Blacksburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
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Reviews 2243 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Every student has got to experience being in a football game. It is such an exciting experience!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Sometimes, you just don't know what to wear. The weather is fairly unpredictable so watch out for weather notifications.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't really see many security guards when I walk around but Virginia Tech seems pretty safe.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The Mac computers aren't friendly for engineering majors.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Virginia Tech's campus is very diverse. Many international students are admitted per year. There really aren't any issues regarding challenges with certain student demographics.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I usually do not go out much and thus cannot answer this question.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm you get into can make or break your experience at tech.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is an assured sense of safety on campus

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of diverse people at tech and can easily make new friends.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of activities to do around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The wind is the biggest factor but other than that the weather is perfect.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Each department has its own scholarships and you just have to apply on time.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation options at my school are diverse. Many people, including myself, carpool home.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Students are very accepting of others differences, they generally interact with a variety of groups but often choose spend time with groups they are affiliated with


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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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