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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love the greek life at our school. Wish the housing was off campus for everyone though. Greeks and non greeks aren't at war as individuals but as a whole they're not very good together. Lastly, if you're from a preppy area it's easier for you to get into a fraternity but anyone can get in for sure.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have mediocre popular sports teams and then all of our random sports are very good. By random I mean ones that aren't aired on TV. As far as popular sports, we always beat the best team and lose to the worst. Just how it goes.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are good spots and bad spots to live. All you need to know is which places those are.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not being in a fraternity there are a lot of apartment parties but they get crowded and anyone can come. Guys have to pay 5 at the door which is annoying. Being in a fraternity is fun. There is always something to do with a bunch of people you know from other events. Only down side would be dues.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Honestly just as good if not a little better than on campus dining. You can eat anywhere with ten dollars and usually pretty late.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It sucks to live on campus no matter what because there are RA's and cops. Once you get off campus, you can do whatever you want.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not much experience with them, however, they did their jobs very well.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It is literally the best.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I can get pizza late night and that is all I need.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Apply for the school scholarships and do the fasfa on time.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are many options with the dining halls and a lot of variety.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The convenience is good and close to classes an dining halls.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties I have been too are fun and comfortable because I know most of the people there. I had never had a problem while being at a party.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have only been to a couple places off-campus but I like off-campus dining places. If you know people who have lived in Blacksburg long enough, you can easily find places where the prices are not too bad and the food is good.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: You have a ridiculous amount of options but I personally find it tough to use my meal plan money up each semester and often have too much left over

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: as a freshman I was placed in a sophomore dorm with the weirdos who don't have any friends to move off campus with. worst experience ever no social environment and insane roommate

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I do not have much experience with the athletics. There does seem to be a lot of school spirit and support from the fans. McComas gym is nice and convenient to used.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It was not that hard to find off-campus housing and there are websites to help you narrow down your choices. It all depends on how close you want to live, how much you are willing to pay, and so on. I did not have any problems finding my place that I living in for next year. The off-campus housing fair does help with finding off-campus housing or helping you decide on what you want.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Overall, the food is good. There are many different dining halls with different types of food, so the variety is good. The meal plan is expensive, but other than the prices, there's nothing to really complain about.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is not bad. The down sides would be small amount of space available and sharing that space with someone you are not really friends with is not the most comfortable. I do think though that living on campus as a freshmen does help with making friends and adjusting to college but I do not see much use in living on campus after your first year.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities are pretty high quality and have great/abundant amenities.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Personally I come from New Orleans where the food is amazing, and while Tech's dining halls make the cut – the food in Blacksburg seems just "okay" to me. Some people really like it, though!

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not a part of greek life, although I know many people who are. It seems like if you want to be part of it, you can. The non-greek impression tends to be indifferent or negative. Many greek-life students in the big frats/sororities do tend to be snobby/cliquey/shallow/high-school-maturity-ey/etc., but not all greek-life students are that way – it completely depends on the fraternity/sorority.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's a college town so off campus housing mostly consists of large apartment complexes built by developers, for students. That means that they are low quality but not too bad; they're pretty typical college apartments and your neighbors are mostly other students.

The six largest apartment complexes which take up most of Blacksburg (you can google if you want to see examples of typical Blacksburg apartments) are: Terrace View, Collegiate Court, Hunter's Ridge, Pheasant Run Townhomes, The Village, and Windsor Hills. They are mostly owned by big leasing companies. There are a few other ones as well, but those are the most common ones I can think of. There is also a VERY nice apartment complex called "The Edge", which is quite expensive but all-inclusive with really nice amenities (big pool and nice club house/gym); all-inclusive means furniture, utilities, etc included. It's brand new and right on the edge of campus (hence the name). Some of the other apartment complexes are also all-inclusive and geared towards college students.

As with every place, there are some pretty cool and unique houses/apartments/neighborhoods, but they are few and far between due to their high demand. You have to get them early, and I mean EARLY – start looking almost a year in advance from when you want the lease.

Most people start arranging their off-campus housing for the next school-year, during the fall. Housing is seasonal since it is a college town, so you have to start early since everyone is rushing to get the best places at once.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Everything is mostly house/apartment parties and downtown. I'm not 21 so I wouldn't know what downtown is like; I know some people who use fakes, but it seems a little strict – you just have to know where and where not to go.

The freezing temperatures in the winter don't seem to stop people, but things do noticeably die down (which I personally like since it sort of gives you a break to focus on school and get your stuff together). A lot of people – mostly women – dress for parties more-so than the winter weather and end up in the ER with frost bite, so don't do that!

If you're into greek life, there's always parties and events but personally they bore me; everyone seems the same and many drink too excessively (I like drinking, but not to the point of incapacitation and embarrassment).

The typical non-greek-life experience (like mine) could be random parties or small get togethers at friends' places; pretty typical, with drinking games and what not. I met everyone in the dorms and classes; if you're shy like me, don't be afraid, you WILL meet people as long as you don't avoid them and just be yourself (I met a few people because someone stopped me in the hall and asked me to go to lunch with them). Most people seem pretty relaxed and mature over all, possibly because that's the kind of people I like to associate with and most people at Tech are generally pretty intelligent. Really, everything depends on who you associate with. Whether you like to go hard or just relax, just find other people like you! Also, one big party place is a neighborhood called Pheasant Run; many people just take a bus there freshman year and walk around looking for a party (usually there is always something big going on that you can walk into). The negative thing I said earlier about greek life sort of applies to Pheasant Run as well, but it's something to do if you don't know of anything and aren't in greek life. Also, Pheasant run is CRAZY at the beginning/end of the year.

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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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