For Alumni & VT F/S Who Wish to Have a Handshake Student Account

All information below is about having a Handshake student / alumni account.
If you wish to have a Handshake employer account, see information for employers.

To have a Handshake student / alumni account:
You must have a VT PID email address and password.

How to get an account depends on who you are!  Select:

You graduated in 2015-2016 or later:
You HAVE a student / alumni account. You may ask that it be REACTIVATED.
Here's how:

You graduated 2014-2015 or prior,
you are a current faculty/staff member at VT and NOT a student or past graduate of VT:
You may REQUEST a student / alumni account.
Here's how:

  • Go to VT join and select "Student/Alumni."
    • From there, follow instructions.
    • When prompted for your email address, you must use your VT PID email address, as in
    • If you do not use your correct PID email address, you will not be able to log in to Handshake.
  • Your request will be reviewed within approximately two business days.
  • If you have followed instructions, but are not able to access your Handshake account, call us during office hours, usually M-F 8am-5pm.