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  • 06/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 out of 20 people found this review useful. 1 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any there is something for everyone at Tech! Tech has over 500 clubs and organizations for students to get involved in, and there are plenty of opportunities to get a job on and off campus as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a big campus, but get involved and it will become so much smaller and you'll be able to find your life long friends.

    Bang for the buck

    College is a huge expense, but worth it. Tech offers many ways to help pay for the expense which is very helpful.

    Am enjoying being here

    Virginia Tech is great. I have met so many amazing people from so many different backgrounds which have exposed me to things I may have never encountered. Also I have gotten the chance to travel to different colleges through my involvement with the Women's Rugby team, which I probably would have never experienced.

    Am learning a lot

    At Tech the professors have experience in the fields in which they teach so not only do the provide book lessons, but also life lessons. As a double major in Communication and Theater Arts and a Spanish minor i get a very diverse exposure to different classes. Within both my majors the departments ask for students to take classes within the major that is outside of our concentration, which provides students with a chance to get a glimpse of different aspects of the major, and even if there is no interest in the other aspects, students can develop an appreciation for the other parts of the major.

  • 12/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 2 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Tech is the number one architecture school in the country, so attend this college if you're planning on majoring in Architecture. They have a superb engineering program as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of the campus; as your first year goes by, you'll find that the campus actually gets smaller and smaller. If you're bringing a car to campus, make sure you follow the parking rules because the cops over here really are out to catch students that break those rules. Make sure you space your classes out accordingly so that you can eat, rest, and get to the classroom on time. Finally, get involved with something, anything; you will meet so many new people and make a ton of connections and it will make your first year transition much smoother and make college more enjoyable.

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Tech aims at providing quality education at an affordable rate, and they accomplish this task excellently.

    Am enjoying being here

    Although the campus may be somewhat in the middle of nowhere, there are many activities both on and off campus for the students to get involved with, including jobs, clubs, and movies. Also, since there are so many people attending the university, you are bound to meet people that will become your close friends or who will change your life.

    Am learning a lot

    There is such a wide range of classes available to take at Virginia Tech. Think of anything and the university will have a class that focuses on that idea or is similar to it. Most classes are very engaging and the teachers really care about the students and want them to learn the material.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 3 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Tech is great for engineering students. No question about it. The school's reputation is strongly founded in that program. Any engineering student would do well to choose Virginia Tech as a prospective college. Virginia Tech has several programs, but architecture to business to art. As an engineering student myself, I cannot speak with certainty about these majors, but if my own classes and professors are any sort of indicator, I would guess that Virginia Tech provides plenty of resources and opportunities for these students as well. Basically what I'm trying to say is that just because Virginia Tech is known as a technology school, don't count it out if you aren't interested in technology. It's an incredible school and I would strongly recommend at least attending an information session to see your options.

    Tips for prospective students

    Obviously I would recommend that you study hard and keep your high school GPA up. That certainly helps for admission. Virginia Tech recieves thousands of applications every semester, so you'll want to keep an edge. I also recommend a lot of community involvement and extra-curricular programs. If you have the opportunity to cultivate leadership skills, whether in a job or an organization, do it. It looks fantastic on an application. As a fair warning, college life is nothing like high school life. They are not even in the same ballpark. For a lot of students entering Virginia Tech, they did not even have to study to succeed in college. The engineering class fo 2013 entered campus with an average GPA of 3.97, to give you an idea. But college has a tendancy to weed out the students that cannot adapt and take their education seriously. Expect to spend the majority of your day behind a desk with your nose buried in some book, working out derivatives or determining the quantum structure of an atom. If you don't think you can handle spending at least eight hours a day studying, then perhaps you should rethink pursuing college. It's a very trying experience, but the rewards are definitely worth it. Studying for so long can leave you exhausted, so I strongly recommend breaking it up into pieces and taking short, fun breaks. Find some student program or event that catches your interest and check it out. If I hadn't found Campus Crusade to break up my Thursday nights, I probably would go mad. These events help your mind to relax and you're refreshed for the next stretch of studying. Another tip: do not neglect your nutrition. I've seen it happen many times (and I was guilty of it myself). Students are finally free from their parents' control and decide they want to eat whatever they want. Pizza for breakfast, cake with every meal, burgers and fries galore. Virginia Tech has so many great dining halls, this is easy to achieve. It's fun for a little while, but eventually it starts to drain you. Even worse, poor nutrition affects your mental capabilities. If you eat lots of fats and sugars before a test, the blood in your body swarms around your stomach to process the food, leaving a slight shortage in the brain. This often affects your test results. Eat plenty of protein and vegetables and let the junk food be an occassional treat.

    Bang for the buck

    It may seem that a great school like Virginia Tech would have a huge pricetag, but that's simply not true when compared to other state colleges. Virginia Tech was my first choice when I was college hunting, but I expected that I would not be able to pay for it. To my surprise, other schools such as the University of Virginia and others were several thousand dollars more expensive. So not only does Virginia Tech provide an excellent education, but it does so at a fantastic value! It's really quite a deal.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are well over 100 student programs on campus in Virginia Tech, so a student always has something to do with his/her free time. Whatever the hobby, whether that's sports, games, cultural experiences, etc., there's a group for that. If not, then a student can always make a new group with at least two other people. Student organizations are a great way to get connected on campus and forge lifelong relationships. Virginia Tech has a strict anti-discrimination policy. The goal is for every man or woman of any ethnic or religious group to have an equal opportunity and the right to live on campus without fear of prejudice. These standards are strictly enforced. Did I mention that Virginia Tech has been recently voted the number one dining halls in the nation? The food is great and you never have to go hungry.

    Am learning a lot

    For prospective engineering students, look no further than Virginia Tech. The school has one of the finest engineering programs in the country and as such all graduates leave with a slight advantage in their job hunt. It is a very rigorous program, but you learn quickly and efficiently. To start off, you enhance your math skills with basic calculus and linear algebra, study chemistry, and learn the basic of engineering and design in a workshop. These include studying the individual fields within the engineering discipline, working with LabVIEW programming, understanding the design process, and even building your first prototype in a team environment. It's a very hands-on process and the professors are eager to help their students succeed. For those who are not interested in engineering, don't count of Virginia Tech just yet. It also has excellent architecture, science, and business majors, and many more. Whether you intend to study in the field of technology or liberal arts, Virginia Tech provides all the resources a student could possibly need to succeed.

  • 07/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 4 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are intent on growing up and learning from experience. Also I believe this is a school for students who wanna take a step outside the ordinary, who wish to make their own footsteps instead of following in other's.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont waste your time sleeping, or doing nothing. Its college! Aside from it being very rewarding by educational standards, these will also be the best years of your life.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is a bit costly for me because I am out of state. I have learned so much. It is totally worth it, and I will work as hard as I can to continue my academic career here in Blacksbur, Virginia.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy so much being on my own on this beautiful campus with a very traditional college environment. I would never trade my experiences here, It is also very easy getting around since the whole town is pretty much the campus. Not to mention it is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen.

    Am learning a lot

    The faculty is very knowledgable and is intent on helping you succeed in whatever major you may choose.

  • 08/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 5 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students with lots of spirit. Those in love with scenic areas. People who love outdoor activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as possible, make the grades, and stay focused. There are lots of activities you will want to do here, but none of that will be possible if you don't stay on top of your grades.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the money...

    Am enjoying being here

    Every day I am greeted by a smiling face. The students and faculty are all warm-hearted. Each person is connected by a common love for what they do and who they are.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are always here to help. Tech also has several study groups and tutoring programs for students who need a little extra to grasp a concept.

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 6 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who like the idea of a big college but who like the idea of getting personal attention from teachers. Students who are open to different ideas.

    Tips for prospective students

    Blacksburg (A.K.A. Bleaksburg) gets extremely cold in the winter and can also have very heavy rains so don't forget to pack a heavy coat, rain gear (coat, umbrella, boots), gloves, and warm clothes and shoes. It takes the normal person no more than 15 minutes to walk across campus, but make sure you leave for your classes about 25 minutes before they start to give yourself some extra time.

    Bang for the buck

    Don't get me wrong, tuition is pretty ridiculous, but other colleges' aren't much better. Plus, the spirit at Tech surpasses the spirit at all of the other colleges I've been to. Maybe I'm just saying this because I'm not paying the tuition, but to me, you can't put a price on quality education.

    Am enjoying being here

    The thing that makes Virginia Tech stand out in comparison to other colleges is the spirit. It's impossible to go one day at Tech and not see one or more students or faculty members wearing maroon and orange. When I came for my tour of the college we got lost and a student helped us find the check-in building. There are a lot of nice people here, the teachers are great, and the football games are amazing!

    Am learning a lot

    Most Theatre Arts majors, such as myself, are pretty much open to different ideas and experiences. That is why Virginia Tech is perfect for me. The professors here come from different backgrounds and thus are full of different ideas and teaching methods, and they are willing to share them with their students.

  • 01/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 7 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that have lived abroad have that edge and diversity that Virginia Tech looks for. Students that enjoying being busy, with not only school but also social events, would appreciate Virginia Tech.

    Tips for prospective students

    Virginia Tech was my number one choice in high school. My advice to potential students is to be a well rounded high school student. Get involved in extracurriculars! The Virginia Tech administration loves to see a wide variety of activities on applications. If you have an average GPA and average test scores, don't get put down and decide not to apply. As long as you have been involved with your school/ community, you still have a good chance of getting accepted.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as tuition goes, I think it's worth the money. I have learned so much already. I am looking forward to the next three years. Housing on the other hand, is a little more expensive than it should be, in my opinion. I live in Johnson Hall. It's a nice building, pretty new, but there are communal bathrooms, small bedrooms and no air conditioning. The meal plan is a great deal for students living on campus. A meal plan comes with 50% off every meal. The food here is amazing.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is large and there are many people. Virginia Tech makes it so easy to get involved with many clubs, sports and greek life. I have found few that are right for me so far. I am still searching for an activity that I love and will continue particpating for years to come. As I said, I am only on my second semester. It takes time to experiment and become involved.

    Am learning a lot

    As a freshmen, I am required to take many classes that I thought would not interest me. I thought my English class was going to be boring, but the instructor made the class worth it. We learned how to think for ourselves and view the world differently. I am in my second semester and have not had any professors that I dislike. The readings for the class are usually quite interesting as well.

  • 09/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 8 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're a student that knows how to manage fun and academics Tech is the place for you. While on Saturdays during the football season things can get a little crazy around Campus, everything settles back down by Sunday afternoon and people are fully back to work on Monday. Before attending Tech I didn't know how I would react to craziness about sports, but in all honestly the school spirit is infectious and is now one of my favorite things about this University. I love that the school encompasses everything, great academics but fun too. So if you're looking for that perfect balance between work and play, Virginia Tech is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    It should be warned that Blacksburg weather is slightly bipolar. During the school year from August to May, we have about two months of warm weather, 2 months of in between when the weather can't decide between warm or cold, and then about 5 months of pretty cold. If you don't like the cold you may not like Tech. During the late spring and early fall semester the campus is beautiful, warm, and everything is bright green. However, try to remember this is the mountains. The campus is still beautiful but it will get cold here, so if you aren't used to the winter, or don't like the cold this might not be the school for you. New students, invest in a BIG Jacket and gloves and a hat you will need it strolling across the drill field.

    Bang for the buck

    I attend Virginia Tech out of state and incomparison to my In-State choices, Tech is not that much more expensive. Living on campus Tech is about $30,000 where for in NJ In-State on campus is about $24,000, so for an extra $6,000 a year I might as well go to a school I love. Not that $30,000 a year is cheap, but when you consider the numerous $50,000 schools you learn to appreciate the difference. In-State for Virginia Tech is basically a steal, it's about half of the Out-of-State tuition. For all the resources that are made available to us you definitely get your money's worth. The campus is kept in pristine condition, all of your labs have the most advanced technology available. Convenient and clean buses run just about anywhere you could consider going. The lecture halls are spacious and comfortable, sometimes too comfortable for those 8am's... There are numerous clubs available and if something does cost extra money there is almost always some discount for a being a student. Basically I love Virginia Tech and it's made even more appealing for its relatively inexpensive tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being a Hokie! This school has it all, amazing academics, a beautiful campus set in a Valley in the Appalachian Mountains, a winning football team with adoring fans, and some of the best dining centers in the country. I like to think about Tech as the perfect combination. Hokies work hard but play just as hard. We are definitely highly regarded in the academic circles, particularly for our Architecture, Engineering, and Science, but our Football team was also the ACC Champion last year. So if you're looking for a well renowned school where you can also be sure to have fun on the weekends, Tech is the place to be. With numerous clubs and activities to participate in, both major and non major related, highly regarded academics, and an awesome football team, there really isn't anywhere else that can balance everything so perfectly. I love being a Hokie!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a second year Chemistry Major here at Virginia Tech and while the classes are difficult they are not impossible. Almost all of the proffesors are also researchers here at Tech, so they definately know what they are talking about. While at times they may go past your level of knowledge they are always sure to fully explain and thoroughly teach the major concepts at hand. Furthermore, if for any reason you are having difficulty understanding something there are numerous resources available to you. The Professors have office hours but in almost every course there are specific tutors available. Based on your level of aid required you can either attend group tutoring sessions or obtain a private tutor. Basically the Univerisity has every possible form of help, it is simply up to you as a student to seek out the amount that you require. Furthermore, this does not simply go for the college of science classes. I have also taken classes in Psychology, Gender Studies, Horticulture, and Mathematics, and have never found the teachers excessively difficult but have always found help readily accessible. Virginia Tech simply has amazing academics.

  • 01/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 9 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is an excellent school for anyone pursuing in engineering, business, or agriculture. It is also a wonderful experience for anyone interested in getting truly involved with the community and making a difference for those who are in need.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a high quality education and trying to pursue a great career, Virginia Tech gives multiple opportunities to get started. Their website consists of mass amount of information that will help your searches for school easier and make the experience exceptionally great. The campus is extremely gorgeous and though the location is not near the city, it is very heart-warming and perfect.

    Bang for the buck

    The excellent quality of academic programs and housing as well as food services are worth every penny I pay to attend this extraordinary school.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people and atmosphere at Virginia Tech have made my stay much more comfortable and meaningful. The staff and students are very involved with giving back all they can to the community. There are so many clubs and activities to do here that you'll never get bored. You'll be sure to find something just for you and if you feel that there is still not a club for you, you have an opportunity to create one with two more members!

    Am learning a lot

    Here at Virginia Tech I have encountered wonderful mentors and professors who are willing to always assist you with any questions or concerns. They devote their time to answer questions after class or anytime they are available. As good professionals they have made my learning more retainable and understanding. Their enthusiasm of each subject make the classes enjoyable and very educational.

  • 02/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 10 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Tech is especially good for students who are self-motivated. Because of the class size the accountability that professors are able to give you is limited.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important advice I can give to prospective students is do not let the size scare you. I had a lot of friends who turned Virginia Tech down because of how big it is but I promise it will not feel that big once you are here. If you get involved with extracurriculars and put yourself out there as a freshman in your dorm you will make so many friendships that Virginia Tech will go from feeling like 20,000 students to 200.

    Bang for the buck

    Since it is a state school, Virginia Tech is moderately affordable. It is also a really large school which is great for networking companies. I have even been told that there are a lot of companies that will only higher VT grads. Consider the money an investment in your future, Virginia Tech can help you get a job!

    Am enjoying being here

    One of my favorite things about Virginia Tech is the availability of student activities. There are a ton of clubs and if for some reason none of those sound good enough you can start your own! The size of the school may seem daunting to some people but freshman year is all about meeting people. The dorm environment invites conversation between you and your hall-mates and trust me, life long friendships will be born! Now that I am a second semester sophomore, I never walk to class without passing someone I know.

    Am learning a lot

    Virginia Tech offers such a wide range of classes that it would be difficult to not find a class and major that you love. Now that I have gotten settled into a major that is interesting for me and I have gotten used to the class size, I learn something new everyday. The classes are overwhelming at first but once you stick with it through that first semester freshman year you are golden!

  • 04/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 11 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Our engineering and architecture programs are phenomenal. Our animal science and dairy sciences are good as well. The other majors are not bad by any means but they are not as well known as those four majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! If you want to make the most out of your experience, you need to get involved. If you don't you'll end up sitting in your dorm the whole time. That being said, get involved in high school. Colleges love when you're involved, because that is a good indicator of what you can bring to the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, but if you're in state, then it is DEFINITELY worth it to come to Virginia Tech. They offer so many majors, the best food in the country and great residence halls. You definitely get what you pay for.

    Am enjoying being here

    Virginia Tech is a completely non-judgmental environment. There are days when I run out of the dorm in sweatpants and other days where I run out in a dress and it doesn't make a difference. People don't care about looks. Hokie Nation is such a strong community and you can't help but feel it the second you step on campus. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are GREAT! They are always willing to help if you don't understand. You just have to make the first step. Most professors are experts in the subject that they teach so they can answer almost any questions. I don't have a lot of busy work, either. All the work I do is for a purpose, which is awesome.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 12 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I know everyone hears about the shootings that happen here but that does not happen often at all. There are these blue light boxes every hundred yards or so all through out campus that you just need to push a button and police will arrive. The police are always patrolling in cars and on bikes. You recieve emails detailing the things that happen on campus. There are alerts via emails, calls, and texts about major stuff and they are always testing the system. All classrooms have clocks that scroll alerts as needed. There are self defense sessions offered by the police. Campus is well lit. I walk home past midnight often and nothing has ever happened to me. And if you don't want to walk home, the police and campus has teamed up to offer something called Safe Ride that takes you anywhere in Blacksburg from campus after dark. You are extremely safe at Tech

    Greek Life

    I chose not to be a part of Greek life but there are always signs up about them and I see them doing everything from blood drives to Relay for Life to throwing parties. If you are interested, there is a place for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton to choose from: ballroom dancing, Students for Creative Anachronism, Habitat for Humanity, knitting, ultimate frisby, the Running Club, horseback riding, fencing, archery: you name it, we probably have it. And if we don't it is really easy to start a club. All you need is a faculty adviser and three student officers.

    Great for these types of students

    Really anyone. Outdoorsy people, country folk, city folk, foreigners: there is a wide range of people ready to welcome and help you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Drillfield is this wide field in the middle of campus separating the residential and academic sides of campus. It is about two football fields long and wide. There is always something happening on it whether the Tighty Whities practising, an ultimate frisby game, people fighting with swords, or a giant snowball fight. Two other cool places are the Hahn Horticultural Gardens and the Duck Pond.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a great education, a great location, a wonderful local community, and an amazing campus community. There is a large town less than ten minutes away and a city roughly forty five minutes away. There is both country side and mountains to explore, amazing campus and local cuisine, and a beautiful place to learn.

    What to do for fun

    There are many options for fun. The Drillfield is a great place to hang out and get involved in pick up games of football and ultimate frisby. We have an amazing theater program, many walking paths, an adventuring program, and tons of student clubs and activities.

    Food and Dining

    Wonderful food, even in the cheaper dining halls. There are many choices from student suggested venues to commercial chains. A brand new dining hall is opening summer 2012 on the academic side of campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of types of dorms. The RA's are really good at instigating get togethers. The dorms are good quality with many currently being renovated.

    Academic Rigor

    There are always challenging courses available that teach more than subect matter, they actually teach you to think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a wind breaker and a kite: it is windy most of the time. Engage in the Blacksburg community; it will enrich your college experience. Talk to the professors ; let them know you are more than a number and most actually like getting to know students.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a beautiful place full a good people and food. The community is very welcoming and engaging to students. There is a wide variety of courses and you will always find something to do that you like.

  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 13 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Tech is a great school for everyone. There is a place for all races, all religions, all kinds of people. Everyone at Tech is kind, respectful, and friendly :)

    Tips for prospective students

    When you tour the campus or go for orientation the school and buildings all seem so big and confusing but once you get a map and walk around with friends and need to find food its super easy. Tech is such a great school for all sorts of people. There are sports clubs of every types, there are religious groups and churchs all over, and there are academic clubs for every major. The drill field is a great place to go and play games are watch movies. Just get out there explore the campus and you'll find plenty of people to become friends with. Make sure to get to know people in your classes and dorm and you'll have an awesome year!

    Am learning a lot

    Tech has a wide range of classes and awesome teachers!

