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For alumni & VT F/S who want 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.

You graduated in 2015-2016 or later:

You HAVE a student / alumni account. You may ask that it be REACTIVATED.
Here's how:

  • Go to VT Handshake login and enter your VT PID and password.
  • Follow instructions to ask that your account be reactivated.

You graduated 2014-2015 or prior,
You are a current VT faculty/staff member and NOT a VT student or past graduate:

You may REQUEST a student / alumni account.
Here's how:

  • Go to VT join
    • 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.