Campus Strictness

Blacksburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Virginia Tech does a good job of being strict enough to keep students safe on campus, but not so much that you can't still have a fun college experience.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: very strict with underage drinking and drug use.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: They're not out to bust your @$$

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: This campus is amazing. There are no rules or anyone to enforce anything!

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4 College Student

Campus Strictness: They're lenient when they need to be, and strict when they need to be. It works out well.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 119th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 715th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1345th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Toano, VA
Wildlife Science
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Police officers visit campus often during the day and evening, but if you're not doing anything illegal or wrong, they're usually friendly. During the day, the police pull over people driving too fast around the Drillfield, direct jaywalkers to crosswalks, and catch bicyclists going the wrong way on the roads. In the evenings, the police make their way downtown either on bikes, on foot, or in patrol cars in order to make sure students aren't drunk in public or driving under the influence. A DUI is a serious offence, and the police set up DUI checkpoints quite often.

The police are sometimes called when parties get too loud off campus. Most of the time, officers issue warnings to loud partiers, tell them to turn their music down, and send their partying friends home. The police in Blacksburg realize that this is a college town, but they don't have much patience for drunken students. On-campus drinking is regulated by RAs in the dorms, and they watch for underage drinking. The campus isn't a dry campus, so if students are caught drinking, usually the consequences are softer for the first offense and get stricter if you're caught again. The campus and the police aren't too strict, and most of the time they just leave Tech students feeling safe. Most rules and laws that get enforced have to do with alcohol and traffic violations. Less serious things, like having a guy or a girl over too late in you dorm, isn't going to get you into very much trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Downloading music and movies
  • Jaywalking
  • Parking violation
  • Public intoxication
  • Riding your bike on the wrong side of the street
  • Stealing in dorms
  • Underage drinking
  • Vandalism

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 157 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 183 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 3% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 50% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 46% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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