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Virginia Tech readies online orientation experience

The COVID-19 crisis has pushed higher-ed leaders to come up with innovative solutions to challenges such as student orientation

Virginia Tech is welcoming new Hokies and their families through an online orientation experience this summer. The university began working to implement the new format after announcing in the spring that orientation would be online in response to COVID-19.

“We have worked hard to navigate the current landscape and create a robust experience,” said Lizette Rebolledo, director of New Student and Family Programs, the department within Student Affairs that manages orientation. “We know this has been a difficult year. We wanted to try to make the experience as beneficial and meaningful as possible.”

As in years past, students can expect assigned orientation leaders, Q&A sessions, valuable content, a sense of community, and as much Hokie spirit as ever.

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Orientation team members — student leaders chosen to welcome new Hokies and assist them in their transition — reached out to new students at the end of May.

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