  • 12/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 14 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Active, involved, spirited, die - hard, passionate, studious.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit a lot of schools and make sure you could see yourself at the school. Also, be positive. Negativity will follow with more negativity. Even if you do come here, not sure you'll fit in, I challenge you to give it a try, because you'll probably find something you love.

    Bang for the buck

    For a public school, the education, atmosphere, football games, and lifelong friends, this is definitely the best bang for the buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being a Hokie is something that can only be explained through experience. It's more than a theme or a mascot. I am a Hokie, we are Hokies. Tech has been the source of best times of my life so far, and I'm only a sophomore.

    Am learning a lot

    The great thing about Tech is that the atmosphere really makes you want to push yourself. College itself is a lot different from high school. However, attending college at Tech is a lot different from other colleges. Many people here wouldn't find it odd to be staying in on a Friday night to study for a test. It may not sound like fun, but everyone around you is doing the same thing, and you feel good about it.

  • 12/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 15 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Well, lets see: the football fans get to enjoy one of the loudest stadiums in the country, the career focused get a campus which prides itself on finding great jobs for its students, and the academics get one of the best educational schools in the country. Yeah that about covers it.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first thing I suggest is meeting your professors: say hi to them after the first class, sit near the front and ask questions. You'd be surprised how much this helps later on, especially when you need recommendation letters. Other than that, be sure to form study groups, it makes studying both more bearable and more effective.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus definitely goes out of its way to help you do well in college and after college. Whether its holding monthly seminars to help teach you good study habits or sending emails to let you know of every job fair at which companies are looking for your major VT ensures you have every opportunity available.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is very friendly and easy to get along with. The campus routinely holds get togethers where its easy to meet new people. During my third day on campus I made three new friends at one of these events, thats how easy it is to meet people.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are all experts in their fields and can easily explain complicated topics in an understandable fashion. They are all also more than willing to spend time outside of class going over the topic with you, even if you can't make their office hours.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 16 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Tech is great for those students that want to expand their academic horizons, enjoy the majestic Appalachian mountains, and indulge in the best food in the country. The student body is very diverse economically and culturally so finding friends with similar interests is not a problem but a wonderful process.

    Tips for prospective students

    In college, the effort you put into academics results in the grade you deserve. I have found that reviewing my notes 5-10 minutes a day has helped me prepare for my exams. My biggest piece of advice for incoming freshman is to attend the lectures, meet your professor, and make friends in each of your classes. Attending class is important because the professor clarifies earlier textbook readings, and sometimes takes attendance and gives extra credit for those that are present. Introducing yourself to your professor is also beneficial because it puts a name to a face for your professor. Additionally, making friends in each class is valuable, because, if you become ill, your friends can take notes for you. Lastly, attend the football games because they are a wonderful opportunity to make friends and have a great time.

    Bang for the buck

    For in state and out of state students, Virginia Tech is one of the most reasonable schools in the country. With over 500 scholarships and grants, Virginia Tech strives to accommodate all of its students with this tuition assistance. Also, the meal plan at Virginia Tech gives its students 50% off the number one rated college food in the country. Even off campus students opt to have a dinning plans.

    Am enjoying being here

    Virginia Tech is a gorgeous University with buildings constructed almost entirely out of Hokie Stone (a local material that is mined by Virginia Tech) not to mention its gorgeous location in the majestic Appalachian Mountains. There is always something to do at Virginia Tech. Concerts, Football Games, Plays, and Parties are events that as a Virginia Tech student you will enjoy. Also, as a freshman, you will love the food! Virginia Tech is number one in the country for its food. Lobster, London Broil, Trout, Chinese etc... you name it Virginia Tech has it. I love everything about Tech and you will too.

    Am learning a lot

    The learning environment at Virginia Tech is phenomenal. Each of my professors are experts in their respective fields and bring the latest research into the classroom. I feel like I learn the most up to date material and retain it better because it applies to the 21st century.

  • 01/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 17 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that have a passion for learning, aren't afraid of crowds, and are willing to accept the views of others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let yourself get lost in the crowd. Make sure your professor know who you are. Speak up in class. Don't be afraid to do something a tiny bit crazy now and then.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a good deal for the education you get, but I recommend looking into financial aid and scholarships. Pre-paid tuition is also an excellent idea if you're an instate student.

    Am enjoying being here

    The professors are excellent, as is the rest of the staff. Meals are good, and it's such a big campus that you're bound to find someone with similar interests.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm a double major in Animal Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. I get to learn about and explore every aspect you can imagine of the Animal and Poultry Science field. The faculty is passionate about what they do, and if you want to do a project, someone will support you. Meanwhile, Interdisciplinary Studies is what I'm taking so I can eventually become a teacher. This department is unique, because it allows you to customize your degree based on your interests. You choose from a list of minors to make up your major, giving you a way to learn more about the things that interest you.

  • 01/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 18 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Technically oriented

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important tip I can give to an aspiring college student is to make sure you are financially prepared. Scholarships are fantastic but make sure you are knowledgeable about student loans and have a detailed budget plan for your stay at school. Your budget will not only be focused on tuition but also other aspect such as extracurricular activities or plans for off campus living. Also, keep in mind that college is a completely different world from high school. You are totally on your own and with that your responsibilities grow substantially. The temptation to stray from your studies is great without the supervision you were used to at home. So with this in mind my two tips are: stay FOCUSED and stay ORGANIZED!

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute is a very prestigious school which causes its tuition to be slightly higher than other colleges. These funds are used to ensure you a top of the line education at Virginia Tech throughout your attendance. If, in fact, you do run into financial difficulties you can find very helpful assistance at the Bursar and Financial Aid offices whose main goal is to fit the costs to your budget.

    Am enjoying being here

    If I could go to any school I wanted, after going to Virginia Polytechnic Institute, I don't think I could go anywhere else. There is a strong sense of community at this school. What makes the students here great is the mutual sense of respect for each other and other schools that stems from are athletics department's good sportsmanship, which we call Hokie Respect. If you don't already know, Hokie is a term that refers to a Virginia Tech student. This naming helps unify us further because no matter who you are, at Tech, we're all Hokies. Again, any interest you may have you can pursue it at Tech. At Virginia Tech, there are literally hundreds of clubs and activities. Many are major oriented with multiple tech clubs but with other non-major related clubs such as those involving intramural sports and outdoor or wilderness activities. Outside of academics, my favorite thing about Tech is the food. This is by far better than the cafeteria food you got in high school. In fact, when given the option to go off campus to eat or stay on, I still choose to eat on campus. There is a wide variety of dining options to choose from such as a buffet, take out, major fast food restaurants located on campus, and even a sports grill. There is always the Freshman's fear of weight gain but there are programs at Tech that help manage dieting habits and there also vegetarian options at all dining areas.

    Am learning a lot

    I am attending the Virginia Polytechnic Institute for a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Although, Virginia Tech is not solely an Engineering college; there is a College of Architecture, a College of Business, plus other many other majors that aren't all tech oriented. The best aspect academics is by far the professors. They are extremely knowledge in their subjects mainly due to the fact that they are professionals in the correlating field or have doctorates in that area. The classes themselves are also amazing. Not only are the professors great, but like I've already stated, there is a wide variety of courses. You don't always have to select classes that focus on your major; you can pursue classes that could help you find a minor or just take classes you like. Whatever you would love to learn, you can find it at Tech.

  • 05/25/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 19 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Virtually anybody under the sun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet the professors beforehand and show immediate interest in their field of study, since you WILL be under them for classes. Make the most of it and set yourself up well.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. Not doubt about that. So why not pay the TON of money for an AMAZING school? VA Tech is a huge bang for the buck, providing endless opportunities and options, each leading to some form of success if allowed. VA Tech is beyond worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is absolutely beautiful, and the atmosphere is one of top respect. Everyone treats others very well, there is no sense of cliques or prejudices of any types, only tolerance and acceptance. Everyone is family when joined by the Hokies.

    Will learn a lot

    I was quick to find that the professors are approachable and caring, desiring the success for each and every student on campus. They are well-learned, able to lead students to the path of success in the easiest, stress-free manner possible. The academics are challenging yet attainable. The possibilities are endless, and one can truly flourish here if determined. I am determined to lead others as I am led by the professors and other students to do the very best that I can do and be best set up to invent the future. GO HOKIES!

  • 07/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who want to learn and aren't afraid of doing so. The courses are usually tough but the professors are always there for you and will do all they can to help you pass their class.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus seems big however, it is very easy to navigate and if you get lost all you have to do is ask someone and they are more than willing to help you out. The sports teams are amazing and help create that sense of family and community since you're all in it for the same reason. You really become family with your roommates and hall-mates and you miss them when you go home for vacations. This school has amazing scenery and it's easy to get caught up in how beautiful it is.

  • 12/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students with a lot of school spirit, who want to be active and involved, and students who want a good education and still have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Virginia Tech has so many clubs and sports teams. You can meet so many great people who share your interests and goals. Also meet the people who live on your dorm hall, they're awesome to get dinners with and have study sessions with.

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Tech is a lot less expensive than going out of state or to a private school, but it still gives you a great education and lots of opportunities.

    Am enjoying being here

    Virginia Tech is a big campus, but it still feels like a close community because everyone wants to get to know you.

    Am learning a lot

    You get to take tons of different classes. Many students come into college on a set career path and then find they love something completely different by trying out all the courses Virginia Tech has to offer.

  • 03/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The engineering and architecture program here is excellent!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into college full force. Don't slack off your first year because you will just be playing catch up the rest of your career! Also, get ahead in your classes, this will leave your senior year open for fun extra classes!

    Bang for the buck

    Everything gained from my college experience has helped shape me to who I am today.

    Am enjoying being here

    Although the town of Blacksburg is small, it is great having a community of fellow students around you. Don't underestimate the advantages of living on campus!

    Am learning a lot

    This school has provided a great expanse of knowledge for me. The core classes that everyone has to take besides your major courses include numerous fun courses that enlighten you to make you a well-rounded person. For example, I took classes from Greek/Roman Mythology to Appalachian Folk Culture. These classes turned out to be my favorite throughout my college career! The professors are all well educated and usually provide great teaching skills to be able to give students the best learning experience possible.

  • 05/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, friendly, open students who enjoy socializing and trying new things; students with interests in Agriculture, Architecture, or Engineering

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take advantage of the resources and activities available on campus. If you aren't going to get out and DO something (join a class, go to a group study, SOMETHING), then there's no point in going -- you could get a similar education at another college (unless you're there for Agriculture, Architecture, or Engineering, in which case Tech is unparalleled). Also, learn how to deal with large class sizes. Your first two years (at least) will be primarily made up of lectures with over 100 students in each class.

    Bang for the buck

    Because Tech is such a large campus with such an enormous student body, don't expect to get very much one-on-one time with your professors -- you're more likely to be a number than a name. By the same token, the size of the campus means that there's something for everyone, especially when it comes to extracurriculars, and there are certainly more than enough resources for academic help as well. It is what you make of it -- if you put a lot in, you'll get a lot out, but if you don't bother taking advantage of the resources here, then you may as well not have come.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is enormous, which provides plenty to do -- if you ever find yourself bored at Tech, there is something seriously wrong. The people are extremely friendly and you can strike up a conversation with pretty much anyone, anywhere (even in an elevator or on the bus!). There are so many classes available to students of all majors that you can pretty much always take something you WANT to take for every class you HAVE to take.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at Tech have a lot of experience in their fields and are generally excellent at making the information relevent to most of the students in their classes, even when teaching very large classes.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 196

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Lots of different activities.

    Food and Dining

    One of the best in the country.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms. Just not enough.

    Academic Rigor

    pretty tuff.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make great grades and go the extra mile in extra. activities.

    In three sentences

    I really love attending Va Tech so far. The professors are great and I just love the college experience here.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I frequently walk alone at night and I've never been scared for my safety. Many police are stationed at certain times of the night and it's very comforting for me when I know I have to walk back to my dorm at midnight or later.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a part of it, but from what my friends have expressed I understand that it's a great organization and many different ways to become involved regardless of personality or interest.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds upon hundreds of ways to get involved with clubs and activities. Like I said before, it's really hard to be bored here. Even if you only get involved with one extracurricular, you'll still have tons to do, tons to look forward to, and tons of friends!

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student, really. It's easy to be outgoing and get involved, but if you're quiet it's not hard to find alone time and quiet places and spaces. The campus isn't as big as it seems especially once you find your way around. Tech definitely lives up to all the hype, but if that's not your thing it doesn't have to become a part of your life even if you attend the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football games: Enter Sandman; Let's Go! Hokies!; The Spring Game; April 16th Memorial Service; Relay for Life!; Squire's Student Center; The Drillfield.

    Bang for the buck

    For such a fine university, the cost is quire reasonable when comparing to other schools. I believe Virginia Tech has one of the lowest in the state, and perhaps the lowest when looking at the correlation between cost and value.

    What to do for fun

    The mall is close, and there's the Lyric theater. There's always some concert or another going on which are always fun, and Tech is always coming up with new ideas for fun social events for students. Especially if you get involved with a club or organization, you'll find yourself always having something to do for fun should you choose to accept.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent food. Very excellent.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty great. You make a lot of friends and gain a real sense of community. It really depends on the dorm and your personality, though, but I like it. There's always the option to keep your door open and be social, or close it and keep to yourself or do work, and of course there's always the lounge which can make for a nice change of scenery, as if you were in a real home!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging (some more than others) but they're all very manageable. My teachers push me to reach my potential and I'm always engaged in learning something new and coming up with ways to apply my knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read up on your teachers before choosing classes. It's not that any are better than others, but depending on what works will for you, you'll want to get second opinions on different teachers' styles and policies.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech's campus is the most beautiful and friendly I have ever seen, with a welcoming environment. Virginia Tech's staff is incredible, and all willing to help out as well as are very encouraging in classes across every subject I've taken. They have the best food of anywhere!

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 196

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    Food and Dining

    The food here is delicous. There is a lot to choose from

    Dorm Life

    When I stayed in the dorms for the Corps of Cadets, the rooms were nice and spacious. The people seemed closely connected and hung out a lot together.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard from other students that the classes are difficult, but not too ridiculous.

    In three sentences

    I visited this schools Corps of Cadets and it seems quite nice and full of tradition. It felt like a family and there where a lot of nice people.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 196

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs and activities you can get involved in. Intramural sports are a big deal for me, so i make sure to sign up every season.

    Food and Dining

    There is a reason the food of Virginia Tech is rated so highly in the US! Not only is there a wide selection of food to choose from, you can also make health conscious and delicious decisions every day.

    Dorm Life

    im not sure, i have never lived in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here have had first hand experience, and they tell you how the course material is relevant to your future. Professors also are willing to help any students in need.

    In three sentences

    I am a transfer student from George Mason, and I have never regretted my decision! There is so much school spirit here, and no matter who you are or where you are from, you will find your niche at Virginia Tech. There are so many resources here available, and professors with first hand experience.

  • 07/17/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All students that enjoy a diverse environment and lots to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great tips are; don't wait on your application apply now. Take your time on your essay, it's very important. Keep your grades up in school, and learn to work. Study a lot.

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Tech is really expensive especially your freshman year. The Education is worth it though, at VT you are not just a number.

    Will enjoy being here

    There is something for everyone at VT. There are over 600 clubs that you can join as extra curricular activities. I'm in the Corps of Cadets and urge everyone to take a look at the Corps. Also, there are lots of off campus activities to involve yourself in also.

    Will learn a lot

    Absolutely, you are definitely ready to start in the field you are learning to start in.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE! especially those who like the sciences

    Tips for prospective students

    Grades and extracurricular's are both very important to be accepted to Virginia Tech. Once you get here don't be shy, introduce yourself to people and get out there and join clubs and stay involved! It's easy to get lost on a huge campus like VT but with the friends to back you up you will never be let down.

    Bang for the buck

    VT is on the pricey side but it is a research school and it totally pays off. The professors are always up to date on what is most recent in the field and new discoveries are constantly created here at Tech. As a matter of fact the idea and technology needed for cloning Dolly the Sheep was created at Tech! With the number one food in the nation and dorms always being renovated to be better I never feel like my money is being wasted.

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only Virginia Tech, but also Blacksburg is an awesome environment for everyone between the Hokie Spirit during home games to just walking around seeing everyone in their Virginia Tech colors. The area provides SO much to do between hiking and going to the river, studying, sports, relaxing, volunteering and working. Name it and you most likely can do it at Tech. I have yet to have a night where I did not enjoy myself and wished that I was somewhere else. Everyone you meet is friendly and willing to help :)

    Am learning a lot

    The teacher's definitely know what they are talking about and if you ever have a question or don't understand something the are always in the office during office hours and love to spend more time on a certain subject with you. Every teacher I have had here so far has done whatever they could to help the student learn and better themselves in the subject.

  • 08/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I lived in Newman Hall as part of The World program. I met so many students from foreign countries. It was amazing! Virginia Tech is such a great place because it has room for all sorts of people. Religion, culture, and ethnicity aren't labels and people are seen for the person they are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some general college advice: If you want to have a great time at college, make sure you meet people. Chances are you will find a couple that are going to be life-long friends. And get involved! Find something you think you'll like and try it out! Why not take a few chances with something new? For advice at Tech: Don't get overwhelmed by the size of the campus or the number or people. VT has a way of getting smaller and becoming a little community with all of your friends around you. Whatever you do, don't spend your nights in your room watching TV! There is going to be something more worthwhile for you to do out there.

    Bang for the buck

    My federal aid awards aren't the greatest, so I have to take out another loans. But for the education that I am receiving, I feel as though it is worth it. When I graduate, my degree as a Chemical Engineer will be respected because I earned it at such a prestigious engineering school.

    Am enjoying being here

    Virginia Tech is my new home. I loved staying on campus my first year and I got to meet so many amazing people. There were so many things to get involved in that I never had time to get bored. Between sports and groups, friends, and FOOTBALL and BASKETBALL games, my friends and I always found something to do. Besides, the food on campus is awesome!

    Am learning a lot

    As an engineering major, I HAVE to learn a lot. But I love every second of it. If you are interested in a school that honestly will push you to excel in your field then Virginia Tech is the school for you. Classes are a challenge, but with the help of professors and advisers I happened to manage to keep on top of everything. Even students who had completed the class before were eager to help other students and either tutor or offer helpful advice.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -In State Residents -Engineers -Multi-Major students -Large Campus in Population, Small Campus in Feel

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with an adviser from a department you are interested in or have a conversation with faculty members. Following my own advice helped me to decide on Virginia Tech as opposed to other schools I received acceptances from.

    Bang for the buck

    If you look for scholarship opportunities or ways to cut on your expenses, you can definitely find them at Virginia Tech.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have found a great community of students that help make Virginia Tech a great social atmosphere. There's a lot of different things to do on campus as well as not too far of a bus ride/drive to do things off of campus.

    Am learning a lot

    While some of the classes do not seem to have much purpose for what I plan to do at college, I think you are going to find that at whatever school you attend. There are challenges in every course, though, and the freshmen professors (at least for engineering) really want to do everything to help make sure people succeed in their classes.

  • 01/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    They have a lot of majors to chose from. The School of Architecture and Design is tied for the top spot, competing with the likes of Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. Most of their engineering programs are ranked in the top 10 in the country. Those are the most distinguished, but there are also the Colleges of Business, Agriculture, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine, to say the least. Even if you aren't sure, there is always the University Studies, where you can take the general university requirements for graduation while finding your true calling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends and get active early. While this applies to all colleges, it is still just as important here. Don't just mindlessly go to class, get your food, and do homework. Throw yourself out there and be a part of the Hokie community.

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Tech is definitely on the less expensive size, especially for its size. With all of the different features that it offers, Virginia Tech definitely sets itself apart from the competition. There are plenty of areas to go throw a frisbee around. The food here is ranked #1 in the country by the Princeton Review. The classes teach you something and the teachers aren't incompetent. Even the internet is in the 99th percentile of internet speed. Virginia Tech definitely utilizes the newest technology to make it such a top notch university.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am absolutely loving it. From the first time I stepped on campus way back in November of last year to orientation and moving day, there hasn't been a moment where I didn't love the experience. There are plenty of clubs and extracurricular activities to join, and they have a day in September where all of those organizations come out in one area to find new members. The whole big campus issue is really a non-issue. You quickly adjust to how far all of the buildings are on campus and adjust accordingly. It has been a blast to be going here, even though it is a whole 8 hours away from my home.

