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Important Dates and Events

This calendar may be amended as necessary to meet University requirements. University Academic Calendars take precedence in academic matters. Academic dates listed below are for convenience only.

Spring 2022

Residence Halls Open Early - Transfer/First-Year Orientation

  • Thursday, January 13, 2022
  • Residence halls will open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022 for first-year and transfer students who are registered for Orientation.
  • New students, especially those who have needs for Hokie Passport and other university services, will be encouraged to use this day to move in, as those offices will be open.

Residence Halls Open

  • Friday, January 14, 2022
  • Residence halls open at 8 a.m. for new spring residents not registered for Orientation.
  • Residents returning from the fall semester can arrive any time or day after Friday at noon; however, returning students are encouraged to wait until Saturday/Sunday to return. Returning students arriving before Friday, January 14, 2022, must be registered for Winter Break Housing in the StarRez Portal.
  • Corps of Cadets students and resident advisors should follow directives from command staff and residence life supervisors about their specific schedules.
  • Please see the Dining Center Operation hours for information on which locations are open.

Residence Halls Open

  • Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, January 16, 2022
  • Returning students are encouraged to wait until Saturday/Sunday to return. Housing and Residence Life will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most other university offices will be closed, including Hokie Passport Services.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

  • Monday, January 17, 2022
  • No classes. University offices (including Housing and Residence Life) are closed.
  • Dining Services will be operating.

Spring Classes Begin

  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Housing Application Process for 2022-2023

  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 8 a.m. through Friday, January 21, 2022 at 5 p.m.
  • Housing lottery sign-up for returning students only in the StarRez Portal.
  • On or about February 1, 2022 - Returning, Undergraduate Student Housing Offers for 2022-2023 distributed for returning students.
  • Friday, February 11, 2022 at 5pm - 2022-2023 Returning Housing/Dining Contracts Due from Returning, Undergraduate Students.

Commencement Housing Building Late Stay Request

  • Residents of Commencement Housing Buildings (Pritchard, East Ambler Johnston, West Ambler Johnston, and Hoge)
  • Students must register any request to stay past noon on Thursday, May 12, 2022, as their building will be used for Commencement Housing. Students who are graduating, participating in commencement activities, or otherwise have an extenuating circumstance should register their request by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022, using the request form in the StarRez Portal.

Spring Break

  • Saturday, March 5 through Sunday, March 13, 2022
  • Residence halls being low-occupancy operations for Spring Break. Students staying during part of the break or through the entire break must sign up in the StarRez Portal prior to occupying the space during the break.
  • Students noted in residence without an active break registration may face financial and student conduct penalties.

Spring Classes End

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Spring Reading Day

  • Thursday, May 5, 2022

Spring Exams

  • Friday, May 6 through Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Spring Dining Plans End

  • Dinner Meal, 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

End of Spring Semester 2022 for students not involved with Spring Comencement

  • Thursday, May 12, 2022 at noon
  • Students must check out of their rooms within 24 hours after their last exam, but no later than noon, Thursday, May 12, if they are not directly involved with the commencement ceremony.
  • If you are graduating or are directly involved with the Commencement activities or have an extenuating circumstance, complete the Late Check Out Request form in the StarRez Portal (form active from April 1 until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2022)
  • Residents of Commencement Housing Buildings (Pritchard, East Ambler Johnston, West Ambler Johnston, and Hoge) must register any request to stay past noon on Thursday, May 12, 2022, as their building will be used for Commencement Housing activities. Students who are graduating, participating in commencement activities, or otherwise have an extenuating circumstance should register their request by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022, using the form in the StarRez Portal.

Commencement Ceremonies


Residence Halls Close

  • Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 10 a.m.
  • All students except graduate/professional students living in the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown holding a 12-month contract must be checked out by this date. Students returning to on-campus housing for summer school should follow summer housing information for transition planning.

Fall 2021

Residence Hall Floor Meetings

  • Refer to schedule posted by residence hall staff members within your building or check directly with your resident advisor. All students should attend at least one floor meeting at the start of the semester.

Fall 2021 Move-In

  • August 14-22.

Fall 2021 Classes Begin

  • Monday, August 23, 2021

Labor Day

  • Monday, September 6, 2021
  • University Closed, no classes; however, residence halls and dining centers will remain open. Housing and Residence Life offices are closed.

Fall 2021 Break

  • Friday-Sunday, October 1-3, 2021
  • No classes; however, residence halls and dining centers will remain open.

2021-2022 Housing Application Process

  • Mid-November 2021
  • Information about next academic year's housing options will be distributed.

Living-Learning Programs (LLPs) Priority Application Process for Returning Students

  • October 1, 2021 - November 12, 2021
  • Residents will receive information about applying for membership in a living-learning program for the next academic year.
  • This applies to students who would like to:
    • Return to their current LLP
    • Switch LLPs
    • Join an LLP for the first time

Thanksgiving Break

  • Saturday-Sunday, November 20-28, 2021
  • Residence Halls in Low-Occupancy Period
    • Students staying during the break in their residence hall must register using the StarRez Portal (under Online Forms > Thanksgiving/Winter Break Plan Form). This form will open on October 25, 2021.
    • Halls close at 10:00am on Saturday, November 20, 2021 and reopen at 8:00am on Sunday, November 28, 2021.
    • Students noted in residence without an active break registration may face financial and student conduct penalties. After November 20, dining operations will be open, but limited. Access to fitness facilities will likewise be reduced.

Fall 2021 Classes End

  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Fall 2021 Reading Day

  • Thursday, December 9, 2021

Fall 2021 Exams

  • Friday-Thursday, December 10-16, 2021

Fall 2021 Residence Halls Close for the Semester

  • Students are expected to depart campus within 24 hours after their last exam, but no later than 10am, Thursday, December 16, 2021, if they are not directly involved with the commencement ceremony or if they have not registered for break housing.
  • As of 10am, Thursday, December 16, 2021 all students must be checked out except for the following:
    • Graduate/professional students living the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown who hold a 12-month contract.
    • Those registered for Break Housing and returning for the spring semester.
  • Students who are participating in graduation ceremonies on the 17th should submit a Late Check-Out request through the StarRez Portal. The Late Check Out Request Form will open on November 8 at 8am and close on December 15 at 12pm.
  • Student who need to stay for Winter Break Housing may log on to the StarRez Portal beginning November 8 to submit the request. Students may continue to submit requests during the break, but should allow 24 hours for the request to be processed before returning to campus. Students needing an emergency return will need to reach out to the on-call staff upon arrival.

Fall 2021 Commencement

  • Friday, December 17, 2021
  • University and Graduate School Ceremonies

Last update December 15, 2021