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5 College Student

Campus Quality: There are so many different clubs to join and there's always something to do on campus. The gyms have lots of different exercise classes to help keep off the freshman 15 from all the great food.

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: There are many great places on campus; many places to study, two great gyms to work out, and it is a beautiful campus overall.

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Hokie Stone, wide open spaces, mountains. Lots of music, plays, art, clubs...

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Tech has the best buildings and resources

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Amenable and conducive to studying


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“These buildings look like castles,” one student remarked on his first visit to Tech. Indeed, some of the buildings at Virginia Tech do look a little like castles, with their limestone exterior and unique architecture. However, some of the most ancient looking buildings have some of the most state-of-the-art setups inside, and buildings are continuing to go up. In 2009, a brand new residence hall with apartments for upperclassmen will open, along with a new athletics facility. The buildings that have been at Tech for a while are also in pretty good shape and are kept up with repairs and renovations. In Fall 2009, East Ambler Johnston Hall will undergo a $65 million renovation, and Shultz Dining Center will be razed and completely rebuilt.

Students at Tech are most impressed by the gyms, dining halls, and the newer classrooms on campus. Virginia Tech continues to improve old structures while building new ones. As for dorms, though, the majority could use some work (of the facilities on campus, the dorms are the least impressive). Tech’s campus does have a neat, unified look because of the stone on the exterior of all the buildings. While the stone doesn’t affect much on the inside of the buildings, it does make the campus attractive.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
2,600 acres
Student Centers
  • Burke Johnson Student Center (GBJ)
  • Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (GLC)
  • Squires Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Art and Architecture Library
  • Carol M. Newman Library
  • Veterinary Medicine Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Deet’s
  • GBJ
  • Squires Student Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
The BreakZONE in Squires Student Center.
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Au Bon Pain in Squires Student Center and Graduate Life Center
  • Deet’s in Dietrick Dining Hall
  • GBJ cafĂ© in Burke Johnston Student Center
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but most weekends the Squires Student Center shows movies in Colonial Hall.
School Slang
  • Blackboard: An online message board for professors to communicate with the students in their class.
  • BT: Blacksburg Transit, the bus system that will get you around campus and around town.
  • Cadets: Members of Tech's Corps of Cadets.
  • The Cage: If you bring a car your freshman year, this is probably where you'll park it; a parking lot on the outskirts of campus that students have lovingly named "the cage."
  • Drillfield: The central point of Tech's campus. This grassy expanse provides a place for undergrads to run and play. During the winter, crossing the Drillfield means having a cold windy trek to class.
  • Drunk Bus: The name for Blacksburg Transit buses that run after midnight.
  • Empo: The Math Emporium. This computer lab contains about 500 computers and is a quick bus ride away from campus.
  • Hokie: Hokie refers to Tech's mascot, but also to Tech students. If you ask a Tech student what a Hokie is, they may reply, "I'm a Hokie."
  • Hokie Passport: A card with your picture and ID number on it. A few things you use this card for are to get on the bus, buy lunch, and get in the gym.
  • Hokie Stalker: The people finder on Tech's Web site.
  • Hokie Stone: A type of limestone used on the outside of buildings on campus.
  • PID: Your personal identifier. Your PID is used to access your e-mail, register for classes, see your grades online, and more.
  • RA: Resident Advisor. Every hall in the dorms has an RA to keep an eye on the students living there.
  • Reading Day: Day off before finals start.
  • TOTS: Top of the Stairs, a popular bar downtown.
  • Corps of Cadets: Remnant of the school's military past, the Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets is still a very prominent group on campus. Students who join the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech may choose from four ROTC options--Army ROTC, Navy ROTC and Marine Corps, and Air Force ROTC. Some cadets participate in the program without being interested in future military service, but many cadets join the Corps to prepare them for their future military careers. Cadets are very visible on campus because of the uniforms they wear and the drills they do.