    Am learning a lot

    It's only been half a semester and the whole college transition has finally sank in. Between high school and college, the whole learning experience is different. Some of the basic classes cover things learned in high school. Others delve into some topics that you may have never heard of. The teachers know what they are talking about and they teach it in a reasonable fashion. They also have office hours for the people that want to talk to them one-to-one. The only issue so far is that some of the topics have overlapped, and it seems like review for those topics in class. I have not taken any higher level classes yet so that is bound to change.

  • 03/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and friendly, willing to walk a lot to class, anyone who owns a warm winter jacket

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up if you want to get in, especially for a program like Engineering or Architecture. And enjoy yourself when you get here, but don't go crazy. Be smart and you'll love it here.

    Bang for the buck

    Great value for such a school. The food is good, housing is fine, and there are so many classes to take advantage of.

    Am enjoying being here

    You make so many good friends here and there is tons to do on campus. however, when it gets to be November, December, it's colder than the ice age and everyone starts to get cabin fever.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm an Architecture student, and the rumors are true- you will spend your life in studio here. But you learn so much from the faculty and it's an incredible creative environment that you don't mind. It doesn't get too hectic until second year though, and despite that you can still take electives and join clubs and feel like a major contributor to the student body.

  • 09/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is great for any kind of student. It's big enough school to be detached from everyone but it is so close-knit that the people won't let you. They are so friendly so join clubs and groups and don't be afraid of meeting mean people because I don't know if there is any.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as you can and don't get discouraged if you don't get in the first time or if you don't get in to your selected major. It will all work out. You're going to attend a great school with a great tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a tad expensive but what college isn't? You get great programs, teachers, sports teams and events, and athletic buildings. The bus system is free for being a student. The dining halls are so cheap but they never skimp on the quality of the food. There is so much that you get for being a student.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is so beautiful. The Hokie Stone that is used is so different from any other college out there. Walking across the drillfield everyday to get to class and seeing Burruss Hall just makes me realize how great this place is.

    Am learning a lot

    I am an Architecture student at Virginia Tech and I'm learning about the design process in a way I've never looked at it before. It teaches you yeah it's nice that way but what if I turn it. And my other classes are so insightful.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Bad things happen everywhere sometimes, and they've happened at Virginia Tech too. Despite that fact, Tech's campus is a safe place, especially if you avoid being alone in isolated spots late at night, don't leave yourself vulnerable to opportunistic crime by irresponsible drinking, secure valuables, and practice good common sense in general.

    Greek Life

    If ya wanna go Greek here, you can. However, there are plenty of folks at Tech who claim, Better Geek than Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can't find a club to join or an activity to do at Tech, you aren't trying at all.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to live on a large campus in a rural setting will appreciate Tech.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The stone buildings at Tech are really nice, and the school is appropriately proud of them. Here's what the school website says about the legendary Hokie stone used to construct the Tech campus - Hokie Stone is actually a native limestone common in Southwest Virginia and parts of Tennessee and Alabama. No two stones are the same color, varying from grays, browns, and blacks to pinks, oranges, and maroons. Since the mid-1950s, Tech has operated its own quarry, and the popular limestone appears on many of the university's buildings.

    Bang for the buck

    Those from Virginia will find the in-state tuition rate here is RELATIVELY reasonable (but I think college tuition rates have gotten completely out of hand these days). If your out-of-state, consider colleges with in-state rates where you live.

    What to do for fun

    The mountains around Virginia Tech offer a lot of outdoor opportunities. You can hike, fish, hunt, enjoy nature photography, pick huckleberries in July, or just sit in the shade of a big mountain basswood. There's lots of great music venues around the college too. Floyd Fest is a popular annual music event in nearby Floyd, Virginia, but all types of music events go on year round.

    Food and Dining

    For college dining, Virginia Tech is hard to beat. You'll have to be sure to head to the salad bar as a strategy for watching your waist.

    Dorm Life

    About 99% of the dorms on campuses across America suck. Virginia Tech dorms are no exception. Rooms are too small and there's not enough privacy available for students, especially if you're used to having your own room at home. Welcome to one of the downsides of college - dorm living.

    Academic Rigor

    Architecture and Engineering programs are particularly rigorous at Virginia Tech. Tech's math and science programs have great reputations, but easy they are not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your hiking boots and consider getting a bike. There are good hiking trails nearby and the campus is BIG.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a great school with a nice climate, in a beautiful location. It may be too big for some (nearly 35,000 students), but its size means there is a huge variety of class offerings here - far more than on most other campuses. Summers aren't too hot, winters aren't too cold, and beautiful mountains surround Tech's rural campus.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 196

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    From what I have been told, the past situations have made Virginia Tech now one of the safest colleges in the country. They learned not only their flaws in the system, but also how to make the system above and beyond the normal criterion.

    Greek Life

    I know it is there, and the people I know who are involved love it. Beyond that I do not have much information.

    Clubs and Activities

    Again, I can only speak of what I have been told or seen online, but the sky is the limit from what I can see. If they do not have it they encourage you start it. I personally look forward to getting very involved.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for every type of student other than one looking for small classes. At Va Tech nothing is lacking, and you have everything to gain. Just visit this amazing school and you will see how such different individuals can all love this same multi faceted institution .

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have been in the area where so many of the students love to hang out which overlooks the pristine campus with the magnificent mountain ranges in the background. They have a special name for this location but it has escaped my memory at the moment. Any pictures of the college would most likely include pictures from this location. It is truly breath taking

    Bang for the buck

    In my opinion, Virginia Tech offers so much more than you pay for compared to other colleges. The education, facilities, and offerings is worth every penny and more!

    What to do for fun

    I plan on joining some Christian organizations, going to as many sporting events as I can, playing intramural sports, hiking, and hanging out with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work your hardest in high school to the very end. Start early on your college applications, and put in the time necessary to write an essay that reveals truly who you are. Visit Virginia Tech and you will know why everyone loves it so much.

    In three sentences

    I have only visited the campus once but it was enough to make me fall in love. The campus is stunning in so many ways beyond just beautiful buildings and gorgeous scenery. The campus is alive, and excitement and friendliness is felt as you cross the grounds.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have the best police officers in Blacksburg, and the best campus police officers that I have yet to come in contact with. All of those that I have met have been extremely helpful, and I feel very safe here at Tech. Earlier this year we experienced a threat, and the entire campus went into lockdown. The police officers protected all of us very well, and I feel proud to go to a university that has such loyal officers. The campus alert system that was placed into effect after April 16, 2007 is very effective. Text messages or phone calls, whichever you prefer, are sent out within minutes of the need for the alert. Emails are also received, and the alert circulates through the classrooms on campus over the digital clocks that are present in each classroom.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is not a very big percentage of the college, about 17%, but since our school is so big the number of students that participate in greek life is pretty large. There are many national fraternities and sororities, but also many local ones as well. As is said, there is one for everyone. If you want to become involved, there is definitely a sorority or fraternity that you will fit into. As a member of greek life, I definitely recommend it. I found my niche, and as a result the university seems much smaller and more manageable. There is also that commonality that allows me to instantly connect with others that are also in greek life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a million clubs and activities, really something for everyone. This may seem like an overused phrase, but it really is true. I cannot count the number of clubs, sports teams, exercise classes, outdoor activities, planned outdoor trips, and so on that are offered at Virginia Tech. There is absolutely nothing that you could want to do that Tech does not offer.

    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Tech is great for students that are not looking to be in the city. Blacksburg definitely has a lot to do, it is not like we are living in the middle of a farm, but the atmosphere of the city is definitely not here. It is great for students that love being outside. It also offers a lot in terms of majors and activities, so students that want a large college experience will love it here. Once you find your niche it is not such a big school, but at first it may seem a little overwhelming, so a large college must be something students are willing to jump into.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many places on campus that hold tradition for hokies. The drillfield is probably the most famous place on campus - and crossing it in the winter as a freshman, when it is covered in snow to your knees is definitely tradition. The football games are also very popular. At the beginning of every home game the song Enter Sandman is played before the football players run in, and everyone in the stands jumps up and down. It is exhilarating. Additionally, there is a piece of hokie stone in the entrance to the football stadium where the football players run in, and everyone goes to touch this piece of hokie stone at least once while they are at Tech.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of living in Blacksburg, as far as apartments, dining, and gas is great. The rent is very cheap, as well as everything else. The quality of apartments and life in Blacksburg is also very great, so overall it is a very cost effective place to live. Virginia Tech is also pretty cheap, as far as colleges go. The dining plan is probably the best part - it is not very expensive, you can choose a larger or smaller plan, and the food is 50% off if you have a dining plan. Overall, Virginia Tech and the surrounding area really gives you the biggest bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and sports to participate in it is a little overwhelming. There are also many intramural sports if you like to play but are not extremely competitive. Christiansburg is a nearby city, about 10 min away, that has a mall and many opportunities for shopping, as well as a movie theatre and a drive in movie theatre. Blacksburg itself has a great downtown area with wonderful dining and shopping opportunities. There is a small movie theatre that offers $4 movies. The outdoor life in Blacksburg is the best; there are mountains for hiking, a river for swimming and tubing, and white water rafting. There is always something to do here.

    Food and Dining

    The food needs no comment, it is purely amazing. There is no need to eat off campus ever. There are so many options to choose from, include ABP, Pizza Hut, Chick-Fil-A, Sbarro, Cinnabon, Caravel, and many more non name brand facilities. Aside from that, a new dining hall is set to open Fall 2012, with a sushi bar, Qdoba, and a Japanese steakhouse.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms for my freshman year, and then again my sophomore year when I lived in the greek housing. The dorms have a few downfalls, such as no air conditioning and common bathrooms, but these are very common and for the most part unavoidable at most universities. The dorms are very well located as far as getting to the dining halls and classrooms. It is much easier to live on campus with regard to location and easy accessibility of the locations on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of academics depends on the classes that you take, as some are easier for certain students. For myself, engineering is a subject that I do not think I could succeed in, purely because it does not interest me, however I do excel in math, as that is my minor. That being said, the classes are quite demanding and do necessitate much work outside of class. It is not possible to merely attend class and hope to succeed. But with the amount of help that the different colleges within the university offer, it is easy to complete your work without much headache.

    Tips for prospective students

    I strongly recommend taking the core classes (CLE classes) early, so that not only do you get them out of the way, but also so you have a good idea of what subject(s) interest you the most and you can therefore more easily choose a major.

    In three sentences

    This college provided me with the best experiences I have had so far in my life. The academics are amazing - great professors, interesting subjects, and effective teaching methods have allowed me to learn so much in my time here. The activities that I have participated in have allowed me to meet so many people that I know will be my friends for life.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Tech has stepped up security and alerts greatly since 2007. Every student is SAFE! Sign up yourself and your parents for VT alerts to get up to date info.

    Greek Life

    There is a strong presence, but it isn't overwhelming to non-Greek students.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have EVERYTHING, and if we don't you can EASILY start a new club.

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping to Enter Sandman at every sporting event

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive for out of staters, but scholarships ARE possible. TRUST ME!

    What to do for fun

    Football games!!!!! intramural hiking/adventure trips tons of clubs for everyone community spirit pick up games on the drill field civilian vs corps snowball fight and so much more

    Food and Dining

    We have the top dining! The only problem is freshmen 15!

    Dorm Life

    Tech has been ever expanding the residential colleges with ones for leadership, STEM, honors, community service, health, and more. These are dorms with a theme where you truly become an amazing community that give you lifetime friends. Regular dorms are awesome, but you are for sure going to be in amazement in one of the living learning communities. Please don't be afraid by the learning part of these communities, they have lower drop out rates and higher GPA's, but still have fun like most college students.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are awesome!

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for schools that offer what you need for your major or your career path. Tech was/is perfect for me because the engineering program brings in a ton of money for the College of Science which also brings in a ton of sponsors itself. There are plenty of liberal arts schools for every range of academic students, but that isn't the case for STEM students, who do have to go the best of the best state schools. In this sense Tech also beats out UVA because UVA is much more of a liberal arts school whereas Tech has the STEM and Architecture that isn't a dime a dozen.

    In three sentences

    I chose Virginia Tech as an out of state student because of their statistics program, and the fact that their College of Science is fantastic. When you want a BS degree, state schools with large engineering programs are the best way to go and Tech topped my list. The community is better than I have seen at any other school which is why being a member of The HokieNation is a big deal.

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Farmer's market, the lyric theater

    Food and Dining

    It really lives up to its reputation

    Dorm Life

    I live in Hillcrest, which is a small honors dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take professors, not classes

    In three sentences

    It has been such a wonderful experience thus far. Everyone is friendly and happy being here. All my professors are engaged with their students, which is awesome.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Wherever you are, no matter where you go on campus, you are always in view of the little blue light.

    Greek Life

    Excellent! As a member of the greek community we are one of the tightest group of people on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 900 clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Science majors; Agriculture majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    War Memorial Chapel is beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is increasing and books are expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, walking around campus, sports' games, FOOTBALL, gym, wallyball, walk around blacksburg, Squires student center has bowling, pool, etc.

    Food and Dining

    We're #1 in the nation for food, need I say more?

    Dorm Life

    You HAVE to live in the dorms at least one year. It is the best way to make friends you'll have for the rest of your college career.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to be challenged in all aspects of the university. Mommy and Daddy aren't holding your hand and pushing you anymore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research. Find out what you want to do ahead of time or figure out an action plan before you come to school.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. We are a very spirited campus. Best college ever!

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, lots of check points for dorms

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of options

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cadet v Civilian snow fight for first snow fall

    Bang for the buck

    Penny and dime for everything. Bring your pennies

    What to do for fun

    Dont expect too much to be supplied. Making your own fun is the name of the game

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food. I miss the food when i go home

    Dorm Life

    Too many rules and too little space

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school, you'll get a great feel for it just by walking around campus

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is Hogwarts for muggles

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of safety measures implemented at Tech including emergency phones throughout campus and a variety of departments who's ultimate goals are the safety of all of the students

    Greek Life

    Almost 1/5 of all students go Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    Around 800 clubs with everything from MMA and cars to scuba diving and Quiditch

    Great for these types of students

    Social butterflies and nerds flourish together in harmony.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The war memorial is pretty special, along with other memorials. There is a beautiful garden and separate but equally beutiful duck pond. Every year there is a ring dance where students first receive their class rings.

    Bang for the buck

    I have a slight bias being that I am paying my own way through college. So, if you are like me then every penny counts. As of the moment I'm not really in the position to say if it has been worth it because I just finished my 1st semester. However, it is a public land grant college, so money is out their and scholarships are available.

    What to do for fun

    Depends on who you are but their is a big Greek life at Tech. However, being that there are 30000 students and only %18 participate in frats and sororities there are plenty of other things people like to do. On- campus bowling, a duck pond, and tons of fun people!

    Food and Dining

    The food at Tech is AMAZING.second only to privet culinary institutes, haha.

    Dorm Life

    Va. Tech puts a lot of effort into the satisfaction of their on-campus residents. People who live on-campus have the opportunity to become leaders within the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging. You have to be proactive in your own learning but the professors do really well at making huge classes interactive and fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what calculus is and don't overload yourself first semester with too many classes and activities.

    In three sentences

    Blacksburg is warm on cold days. The people here are really genuinely friendly and welcoming. Being a Hokie is awesome

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Beautiful campus. Great sports teams. Very friendly and caring people. Awesome academic school with so many majors to choose from.

  • 08/28/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be open. Be willing to change. College is a new experience no matter how old you are, and VT is a new experience for even the most experience student. Just be ready for anything.

    Bang for the buck

    While a little pricy for out of state students it is one of the best schools in the nation, so you would expect it. If you are passionate about your degree, than it is worth the money.

    Did enjoy being here

    The Campus is absolutely amazing. Everyone is so friendly and inviting. The atmosphere is open and welcoming. Virginia Tech is one of the most interesting places I have ever been.

    Did learn a lot

    I felt that the teaching staff was excellent. All of the professors and TA's were available and willing to help when needed. There are so many resources that it is hard not to learn a lot.

  • 12/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a quality education along with a strong athletics program. Students who would want a more friendly and close together student body rather than a split or cliquey one.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick the school that suits you best. If you are looking for that homely, close together feeling, then this is the place for you. This campus may seem large at first, but it is just like you thinking high school was big when you got there. Once you learn where your classes are and have walked a few times around, the campus will not seem big at all. Apply for as many scholarships as possible because it will help down the road for you and your parents. Lastly, study a lot stay on top of assignments and dates in order to make good grades and be a successful student in college.

    Bang for the buck

    Students definately get their moneys worth by being here. Eating the best food over all other campuses is worth the money. Students also get to enjoy playing at the recreational facilities and do other things this campus has to offer for your money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy every moment here. Most people here are friendly and easy to get along with so its easy to make new friends. Even though the town is small, there is always something happening on campus that will keep you busy while here. There are intramural sports and clubs for almost anything you can think of, and if you do not find one that suits you then you can make one up yourself to get passed for people to join.

    Am learning a lot

    This school offers an exciting and memorable learning experience. Some of my classes, such as World Regions is fun and I learn valuable information that I can apply to other things in college.

  • 12/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Become prepared and work hard in HS to get the grades. This incoming freshman class was the highest level of students academically, so it is proving to be harder to get in.

    Bang for the buck

    Great opportunities for different scholarships, loans, etc.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful! The school and campus are very big, so if that's what you are looking for, then perfect. The weather can be iffy at times, but other than that there is so much to do and get involved with!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are great and most are researchers, which give great opportunities for research jobs as an undergraduate, etc. Classes are stimulating and the campus is very high-tech.

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated students who will accept challenges and never quit in the middle of anything, open-minded students who can become a part of a multicultural community, honest students who can be trusted, and far-sighted students who have a general goal to reach for will do fairly well at Virginia Tech.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take challenging courses, such as Advanced Placement classes and magnet classes. The more challenging the class material and workload, the easier the academic transition to college will be. Visit the campus to get a good feel for Virginia Tech's buildings and services, and even a bit of Hokie spirit. Apply for Virginia Tech scholarships if any are available to incoming freshman, and complete scholarships from other trustworthy sources. Scholarships will help to ease the cost of college, regardless of whether or not you go to Virginia Tech.

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Tech is a good choice for in-state students such as myself, although it always helps to have scholarships to ease the costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    Life in college is very different from life in high school. College gives its students more freedoms than high school, and students can get a greater sense of independence in college than at home. In return, students must also accept more responsibilities as adults. Students are responsible for going to classes and completing homework, students are responsible for maintaining their well-being, students are responsible for managing their own time, and students are responsible for seeking help as needed, amongst innumerable other responsibilities. Students have to be careful taking on all these responsibilities, but if they do so successfully, they can enjoy high academic success, excellent extracurricular involvement, and a positive social interaction with other students. Achieving all three is very rewarding.

    Am learning a lot

    Although I am several years ahead of the math classes I am taking in college, the other courses are very challenging and educational. Even in lectures, the professors try to help students individually and get them adjusted to college studying, schedules, freedoms, responsibilities, etc. Lectures, recitations, and labs are not the only places to learn. Student clubs, organizations, and unions also provide many opportunities to learn about different interests, cultures, and opinions. The resident advisor will also be a valuable source of information as one adjusts to college life for the first time.

  • 11/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE! No really, we've got a little bit of everyone here. All kinds of races and ethnicities, even people from overseas, and then we've got majors from Dairy Science to Engineering to Theater Arts. Everyone can find a place here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep on top of all those deadlines. You don't want to miss a scholarship or any other opportunity because you didn't know. The website is very helpful to find almost anything you need to know. If it's not there, email someone...email is a biggie for communication.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a fairly expensive college, but you're paying for quality. In addition, there are tons of scholarships that the University gives out, and some are major specific.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do. If you don't see a club or group that you like out of our 600+, start your own!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors really know what they're talking about. They are involved in research projects while they're teaching, so they're learning just like us.

  • 12/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips would to be ALWAYS STUDY. Be prepared to study between classes; sometimes I feel like there's not enough time, and so much to do! Find a good bunch of friends around your dorm and in your classes (in case you miss) and definitely try one or two clubs/organizations because college isn't JUST about school; you have to have some fun too!

