Hybrid orientation this fall for Virginia Tech students

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Virginia Tech campus. (Image courtesy of Ray Meese).

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Tech is taking on a hybrid model for it’s students when the school starts back up in August.

Orientation for new students and families will be virtual this summer, but students can also opt in for in-person.

For the virtual portion, students will get their schedules and work at their own pace to get to know Virginia Tech. Students who are opting for the in-person option will have both mandatory and option programs during Welcome Week, Aug. 16 through 23.

“The extended hybrid model allows for a more personalized, flexible, and timely experience,” said Lizette Rebolledo, Director of New Student and Family Programs. “It’s a new path forward for the orientation and transition program.”

Live virtual sessions start in June. Between June 4 and July 23, first-year and transfer students and families can attend a daylong session. International students and families will have sessions available Aug. 17 and 18. Academic advisors will be on hand to help students better understand programs and register for classes.

“Students can expect plenty of programs and activities,” said Chad Zoller, Assistant Director for Transitions. “Activities will include educational programming designed to assist them in their transition to the university as well as large-scale events, such as a carnival, silent disco, and more.”

During orientation there will be about 55 orientation team members and Welcome Week student leaders will answer questions, serve behind the scenes and help new students through the process.

Virginia Tech will have a fully in-person fall semester scheduled when students come back in August. Classes will begin Aug. 23.

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