Blacksburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
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Reviews 2232 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather can be unpredictable but (being from somewhere even colder) there are a lot of really nice days that make up for it in the spring and summer.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't go out that much so I don't know how great of a nightlife there is but from what I hear there are plenty of places to find parties and have fun.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I am in a majority so I can't fully speak for others but from what I see on campus and the people I interact with it is a diverse community with plenty to offer people of all races, economic backgrounds, political beliefs, religions and sexual orientation.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus but when walking around at night I rarely see police, though I know I can call or press one of the "blue light" buttons in an emergency. Though they are not always visible at night I feel confident and comfortable that they could be there if I need them. As far as crime on campus I have been aware of only two events and very rarely worry about it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I alway feel very safe on campus. There are campus crimes but policies are always there to assist those who need help.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus food places don't really give a discount.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's easy to notice when people are drinking, however, not when they are doing drugs.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit is amazing. Hearing the hokie chant everywhere is extraordinary.

3 College Freshman

Majors: My intended major is biological science. I love learning about science.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I still need to apply to get into biologic science. Right now, my major is general biological science. The process seems really easy.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are outdoor activities. You can go hiking, caving, etc.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've haven't gone through this process so I'm not really sure hot it works.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: A lot of the RA are very lenient when it comes to noise violations. It can be very annoying.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Some fraternity are for certain majors and it can be academically beneficial. Of course, there are always those fraternity or sorority thats main focus is to party. Half of the university if divided into those who like or don't like fraternity and sorority

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process is really annoying. The family expected contribution may be little and sometimes the award given is not enough.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Anywhere you go, there will be people that have a different background story.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here in Blacksburg, VA is very fickle but I don't mind it. Honestly, I'm not a type of person who gets concerned about the weather.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: When the weather is nice, everyone goes downtown. It gets pretty crazy sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I wish there were more varieties. Some Asian restaurants are expensive compare to other cities. There aren't really any student discounts offered on the places around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not have a problem with the financial aid process. As long as you're paying attention to the deadlines, it should go pretty smoothly.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into your choice of engineering major as a transfer student is definitely challenging. Some get in the first time, some get it the second and third time. The workload is heavy so you got to plan ahead of time in tackling your homework and assignments. The engineering program offers plenty of internship and job opportunities for current students and alumni through engineering expos and career fairs. The facilities are updated and are essential for learning.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship opportunity.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are many buses that go around town. Many of them are accessible and go around plenty of times during the day.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't really know much about it.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of apartment complexes and townhomes around campus.


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Heather Priestley
Toano, VA
Wildlife Science
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Virginia Tech students have strong school spirit and value the education their university provides. In fact, many Tech students have such a great time as undergraduates that they stay at Tech for graduate work. Tech's academics have been improving each year, and admissions into the University is becoming more selective. Each freshman class has come in with higher high school GPAs and SAT scores. The rural setting of Blacksburg, Virginia is enjoyable for some students and frustrating for others. Even though Tech is home to more than 20,000 undergraduates, Blacksburg is still a small town. The area surrounding the town provides all kinds of outdoor activities. Even the drive to Virginia Tech down Route 81 is enjoyable. For students who come from more urban settings, Virginia Tech's small downtown and limited number of restaurants can be exasperating. However, even city students can appreciate how easy it is to walk from campus to town and how safe the town is. It is a friendly town and school, and that makes it easy to meet people.

Tech offers hundreds of student organizations, and more are created every year. These groups organize activities and allow students a bridge between social and academic worlds. When it comes to nightlife, students have all kinds of options. Downtown offers a number of bars and clubs, while parties can be found at Greek houses and apartment complexes. Virginia Tech is a large school, so some students end up feeling lost in the crowd, but there are benefits to being a large school. Tech has many resources and can offer all kinds of opportunities to students. Opportunities come in the form of professors who are very involved in their fields, internships, jobs found by the Career Center, and classes that use the latest technology. Students who have the best experiences at Tech find a major that they love and then get involved. Virginia Tech has a lot to offer its students,
as long as students make the effort to take advantage of all that is available.

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