Athletics

Location
Blacksburg, VA
Undergrads
23,366
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The most popular sport is football but I feel as though other sports are payed attention to. VT has great school spirit!

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: This school lives for its football team and nothing else

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football games are amazing.

4 College Junior

Athletics: as a transfer student who chose to come to VT because of sports..i have NO complaints

4 College Senior

Athletics: It is a very athletic school. VT football is huge and the basketball is getting there too. Most kids on campus are athletic as well.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 24th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 108th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Hometown
Toano, VA
Major
Wildlife Science
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Football games draw students, alumni, friends, and family to Lane stadium, leaving downtown Blacksburg silent when football games are going on. Even students who come to Tech with no interest in sports become drawn into the fierce loyalty that Tech students have for their football team. Now that Virginia Tech has joined the ACC, the excitement has gone up a notch. Basketball is also getting more attention because of the conference change. Most of Virginia Tech's sports are Division I, and the students are proud of this fact and make it out to lots of sporting events. Football is the hardest sport to get tickets for. Now, instead of waiting in line for hours, or even days, for tickets, students have to enter a lottery system and cross their fingers, hoping to get a ticket. Even guest tickets have gotten a little harder to get.

Students also get involved with intramural sports. These games are usually pretty light-hearted, but sometimes, the competitive spirit kicks in and a fierce battle ensues. Students who aren't interested in varsity sports or intramurals can get a workout at the gym or avoid sporting events or activities all together. While not all students can compete in Division I sports, intramurals offer an outlet to the sports-inclined. Team spirit is high around at Tech, and all students consider themselves proud Hokies. Football games in Blacksburg aren't just about football-they're also about supporting your school, hanging out with your friends, and tailgating. Around the country, people know about Virginia Tech because of its football team.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Colors
Maroon and burnt orange
School Nickname
Hokie Bird
Men Playing Varsity Sports
358 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
204 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 76
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 25
Cross Country/Track: 31
Other Sports: 173
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 80%
Basketball: 80%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 88%
Other Sports: 74%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (women's)
  • Bowling
  • Clay target
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Skiing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball (women's)
  • Tennis (men's and women's)
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Chess
  • Darts
  • Dodgeball
  • Fantasy football
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Hearts (cards)
  • Home run derby
  • Horseshoes
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Miniature golf
  • Pick-em contests
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Sports trivia
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Basketball Practice Facility
  • Cassell Coliseum
  • Lane Stadium/Worsham Field
  • McComas Hall
  • Merryman Center
  • War Memorial Hall
Most Popular Sports
Football is by far the most popular sport at Tech. Hokie fans come decked out in their brightest maroon and orange and are always ready to yell. The stands are packed and wild. Basketball also draws a crowd. Intramurals are lots of fun, and many students participate in them. Inner tube water polo is a great IM sport to watch; spectators don't know whether to pay attention to the score or to whose inner tube is going to flip next.
Most Overlooked Teams
Many sports teams here at Tech are overlooked because of the school's love affair with its football team. The men's and women's basketball teams are definitely worth checking out. The soccer teams also don't draw a huge crowd, but are great to watch.
School Spirit
When you're a Hokie, you let everyone know it. Most students at Virginia Tech own a Virginia Tech T-shirt, in fact, most students own five or six Virginia Tech T-shirts. Not to mention Virginia Tech sweatshirts, skirts, hats, sweats, shoes, bumper stickers, blankets, chairs, and notebooks. However, the outer appearance of students' spirit is weak compared to their real feelings. Students' spirit is best observed on football game days. Yelling, blowing whistles, honking horns-students get outside and let everyone know how devoted they are to their team and to their school. There are, of course, students who don't care about football, but even these students tend to show some pride when it comes to talking about their school.
Getting Tickets
The days of camping out in front of Cassell Coliseum in order to get football tickets are now gone. An online lottery system has been set up to save students time and to make the whole ticket-getting process a little bit easier. Students submit their number online and are notified later as to whether they've been picked to receive tickets. For upperclassmen, there is the option of buying season tickets if you don't want to chance it. Sometimes, usually for basketball games, if there are student tickets left unclaimed after the lottery process has ended, remaining tickets will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the Duck Pond or on the Huckleberry Trail

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 144 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 61% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 35% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 145 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 12% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 61% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 143 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 8% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 64% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 28% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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