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Tech's tuition is definitely reasonable; heck for all that it offers, it's truly amazing. There is so much available to students other than hundreds of different classes; there is about 700+ clubs, so many intramural sports, two very awesome gyms, and so many other student programs and events that keep the community so awesome.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere here! Everyone is so friendly and happy, and it feels like such a tight and united community of students unlike other places. We're a huge football school, and during football season, EVERYONE gets into the spirit! I never liked those type of things in high school, but I absolutely love all the sporting events here and hanging out on the vast drillfield where people play sports, lounge, and (lately) have snowball fights!

    Am learning a lot

    I came into college having no idea what I wanted to study and what I wanted out of a higher education. But being here, I've had some of the most inspirational professors who have stimulated my desire to study out psychology. In biology, I've learned so much more about life and there is such a wide range of class here; next semester, I'll be taking classes like Greek and Roman Mythology, Music Appreciation, and Human Development! There is so much offered here.

  • 02/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I think that Virginia Tech is great for all types of students. There really is something for everyone and a niche that everyone can fall into.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell prospective students to give Virginia Tech a chance. It may seem overwhelming at first, the transition from high school to college, but it will definitely be worth it in the end. Do not worry if you begin to feel as if things are getting challenging because they will all play out in the end. Also, make use of all of the wonderful resources provided to you.

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Tech definitely provides you with bang for the buck. As far as a college education goes, Virginia Tech is offered for a relatively cheap price. Also, there are many amenities included in the price including public transportation, state of the art athletic facilities, and many student tickets for athletic events.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here at Virginia Tech. As a freshman, one is required to live on campus in the dorm in order to ease the transfer process. This has been an amazing experience as I have made so many new friends. There are so many clubs and activities one can join in order to make the college experience that much better.

    Am learning a lot

    Virginia Tech is a wonderful school. The professors are amazing and always willing to help. As a freshman coming from a small town I was nervous when I heard that many of the freshman classes had a head count of around 600 but the first day of classes changed that. I quickly learned that one could break the general idea of becoming a number and that I could remain a face. Virginia Tech has state of the art resources that aids the students to Invent the Future. I have learned so much here at Virginia Tech and know that I will continue to learn for the remainder of my time here.

  • 02/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Eager to learn and be the best at their career, students looking to further their studies after undergraduate school, who want to have fun and figure out what they want to do with the rest of the life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not pass up visiting before you come or apply. This is an awesome University, but get to know some of the other students who have lived here already because if you know what's around Blacksburg, Va can be a fun town.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a State University and his worth every penny. The price is competitive with most of the other Universities in Virginia and can be very affordable. The staff here are amazing and want to help their students as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love attending Virginia Tech. There is with no doubt any other place I'd like to be right now. The first aspect I noticed was how relaxed this campus was compared to the other universities I visited. I

    Am learning a lot

    This is a great University to learn with so many staff you are eager to help you. There are countless undergraduate research and internship opportunities here as well.

  • 04/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, architecture, anyone interested in research.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get involved as soon as you come to school. Tech is a big campus and it is easy to get lost in. However, if you come in and start getting involved right away it will be an amazing experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Tech is one of the cheaper schools in the state and has a comparable price to most. However, the opportunities to participate in undergraduate research is much more prevalent and pushed at Tech compared to other Virginia schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love being at Tech. The football games are incredible, being surrounded by thousands of students screaming and jumping to enter sand-man is a unique experience everyone should have. The people are very nice, the parties are good and there is always something to do. If it is nice out everyone will be on the drill field playing sports or laying out talking. Or people will go over to the river and go rafting. It is really a community atmosphere.

    Am learning a lot

    I have had many incredible professors who have opened up incredible opportunities such as studying abroad or working on undergraduate research. The teachers are always willing to help you when you need it and are willing to share their experiences with you. The opportunities to learn are not just in the classroom but also in the learning communities on campus and in the organizations.

  • 05/15/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Amazing

    Tips for prospective students

    Amazing

    Bang for the buck

    Amazing

    Will enjoy being here

    Amazing

    Will learn a lot

    Amazing

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    a bit pricey for out of state

  • 06/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is definitely best for engineering students, students who like the mountains and those who like to get involved in a lot of activities. The school is known for its outstanding engineering program and it can easily be seen as almost 40% of my freshman class were engineers. Tech is surrounded by the Blue Ridge mountains which are an amazing sight to see even though it does make the weather a bit crazy sometimes. Students who love to get involved will have no problem fitting in here as there are literally hundreds of different clubs and activities to take part in, everything from Model UN to innertube water polo can be found here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're coming here, you've made a great choice already so just remember a few key things before moving in. First of all, make sure you go for the upgraded bigger meal plan. The food here is so good that you can't help but run out with the smaller plan so the bigger one is definitely recommended. Secondly, when you get there make sure you go to as many events as you can fit into your schedule. This includes football games, basketball games, housing fairs and tons of free cookouts throughout the year. At almost every event there is sure to be free food and tons of other free stuff so it is definitely worth it. Also be sure to introduce yourself to as many people as possible, you can never have too many friends at college.

    Bang for the buck

    For out of state students such as myself, this can be a pretty costly school to go to. However, if one thing is sure, it is definitely worth every penny. Meeting students from every part of the world is just one advantage that makes this school so unique. Another major advantage is that many companies come to Tech looking for workers so on top of the excellent degree, especially in engineering, you will also almost certainly be lined up with a job before you even graduate.

    Am enjoying being here

    On campus can be a lot of fun, off campus can be a whole lot of fun. One of the best things about Tech is that there is always something to do for everyone. The party scene is amazing and can be a great time as long as you know how to handle yourself out there, but even on campus you can still enjoy yourself. Midnight volleyball at one of the many courts, late night movie nights until 3am and even just lounging on the drillfield are just some of the on campus events that offer a great time with the new friends you meet at school.

    Am learning a lot

    As an engineering major, the course load is always challenging and at times can be somewhat ridiculous. But as long as you put in the effort, you will learn more than you ever thought possible with Tech's vast amount of highly experienced professors in many fields of study. With options from sustainability to nanotechnology you will learn all about how these not only work but can be used together to invent the future. Best of all, that's just in the first semester. There is so much you learn not just from professors but from other students as well that makes the college experience so much more interesting.

  • 06/27/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your math skills are up there prior and at the same time at least aim for a 1680 on your SAT when applying just be yourself you don't have to write a formal essay make the person reading your essay and chuckle if not that tell them how unique your are be willing to take the SAT and ACT and be well rounded all wells email your academic counselor just to let them now hows things are going it will better your chances of getting into the school.

    Bang for the buck

    It's harder to go from High School to tech if your school isn't academically strong so the easiest way is to transfer but other that if you get in by all means if your an instate student your basically set for life.

    Will enjoy being here

    Don't get me wrong Blacksburg is pretty boring but Tech itself there is so much to do especially if you are an athelete well... minus the conditioning and what not and waking up earlier for morning practice and drills but tech the well right now the Second best food in the nation!!!!!!!! It's amazing there food will definitely make you grow.

    Will learn a lot

    Tech you will definately learn alot from the Teachers they are down to earth making you feel as if it a small class when you are in a large enviroment.

  • 07/20/2011

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    Will enjoy being here

    LOVE THE CAMPUS!GORGEOUS

    Will learn a lot

    Yes people seem very helpful here. Also the students seem pretty involved in their studies.

  • 07/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, agriculture, chemistry, liberal arts

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip for incoming students is to utilize every bit of the Virginia Tech website! With so many students on campus, it can sometimes take a while to hear back from your advisor about class scheduling, etc (especially if you are in a bigger major). However, I have been able to answer a large majority of my own questions just by looking on the Tech homepage or the specific pages for each department. There are a lot of resources on the website that students just aren't aware of, so before sending frantic emails to your advisor when you have a last minute question, take a look at the homepage!

    Bang for the buck

    Tech is absolutely a great investment for Virginia residents: for a four-year university, the in-state tuition is fairly affordable and worth every penny. However, from what I've heard from some of my out-of-state friends, the price is quite a bit higher. If you're looking for a quality education, though, I'd say that it is absolutely worth the extra cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    I was worried about living on campus because I was going to have a random roommate, but my roommate and hallmates have become my best friends on campus! One great thing about Tech is that there are so many people, you never have to worry about finding people that are interested in the same things as you are. Your new best friend could be living right next door!

    Academic Rigor

    At Virginia Tech, you can always be assured that your professors are going to be experts and have personal experience in the fields that they are teaching. Because it is a research-based university, the professors are doing their own research within their fields and are always up to date on the latest advancements. I have yet to meet a professor who was not, in my opinion, excellent in conveying the knowledge that they have gained.

  • 08/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Tech is a great school for all kinds of students because the student population is so large and well-rounded. You really can do almost anything you want. Anyone who has a good attitude and is ready to put in some effort really can go anywhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    I know that when I was a freshman at Virginia Tech, I wish someone would have convinced me to break out of my shell and branch out. My activities were very limited and I was intimidated by the large community. However, being active really does make the campus seem smaller, and it is a great way to socialize, make friends, and even build your resume.

    Bang for the buck

    You will be hard-pressed to find a school with as good value as Virginia Tech. There are so many prestigious programs at the school, including architecture, engineering, science, and more. It is a public school, so tuition is not as much as some private schools. In addition, Blacksburg has some of the lowest prices I've seen on groceries! No college is inexpensive. But Virginia Tech is a great investment into your future.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many qualities that make Virginia Tech provide an enjoyable college experience. The wonderful mountain scenery combined with marble grey Hokie Stone and auburn leaves in the fall will leave you mesmerized. There are so many activities to become involved in that you won't be able to choose which ones you like more. The dining halls on campus are extraordinary, of course, and they will entice you out of you dorm room, even on a blustery winter morning. Saturday football games are a fantastic way to spend a gorgeous afternoon with friends, food, and family. All-in-all, I would rate the campus experience an A+.

    Am learning a lot

    Virginia Tech is a wonderful educational school, not only through the quality of the equipment and classrooms, but also through the passion of the educators there. Every school has professors who are unorthodox, for lack of a better word, yet Virginia Tech has a large number of wonderful professors, teaching assistants, and administrators who truely care about the students. My organic chemistry professor used to help me over an hour after his office hours had ended because he wanted to make sure that I understood the concepts. These kinds of people make the best educators.

  • 12/03/2011

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    Will learn a lot

    I am looking forward to attending Virginia Tech. I moved to Blacksburg in July and I love this town!! I have accidentally found myself on campus several times and I must say I am in love with the look of the campus. It huge and beautiful!!

  • 12/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types of students can fit in at Virginia Tech. With 30,000 students you will be hard pressed to not find some friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard for the SAT's. Every grade is important when it comes to your high school transcript. Don't be lazy, challenge yourself. The admissions office doesn't want to see great grades in easy classes, but good grades in challenging ones. Make sure you visit the campus before deciding if it's absolutely what you want. If you're not a party-person, don't think that just because it's a big state university that that's all people do. You'll find a place to fit in.

    Bang for the buck

    Tech is pretty expensive. For the in-state student it's not too bad, but for those who are out of state it can be a difficult hurdle. It all depends on what you plan on majoring in if it will be worth the money to you. Architecture and Engineering fields for out of state students are worth it, as are other top fields at Tech, but some less specialized fields may be better to stay in-state and save your money.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are lots of clubs at Tech that you can get involved with. The sports are top-notch and football season brings the whole campus together (or can tear us all apart). The campus is absolutely beautiful and the food is great. The decision for me to go to Virginia Tech was made as soon as I set foot on the campus for the first time.

    Am learning a lot

    Virginia Tech has some great academics. The Curriculum forces you to take a little bit of everything so you find yourself becoming a well-rounded student. Depending on your major professors can be hit or miss, but that's to be expected anywhere. All in all, Virginia Tech is a great school to help start the rest of your life.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard working students who also love football and extracurriculars! Your peers will be diverse and motivated, but Hokies always lend a helping hand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Studying hard and knowing where to focus your energy will result in good grades. Also, communicating with older students will grant you the ability to learn from their mistakes.

    Bang for the buck

    VT is a great school, but I do not have much money to afford it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am extremely happy I chose VT!

    Am learning a lot

    I have enjoyed almost every class attended; aside from statistics.

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    The size is overwhelming, embrace it. Meet people, learn knew ideas, and get motivated.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to go into the military after college, engineers, mathematicians, and scientists.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study,study, and study. I didn't have the best study habits my freshmen year fall semester and had a rough time but will get better once I studied.

    Bang for the buck

    Can be expensive to some, but just right for others. Scholarships can help though.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many things to do from watching Tech football to just walking around the New River Valley Mall you won't be bored. If you want to do the Corps of Cadets it is a very rich experience and very useful if you want to go into the military.

    Am learning a lot

    There are many professors that enjoy teaching and will be there to help you if you need help, but there are some that won't help but there is only a select few and you can ask any student at Tech to see which professor is better.

  • 01/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The recent shooting of a police officer at Tech is a tribute to the effectiveness new VT Alerts system. Students were notified of an incident within minutes of it happening via text messages and e-mail, police from VT, Blacksburg, Montgomery County, the state, and nearby counties responded quickly as well and the campus was locked down until authorities were assured that the campus was safe again. Luckily, this is not something that happens often, and the campus is very calm and safe ordinarily.

    Greek Life

    About 30% of students at VT are involved in greek life, but of those who are, they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds of clubs, and if you can't find one that you think should be there, start one! VT Recsports also offers a wide variety of intramural sports teams and awesome group fitness classes. As a group fitness instructor, I can say that theses are among the best I have experienced at any gym I've attended.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    With the first snowfall of the schoolyear comes the epic snowball fight between the corp and the civilians (who live on opposite sides of the drillfield in the center of campus). We're talking about broken windows, broken bones, black eyes - epic. Other than that, most of the traditions revolve around our football team, which is equally awesome.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a very good school for in-state tuition, and if you can get a scholarship out of state to reduce the price to in-state tuition, even better! It's fun and educatioal and you will not be disappointed.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club or intramural sports team, a fraternity/sorority, go to parties with friends on the weekend, take a run/hike or bike mountain trails and go camping, check out books and movies from the library. Whatever is your thing, there are bound to be some among the 30,000 students who share an interest. We even have a quidditch team!

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech is #2 in the nation and #1 for public universities for dining.

    Dorm Life

    If you choose to go into theme housing, you are guaranteed other students with the same interests and classes as you and it can make starting off the year easier and more fun. Unless you apply to the Residential Leadership Community you will likely live in a traditional style dorm (probably without air conditioning), though if you live on campus as an upperclassmen, you have a better chance of living in suite-style housing with A.C. and a common room for each suite. Overall, the housing is good but not great, but the access to the gym and dining halls is nice, plus you always have people around you to go with.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be very hard depending on your major and the number of credit hours you are taking at any given time, but in general most students find it between a 3 and a 5 on a scale of 1 - 5.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check websites like koofers.com and talk to friends about teachers, because it can make a huge difference in how you approach and learn in a class. Keep on top of your work so you have time to hit the gym (great intramural sports and group fitness classes) during the week and hang out with friends on the weekend.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a college with a place for everyone, from liberal arts majors to engineering. Your college experience here is as rigorous or relaxed as you make it, and with so many people on campus and within the town of Blacksburg, you can't fail to find groups and friends with the same interests as you. It is fun and tough, but a good balance of both!

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the virginia tech campus has gotten some bad media attention lately. being a student here, however, i believe it to be one of the safest universities you could possibly attend. they have a student alert system to give students necessary information during an emergency as well as emergency towers all over campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    the clubs here at virginia tech number in the hundreds! i am only in one club here at school (sky diving club). however i have visited info sessions for a large amount of clubs and they are all fun and very interesting.

    Great for these types of students

    tech offers so many great programs. i believe this school is great for any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have a large pond on campus that runners jog around. i love coming here with friends to run. a great scenic place on campus that's always quiet and serene.

    Bang for the buck

    virginia tech is worth every penny. i'm getting an education that will one day lead to a bigger paycheck and i'm enjoying every day i'm here. its a great experience.

    What to do for fun

    there is plenty to do for fun on campus, almost too much to explain in this tiny response box. inter-mural sports teams and hundreds of clubs. war memorial is full of pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, walleyball courts and racquetball courts. there's so many things to do i'm sure anyone can find what they're looking for.

    Food and Dining

    virginia tech has a great reputation for their on campus dining. the dining halls don't only have a great atmosphere but are also extremely clean. the food itself, well, i cant really tell you how good it is because chances are you wouldn't believe me. just take my word, and if you ever tour the campus you have to eat at the dining halls!

    Dorm Life

    i cant stress enough how great dorm life is. the living conditions are clean and very well kept. in addition on campus housing is extremely close to all the dining halls, so whenever you want to eat its walking distance away.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes here are tough, but worth it. virginia tech is a highly recognized state college. tough classes are just a consequence of a good education.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to buckle down and get focused freshman year! you definitely want to give yourself a good start on four years of schooling. also virginia tech campus is fairly spread out. make sure to dress appropriately for the weather and go out and buy an umbrella, trust me.

    In three sentences

    virginia tech was not my first choice of university, however being here two years has been the best experience of my life! from the incredible dining to the great on campus living conditions, attending virginia tech was one of the best choices i've made.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    pulling the fire alarm during 2 degree weather doesn't cease to amaze those of pritchard hall.

    Food and Dining

    having a vast variety of choices to choose from, the dining halls here are sure to please everyone.

    Dorm Life

    from community to suite style living, the residents as well as the resident advisors make dorm living worth the anticipation.

    Academic Rigor

    although it may seem a little hard here i guarantee if you stay on top of your game you'll leave this school smarter than you may have thought you were.

    Tips for prospective students

    come here with an open mind. broaden your horizons. don't be afraid to change.

    In three sentences

    attending virginia tech provides a great experience, especially for those outside of the northern region of the u.s. the professors here provide over the top quality of education and support. it is something that's worth trying.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    go to squires!

    Tips for prospective students

    i definitely recommend this school. their application process is simple and the academics are impeccable. spend time on your application and show them how much you want to attend their college.

    In three sentences

    it's a beautiful campus and easy to get around. the employees are helpful in the admissions office. the student environment is the most enjoyable experience i've been through.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i feel very safe walking on campus at night because everyone is friendly and supportive. there are police officers all around campus that keep you safe. there is a service called safe ride that can give you rides at night if you don't feel comfortable walking in the dark.

    Greek Life

    there are so many great fraternities and sororities on campus. you will find one that fit in with and you will meet new friends right away. fraternities and sororities are among the most involved on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    you can find a club for anything you are interested in. if you are sporty, there are clubs and teams for every type of sport such as soccer, lacrosse, football, tennis, and many more. there are clubs for every major as well.

    Great for these types of students

    virginia tech has every type of student. there are people who are great at math and science, so they become engineering majors. there are athletes who major in hnfe and designers who major in fashion merchandising. virginia tech has a lot of diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are people who do interesting activities on the drill field. there are people who will walk on stilts and play quidditch. also, during the winter, there is a big snowball fight between civilians and cadets.

    Bang for the buck

    down town is so close to campus; you can walk there in 15 minutes if you were on the other side of campus. there are so many great restaurants there that will satisfy anyone's cravings. you can find a theater there that plays new movies.

    What to do for fun

    you can join a sorority or fraternity, which will provide you the opportunity to instantly meet hundreds of new people. there are many professional fraternities for certain majors and honor societies. if you are into sports and clubs, there are clubs and teams for anything you could think of.

    Food and Dining

    there are so many great dining centers on campus. you can get any type of fast food, but there is also fresh and healthy options as well. there is a place that is open until 2:00am for those of you that stay up late!

    Dorm Life

    some dorms are nicer than others. it is a great opportunity to meet life long friends. open your door and let people introduce themselves to you and do the same to others.

    Academic Rigor

    academic rigor may depend on your major. engineering classes will be harder than liberal arts classes. you will have to study no matter what though.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved as soon as you get here. don't be afraid to try out new things and meet new people. just don't forget to prioritize your time and study hard!

    In three sentences

    virginia tech students have the most school spirit i have ever seen. the campus is beautiful and unique. there are so many clubs and organizations to join.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    i love our greek life. we are very involved in the community, leadership positions, and each other's philanthropies. there's a sorority or fraternity for everyone!

    Dorm Life

    i really like our residence halls. there are many different types of residence halls for all budgets.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you have a learning disability, i recommend looking elsewhere. all math courses are self-taught online and there is not much help for those with disabilities in math.

    In three sentences

    virginia tech has a very supportive and loving community feeling. it has rigorous academics and many opportunities for getting involved.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    even though bad things have happened here, i have never felt unsafe walking alone and night or any other time.

