Information for the incoming Class of 2023

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@vt.edu.

Virginia Tech is moving forward in a carefully measured and comprehensive manner that involves all dimensions of the student experience. We are continuing to make plans to welcome and accommodate all students who matriculate this fall, in a manner that maintains and continues to advance the high standards of Virginia Tech. Our Hokie community is committed to this expectation and we are continuing our work to achieve this goal.

How are you approaching the increase in enrollment?

First and foremost, we are committed to creating options and opportunities that ensure that every student receives the quality academic and personal experience they expect from Virginia Tech. The goals of these strategies are to provide more affordable options for students, expand the academic year by increasing enrollment in summer sessions, and facilitating experiential learning opportunities through internships, co-ops, undergraduate research, study abroad. These goals all advance the strategic interests of Virginia Tech that existed long before the higher-than-anticipated fall enrollment.

How are you managing the housing demands?

The capacity of Virginia Tech’s existing on-campus housing can accommodate additional students, but there is not enough space to meet the needs of all students. We are currently looking at a number of options for providing residential space on and off campus that can accommodate our incoming and returning students, including permitting first-year students to live off-campus. We are also negotiating with off-campus properties to convert available units to university housing which can be reprogrammed to align with the services and experiences offered on-campus.

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 have applied 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.

By June 1, 2019 at 5 p.m., all incoming students expecting university housing must have completed 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 @vt.edu 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@vt.edu.

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@vt.edu.

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 have ensured their living-learning program application was 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. Email livinglearning@vt.edu 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 you have enough classroom availability for this incoming class?

Virginia Tech has sufficient capacity in terms of classroom space and scheduling to accommodate the higher than expected enrollment. Through efficient use and scheduling of the classroom space throughout the entire week, Virginia Tech will be able to accommodate the higher enrollments through expanded scheduling and additional faculty rather than increasing the sizes of existing classes.

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 educator 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 educational 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.

Will you have the necessary resources to meet the increased demand in healthcare and other student support areas?

Virginia Tech is paying particular attention to its commitment to the dining services and the student wellness needs of all Hokies. Student Affairs is already moving forward with the recruitment of additional personnel in student health services, including mental health, as well as other healthcare services.

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.

Does Virginia Tech plan to increase the size of classes to accommodate the additional students?

We don’t expect to increase the number of students who would be enrolled in current course sections. We plan to add additional sections for high-demand courses and will utilize existing classroom and instructional space on campus to accommodate our new and returning students.

Are new faculty being hired to teach the additional classes?

Yes. Several colleges are in the process of interviewing and hiring instructional faculty for the upcoming year. To accommodate the students expected this fall, the colleges will be able to hire additional faculty from these pools of qualified candidates as well as adding visiting and adjunct faculty. Our search committees and academic units will ensure the standard of academic credentials and integrity required by Virginia Tech and its academic departments is preserved.

Will I be able to get into the classes I need?

Though increasing the number of sections in high-demand courses and expanding class start times throughout the day and week, which could include additional options for earlier (8 a.m.) and later (evening) classes, we expect to be able to provide for the scheduling needs of all students.

How will you serve the academic advising needs of the larger incoming class?

Virginia Tech is already in the process of adding undergraduate advising staff in areas with higher-than-expected enrollments to serve the needs of both new and returning students.

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

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