Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect at Gateway. We’ll have representatives from each college giving information sessions, student-led campus tours, and information on student life programs.
Arrive on time
We highly recommend that you take full advantage of your trip to Blacksburg by allowing yourself the benefit of the entire program.
Vital information about admission to Virginia Tech is provided in the information session, and more specialized information sessions throughout the rest of the day. We have developed a program that is condensed into an informative and activity-packed few hours.
Things to do
Although your day will be packed with information about Virginia Tech, we thought you might be interested in some of the “extracurricular” activities happening in Blacksburg!
Arrive at Virginia Tech—Registration and check-in
Location: Owens Hall
Host Introduction and Matching
Owens Banquet Hall, Owens Hall
Guests will meet their assigned host and take luggage to residence halls.
3:40 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Virginia Tech’s president, Dr. Timothy Sands, will be hosting a reception in the President’s Skybox in Lane Stadium. Senior administrators from campus will be present to discuss opportunities and resources at Virginia Tech.
Free Time with Host
During this free time, be sure to grab dinner with your host! There will also be optional events taking place during this time for you and your host to attend.
6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Cultural and Community Centers Introduction and Tour
Join staff from the Cultural and Community Centers to learn more about the centers and how they help create community among Virginia Tech students. Centers include the American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Asian American Cultural Center, Black Cultural Center, El Centro, Intercultural Engagement Center, and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center.
8:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
BreakZone at Squires Student Center
Bowling, billiards, and games. Cosmic bowling starts after 9 pm.
Dance party with Virginia Tech students featuring VT alumnus and Parcore Production's MikeETheDJ
Colonial Hall, Squires Student Center
Hokie Focus is an exclusive event for students offered freshman admission to Virginia Tech. Gateway is structured so that students will participate in many Hokie Focus events on Sunday, April 8th.
Hokie Focus Check-in
Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center - Haymarket Theater Entrance
9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Welcome and Undergraduate Overview
10:00 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.
College Info Sessions
Various Locations (Hokie Ambassadors will escort you to the proper location)
11:45 A.M. - 12:15 A.M.
Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center
12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Lunch with Faculty & Staff
Owens Banquet Hall
Students will sit and dine with Faculty and Staff from campus. Also, representatives from student organizations will be present to speak about the many opportunities to get connected as a student at Virginia Tech.
1:45 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Multicultural Performance Showcase
Haymarket Theatre, Squires Student Center
Entertaining performances that will also showcase the diverse student organizations at Virginia Tech.
Luggage pickup in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom. Buses Depart