    Greek Life

    a lot of people love the greek organizations they are in but it isn't a huge part of campus life so if you don't join thats totally normal too.

    What to do for fun

    if your under 21 there are always plenty of apartment parties doing on. if your over 21 downtown is a lot of fun too. there are also plenty of beautiful hiking trail near by and great outdoor activities. oh and of course football games!

    Food and Dining

    best food ever! everyone has a meal plan wether they live on campus or not, the food is seriously amazing.

    Dorm Life

    it was fun freshman year but i would never do it again. all dorms have a sink which is nice so you don't have to walk to the bathroom to brush your teeth. ra's are not that strict.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on your major. classes are hard but manageable. engineers have a ridiculous amount of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are not from virginia beware that most everyone you meet will have 3 or more friends from high school. get involved right away, most clubs start in the first 2 weeks, if you don't join then you will regret it.

    In three sentences

    virginia tech is a great school both socially and academically, all the students are very friendly and most of the professors are great. blacksburg has a very inviting atmosphere, the only down side being the cold weather.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are a lot of security features set in place on campus (cell phone alerts, emergency stations all over campus, etc.), and i've never felt unsafe here because of them.

    Bang for the buck

    virginia tech is a little pricey in comparison to other in-state schools, but being a research institute, it offers a lot more intriguing opportunities than most schools.

    What to do for fun

    sometimes it gets a little boring being out in the country, but you can always find something to do in blacksburg, and worst case scenario there's always a bus that runs to christiansburg on the weekends.

    Dorm Life

    there's a lot of ra's and police officers always walking around the dorms, but as long as you don't do anything stupid and do what they ask, you should be fine. they are only there for your safety.

    Academic Rigor

    virginia tech is more than regurgitation:, you will be challenged and you must study.

    Tips for prospective students

    make the most of the opportunities that you are given! your gpa might be mediocre, but it's the experiences that count.

    In three sentences

    virginia tech offers great research and educational opportunities. they do an excellent job informing their students on the various opportunities, and make it as simple as possible to be able to participate in these opportunities. there is always something available for every interest.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    i absolutely love all of the food and the selections. it tastes awesome and fills you up.

    Academic Rigor

    i do not know because i do not go here.

    In three sentences

    though i do not attend this school, i have visited it several times. it is absolutely stunning and easy to navigate once you get used to the location of all the buildings. both the concert and marching bands are spectacular, too.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Virginia Tech offers many extracurricular activities, yet I've always found myself getting to know the city of Blacksburg in terms of fun, from hiking to the Cascades, to canoeing down the New River, to taking a day's trip to Floyd for some fine dining.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining here is more than wonderful; never anything to complain about.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was acceptable.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics here are challenging... theoretical but also allow for a hands-on approach to learning, thus enhancing understanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage students to not work there first year of college. I also encourage students that aren't aware of that which they wish to do, to experiment, to talk to professors, and get to know the majors they are interested in. Lastly, I would suggest these students attempt to find the major and degree path in which they love and can truly envision themselves on this path in the future.

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing university, specifically for architecture and engineering. I find that I am becoming well-equipped to apply all that I have and will still learn. I feel I am becoming prepared to address the problems of today's architecture in hopes for the future.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Good.

    Greek Life

    Available.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tech offers all the usual clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Tech has something for everyone. It is great for those willing to work for a great education and for those who want the excitement of big time football. It is in a rural environment and it also offers the Corps of Cadets.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go Hokies.

    Bang for the buck

    Tech is a good value for in-state students. It is substantially more for out-of-staters. And there a not a lot of scholarships available to out-of-staters.

    What to do for fun

    Attend football games and any other sporting events. Hiking is available nearby. Go to Rita's for frozen custard.

    Food and Dining

    D-2 offers all you can eat which is great if you like to eat and allows you to get food quicker. There are many dining choices with lots of options and the food is great.

    Dorm Life

    I have been lucky to be able to stay on campus, but housing is only guaranteed to freshmen. They say that RA's get everybody involved in activities, but that isn't really true - no real dorm activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of work but worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be overwhelmed by the size of the college. The campus is easy to get around and Blacksburg loves the college. Plan on investing in orange and maroon clothes.

    In three sentences

    I am very happy that I chose to attend Virginia Tech. The education is first rate (architecture especially is always highly ranked) and the campus and surroundings are beautiful. The opportunity to watch Division 1 Athletics is also great.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Good...now.

    Great for these types of students

    All, I guess?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You are allowed to drink alcohol on campus during football game days (tailgating).

    Bang for the buck

    4 stars.

    What to do for fun

    Football games are the main event in Blacksburg. Bars if you're over 21 can be fun too. Outdoors activities if you like that stuff.

    Food and Dining

    3-4 stars depending where you eat.

    Academic Rigor

    Good academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the small town life. Get involved with others.

    In three sentences

    Expensive if you are out of state. Small town vibe, so be sure that;s what you like. Excellent education.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ever since the incident on April 16th, the school has done everything in its power to ensure that the students are safe. The only way that students are able to access their dorm is by using their ID card to unlock the door. Each students ID card is only able to unlock the doors to their dorm. Also, any time a crime is committed, the school sends out an alert within the hour notifying every student about all of the details of the incident. Despite the history of this school, I have always felt extremely safe and secure at Virginia Tech.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 700 different clubs and organizations at Virginia Tech so get involved as soon as possible!

    Great for these types of students

    A great school for students looking for a quality education and a great time.

    Bang for the buck

    In-State or Out of State, Virginia Tech is definitely worth every penny.

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech has the highest ranked dining halls in the nation. They currently have four major dining halls to eat from along with other small restaurants around campus. From peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to lobster dinners, students will have a large variety of food choices that will leave them both stuffed and satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    The quality of the dorm rooms vary, but it should not be too much of a deciding factor in choosing a college. The dorm that I lived in freshman year was definitely not one of the nicest dorms on campus, but I didn't care because I met so many great people in that dorm. I'm living on campus again next year and even though I don't know which dorm i will be living in, I am extremely excited to get to meet new neighbors and make new friends. Dorm life can be as good or as bad as you want it to be.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are challenging, but that's to be expected in college. Most of the teachers are very knowledgeable and even if a class might seem extremely difficult, I can guarantee that students will gain a new appreciation for the subject matter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should definitely try to get involved in school activities as soon possible. Joining clubs and organizations is one of the easiest ways to meet new people. Usually at the beginning of the school year Virginia Tech holds an event where most of the school organizations set up small booths on campus so that students can find new clubs to get involved in.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love everything about Virginia Tech! The classes are challenging but rewarding and all of the students there are so warm and welcoming. I just finished my first year at Virginia Tech and I cant wait to go back to my home away from home.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hiking, Canoeing, Swimming, Camping, Movies, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Virginia Tech, is absolutely amazing. With numerous awards, The schools dining services is rated one of the best in the world. Outside of campus their are also various dining areas with quality food at affordable prices for the average college student.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life provides students with the opportunity to meet fellow students, to be able to learn in a friendly environment with others. It not only provides success in the classroom, but it also gives students the ability to be more tolerant and understanding of people different from them. Dorm life is basically a safe and welcoming environment to a college student, it is an opportunity that a college student should experience for at least one semester of his/her college carreer.

    Academic Rigor

    Virginia Tech academics is extremely challenging, it allows students to be open minded and to work to the best of their ability. It takes dedication to succeed on the academic level here.

    Tips for prospective students

    To be a Hokie, it takes dedication in the classroom, as well as in the community itself. It takes determination to be a contributing member in the Hokie community, from scholarship to community service

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is without a doubt one of the world most technologically advanced universities. Being a research school, Virginia Tech offers real life knowledge outside of the classroom aspect. Not only is the school itself excellent, but the students are extremely gifted.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although there have been two isolated events on the Tech campus, for the most part the campus is a very safe one. The school makes up the town of Blacksburg so you only encounter students when walking around.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many sports clubs teams at Tech.

    What to do for fun

    Tech has great intramural sports. At any point of the year at least 30 of your friends will be asking you to play on one of their teams. Their McComas Hall is a great gym as well. On the weekends there are always parties going on. In addition to that, it's always a great time going to see Hokie Football games.

    Food and Dining

    Tech has recently been ranked number 1 and is always ranked among the top 3 schools in the nation every year for their on campus dining. West End dining hall is one of the many food courts, and definitely the best one I've been too on any school campus. There you can get steaks, lobster, burgers, salads, wraps and anything else you can think of.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at this school vary. There are plenty of suite-style dorms and there are plenty of older dorms with not very great accommodations.

    Academic Rigor

    The School of Engineering at Tech is a very prestigious one, and they pride themselves on that. As an engineering student you always have work to be done. Although some of it may be busy work, most of it is very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are an engineering student, make sure you take all of your classes seriously. Many students become friends with the business students and start mimicking their work ethic, which will not work with engineering coarse load.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech, is a beautiful campus located in the middle of no where. The students of Tech are great people and make it a very enjoyable place. Your 4 years here will fly by!

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Great College

    In three sentences

    I can't wait to attend Virginia Tech and become a Hokie. I've wanted to attend Virginia Tech for the longest time and I worked really hard to get the best grades possible. I plan on working really hard to get the best grades possilbe and to enhance my own future.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Believe it or not but VT is actually one of the safest campuses. Since the 4/16 shooting in 2007 the university has implemented multiple policies and emergency action plans as well as update all security in all buildings.

    Greek Life

    Our greek life is not like other greek organizations at other schools. Our greek life makes an effort to break the stereotype and give back to the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is seriously something for EVERYONE

    Great for these types of students

    If you are outgoing and not afraid to be open to diversity then VT is for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The drillfield is the epicenter of campus! other than Lane stadium on game days..

    Bang for the buck

    Yes VT is worth every penny!!

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous clubs and organizations on campus and there's always an event going on the drillfield. We have 2 awesome gyms, 2 big pools, and a field house. There is also the student center which has a break zone and bowling alley. There is also fun things to do in downtown Blacksburg with all the little shops and pubs.

    Food and Dining

    The BEST!!! VT has the best on-campus dining in the country!

    Dorm Life

    Really small, old dorm rooms with NO AC! I'd recommend you to dish out the $$ to get into the brand new AC dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Our Engineering majors are really really hard! but very rewarding since most of our graduates get jobs before they graduate. As a pre-physical Therapy student, the work load is manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take into consideration the class size. If you are a one-on-one learner then you'll have to be your own advocate and seek out help. Use the campus resources! They are all there to help you!

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a large school with an even bigger heart. This school has the most school spirit than any other school! Like out stellar athletic program, our academics are top notch!

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't for everyone, but for those that are interested in it we have over 40 different fraternaties and sororities to join. As a member of AOE I can say that I love Greek Life and all of its fun aspects.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many things to do at Tech, you can join the rugby team, the scooter club, the photography club, you name it, Tech has it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The civillian vs Corps Snowball fight is held every year on the drillfield after the first snow has fallen. It's great to watch and even more fun to participate in!

    What to do for fun

    There are a million clubs, sports, recreational activities and greek life organizations to get involved in. There is never a boring moment at Tech.

    Food and Dining

    We have the number 2 best food in America as far as colleges go. Say goodbye to that freshman 15 and hello to West Ends famous steak and lobster.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms for the most part are nice. There isn't any air conditioning in most though so summers are pretty terrible.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Tech are difficult, but the knowledge that you learn is totally worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit Tech before you accept your admission. The campus is big, but has a small town feel and not everyone likes that feeling. Tech has over 300 clubs and activities to join so GET INVOLVED!

    In three sentences

    Tech is one of the best colleges I have ever been to. The students and staff are amazing and nice. There are tons of things to do on campus and life is never boring.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. I also know of so many options for those who may not always feel safe. The campus police are always just a short phone call away.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many groups to chose from! You'll definitely be able to find somewhere you belong. Clubs have certainly made all the difference in my experience.

    What to do for fun

    Footballll!!!!! Parties :) and meeting new people

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. We have 7 dining halls I think, that all serve excellent food. You have to try it!

    Dorm Life

    Love it! I have met some amazing people. Within my first year I have met friends that I know will be there for the rest of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a science major, so yeah it's challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit! You'll immediately fall in love with the beautiful campus and the friendly people.

    In three sentences

    I love Virginia Tech. It is certainly the school for me and I could not imagine myself anywhere else. I would recommend that everyone consider joining the welcoming Hokie family.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    House shows.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices, and good for college budgets.

    Dorm Life

    Typical college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging. It's nice too to actually have discussions, and it's clear that VT is filled with intelligent students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really check out Blacksburg and all it has to offer.

    In three sentences

    Big is not always better. Lots of opportunities, but easy to get lost in the large majors. Blacksburg is awesome.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel comfortable on campus, but even if you don't police will escort you anywhere if you call and ask them to.

    Greek Life

    Pretty small.

    Clubs and Activities

    Equestrian Club has changed my life--make sure you get involved in a club that will change yours, you can't go wrong with any of the clubs on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    Every!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you need a good, quiet place to study, head on over to Torg bridge.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely wonderful academics and opportunities for a state school!

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of outdoorsy opportunities around VT if that's your thing. If not, learn to love the small downtown area!

    Food and Dining

    Food is AMAZING. That's all I can say!

    Dorm Life

    Apply to a theme housing situation that appeals to you, it helps you make friends with your interests!

    Academic Rigor

    The Engineering program is tough, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a fan!! The first few weeks will be hot for sure, but make sure you get outside and meet people then; it is the best time to make friends! Don't be afraid to ask questions, either!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Virginia Tech. I was nervous going to such a big school since I came from a small private school, but the transition could not have been easier. Go Hokies!

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VT is a really safe campus. Security is very good. You shouldn't be scared of Tech.

    Great for these types of students

    Bold, energetic, and outgoing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FOOTBALL!

    What to do for fun

    Always good parties on the weekends. Outdoors activities are wonderful in Blacksburg. Just driving around with friends and exploring is the best though.

    Food and Dining

    VT has excellent food. Many organic and veggie options are available. Sunday nights will be busy though!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is always different. You must get used to have a roommate. Set rules and guidelines during the first month whether you think you will need them or not!

    Academic Rigor

    Many freshman classes are very difficult. The classes are challenging to intimidate new students. These classes are best taken at community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club or organization in your second semester once you have had a chance to meet people and explore the options Tech has to offer. Get out of the dorm and enjoy the campus. Apply to the RLC.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a large campus. It has many opportunities. Research is a major part of the academia.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Virginia Tech has the blue light system

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping to Enter Sandman at the beginning of every football game

    What to do for fun

    Fun activities on the drillfield; Shop on Main Street; Eat in town; Volleyball; Picnic; Hike the Cascades, and much much more

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech has the best college food I have ever tasted. There are so many different options and the hours the dining halls are open are very reasonable

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are newly refurbished and redone... others are not.

    Academic Rigor

    Some majors demand more out of their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the beautiful campus. You will see the awesome hokie stone that most of the buildings are made with

    In three sentences

    Great school for all types of people. Always something to do. The school spirit and community is absolutely great.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As an architecture student I was out at all hours, and even as a female walking back from studio at 3-4 am, I never once felt insecure about my safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved! It's so easy to do so, and as a freshman it was an easy way to network. And as soon as you get to know a few people, the campus gets a lot smaller.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are majoring in anything mechanical are should look at tech, along with those who value the campus setting. Tech is very beautiful, but it is in Blacksburg, so there is no city setting about it.

    Bang for the buck

    For a D1 school, the tuition is really good compared to many other schools.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many places to go, we have a variety of trails to do anything outdoorsy. Also tech has so many clubs and activities that you can find anything you would be interested in, and if they don't, you can make your own.

    Food and Dining

    BEST FOOD EVER. We're nationally ranked for a reason.

    Dorm Life

    I personally lived in the honors dorm, and I had the best experience I could have possibly imagined. Some of my best friends are the people on the hall I lived with. We really did become a family and even as a returning sophomore I'm going to live in the dorms again.

    Academic Rigor

    The adjustment from high school to college was present, although you expect it because you are told all they way from orientation that it'll be different. If you time manage, and really work hard, it shouldn't be a problem at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions. It's so common for mutual friends to talk and figure out things you don't know of. The people at tech make it so easy for you to move forward because you have people who will let you learn from their mistakes.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech has offered me the absolute best bundle of college life I could have ever expected. I am enrolled in one of the best programs in the country with a huge campus but small community feel. Although I have only been here a year, I feel as if Blacksburg is my permanent home, and I can't wait to get back!

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    In the past few years alone, VT has stepped up security and has an immediate alert system along with security marks throughout campus equipped with immediate police responding buttons.

    Clubs and Activities

    If I listed all the available clubs and activities you would already have had time to graduate... Twice.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VT is made up of what's called Hokie Stone, a beautiful stone used on the buildings that is unique to the college.

    What to do for fun

    Blacksburg is not THE town, however, there are plenty of things to amuse yourself with. Malls, movies, clubs, endless shops and quirky places, hiking, fishing, and many many more recreational activities. This is not to mention the uncountable number of clubs, yoga shops, gyms, and frozen yogurt shops!!

    Food and Dining

    The. Food. Is. Scrumptious. VT is voted number two in the state (behind a private culinary school, go figure), and number one in public colleges. They have everything you could imagine and then some.

    Dorm Life

    In my case I was accepted to the Residential Leadership Community which offers suite-style dorms with walk in closets. On the other hand I could be staying in a closet-sized room with zero air-conditioning sharing a bathroom with thirty other kids. While those rooms are adequate and everything is kept spotless... It's obvious what everyone's first choice would be. As long as you motivate yourself there are awesome dorm opportunities or just the standard dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Every college has rigorous programs, and every college offers the ability to fail out or slide by. Virginia Tech is no different.. It has amazing, innovative courses that will set you on a high-track to job employment. Or you could lose focus and flunk out, or just barely slide by and not utilize your education. Honestly it's your choice to make it as rewarding as possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, stay on track, and have a little fun. Virginia Tech has a cornucopia of opportunities - there will always be SOMETHING to keep you busy. As long as you don't lose your focus on the parts that matter.. It will be an amazing college experience.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is not only a school: it's a home. Their Hokie Spirit is undeniable, and extremely influential. You will not feel like an outsider at this school, once you're enrolled you will feel as if your family has just tripled.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Forget everything you've heard about this place being unlucky and unsafe. I've never had a problem or felt more safe in my 3 years.

    Greek Life

    Yes, yes, yes.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of intermural sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone, very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Snowball fight between Cadets and dorm people.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state wise, expensive. It rises every year, but they are good with financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, football games, basketball, that's about it. There's always something to do but don't expect to go shopping.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing. Can't wait for Turner Place to open next year!

    Dorm Life

    Loved it, stayed for two years. Upperclassmen dorms are close and clean and pretty large. Expensive though.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, and what you put into it, it's all different. It varies significantly on the effort you are putting forth.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all opportunities. Intern. Work. Be involved.

    In three sentences

    I love this school so much and I'm so sad I have to graduate this year, I wish I could stay forever! The food, the people, the sports, the teachers, the facilities, it's all amazing!

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    I really hope to make it into the Engineering program because it is known to be the most outstanding, and I got to see the technology that they have and was extremely impressed.

    In three sentences

    I LOVED this school when I visited. It is beautiful, the academics are great, and the food is good. The students were extremely friendly.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Virginia Tech has one of the most advanced college campus safety systems out there. In the event of an emergency, you receive almost every form of communication possible to alert you and give you directions on how to proceed... IE- text message, emails, phone calls to you and your parents.

    Greek Life

    I'm not currently involved in Greek life, but I've been told that there is a sorority or fraternity out there for everyone at Tech!

    Clubs and Activities

    Tech offers a variety of clubs and activities to participate in extracurricularly, from a cappella groups to intramural sports; there is even a Quidditch club!

    Great for these types of students

    ANY! Tech is such a big and diverse community, and that's part of what I love about it! Also, VT's architecture, veterinary, and engineering programs are nationally acclaimed, so consider coming here if you have any particular interest in either of those three subjects.

    Bang for the buck

    College is costly at any rate now a days. Tech offers so many opportunities to receive scholarships and offer financial assistance whether through work study programs, other on campus job opportunities or scholarships offered through your major.

    What to do for fun

    The BreakZONE Rec Center- Underground bowling, billiards, table tennis, arcades, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Tech's dining services were voted #1 in the country! What other colleges offer Lobster and Fillet Mignon on a daily basis?

