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Graduate School

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Virginia Tech Graduate School’s mission is to advance graduate education as a critical component in the transmission of new knowledge, new research, new ideas, and new scholarship in the University. The Graduate School is committed to fostering a rich learning environment that attracts and retains outstanding graduate students. We aim to provide a transformational experience for graduate students and to help them thrive during their graduate school experience.

The Graduate School is responsible for graduate education across the university, with more than 150 degree and certificate programs offered at campuses throughout the commonwealth and online. We provide programs, services, and support for a community of more than 7,000 graduate students whose reasons for pursuing graduate degrees are as varied as the students themselves.

We support research, teaching, and learning opportunities that promote working collaboratively across disciplines and programs, encouraging our students to tackle society’s pressing problems creatively and ethically. We prepare our graduates to stand out and succeed in highly competitive global job markets, and we are committed to helping them achieve their goals.

More than 3,000 graduate students receive financial assistance, and your Giving Day donation helps us provide needed support for them. You will find graduate students

  • Working on ground-breaking research in university laboratories and institutions.
  • Teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in their fields of study.
  • Providing support for key initiatives in departments and on campuses across the university.

Additionally, your gift supports such key programs as

  • Diversity Scholars: providing resources and mentoring for students to develop projects focused on inclusion and diversity across the university’s programs.
  • Professional Development: helping students hone the skills needed to lead and succeed in careers within the academy and in industry. 
  • Global Perspectives: supporting scholars as they research global higher education issues.
  • Child-care assistance: Providing safe and affordable care for graduate students with families.

How you can help

Gifts to these funds assure that we can continue providing students with transformative graduate education experiences and fostering an inclusive graduate community at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Karen P. DePauw Transformative Graduate Education Fund

This fund supports innovative and internationally known programs and services, such as Diversity and Citizen Scholars and the Global Perspectives Program. Giving to this fund ensures the Graduate School can continue to push the boundaries of graduate education and provide opportunities to help students grow and succeed beyond their expectations.

Graduate School Advanced Degree Alumni Fund

Your gift to this fund provides financial support to students and allows us to allocate resources where they can make the greatest impact on graduate education at Virginia Tech. As the landscape of graduate education continues to change, the flexibility that the Alumni fund provides is crucial for meeting graduate students’ needs and quickly developing new resources to enhance the graduate student experience at Virginia Tech.

Little Hokie Hangout Fund

Gifts to this initiative help graduate students with children pursue their educational and professional goals by enrolling their children in the Graduate School’s own early education program. Ten donations of $50 make it possible for a child to attend the program three mornings a week for an entire semester. Students who have received this assistance say it has made continuing and completing their education possible.

Rank State Gifts
1 VA 70
2 CA 8
3 MD 7
Most Donors Leaderboard
Help your favorite unit climb the Most Donors Leaderboard! The units with the most donors at the end of Giving Day will win extra bonus funds!
Rank Prize Unit Donors
1 $10,000 Pamplin College of Business 2,311
2 $9,000 Virginia Cooperative Extension 1,850
3 $8,000 College of Engineering 1,666
4 $7,000 Athletics 1,605
5 $6,000 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 1,562
Amount Raised Leaderboard
Help your favorite unit climb the Amount Raised! The units with the most raised at the end of Giving Day will win extra bonus funds!
Rank Prize Unit Raised
1 $5,000 Pamplin College of Business $2,490,195.99
2 $4,000 College of Science $1,894,545.79
3 $3,000 Athletics $1,192,271.03
4 $1,750 College of Engineering $591,703.39
5 $1,500 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences $442,318.23
Graduate School Challenge
Once 130 donors make a gift to any Graduate School fund, $10,000 will be released to the Graduate School Annual Fund.
130 / 130 Donors
Graduate School Challenge
Once 100 donors make a gift to any Graduate School fund, $5,000 will be released to the Graduate School Annual Fund.
100 / 100 Donors
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