We’re ready to partner with you during this incredible journey

You’ve been there every step of the way as your student has prepared for the next great adventure in life — earning a college degree. We know you’ve also invested a lot of time and want the best for your student, so we want to be a resource for you as you continue to help with searching for colleges, scheduling visits, and navigating the admission and financial aid processes.

Check out the info below that’s just for parents and contact us if you need additional help. We’re looking for the next generation of leaders in sustainability, so let’s work together if your student is interested in being one of them.

Questions?
Contact our director of recruitment, John Gray Williams,
at jghokie@vt.edu or 540-231-4909.

Mark your calendar with these key dates and deadlines

  • FAFSA available: October 1
  • Early decision (binding) deadline: November 1
    (self-reported grades and test scores due November 7)
  • Early action deadline: December 1
    (self-reported grades and test scores due December 7)
  • Regular fall decision deadline for freshmen and transfers: January 15
    (self-reported grades and test scores due January 22)
  • FAFSA priority deadline: January 15
  • Virginia Tech scholarship deadline: January 22

Tips for parents who want to stay “in the know”

  • The most important thing you can do to help your student stay on track with the college search and application processes is to start learning and planning as soon as your student starts high school (if not before!).
  • Encourage your student to apply for admission and financial aid well before the deadlines. If he or she waits until the day of the deadline, it’s guaranteed that the internet will be down, the laptop will break, etc.
  • Talk with your student often about majors, careers, and colleges. When a school makes it to the “serious” list, start a folder to collect everything they send you.
  • Decide how many schools your student can/should apply to in order to keep fees in check, and encourage your student to do research and make good choices. It’s also good to make sure your student applies to at least one "safe" school and one "reach" school.
  • Have a family meeting about costs and financial planning. Don’t rule out any college immediately because of cost, but it’s also important to be realistic about what your family can afford.
  • Tell your student about the free SAT prep and practice available through the Kahn Academy.
  • Start visiting campuses before senior year and sign up for visits well in advance, as tours and info sessions fill quickly. Remember that when your student is on break, so is everyone else!
  • Encourage your student to own the process and complete applications, assist with scheduling visits, etc. Move-in day comes quickly and then your student will be on his or her own!
  • Your student will receive many mailings and emails — read them for the schools on your student’s short list. Some provide general info, but you’ll also get important communications about deadlines, special events, and more.
  • Attend orientation and be there for move-in, even if your student is ready to be independent. You’ll be glad you did.

Helpful resources for parents and families

Admission and enrollment

For parents of current students