    Dorm Life

    Get involved early- apply for a living learning community. I was accepted into the RLC (Residential Leadership Community) and they get the nicest dorms on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    From what I hear, it all depends on the courses you take. Your professor enhances your experience in the class, but the exams, quizzes, and tests end up having about equal difficulty; http://www.koofers.com/virginia-tech-vt/ is a great professor and class review site!

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus. You'll learn so much about the traditions and lives of VT students that are entirely unique to many other college campuses.

    In three sentences

    My new college is more than just a school campus, it is a community. Virginia Tech's community is considered to be one of the world's most diverse college campuses. The students here hold up to the school's motto, ut prosim (Latin for, so that I may serve), through their tireless effort to put others before themselves, truly embodying the spirit of community.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    A lot! Check Virginia Tech's channel on YouTube!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply, even if your GPA is not so great. Be sure to write a good essay in which has to emerge your personality. Be yourself!

    In three sentences

    Multicultural environment All the staff always answered to all my questions! They made a great job! Excellent architecture program

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Due to past events campus safety is at an all time high and police responses are unbelievable.

    Greek Life

    Not really into it but it is there.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many activities to take part in that it is easy to find a fit for your personality.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have a certain spot that I find relaxing between classes because it is off the main walkways between classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Can't get a better education for cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends mostly and taking part in sports in the quads.

    Food and Dining

    Nothing beats the food at West End.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are cool and if you get stuck next to some one who blasts music all day you won't be able to ignore it.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering there isn't easy but it is a great system they have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the fun of college keep you from studying. If you just fleeted by in high school you will find yourself being extremely taxed by the work in college.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school just based of the atmosphere alone. I thoroughly enjoy my time there and can't wait to get back.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to count

    Great for these types of students

    outgoing community involved and people who want to learn and have fun at the same time

    What to do for fun

    The campus is filled with thousands for activities. There is always something going on which i have realized through my many visits to campus. There is an activity for every type of person.

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech is known for its amazing food! It brings a new meaning to freshman fifteen.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't experienced it myself yet,but I'm sure i will love it in two months when i move in.

    Academic Rigor

    Although i have not started attending yet I'm sure Virginia Tech has the curriculum to challenge its students with out overwhelming them there first year.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think this is one of the best schools to apply to in Virginia. Making it your decision to become a part of this community will not be a mistake. Just make the best of your decision and pick the place that you can see yourself a part of for the next four years.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech it the perfect school for me. Being on campus feels like home and the school spirit is all around you. I can't wait to attend and make Virginia Tech my new home!

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is incredibly safe, the VT police are around all the time, and we have these posts stationed all around campus where if you press a button, a blue light will begin to flash and the VT police will come to your location and take/escort you to wherever you need to go!

    Greek Life

    We have a huge variety. A good chunk of the student body participates in Greek life, but there are many people who choose not to.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many options! And if you can't find one you like, you can make one!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of our biggest traditions is when the football team enters, the play Enter Sandman. Everybody starts jumping, and you don't stop until the whole team makes it in. It is such an adrenaline rush, and it is one of those things that you can only truly experience in Hokie Nation.

    What to do for fun

    The extracurricular activity choices are infinite. You can join many different clubs, intramural sports, club sports, and Greek life. And if they don't have a club you life, all you need is yourself and two friends to go and make a club! Night life in Blacksburg really thrives on the weekend, and football season is always a huge plus. We Hokies love our football.

    Food and Dining

    Our food is fantastic. There are multiple halls to choose from, with a new one opening this fall (2012). The choices are endless, and every place has something different everyday. There are plenty of vegetarian options too!

    Dorm Life

    Everybody has a different take on dorm life, but I think it is a very good thing to do. It really exposes you to more people, and none of the residence halls are terrible. You also feel very safe with the swiping to get into the buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    Going from a high school work load to a college work load creates challenges anywhere, but here it can be harder than most, especially if you are an engineer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up in school, and challenge yourself with hard classes. It really pays off during your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    The university is one of the friendliest campuses I have ever set foot on, and you never feel unwelcome. The school's motto, Ut Prosim, is truly lived by the students here, and that makes a huge difference. The academics are rigorous, but it pays dividends in the end.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I know you all have heard about the big disaster. Yes, it happened. But it could happen anywhere. Because it happened at VT, now they have really raised the bar for safety regulations, and this is probably one of the safest places to be, now. VT alerts is super fast and efficient, you will know if anything is going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you want. Really. There's all kinds of stuff to do, just ask around. Plus there is a club fair every year and you can sign up for stuff.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone going into Engineering (especially) or Math, Science, Business, or Architecture, or Farming. Plus if you want to be in the Corp Cadets - this is one of the very few places in the country that has an official program. It is legitimate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you haven't been to a football game, you haven't lived.

    Bang for the buck

    Seriously, check it out. If you live in VA, this is the best deal in the world, tuition is awesome. Not too high. It is average for out-of-state, but it is still worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There's all kinds of stuff to do in Blacksburg - movies, food, entertainment, plus hundreds of clubs to join. If a club you want doesn't exist - just make one. How about joining the Quidditch team?

    Food and Dining

    You won't get better food anywhere in the country. How about an all-you-can-eat buffet of Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, salads, fruits, desserts (ice cream too), Chinese food, vegetarian food, pizza and pasta, burritos and tacos, omelets, sandwiches, cereal, rotisserie chicken... and this is the worst one on campus.

    Dorm Life

    It's college. The campus is wonderful, and you usually are matched up with a decent roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    All the many, many majors are challenging, especially the engineering and architecture majors. In most engineering fields, there are more job offers than graduating students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember always to visit the campus you might be attending. It will be your home for a long time - you'd better like it.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is perfect for anyone pursuing a science, engineering, math, or business degree! The campus is beautiful, the people friendly, and overall it just feels like home.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never felt unsafe on campus. It is a small campus and there are hardly any roads through it (the only ones are for the bus lines). You really don't see anyone but students and teachers on campus.

    Greek Life

    Lots of people join a sorority or fraternity. Odds are you will know people who are a part of one but you certainly won't be outcast if you don't join one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are endless opportunities but you have to research them yourself to find them.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, enthusiastic. Students who like sports and drinking but who will put effort in in the classroom.

    Bang for the buck

    Tech can provide a great education and experience if you take advantage of it. It is reasonable tuition, comparatively, and there are many opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Anything involving the Hokie name. Sports, greek life, even volunteer events are huge at Tech.

    Food and Dining

    The food is incredible. West End is fantastic and there are a ton of options. I actually miss the food there.

    Dorm Life

    Very typical. They are big and dirty but it is definitely livable for a year (all that is required). The proximity to classes is incredibly convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends. You can get by with doing very little in the large (huge) classes, but you won't get good grades. No one will hold your hand and if you don't put in the effort then you will not do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    You honestly have to pursue internships and extracurricular opportunities on your own. No one will hand you anything. For some people this is great but it's not for everyone. If you don't put in effort to meet people and make opportunities for yourself then you will likely feel very lost.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a school for people who want to be part of a very, very emphatic student body. 99% of students absolutely love it there. In my experience, this often results in preference being given to sports and extracurriculars over academics.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Hokie spirit lives in every student that has ever walked on campus. everyone on campus is connected by a mysterious bond that pulls people together.

    Food and Dining

    The food is top in the country. All other collages I've been to can not compare to the food at Virginia tech.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm is mt home away from home. Everything I could ever need i can find. Life is good.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not stepped on campus for classes yet, but the stories i have heard of how prepared i will need to be i hope has gotten my ready for the experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Incoming students should expect to check the status of all incoming information daily. If the student does this then there is nothing to worry about.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech has been very cooperative with the whole application process. The only thing that I wish was a little easier to navigate is the Hokiespa website. Other than that my experience with Virginia Tech has been incredible enjoyably.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on campus is good and police get sent out quickly. They also have a very useful phone alert system.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have clubs and activities for almost anything and the clubs themselves are nice and inviting.

    Great for these types of students

    There is something for everyone here so everyone should feel comfortable here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are too many to mention here but once you become part of Virginia Tech you learn about all of them very quickly.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is worth every penny since Virginia Tech is such a good school.

    What to do for fun

    If you can think of an activity there is a guaranteed chance it is taking place on campus. Also, the city of Blacksburg has clubs and other places to hang out at.

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech has some of the best food and all of it is very cheap and affordable with the campus meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    All of residents of the dorms get together well and I have not seen fighting between them. The dorm feels like a home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    Overall the classes can be difficult though I am a Mechanical Engineering student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know for a fact what college you want to get into because it can be hard to get into them.

    In three sentences

    It is a very nice and tight knit community where everyone feels like a large family. The classes are good and the majority of the teachers are good.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is currently among the best in the country. The school definitely prides itself on implementing many new safety precautions for their students.

    Great for these types of students

    Great school for any type of student, as it has something to offer for everyone. It is a fabulous school for school spirit and unity on campus. The pride at this school is infectious!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hokie Nation!

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Tech is definitely a great deal for the money you spend to get a college education. They offer so many opportunities that students can take advantage of that other schools priced much higher do not offer.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 50 different activities/sports/clubs/groups that are available to join at any given time! Virginia Tech has so much to offer! Football IS the best!

    Food and Dining

    The food is the second best in the nation! It could not be any better!

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY!

    In three sentences

    This school is incredible! It has enthusiastic and dedicated students, professors and alumni! All of my needs are met at this school without ever leaving the campus!

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    More than you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart, determined students who still enjoy having fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive, especially for out of state, but definitely worth it.

    Food and Dining

    Cochrane Hall is the best dinig facility in the nation.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough school, especially if you are interested in engineering, but the teachers make sure you understand the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely eat at Macados and Cabo Fish Taco

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football Games!

    Food and Dining

    Food is the best in the nation! Lots of options with 4 major and countless smaller dining halls, constantly serving into the late hours!

    Dorm Life

    No A/C is a drag, but a lot of the newer buildings are excellent!

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering program is definitely a challenge, but worth it in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take early classes, it will help you be more productive!

    In three sentences

    Football is great! Engineering is difficult, but worth it. Campus is beautiful and fun to be on.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All hours of the day and night the Campus police are around in cars, on bikes, and even on foot.

    Greek Life

    Only do it for the right reasons, not just to make friends, but to be involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    I cant even begin to describe the number of clubs and activites. Besides the ones we have you are also encouraged to open you own.

    Great for these types of students

    Any. Its easy to find a niche considering the diversity at VT.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ring Dance-every class has a celebration for getting their rings during their junior year.

    What to do for fun

    Attend local festivals, attend peroformances by student dance organizations, and see a movie at the Lyric.

    Food and Dining

    2nd to a small school in Conneticut, Virginia Tech has great food.

    Dorm Life

    Easy to adapt to.

    Academic Rigor

    Industrial and Systems Engineering demands my educational commitment each and every week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with things both inside and outside of you major.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus in the Virginia's New River Valley, Virginia Tech has fabulous views. The students and staff are unique and open. Due to the comforting culture at Virginia Tech, professors and peers are easy to talk to and help with school work.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe on campus...a lot of police.

    Greek Life

    Awesome Greek Life - there is something for everyone! The Greek Life at VT is really involved in community relations and philanthropy.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs to join. There is a fair in the beginning of the year showing off all the activities around VT.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Just walk all around campus and through the dorm areas for some beautiful scenery and architecture. The inside of Burruss is beautiful. We have many great traditions such as Enter Sandman in the beginning of football games and setting off the Skipper Cannon when we score. The student body will burst out Lets Go! Hokies! any chance we get...even when not at sporting events.

    What to do for fun

    FOOTBALL GAMES, basketball games, baseball games, soccer games, any sporting event really, sooo many clubs to join, tubing on the New River, movie at the Lyric, visiting the Lake, hiking to the cascades, hike dragon's tooth, if you're 21: TOTS, Big Al's, Sharkeys, and the rest of downtown bars.

    Food and Dining

    THE FOOD IS AMAZING! Especially West End, ABP, and the new dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are pretty fun. A lot of them do not have air conditioning or very big rooms. Leave your door open and meet new people!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major the classes can be near impossible or fairly easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Form friend groups with people of all different cultures and interests. To do this meet the people in your dorm and get involved in leadership and volunteer activities! Keep up with your studies and manage your schoolwork with your social life.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is an extremely spirited and welcoming school. It is filled with many opportunities for success and various social activities. We have a beautiful campus with awesome school history and delicious food!

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    At Virginia Tech there are many clubs that one can join, so there is never a boring moment. There are events and outside recreational activities of all kinds.

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech is rated number two in the nation for their food, right behind a culinary school. I thoroughly enjoyed their food during orientation.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot really a good description of dorm life for I have not started school yet, but all I can say is that managing space is important. I stayed in Slusher Tower during my two day orientation, which has the smallest dorm rooms on campus, and I was not used to the smallest of the room.

    Academic Rigor

    Honesty and originality are very important at this college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Virginia Tech is well-known for their research, engineering programs, food, and of course their sports. I advice prospective students to do a thorough research on the college of their chose because Virginia Tech has so much to offer than you think.

    In three sentences

    I rate Virginia Tech a 9 out of 10! It is a big school, but the students there are very welcoming. I have enjoyed both the visitation and the orientation at this college.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You feel really safe!

    Greek Life

    Everyone has so much fun!

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything you can think of!

    Food and Dining

    You'll never go hungry!

    Dorm Life

    You gain a sense of community.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are very concerned.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused. Practice productive study habits!

    In three sentences

    I honestly love everything about Tech! It is an amazing university filled with caring professors and friendly people. Plus, the food is amazing!

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VTPD very cool about helping and is always there for you (not to be confused with the parking patrol).

    Clubs and Activities

    We even have a Quidditch club, so yeah, anything you want, we have.

    Great for these types of students

    All types are welcome at Tech. The university is so large, diversity is what makes it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DO NOT MISS FOOTBALL GAMES

    What to do for fun

    Watch TV with your hall mates, meet up with friends, shop, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Best food in the world. D2 is open until 2 am so you can always get something. The upper floor has the best buffet styled food you could wish for, and there are many more food joints all around.

    Dorm Life

    Get to know people. Meet the people down the hall, and try to get along with your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard, but you will survive. Just put in an accurate amount of study time!

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a million things to worry about: Will I make friends? Will I pass my classes? Will my roommate be okay? Will I have any free time? CALM DOWN! The best years of your life are just about to start! The classes will be hard, but manageable. Your time will be tight, in fact you might find yourself up at ridiculous hours, but you will have time! And don't even worry about your social life because it comes naturally.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus and the overall atmosphere at Virginia Tech. Their engineering program (which I plan to join) is among the top in the nation. After one walk around the drill field, I have to admit that I could never see myself attending anywhere else.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As you may have heard, Virginia Tech has had a few incidents that shocked the nation. A common mis-conception is that those events have defined our university as unsafe. But this is not the case at all. We have a wide range of safety measures around the campus including Security Alerts, VT Police, Campus Watch Patrol, Safe Ride, Crime Hotline, and more. The staff of Virginia Tech values our safety and takes it very seriously.

    Greek Life

    About 16% of the VT community is involved in Greek Life. There are social, leadership, service, and professional sorority and fraternities, and most focus on community development, leadership and learning, and strategic planning.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 600 clubs here at Tech. And activities are endless. You will find something you are interested in, I guarantee it.

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in technical fields, people who like large schools with a small school feel, sports lovers, people interested in Hokie Athletics, and basically anyone else. The school is always expanding for new majors and is relatively diverse. If you are friendly, hardworking, and think you can have pride in being a Hokie, you belong at Virginia Tech.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Hokie Stone is the trademark of the university because most of the buildings are made out of this beautiful white-grey stone straight from the surrounding mountains. It is a tradition to slap the Hokie Stone when you go through the tunnel to Lane Stadium when you enter as a freshman. We also have parades, dances, and community events just to name a few more.

    Bang for the buck

    Okay, college is expensive in general, thats the downside. But after a couple years at Tech, you will find that the quality of education is incredible if you really take advantage of it. Get your moneys worth by using the opportunities available to you and you will find it worth your while.

    What to do for fun

    Blacksburg may be a small town, but hit has a huge personality. Sports are a big part of the schools activities, but there are also other fun things to do. You could hike to the cascades in the mountains, hang out at the duck pond, drill field, or koi pond, visit the shops around the town of Blacksburg, ride into Christiansburg where there is a Target, Wal-Mart, movie theater, and mall, go bowling or play pool at squires, go to apartment or fraternity parties, go to either of the two gyms on campus and tons of school events every week. There are also over 600 clubs you could join or even make one yourself. There is always something here for everyone, you just have to find your niche.

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech has been considered to be in the top 5 best campus dining colleges in the country in the last 5 or so years. There are about 9 different places to eat on campus, five of them being large dining halls with different food options. We have anywhere from Chick-fil-a and Sbarro and the largest Q'doba in the U.S., to Italian, Mexican, American classics, Japanese, Chinese, Delicatessens, coffee, bagel, ice cream shops, and more. You can even get lobster if you want. In one word: its delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Being in the dorms is exciting and fun. You will find yourself hanging out in many of the dorms around campus and meeting tons of new friends. Some dorms have partying on the weekends, and others are more strict, depending on the RA. It can get loud, and most do not have air conditioning, but you get used to it pretty fast and you will find you will enjoy yourself all year long.

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently in engineering which is one of the largest majors at Virginia Tech and it is definitely not easy. But if you stay goal orientated and get help with you need it, you can always succeed. Use the resources around you and you will find that you get used to the rigor and actually learn skills that will aid you in the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can manage your time properly, you are basically set. There needs to be a balance between hard work in academics, getting involved in extra curricular activities and in the community, socializing, and of course seeing the Hokie Football team beat UVA! There are a lot of distractions that can start to move you off track if you let them. Just stay focused and get to know some upperclassmen because they will guide you through your college experience!

    In three sentences

    Choosing Virginia Tech was the best decision in my life. I am in love with the beautiful campus, the friendly people, the outstanding academic opportunities and quality of teaching. Virginia Tech thrives on Hokie Pride and it truly feels like my second home.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are an unusual amount of activities and clubs to join or attend where you can always meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech is rated number one in the USA for university food. During orientation I had some of the best food I have ever eaten.

    Dorm Life

    They are typical dorm style rooms. Big downfall is the lack of A/C. Though it is very cold the majority of the years there, when it is hot all you have is a box window fan to keep you cool.

    Academic Rigor

    Virginia tech is very rigorous and academically challenging. In order to maintain a decent GPA, one needs to constantly be focused and prepared for class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep yourself busy and well informed. Being bored is the number one killer for college students.

    In three sentences

    Amazing campus with spectacular sights unmatched to any other university. A warm and inviting atmosphere, where everyone is accepted for who they are and what they believe in. The campus is located in a prime location, not far from the city of Blacksburg and not close where it feels like you are inside the city.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do?! There's a sport, club, activity, or group for any interest or hobby you can think of. Quidditch, hiking, yoga, anything you like to do for fun, we have it!

    Food and Dining

    Dietrick Hall (D2) is amazing. The food is fantastic, and it proves that there is a reason why we are ranked #2 in the nation for having the best food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my roommate and my hall. We had study groups in our lounge, there was a gym, laundry, and study room in my hall. The people you meet are people you'll never forget.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not an easy school; it takes time and hard work to get the grade you want (an A), but the feeling of accomplishment when you do is completely worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and be open to new ideas and different people.

    In three sentences

    The sense of community Virginia Tech has is so strong, I instantly felt at home. With all the clubs they have to offer here, there is no way that you'll ever feel alone, and, with how efficiently they use paperless in an effort to go green, you know Virginia Tech cares.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Virginia Tech has a reputation of being a dangerous place because of the shooting in 2007, but the campus has become a safer place. There are many structures built around campus with a button that can be pressed to get policemen to quickly come over. Policemen offer rides to anyone who is afraid to walk alone at night. There is also RAD, which teaches women how to protect themselves if they are attacked by men.

    Greek Life

    There are over 50 different fraternities and sororities to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    As stated before, there are over 600 student organizations devoted to volunteering, networking, fine arts, culture, or special interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Agriculture, engineering, and architecture majors have great programs here. Anyone who wants to be involved in college will love it here.

