Letter from President Sands

Dear New Hokie,

Welcome to Virginia Tech. I know you're excited about being a new Hokie, and we're really looking forward to seeing you on campus! The first day of classes is just a few weeks away and I'm sure you're busy getting ready for college life.

I’m asking you to add a few very important items to your checklist. Several online courses must be completed by all new students before they come to campus. These courses will provide you with critical information you need to achieve your full potential and thrive in a safe, collegial, and inclusive environment. These courses will help all of us have the best possible experience at Virginia Tech this year. Course requirements vary by student enrollment type.

  • AlcoholEdu promotes increased understanding of alcohol and the potential for abuse, with the goal of reducing the negative consequences of alcohol misuse and abuse for everyone (to be taken by all first-year undergraduates).

  • DiversityEdu introduces students to InclusiveVT and our Principles of Community and shares how to contribute to a welcoming, affirming, inclusive campus environment (to be taken by first-year undergraduates, undergraduate transfer students, and graduate students).

  • Haven/Haven Plus introduces students to the critical issue of gender-based violence on our nation’s campuses and teaches skills for engaging as an active bystander and agent for cultural change (to be taken by first-year undergraduates, undergraduate transfer students, and graduate students).

Again, course requirements vary by student enrollment type; more specific guidelines are provided on the course access page. We want you to have this information before coming to campus because it will help you transition into your life as a Virginia Tech student. You will develop a greater understanding of what is expected from all of us, as we live and learn together in this unique and special community of Hokies.

We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Sincerely,

Tim Sands, President
Virginia Tech