  • Fireworks: Virginia Tech loves to celebrate many occasions with fireworks displays on the Drillfield. Events including Ring Premiere, Ring Dance, Founders' Day, and Military Ball are all followed by major fireworks displays. Many freshmen are surprised when they walk out of their dorm on a March night and it looks like the Fourth of July.
  • Hokies: Virginia Tech students are Hokies, the buildings here are made of Hokie stone, and students' IDs are called their Hokie Passports. But what's a Hokie? The term "Hokie" came from a cheer made in 1896. The term was probably just made up to rhyme, but somehow it stuck. Now everyone at Tech uses the word.
  • Orange and Maroon: Tech students embrace their school's official colors of orange and maroon. To be more specific, burnt orange and Chicago maroon. To outsiders, these may seem like funny colors to wear together, but most Tech students truly believe these colors look good. However, orange and maroon weren't always Tech's colors. When the school was still young, its colors were black and gray. Unfortunately, the color combination (and the use of stripes) made Virginia Tech athletes look more like prisoners than ball players.
  • Ring Dance: Every spring, students who are in their junior year take part in the Ring Dance. Ring Dance is actually a two day event. Friday is the night of a banquet, and Saturday is when the dance and exchanging of rings takes place. As couples walk into the dance, they are given their date's class ring, which is kept till an exchange ceremony takes place at the end of the night. As Ring Dance concludes, fireworks are set off on the Drillfield.
  • Ut Prosim: Virginia Tech's motto, Ut Prosim, "That I may serve," represents a long-standing tradition of Hokies striving to give back to their community. This tradition began with Virginia Tech's cadets serving their country and continues today as students find new ways every day to get out and make a difference. With food drives and charity concerts, almost weekly blood drives, and programs like Big Event and VT Engage, Virginia Tech students continue to live out their motto and uphold the university's tradition of service.
Urban Legends
  • The opening scene of the movie Slackers was inspired by a student at Tech. In the scene, a student tries to avoid getting an F by throwing his test and his fellow students' tests into the air. Since the class is so large, the professor doesn't know this student's name and therefore won't be able to figure out which test is his in the pile.
  • There is a secret society that explores the steam tunnels below Virginia Tech.
Favorite Things To Do
Deet’s Place, a coffee shop on campus, is a great place to study, and it regularly holds open-mic nights. Squires Student Center is the home of the BreakZONE, where you can find pool tables, bowling, table tennis, and arcade games. Squires also has $2 movies on the weekends, and it houses Haymarket Theater, where students can catch plays. Burrus Hall brings in big-name bands, as well as major productions, like the musical Rent. Even the Drillfield has events for students. The Drillfield regularly showcases fireworks, bands, and fairs. Grab a bite to eat, play a game of ultimate Frisbee on the Drillfield, get in a quick workout at the gym, or catch a play at Squires Student Center—all in a typical day at Virginia Tech.
Student Organizations Web Site
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 119 responses

  • 20% Football Games
  • 12% Ut Prosim
  • 11% Gobblerfest
  • 11% Orange and Maroon
  • 10% Relay For Life
  • 8% Hokies
  • 7% 3.2 for 32 Run in Remembrance
  • 5% Corps of Cadets
  • 4% Ring Dance
  • 4% Fireworks
  • 3% Basketball games
  • 1% Department events
  • 0% Big Event
  • 0% Enter Sandman
  • 0% First Snowball Fight
  • 0% Civilians v. Cadets Snowball Fight
  • 0% The Big Event
  • 0% Cadets vs. Civilians snowball fight
  • 0% Snowball fight

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 212 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 122 responses

  • 22% Get food
  • 21% Hang out
  • 13% Sports
  • 9% Party
  • 7% Walk
  • 7% Chill on the drillfield
  • 7% Excercise
  • 6% Live
  • 3% Go to concerts
  • 2% Walk around the Duck Pond
  • 2% Walk around Main Street
  • 1% Go to breakzone
  • 0% Study
  • 0% Intramural sports
  • 0% Chill in my hall, lounge

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 122 responses

  • 54% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 39% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 7% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 207 responses

  • 60% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 38% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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