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Remember those lengthy lists of school supplies you had to buy back in the day?

Those days are over…sort of. You’ll still need a few essentials, but nothing is more essential than your very own computer. Each year, Virginia Tech establishes basic computer requirements for incoming students, but check with your department in case they have additional specifications when it comes to choosing your computer.

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First things first: you need a VT Username (PID). Everyone at Virginia Tech has a personal identifier called a VT Username—and you can’t change it, so steer clear of LAX4Lyfe03 or GirlieGirlXoXo. You’ll be using this to communicate with professors and apply for internships and jobs, so keep it simple and professional. Your VT Username serves as your email address and gives you access to most secure Virginia Tech websites, like Hokie SPA and OneCampus.

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Virginia Tech email runs through Google, and once you create your VT Username, you’ll have an account. You can check your email at—just use your VT

4Help @ Virginia Tech provides a step-by-step guide for new students. The guide covers everything from creating your VT Username and purchasing necessary software to connecting to the internet and staying secure online, so spend some time exploring their website.

Not confident in your technological skills? Have no fear. 4Help is here to help. Just ask a question through their online portal or call 540-231-HELP.