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.

If you graduated in 2015-2016, or 2016-2017:
You HAVE a student / alumni account. You may ask that it be REACTIVATED.

If you graduated 2014-2015 or prior,
OR you are a current faculty/staff member at VT who has not graduated from VT:
You may REQUEST a student / alumni account.

  • Go to VT join Handshake and click "Sign up for an Account."
    [In red oval on the screen capture below.] Do NOT click on "Virginia Tech login." 
    • From there, follow instructions.
    • When prompted for your email address, you must use your VT PID email address, as in PID@vt.edu.
    • 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.
Handshake screen to sign up for an account
IMAGE OF "Sign up for an Account" screen. On the real screen, there's no red oval. ;-)
Handshake what kind of account do you want
IMAGE OF SCREEN WHERE YOU CHOOSE ACCOUNT TYPE: "STUDENT / ALUMNI."