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Tech has an average price for a Virginia college, but because of all the different kinds of people, opportunities, and support from alumni, an education at Virginia Tech is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Tech has just about everything you could want. There are over 600 student organizations devoted to volunteering, networking, fine arts, culture, or special interests as random as bendy straws! There are parties, bowling, billiards, nearby camping and hiking grounds, a swimming pool, a gym, tennis courts, basketball courts, football games, and many more.

    Food and Dining

    Tech has the second best campus food in the country. There is a wide variety of food to pick from and places to go eat, and a Japanese Steakhouse has just opened recently on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life largely depends on which dorm you get. You can apply to have a single room, two roommates, or three roommates, whether you want a co-ed or single-sex residence hall, and when you want visitation hours. Slusher Hall is notorious for having 12 floors and no AC, but students who have lived there said that the people who live there make it a good place to live. Tech also has living learning communities. These are residence halls that house people who have the same interests (like leadership or volunteering) or major (like engineering or life science majors). Students must submit an application to live in a living learning community.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of students accepted here are used to getting straight A's and being at the top of their class. Expect college classes to be much more rigorous than high school or colleges that accept more college students. Engineering majors have the most rigorous courses, but the difficulty is part of what makes the engineering program so great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take AP classes, maintain a high GPA, and do well on the SAT. Being involved in many different activities as a high school student helps, but Tech mostly focuses on the grades and numbers.

    In three sentences

    Great school if you want to go into science, engineering, architecture, or engineering. Lots of different people to meet and lots of different opportunities. Lots of chances for undergraduate research.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I used to spend late nights doing work in my art building and walked back to my dorm after 2am. I never felt in danger. There are also the blue light system that you could press if you ever felt threatened. Someone would come help you out immediately after you press it.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge here and prominent but if one decides not to get involved in it, it doesn't affect you social life in any way.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved! There's something for everyone. Religious clubs, leadership clubs, club sports, adventure clubs, yearbook, newspaper, literary clubs...or make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Any type! There is great programs for architecture, engineering and business especially!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Definitely check out the duck pond. Good place for a romantic date!

    Bang for the buck

    No matter where you go college tuition is high. Even though I am paying out of state tuition to go to tech it is still so worth it. Virginia Tech offers students an excellent learning, and social experience. The atmosphere of the school really allows students to feel like their a part of something.

    What to do for fun

    Football games!! They're the absolute best thing! Tailgates and all the school spirit makes it such a fun day. I love being outside on campus it's absolutely beautiful. There are always kids playing Frisbee on the drill field or laying out. I'm planning on getting involved in the Adventure club this year called venture out.

    Food and Dining

    AMAZING FOOD! We have so many options. Definitely easy for vegetarians or even vegans to find food choices as well. Just watch the portion sizes, definitely easy to eat more than you need. But you can always make up for it at the gym!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Pritchard, the biggest dorm on campus, last year. I loved it. I think it's something you have to go through to get the full college experience. Though a lot of the typical dorm worries are present, i.e. bad roommate, public bathrooms, noise, etc... it's definitely worth experiencing even if it just for a year.

    Academic Rigor

    Though it depends on the courses you take it isn't easy to just slide by. You have to work hard in all your classes and it's worth it! The teachers and classes I have taken have been amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really research the majors they offer. They have so much! You would be surprised what you might be interested in. And definitely get involved! There are so many clubs, and organizations to be a part of.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a school that has something for absolutely everyone. It is so big and has so much spirit! It really feels like you are a part of something. It's everything you would dream a college to be.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Many people probably think that Tech is not very safe due to past events, but I feel very safe at Tech. With our own police squad and ambulances, there is always help very close by. Also, there are blue emergency lights all around campus and in case of an emergency, you just push a button and help is on the way.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of greek life myself, but I know many people who are and they love it. There is on campus greek housing in the Oak Lane Community and many greeks also live in dorms and off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many, many types of clubs! All students will be able to find at least one club that interests them.

    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Tech is very diverse and great for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a bunch of gargoyles around campus and many people try to find and touch all of them before they graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Tech is a little pricey but it's well worth it!

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs at Tech that are fun and many of them are constantly doing activities. Also, there is an area on campus called the BreakZone and in there there is a bowling alley, pool tables and other fun and games!

    Food and Dining

    BEST BEST BEST food! I've had friends from other colleges come down to visit me and they've been extremely surprised at the quality of our on campus dining.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on the dorm you are placed in but all of the dorms are clean and come with most of the things you need. Many halls have a sense a community, which is great!

    Academic Rigor

    It definitely depends on your major. Engineering and Architecture are very difficult majors. Other majors may not be as challenging but they all require a lot of study time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep your GPA up, the average accepted GPA is increasing every year. Also, SAT scores are very important! When visiting college campuses, visit all of your other choices first, THEN visit Virginia Tech.

    In three sentences

    I love attending Virginia Tech! The people are nice, the food is great, and the campus is beautiful! Definitely glad I chose VT!

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Some of the best college food in the country. Better than my mom's cooking.

    Dorm Life

    In traditional co-ed it's a party every day.

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to the standards of my high school which is located in Northern Virginia, I can say that most of the classes are not exceedingly difficult. Moderate amount of homework, although you will have it everyday, mostly easy tests depending on teachers, moderately challenged people. It all depends on what major you've chosen.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have AT&T you might want to switch to Verizon or Sprint. There is no service in most of the campus.

    In three sentences

    Amazing food, great atmosphere, wide variety of people. Check out the engineers, they're cool.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty of things to do sponsored by the university. My favorite is tailgating. Football and basketball games are a must do.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent food!

    Dorm Life

    There is always something to do. Apply early or you'll be on a waiting list.

    Academic Rigor

    Best education from experienced professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested, apply. You can't go wrong.

    In three sentences

    The agriculture associate degree program is tops. It is hands on and class work. You get to know your classmates well. It has smaller class size than the traditional university classes.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is never a dull moment on campus. With over 750 clubs and organizations, there is always free food or events going on. Virginia Tech also has its own bowling alley and video arcade in the student center. In addition, there are shops and stores on Main Street just a few feet off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Hibachi, steak, lobster, Qdoba, Jamba Juice, amazing pizza, chicken, vegetarian options, and much more for awesome dining plan prices. Did I mention that we have the best food in the country? Do I need to say more?

    Dorm Life

    Most people only live in the dorms for their first year. Most of the freshmen dorms are old, hot, and rundown. They're definitely able to be lived in though. Upperclassmen dorms are much nicer, have air conditioning, and are mostly suite or hotel style.

    Academic Rigor

    Virginia Tech is a Top-20 Engineering school, and it's earned the title. No matter how smart you were before you got here, you will need to really apply yourself to succeed here. Be prepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    A campus visit is the best way to really understand the environment of Virginia Tech. Come to a football game, eat at our dining halls, and go shopping downtown. The best way to gauge how well you'd fit in is by trying it out.

    In three sentences

    What's a hokie? I am. The school spirit and overall energy in Blacksburg, VA is unlike any other college atmosphere.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I go walk to the gym or friends dorms at night alone and I always feel safe, I've never felt scared.

    Greek Life

    Frats rush in the fall and Sororities rush in the spring which I think is a nice transition.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres over 600 clubs to join, I found some I was interested in right away!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy people who like the cold.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Duck Pond is a pretty cool place to go and study, or go for a run or just relax.

    Bang for the buck

    Graduating with a degree from Virginia Tech looks great, and I love the school.

    What to do for fun

    Theres lots of outdoors things to do, I've been hiking, up to a huge waterfall, to the top of a mountain, ridden horses, biked, walked around, so much to do!

    Food and Dining

    Best food in the nation!

    Dorm Life

    Average college dorms, each dorm has a sink which is nice, all shared bathrooms, the rooms are small but easily made homey.

    Academic Rigor

    This has definitely been a huge change from high school but its all working out over time once I've gotten used to it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early so that if you don't get in first try, theres always regular decision. If you do decide to come to Tech, bring your warm clothes!!

    In three sentences

    I love Virginia Tech! Its so beautiful, especially in the fall; even on the rainy cold cloudy days its still pretty. Everyone here is so nice, I'm convinced I couldn't have picked a better school to go to!

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always some activity going on.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious.

    Dorm Life

    People hear can be loud at times, and some people don't clean up their messes.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to do a lot of coursework depending on the classes you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on going into the College of Engineering, prepare for doing a lot of work.

    In three sentences

    It's great, everyone here is really nice. The professors actually care about you and want you to succeed. There's always something to do here.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Virginia Tech's campus is now more secure than ever since the event in 2007. There are now Emergency Light poles that allows individuals to hit a button in case of emergency. Police will also walk individuals back to their dorms late at night if they are uncomfortable. The VT Alert system is working perfectly which notifies students and staffs in case of emergency by email, texts, and messages on the clock. The safety of students on campus can not be questioned at Virginia Tech.

    What to do for fun

    There is never a dull moment at Virginia Tech. You can climb Dragon Tooth, take a walk down Main Street, walk out to the Duck Pond, or take a quick nap on the Drillfield. There is something for everyone with any sort of interest. Virginia Tech also offers 'BreakZone' which is a place for those not interested in nature to hang out with friends and play bowling or a game of pool.

    Food and Dining

    Food at Virginia Tech is one of the best! Tech has everything to offer its students. There are the classic hamburgers, fried chicken, soup for warmth, a delicious burrito, a cup of hot coffee to wake up in the morning and even frozen yogurt. You can never go hungry at Tech but be warn, you may be using your dining dollars faster than you can try everything Tech has to offer.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a pretty awesome aspect of college. Who knew you can stuff so many things into a tiny room?? There are plenty of space in the rooms and if you need more, the lounges in each dorms are an awesome place. It's usually where you would go to find people with similar interest in TV shows as you. You get to meet so many great people.

    Academic Rigor

    While the coursework may be difficult, professors are more than willing to sit down with you and explain a topic if you do not understand. There are also group tutoring sessions along with private tutoring that the school offers to all students. Virginia Tech pushes students to excel but they are also right behind to support each individual students.

    Tips for prospective students

    While you may be excelling academically, Tech also wants to see well-rounded students so be involved in something, ANYTHING!

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech has so much to offer to all students from academics to providing a supportive community. Tech gives each individual student a chance to excel and rise to the top through the various coursework offered. No school can offer you a great community, fantastic academic challenges and of course wonderful Hokie Spirit at sporting events!

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, challenge-seekers,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We jump when Enter Sandman plays at the football games. The week leading up to the Homecoming Game, Ranger Company runs the game ball 100 miles all over campus and gets people to touch the game ball. The class ring changes every year. We're called Hokies. The Skipper cannon is fired every time our football team scores. The Corps of Cadets has existed as long as the university has, and Virginia Tech is one of only two colleges in the nation to have a Corps of Cadets on a civilian campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything is worth it. I absolutely love it here.

    What to do for fun

    The drillfield is HUGE. People play frisbee, soccer, football, and other sports there. People take pictures or relax. Sometimes events are held there like concerts, Gobblerfest, etc. Football games are also really exciting to go to.

    Food and Dining

    The food is quite amazing. Virginia Tech is very high on national rankings. There's a lot of variety - sushi, bagels, Mexican food, smoothies, Italian, sandwiches, etc. One problem though that students run into a lot is that they run out of money on their meal plan way before the semester is over.

    Dorm Life

    I am a freshman cadet, and dorm life in the Corps of Cadets is not like dorm life as a civilian. I would imagine that the rooms and halls are a lot more cleaner and organized in the corps than outside of the corps, and freshmen cadets have required study hours in the evenings before days which classes are in session, which is really helpful because it's really quiet then so studying can be more productive. And as a freshman in the corps, we greet upperclassmen in the halls very loudly during the day, which disturbs those who are napping. :P

    Academic Rigor

    I can't speak for other majors, but as a freshman in general engineering, the general chemistry, math, and engineering classes come with a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get rid of your senioritis before you get here! Engineering is a tough major, even as a freshman, so motivation to do work and stay on top of things is key.

    In three sentences

    I love the school spirit and the fact that there is always something to do. There was a free concert a few weeks ago, the football games are always exciting to go to, and the food is pretty amazing. It's also very easy to make friends here.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I'm waiting to hear from Tech after I applied Early Decision. Its the only school I've ever wanted to go to. I love everything about it ranging from the campus, to the food, to the energy and I can't wait to hear if I can attend my dream school!!!!!

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    From what I've researched so far, this college seems to be a perfect match! I just hope I get in!

  • 12/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    parties

    Food and Dining

    We are #1 OFFICIALLY for college food. yumm

    Dorm Life

    Can get loud.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't skip class, you'll miss a lot.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love this school. The professors will go over mountains to make sure you understand the material, and I love the camaraderie as well. Go Hokies!

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    from dusk to dawn and in between there is always a safe place and options of safe travel to and from campus and outside the area too.

    Greek Life

    The integration of the culture is showing to be more willing to get involved in all parts of the campus and offer great connections

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved in all you can, you meet so many people and there is something for everyone no matter if you are into the big or the little things in life, i have ventured out and able to get som many good results.

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous, friendly, willing to accept new and explorative options, great for loyal souls to the purpose of the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football traditions are great. Respecting the memorial and knowing that Tech is true to form of its beliefs. Once a Hokie, always a Hokie...no matter what. We are a strong community and always there no matter where we are.

    What to do for fun

    Biking, hiking to the waterfalls, sports, clubs, everything! Join a Greek org, or even start something of your own. Anything from wine tasting to golf and exploring the rugged outdoors Blacksburg has a lot to offer with noise and quiet good times.

    Food and Dining

    WESt End!!!! the best on campus and for early morning go to Deitrick hall. the food is incredible whereever you go and there are so many goo dchoices that I am always satisfied with what Tech offers.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoyed the newer residences, but it is always an adventure. It is a great representation of the type of people you will encounter in life and great way to interact with students from diffrent fields.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been able to travel the world, work with corporate companies and learn what I am gettign myself into in the working world. It is incredible how focused and involved professors are in helping students. I really appreciate the guidance they provide and the time they put in to actually teach and not just do the minimum. There is a credible knowledge and I am glad that I have able to put it into good use in my field and other places as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start with the basics and do not overload. There is wonderful opportunities when a leader at Tech and meet influential people. It is a great fotball school with a close bond of people in the school community. Certainly a great place to focus on engineering, agriculture and more!

    In three sentences

    It is a college you can be a great influence to students and your future career interests. I enjoyed everything that was available to me from recreation to educational to orgazational. It is an incredible support to giving you great possiblities for life choices.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is normally a big worry for prospective students. I feel completely safe on campus. The security is great. There is a police department on campus. They are very nice and easy to get along with. And remember they are not the same people as those who give you parking tickets!

    Greek Life

    There is definitely Greek life on campus. It is not overwhelming however, you will be fine if your are a part of it or not. Females do not rush until the Spring.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are quite a few clubs on campus. If you don't find what you are looking for it is quite easy to start a club.

    Great for these types of students

    The Student Success Center is very willing to help anyone who is in need of some help!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone in the football stadium will start jumping up and down when Enter Sandman by Metallica plays as the team enters the stadium. The place is absolutely rocking at the time! The duck pond is also a very beautiful place on campus. Take a date or just go for a walk with a friend!

    Bang for the buck

    If you take advantage of everything that the school has to offer, you can land a job by the time you graduate and depending on your field it will most likely be very nicely well paid. The college experience can really be found here at Virginia Tech! Well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    In the fall, football games are all the hype. Even if you are not a big sports fan this is a must. There is no other place where you will find school spirit as high. There are also tons of things to do at the student center. Being in the mountains also provides wonderful nature activities run by the school and those that can be done on your own. It is absolutely beautiful!

    Food and Dining

    Dining is absolutely incredible here. There are over a handful of different options on campus alone. Pretty much anything that your stomach may desire they will have on campus. Lobster, steak? They have it. Buffet? They have it. There is also some great food with great deals right off campus as well!

    Dorm Life

    Take advantage of the living and learning communities on campus. You will gain experiences that you would otherwise not have. These experiences will help you a lot in the long run. Most students however end up living off campus after their freshmen year. A lot of housing in Blacksburg (and parties as well)

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on how good you are with managing your time. The major also matters.

    Tips for prospective students

    What worked in high school will not necessarily work for you in college. Find a good place to study and make it routine. To go along with the studying, go to college with the mentality that you are going to school from 9-5 (or whenever your first class begins). This way, get as much work done as you can when you are not in class during this time. This will give you more free time in the afternoon and evenings to pursue extra-curriculars and hang out with friends.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech has an absolutely beautiful campus to go alongside with a wonderful academics (engineering in my case). The weather is not always the best, but it is livable. The small college town feel is quite nice as well.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hiking & out door activities. Most people go to the bar, very few house parties.

    Food and Dining

    2nd best in the country.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm, but I heard they weren't that great.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors and majors are easier than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs & get involved to meet friends.

    In three sentences

    Great school if you love football! There is a lot of school spirit! Excellent professors.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe of campus. There is a an alert system in place and frequently tested and if something happens on or near campus, you will receive updates. The Virginia Tech police are very visible around campus and are always there to help you.

    Greek Life

    There are so many social, academic and service groups to choose from. Make sure you ask around and check out as many rush (recruitment) events as you can and make sure you pick the group that you feel fits you best.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or organization for just about every possible interest out there. I don't have enough space to describe them all. Community service is a big part of the college identity, so nearly every club participates in Relay for Life and The Big Event.

    Great for these types of students

    VT is in the New River Valley and the near the Blue Ridge Mountains, so if you love being outdoors, hiking, or camping, there are plenty of place to enjoy it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After to first big snow of the winter, there is a Cadets versus Civilians snowball fight.

    Bang for the buck

    I never had any major issues or complications with the financial aid process. Class prices are on the steep side, but comparable to other schools of the same caliber.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on campus and off campus. There is also a lot to do in nearby cities like Christiansburg and Roanoke. There is something for everybody. VT is a big school, but you can find your niche.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is pretty good. There are a lot of great places to eat both on and off campus. Yes, there is a dining hall where you can order steak and lobster. VT always finds a way to up their dining hall game. New dining halls have been added since I graduated in 2011.

    Dorm Life

    There are lots of activities and opportunities to meet people living on campus. Lots of free food events for residential students. I always felt safe in the dorms. There are also lots of academic and social events planned.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging regardless of major. Engineers aren't the only ones that feel the academic heat. But in the long run, you'll be glad that professor made you learn how to use microfilm or only gave you a week to prepare a 12-page research paper. Don't let the seemingly unorthodox tendencies or the lack of formality (some professors prefer you call them by their first name) allow you to slack off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out everything you possibly can about your prospective schools: financial aid, majors and minors, clubs and organizations, the surrounding town/city, whatever you can. The more you know about the school, the more comfortable you'll feel when you finally get to campus and start classes. Don't worry, lots of students have multiple majors and minors and take more than four years to finish.

    In three sentences

    I loved being a student at Virginia Tech for every minute I was there. It may be a big school but it has the heart of a small town. Once you're a student there, you'll realize why so many people love it.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Despite the many rumors about Virginia Tech, the campus is safe. I have never felt threatened or in danger. Any incidents that have happened since the shooting in 2007 have been from people who did not attend Virginia Tech. Like anywhere else in this world, don't be dumb or make stupid decisions and you'll be safe.

    Greek Life

    I am in a sorority and I wouldn't change going through rush. It was quite the experience. Being in a sorority has taught me so much. I never had a sister and always had trouble keeping girl friends. Having 180 girls be 100% there for me 100% of the time I needed ANYTHING is an amazing feeling. There is no other feeling quite like it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities on campus! Its frightening and overwhelming when you first get there. My problem is that I wanted to be a part of everything. I suggest you pick one, maybe two, clubs or sports and dedicate yourself to them. You'll be glad you invested time in something you enjoy and made friends while doing it.

    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Tech is great for students interested in science. It is also great for students looking to make new friends and possibly break away from who they were in high school. Tech is huge, if you don't want to see someone, you don't have to.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Math Emporium is sure to catch your eye as a freshman. You'll probably hate it all of freshman year because you'll be in a self-taught math class where you can only take tests at this off-campus location. As an upperclassman, you'll probably learn to love it thought as a place to study.

    Bang for the buck

    I pay in-state tuition so I don't feel the pain of my out-of-state roommates; however, college is still ridiculously expensive. Virginia Tech is a reasonably priced university, especially for the phenomenal education you will receive.

