Frequently-Asked Questions

When do I sign up for a desk?

Prior to the start of the semester, we’ll contact you via e-mail to let you know when desk selection will open. Be sure to check your inbox for this and other important information!

Where can I park?

The 1001 Prince Street lot is restricted to faculty/staff parking during regular business hours: students may only park there on weekends, or between 6:00pm and 8:00am on weekdays. If you have an Alexandria residential parking pass, some free street parking is available in the adjacent neighborhood. There are also several paid parking lots and garages within walking distance of the WAAC, in addition to a limited number of paid spaces available at the Gallery Apartments.

How do I get a key fob?

Starting the week before classes, new students may come to the front office at 1001 Prince Street to receive a key fob. The fob will remain active until the end of the semester, and must be re-activated at the start of every new semester.

If your key fob isn’t working, please stop by the front office. If you lose your fob, report to the office immediately: we’ll de-activate the lost fob and issue you a new one. Never share your fob with anyone, even another student!

When and what is the Weekly Forum?

The Weekly Forum (formerly the “General Meeting”) convenes nearly every Monday of the academic year, at 1:30pm on the third floor of 601 Prince Street. Please check your inbox for the most up-to-date Forum times and locations.

During the Forum, WAAC students, staff, and faculty may make any announcements they’d like to share with the rest of the school. Be sure to attend to keep informed on last-minute schedule changes, coming events, contest opportunities, and other useful updates. Each Forum will also feature a presentation by a special guest speaker.

How do I use the computers in the lab?

On the first week of classes, all new WAAC students must attend a computer orientation session, “Geek Time.” During Geek Time, you’ll receive a username and password that will allow you to log into our lab computers. Make sure that you remember these credentials, because without them, you won’t be able to access any of the WAAC’s computer resources!

How do I add printing money?

You’ll pay for printing with your WAAC campus printing account, using the log-in credentials you receive at Geek Time. At the start of your first semester at the WAAC, your account will come pre-loaded with a set amount of credit. To add more printing credit, please visit Stephanie or Marlene (in 1001), or Nela (in 601). You must complete the printing credit request slip in person. The university will bill you for the funds you add at a later time.

Please note that printing credit from Blacksburg cannot transfer to WAAC, nor can printing credit from the WAAC transfer to Blacksburg. Once you add funds to your printing account, that money is on your account and cannot be returned to you. However, if a job fails to print correctly, Stephanie, Marlene, or Nela can refund the appropriate amount of credit back to your account.