New Students

Welcome to our Graduate Program!

This page provides a list of activities you must undertake to get started towards your degree requirements. While not exhaustive, this list and the consecutive checklists for your program will explain key degree milestones and the schedule by which they must be completed.

Before First Semester

  Milestone Time Frame Notes
Accept Admission   Follow the instructions in your offer letter to confirm that you will be attending.
Procure computer    See for specific requirements. You will receive the Required Software Bundle when you arrive on campus
Arrive on campus

Week before classes start

You should plan to arrive on campus in time to secure housing and take care of other check-in requirements (see We recommend arriving at least one week before the start of classes.
Attend orientation

Week before classes start

Orientation includes separate sessions for the MLSoC and Department of Building Construction. You must attend both of these sessions. You may also wish to attend the general Graduate School orientation or other activities the week before classes. You will receive a schedule for these events the summer prior to your start date.
Register for classes After orientation During orientation, you will be advised on what classes to take. Register for those classes using the online HokieSpa system. Contact the Department of Building Construction if you have any problems.

First Semester

  Milestone Time Frame Notes
Attend classes   Attend classes for which you registered.
Attend track orientation meeting (MS only) mid-semester Around mid-semester, the Graduate Chair will schedule a mandatory meeting with all incoming M.S. students to provide an orientation on the process of choosing a track.
Select and declare track (MS only)


No later than the 13th week of your first semester, you must declare a track using the Track Declaration form.