counseling. These offerings are flexible and can be expanded to accommodate additional students. For more information on the types of groups we offer please visit our group counseling page.

Campus parking options have been shrinking, so what are the options for the increased number of students?

Even when Virginia Tech is at its busiest, about 1,500 parking spaces are available daily on campus. Students are encouraged to use the bus system, bike share, and park in the commuter lots with buses running to the center of campus. Learn more about student parking information.

What are the parking options for the incoming class of 2023?

All students, faculty, and staff that bring a vehicle to campus must display a valid Virginia Tech permit. First-year students are allowed to bring a vehicle to campus. Permits for students go on sale Aug. 1, 2019.

I heard that invitations were sent to some students with options for delaying their fall 2019 enrollment. Why didn’t I receive that invitation?

These invitations were sent specifically to incoming students in academic programs and majors where we have higher-than-expected enrollments. The special enrollment options are designed to provide the university with opportunities to enhance student services across the campus and accommodate our entire student community. For more information on these targeted invitations, please visit our Fall 2019 Special Enrollment Options website.

I have other questions that weren’t addressed on this page. Who can I contact?

Please send any questions you have to askvt@竟博 We’ll reply directly and/or post the response to this page.