September Family Newsletter

Families as Partners

Well-being is very important to a student's success at Virginia Tech.  Students will turn to their parents & families for advise so we want to make sure you have some of the resources available to help empower the to focus on their well-being while here.

Recreational Sports

Where most of the physical activities will take place at Virginia Tech.

  • Intramural Sports - over 40 leagues, students competeing against other students on-campus
  • Fitness - group exercise classes (over 100 classes a week), personal training, small group training, and dance
  • Sport Clubs - compete against other universities and colleges across the country
  • Outdoor Adventure (Venture Out) - trips include: rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, caving, etc.
  • Two gym facilities / two pools / tennis complexes / outdoor recreational fields

Provides more then just a fun environment for physical activitiy and movement!

  • Exercise can help aid in mental health and be a larger player in reducing stress
  • Students at Virginia Tech that are active two times a week have a higher GPA
  • Great way to meet friends
  • Being outside can have incredible impacts on the brain / helps unplug from school

Hokie Wellness

"Health Education Branch" at Virginia Tech.  We educate students about their health, but more importantly, we help them actually build skills to put into practice in their everyday life. 

Topics we cover: 

  • Nutrition
  • Sexual Health
  • Body Image
  • Alcohol & Substance Use
  • Sun Safety & Tobacoo Use Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Mindful Media Use
  • Sleep

Cover these topics in a variety of ways: 

  • Come to the students by doing outreach on campus throughout the year
  • Offer student lead workshops and groups that cover the topics more in-depth
  • Personalized one-on-one coaching with either a counselor or trained health educator

Cook Counseling

We have 21 licensed counselors, 2 psychiatrists, and 3 nurses on-campus at Virginia Tech.  

We offer: 

  • Individual counseling - one-on-one sessions
  • Group counseling - based around topics & needs
  • Psychiatric services
  • Crisis support - on-call counselor available 24 hours a day
  • Sports psychology
  • Educational and outreach programming

The reasons students might seek out counseling are broad and we are always happy to see students come into our office.  Some reasons students might seek counseling are for: 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Academic concerns
  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Relationship concerns
  • Adjustment concerns

Schiffert Health Center

We are a full service facility with incredible resources and doctors.  We offer: 

  • Medical Clinic
  • Women's Clinic
  • Allergy & Immunization Clinic
  • Travel Clinic
  • HIV & STI testing
  • A Pharmacy
  • Laboratory
  • X-rays
  • Dieticians

We can help with allergy shots, filling prescriptions, and annual exams.  We also have a self-cold care clinic where your students can take their temperature and fill out a few questions and then get a three-day supply of medicine from the pharmacy without having to see a doctor. 


  • Monday - Friday / 8am-5pm
  • Saturday / 9am-12pm
    *Nurse on call 24 hours a day in case we are closed when you need to get help / information

Services for Students with Disabilities

Our office provides services and accommodations to those with disabilities, and also serves those with temporary disabilities or severe illness.  This includes if a student were to have a concussion, if they broke their wrist and wasn't able to take notes, or if they have an extended illness that was preventing them from being able to perform their usual tasks. 

SSD provides:

  • Support for accommodations
  • Academic relief and suspension appeal
  • Standardized testing

Some accommodations include: 

  • Classroom accommodations
  • Accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing students
  • Testing centers
  • Note takers
  • Alternative text
  • Special housing

The SSD office will review disability documentations year-round, there is no deadline to apply.  If your student already has a 504 plan or IEP you can submit them to our office.