Welcome to campus, Hokies. Whether you're new to Hokie Nation or back for another year, this is the spot for questions about the first days on campus.  

Take a look around. We’re excited you’re here.



First-year and returning students living on campus can move into residence halls beginning Aug. 23. The final day for residence hall check-in is Aug. 26. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m daily.

Hokie Helpers will be available to help Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist with unloading cars to the extent possible.

More information: You're In ... Now What?

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Dining Services

Dining centers open and dining plans go into effect Aug. 23 at 7 a.m.

Before you get here, take a look at our dining center hours, dining plans, and policies for a breakdown of the plans available and an interactive plan advisor. Get all the nitty-gritty details of our award-winning dining services here.

New this year: Dining Services has partnered with Tapingo to launch an online ordering app! By ordering food through the Tapingo Mobile App, customers can avoid waiting in line and pick up their food in the dining center once it is ready.

Anyone can download the app through the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once an account is created a customer can pay with a credit card or any of their Virginia Tech Dining Services Dining Plans.

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Get social

Share your stories about move-in and the start of the semester, and find our tips and information on Twitter, Instagram, and other social media with #VTFirstDays.

Some accounts to get you started:

Virginia Tech: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Snapchat
Student Affairs: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Snapchat

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Parking and transportation

Printable or interactive campus maps have details on parking and getting around. The 2017 Move-in Map has specific move-in parking info. More details can be found here (courtesy of our friends at the Division of Student Affairs).

Blacksburg Transit returns to full-service operation Aug. 26. 

Get the full scoop on year-round parking and transportation here.

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Public safety

The Virginia Tech Police Department is a full-service, nationally accredited police department responsible for the well-being of more than 50,000 students, employees, and visitors.

Learn how to Be Hokie Ready while on campus, and download the LiveSafe mobile app to keep emergency help on hand 24/7.

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The Hokie Bird at Gobblerfest


Hokie Hi is a series of welcome events and traditions kicking off the school year. There's something for everyone: the Welcome Back Picnic in Lane Stadium, a movie on the Drillfield, the academic success Seminar Series, Gobblerfest, and more. Visit the Hokie Hi website for a full schedule and keep up with other university events with our calendar.

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