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Your VT Username is a unique identifier. It belongs to you and you only. Your VT Username and passphrase grant you access to Hokie SPA, Canvas, OneCampus, Office365, Google Suite, and more.

Important: Remember that you may use your email address for job offers or other official communications, so selecting inappropriate or silly words or phrases for your VT Username may not be desirable.

How to Create a VT Username as a New Student, Faculty, Staff, or Alum


  1. Read and understand VT Username: Information and Requirements.

  2. Know your 9-digit Virginia Tech ID number. This information is normally required to create your VT Username.

  3. Think of a username, 3 to 16 characters, starting with a letter.

  4. Think of a passphrase. For more information on passphrase requirements, see Changes to Password Requirements.

  5. Be prepared to enroll in 2-factor authentication. You’ll need a second factor device such as a landline, mobile/smart phone, or tablet. For more information and instructions on 2-factor, see the University 2-Factor Authentication Web site.


  1. Go the Virginia Tech onboarding Web page.

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions.

  3. Set up passphrase recovery options in My Accounts which will require that you login with your VT Username to enroll in 2-factor authentication.

If you have trouble with any of the steps in this process or need additional assistance, submit an incident by asking a question as a guest at, or call 4Help at (540) 231-4357.

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