    What to do for fun

    Blacksburg is a beautiful place! Go hike MacAfee's Knob; eat at homeplace nestled into the mountains; go tubing down the river in the summer. There are endless things to do in Blacksburg you just have to look in the right places.

    Food and Dining

    Hands down the best thing about Virginia Tech: food. Ask anyone on campus is they have ever been unsatisfied with the food overall at Tech. The dining halls are always clean and will make you drool. Prepare yourself with a large meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on what dorm you're assigned to, you may love the dorm life or absolutely hate it. I was in Pritchard all of freshman year and it was rather dirty. It's hall style and sharing a bathroom with 60 other girls is not pretty. In most of the hall-style dorms, however, there are sinks in each room.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, class at Virginia Tech can be extremely difficult, or relatively easy. If you are any type of science major, whether it be engineering or biology, I promise you will be pulling your hair out in at least one of your classes each semester. If you are a communications major, I can guarantee you will enjoy yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to start off each semester with as much effort as you can possibly pull out of yourself. I have experienced, so far, that I slack entirely too much for about the first month of each semester and find myself attempting to catch up the week before finals begin. Don't find yourself in that situation. It can be detrimental to your GPA.. and relationship with your parents.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is my home away from home. I am only a sophomore, and yet living in Blacksburg has been like a dream come true for me. From my interesting coursework, to my sorority, to being on the dance team, I couldn't have asked for a better college experience, thus far.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to one of the many on-campus activities, take the short trip to Christiansburg for shopping and dining, or walk around downtown Blacksburg.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options, and all of the food is very good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean and comfortable and fairly spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging but manageable. The professors set high standards, but are more than willing to explain and clarify details and offer help to their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and study sufficiently. Stay focused and find out what you love!

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a wonderful school with a myriad of academic and professional opportunities. Students at Tech enjoy the strong sense of community as well as the benefits of a large university. I think Virginia Tech is a top-notch school with helpful and educated professors.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Virginia Tech strives to make you feel safe. The police are great, and truly care about the students.

    Clubs and Activities

    Always can find one for you. (At least)

    Great for these types of students

    Determined, Over-achievers, Students who want to meet lots of new people, Science, Engineering, Architecture, Interior Design students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The first snow fall of the very there is a huge snowball fight on the drillfield. Also, Virginia Tech has a beautiful campus and it's fun to do homework outside when it is nice outside.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, but well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Over 5,000 organizations, clubs, and just meet new people. You can always find something to do. Meet new people, and find out there story.

    Food and Dining

    They have the BEST food! So many choices and always good! Try something different every day!

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is great and very convenient. Peddrew-Yates is the best!

    Academic Rigor

    Virginia Tech has one of the best academic programs. It is hard, but well worth your money. You will definitely learn something every day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many advanced classes as you can in high school. Along with obtaining a high grade point average, make sure to have leadership experiences and extra activities. Once you are accepted, check out the Residential Leadership Community and the Integrated Science Curriculum Program. Also, check out other students organizations (there are over 5,000!), and go to Gobblerfest.Virginia Tech is what you make it, so become involved!

    In three sentences

    The best decision I have ever made has been coming to Virginia Tech. I absolutely love it here, and I have learned so much. Virginia Tech is a great school, and allows you to truly find who you really are and intend to be.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Virginia Tech is now one of the safest schools I've ever been to. If you feel uneasy, there's a number you can call to have someone walk you to your dorm at night or you can just stick with a group--there are enough students there for it to be easy to never walk anywhere by yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everyone--and if the club you want doesn't exist, it's very easy to make a new club.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, spirited, friendly, service-oriented, and considerate people.

    Bang for the buck

    They like to throw quite a few last minute fees on to your tuition, but a degree from the school is worth it, in my opinion.

    What to do for fun

    There's not a lot of stuff to do in Blacksburg, but if you get bored, there's almost always some sort of on campus activity going on.

    Food and Dining

    The food there is great. I've been to other colleges and their dining halls don't even compare.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a residential college (not just a dorm), and it was one of the best experiences I could have. All I had to do was leave my door open and people walked by and said hi.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the engineering program. While it may not be the hardest thing in the world, it's definitely something where you NEED to study. I studied more during this past semester than I did for all of high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get out there and ask for a tutor. VT has a ton of programs to help you out.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a great school with a lot of school spirit. Everyone seems to be incredibly nice, and the professors will definitely help you if you put forth effort. It's very easy to make friends and get involved.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    engineering , and medical

    What to do for fun

    Football, gym, clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Heard the hall food is great.

    Dorm Life

    Old school dorms , really old but a very nice experience which I have been told by former students.

    In three sentences

    I fall in love with it during a visit. All my friends go there and also my little brother who just graduated from high school. Been Researching their programs and found one that I'm interested in.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    My entire family has gone here I probably will too.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Super safe. There are emergency stations everywhere on campus, and regular police patrols.

    Greek Life

    It's not necessary, but the girls I know who've rushed say it's a great way to make friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    IF you can't find a club for what you like, you only need 5 people to creat you're own club!

    Great for these types of students

    There is literally a place for ANYONE here. Nerds, Geeks, Jocks, Preps, amine junkies, gym rats, car enthusiasts, nerf gun fanatics, anybody!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Screaming Let's go! Hokies everywhere on campus before a game. There are a few place on campus where the stone walls makes it look like a dropoff behind the wall. But if you really wanna scare you're friends, find them and jump over them and scream like you're falling!

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Tech offers a lot of financial aid so if you need it, they'll probably provide it.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the duck pond, go to a sporting event, go to the gym, join a club, party,

    Food and Dining

    We're ranked #2 in the country for our food services. 'nough said.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms range from really nice to average.

    Academic Rigor

    You always have stuff to be doing, but there is plenty of time for relaxation and socializing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to love your major, otherwise you won't succeed as well as you could be.

    In three sentences

    It'e the best school in Virginia for people who are smart, not super preppy, and so stressed about school. It's a place where you can receive a degree in almost anything, and love what you're doing.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I know this is a very naive thought, but sometimes I catch myself thinking that nothing bad ever happens in Blacksburg. I feel so safe here. Especially with all of the blue emergency lights around campus and the Safe Ride system

    Greek Life

    Very big here. Many many students get involved with this. It's a great way to meet lifelong friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO many. From Quidditch to A Cappella groups to volleyball to volunteer work. We've got it all.

    Great for these types of students

    those with the motto, work hard, play hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most recent tradition we upheld was the Cadets vs. Civilians Snowball Fight. This gets intense. Lots of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Maybe a little more pricy than a community college close to home, but definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Bowling, movies, parties, picnic on the drillfield, biking around campus, hiking the Cascades, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Absolutely amazing food. So many options for all types of eaters.This is coming from a very picky eater.

    Dorm Life

    You will meet most of your friends this way most likely. The first couple weeks everyone just talks to everyone, it's great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study up for those AP exams because the score you earn on those could save you a lot of money and time wasted sitting in a boring lecture about something you've already taken.

    In three sentences

    This is my dream school. The abundance of opportunities to get involved make it really easy to REALLY enjoy the college experience. I could not have chosen a better school.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you live in the state of Virginia tuition is very cheap. Out of state, its more expensive but not much more than you'll pay at other top universities.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of facilities for many different sports. The most fun happens on the weekends.... if you know what i mean.

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech was ranked #2 in 2012 in the nation in dining services. In 2013, it will be ranked #1 with the addition of Turner Place.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorms here. They are spacious, we have internet, and they are RA's are really relaxed. It has been a great experience for me.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a pretty tough school. The education you get here is great though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a high GPA to get in. Practice study habits, because college is a lot harder than high school. Chemistry at this university is ridiculously hard.

    In three sentences

    Virginia tech is an amazing school. The faculty and staff are very helpful and can teach you a lot. You should definitely consider this school as a university you would want to attend.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Over 800 clubs to join! Something for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on. Mountains to hike, shooting ranges, clubs, trips, caving. Anything for anyone.

    Food and Dining

    Ranked top 5 dining halls for the last 10 years. The food is awesome!

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are smaller but it's not as bad as it seems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Class!

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a great place where community is everything. Everyone is nice and generous making it a home away from home.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, since April 16 2007 the police forces of VT and Blacksburg keep VT very very safe!

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have a hobbie there is a club, there is everything here.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are ready to work and really hit the books.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Corps of Cadets have been here since the day the university opened in 1872, so the traditions the cadets have are spectacular. The drill field is a huge gathering place for all students. Then there is Hokie football, there is nothing else like, the best way to spend a fall Saturday.

    Bang for the buck

    It is an expensive school but the skills you gain will pay for it in the end.

    What to do for fun

    I am in the Corps of Cadets so I do alot in that area, but there are hundreds of organizations and groups to join. There are alot of trails and hiking routes that are available along with intramural sports, video game tournaments and various other activities.

    Food and Dining

    Better food than you'll get at home!!

    Dorm Life

    I am a cadet so my dorm experience is very different than most. The beds are not the best, but the friends you make, make the dorms worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging and requires alot of focus and concentration. Be prepared for a busy schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a high GPA, talk to people who work at VT and fight for your spot, it is hard to get in, but is worth every ounce of energy used. If you can't get in freshman year try to transfer! It is worth it. Make sure you do more that just school get involved, volunteer to help local organizations, help with fundraisers and consider the Corps of Cadets and perhaps the ROTC programs.

    In three sentences

    It is a very difficult and outstanding institution that has an aspect most don't have, a fully functioning Corps of Cadets with all 4 branches of ROTC and Civilian Leader Track. Virginia Tech works hard to instill the concept of selfless service in the university motto Ut Prosim, That I may serve. It is also outstanding at producing capable and confident young adults with leadership skills to be sent the business world and the military world alike.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Attend sporting events. Recreation centers. Hangout with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study. Get involved. Have fun.

    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere. Intelligent professors. Amazing experience.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are a ton of greek organizations to join on campus. Including the first multicultural sorority in the nation, Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Incorporated!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of different clubs to join!

    Great for these types of students

    Science students defintely, especially those wanting to attend vet school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you hear Let's GOOOO.... Respond with HOKIESSSSSS

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown (if you're 21) or go to house parties. There are also a ton of hiking trails around the area!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't forget to study your first year hear, it's hard to dig yourself out of a hole.

    In three sentences

    The best college in VA! The people are great and the food is even better! And don't forget Hokie Football!!!

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always the VT police on call, safe ride and even blue lights at convenient locations if one ever feels uncomfortable walking late at night. I personally have never felt any sort of unease anytime on the VT campus.

    Greek Life

    If Greek Life is something you want to get involved in, VT has an excellent program but it also does not run the campus so students do not feel forced to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    By going to such a big school you are unlimited to your choices of clubs and activities! There is everything from sports interests, religious groups, service groups, gamers and even a quidditch team! If you have an interest VT has a club for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Those who love to work hard but also love to enjoy life. The school is built on this overwhelmingly buzz of school spirit, so you definitely have to want to get involved!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite location on campus is the duck pond. It is a quiet, beautiful secluded place on the side of campus if any student ever feels overwhelmed from school work or just feels a need to be outside on a pretty day!

    Bang for the buck

    Not only is Virginia Tech everything a person wants in a school with excellent staff, welcoming student body, delicious food, and school spirit everywhere. But the architecture and landscape will make you feel like your walking through a dream every day.

    What to do for fun

    Virginia Tech offers thousands of ways to have fun. One can join hundreds of clubs, rec sport teams, greek life, engage in community service and of course by attending our famous athletic events! It is safe to say no Hokie could ever be bored.

    Food and Dining

    No Hokie will ever go hungry. With hundreds of different options a picky eater can not even complain! Who else can say they have their own Hibachi grill on campus?!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the perfect chance to get to know your fellow Hokies and even get out of your comfort level by sharing a small space with a stranger! May be frightening at first, but the stories, laughs and friendships that come with it are all worth it in the end!

    Academic Rigor

    You don't become a Hokie by chance. Being a Hokie entails learning in and out of the classrooms. Although the academics may be challenging it is nothing that one student can't handle. With the constant support from teachers and fellow students all Hokies can succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized! Get involved in various clubs! Go to the football games!

    In three sentences

    If you are ready for a spirit filled student body, devoted academic teachers and advisors and the most delicious food you have ever eaten, then Virginia Tech is the school for you! If I am one of the thousands screaming fans at a Hokie football game or one of the many students walking across the beautiful drill field in between classes I have never felt like just a number. Virginia Tech makes each student feel valued, loved and most importantly instills desire to succeed in each and everyone of their students.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are so many opportunities here to take part in. Join a club or a team or even go Greek, you honestly shouldn't be bored..

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech has the best food in the country for a reason...

    Dorm Life

    Leave your door open when you don't mind having guests, people will always stop by to chat!

    Academic Rigor

    It really just depends on your major! If you've taken AP or honors level courses in high school, the transition really isn't that bad. All you have to do is make sure you stay on top of your work and don't let it overwhelm you, just take it one assignment at a time!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to walk A LOT! I'm not necessarily out of shape, but that small walk to class may leave you a little winded by the time you get there..

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love it here at tech. The people, the atmosphere, the community and the hokie spirit are all amazing.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Seems safe to me, they make sure to show you all the security when you visit

    Greek Life

    Not going to happen for me

    Clubs and Activities

    Marching band all the way!

    Bang for the buck

    It seems to be affordable

    What to do for fun

    and also this summer

    Food and Dining

    again with this summer

    Dorm Life

    Also will see this summer!

    Academic Rigor

    I'm going to attend the summer academy so I'll see then!

    Tips for prospective students

    Heck, I am a prospective student

    In three sentences

    Looks like a good place to start this new chapter in my life. I can't wait to arrive!

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Not as popular here than at other schools, but definitely a popular choice for students.

    Great for these types of students

    Leaders, people that like to serve others

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping to Enter Sandman before football games

    Bang for the buck

    BEAUTIFUL

    What to do for fun

    Football games, Duck Pond

    Food and Dining

    We are ranked #1 Dining in the Nation.

    Dorm Life

    Suite style dorms are great.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you work hard during high school. They like to see improvement rather than lazyness. Don't goof off your senior year.

    In three sentences

    The most amazingly beautiful school in the United States. Everything about Virginia Tech is wonderful. The Hokie Spirit is so evident, and brings a great feeling on the campus, as well as in Blacksburg.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has updated any safety issues. From student's governing the halls to police men actively walking campus.

    Greek Life

    During my visit I saw the induction of two Greek groups new members. It was very interesting and a sight to see for yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    At this campus there will be a club for anyone willing to join. A student explained to me there is a club for everyone, and even if its not there the staff is willing to help make it available.

    Bang for the buck

    Each cafeteria has a different style of charging, They have form expense to keeping a budget. Be knowing of what you have and don't have.

    What to do for fun

    The campus offers many clubs and other guest visiting campus to enrich the students in snowboarding to music. Be ready to enjoy yourself at any time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is something to behold; every meal will amaze you and having five places to chose from is more then helpful.

    Dorm Life

    Some Dorm do not have Air Condition but, the campus has four seasons making it somewhat not an issues as long as you have a fan for hot days.

    Academic Rigor

    This school will challenge all your learning and comprehension skills. I've looked at and worksheet and its not a pick it up and do it. You have to study and be prepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask any and every question, they are ready to answer or will find you an answer.

    In three sentences

    This college has a lively community. Overall smiling and happy to help atmosphere. Which a rich city/country area for any student's liking.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a service called safe ride. You call them up and they take you where you need to go, if you don't feel comfortable walking around at night.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of bars and restaurants downtown. There are also fun university events such as Gobblerfest.

    Food and Dining

    Boudreaux is a wonderful cajun restaurant. Cabo Fish Taco has great Mexican food, and it's affordable. Moe's is even more affordable, but still great, especially if you're on the go.

    Dorm Life

    The non-honors dorms are not luxurious or anything, but why would you expect luxury? It's generally a great atmosphere, with Resident Advisor's who organize everyone together for meetings and try to make sure everyone is happy. I felt I had everything I needed.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major, really.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should know when to have fun and when to hit the books. It is good to have some fun though. If you study all the time, your studying will become ineffective eventually because you'll need a break.

    In three sentences

    This school presents a cozy atmosphere, despite a big campus. There is a lot of emphasis on football and school spirit. Student Services is very helpful with registration and financial aid issues.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Virginia Tech does a great job of making students feel safe on campus. We have multiple programs for students, such as Safe RIde, where students can be picked up from one location on campus and taken to another.

    Greek Life

    There are a number of sororities and fraternities that students can join, from social to academic.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs to join, you name it, We probably have it here at Virginia Tech, and if we don't it is not difficult to start it yourself. CLubs and activities really give students a chance to make good friendships with people of common instructs, which especially important, since Virginia Tech is so big. We have Gobbler Fest, which helps promote the clubs and activities available on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Tech doesn't have a particular type of student. Virginia Tech appeals to every personality. I don't think that anyone should have a problem fitting in, when you find your niche.

    What to do for fun

    Blacksburg is a little town, so it may seem like there isn't much to do, but, in fact, there are many things to do. You can go downtown and walk down Main Street, and eat at the numerous restaurants. Squires Student Center has bowling, pool, and table tennis for students to enjoy. There are many clubs and organizations that can keep you busy too.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious. Virginia Tech is rate number one for their dining services. There are many places to dine at. There is a wide variety of food choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are okay. Let's face it, no one really wants to spend a whole year in a 9ftx16ft room with no AC. It is important to make the most out of your experience. Your dorm experience is only going to be as good as you make it. Living in a dorm really makes you learn how to share, and live with other people. The dorms at Virginia Tech aren't so bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are meant to challenge you, and force you to further your knowledge. Some classes are easier than others, but it is ver important to stay on top of your work and study hard, and classes won't be so hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Blacksburg weather is one like no other, and has a mind of its own, so prepare for cold winters. Also, work hard, Tech is a wonderful campus that us beautiful and full of life, so enjoy it.

    In three sentences

    Ut prosim-- that I may serve, Virginia Tech's motto, is seen throughout all of the students and faculty at Virginia Tech everyday, and is very important in our community. The staff strive to make their students experience at Virginia Tech memorable and they all want their students to succeed. The students are welcoming and our community is strong and supportive.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are cops consistently walking about the campus.

    Food and Dining

    We have been ranked year after year in the top 3 for best food in the country.

    Dorm Life

    I definitely recommend staying on campus for a second year. It is the ultimate college experience to be so close to friends and campus life.

    Academic Rigor

    The course load is manageable if you allot time to study and do homework in your schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would join a living learning community. It encompasses a first year experience course which everyone in the community has to take. It is a great opportunity to meet kids on your hall and develop lasting friendships.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a great university in a small college town. It combines good academics, school spirit, and perfect location.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. All the dorms require swipe cards to get in and each room has locked doors. There are also emergency buttons all over campus if you feel unsafe. the Blacksburg Police and SafeRide taxi service are also great resources.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is great. I am currently in a fraternity and joining has been one of my best decisions at Virginia Tech. It's a plus to know that I have a brotherhood that is always there to support me.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many I don't even know where to start. It only takes three students and some paperwork to begin a club at the university.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers, community builders, socialites, and students looking to find themselves.

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia Tech is an amazing school and every year I attend goes by faster and faster. It's where I truly call home and has been the best years of my life.

    What to do for fun

    There are always pick-up games going on in the quads or on the drillfield. There are also 100s of organizations to join from a cappella groups to sports to academic clubs.

    Food and Dining

    We have one of the best campuses for dining in the nation! The food is incredible!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms have a wide range of variety. Some don't have AC, some are single-sex, some are honors, and some are newer. They are typically chose at random.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be hard especially since they are so many students in them. However, there are many resources for academic and you can always visit a teacher during their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit the campus before applying. It's big, but once you catch a glimpse you'll never want to leave.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech has built a phenomenal community. The Students are all very close and everyone feels at home. There are SO many ways to get involved on campus and meet new people.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never found myself in any trouble. The campus police, though very stiff, do a good job at preventing students from getting themselves in trouble. Blacksburg transit provides a safe way for students to get around campus or back to their apartment complex, and there are many emergency posts on campus; if a button is pressed, a police officer will be there within the minute.

    Greek Life

    As a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, I can say that Greek life played a key part in my first year at school, as well as the lives of many other students. There were 37 kids on my floor freshman year - 18 of them pledged a fraternity, and my RA was in one himself. Most girls also make the decision to join a sorority, which I know they all loved.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any sort of club or activity is offered here. If it's not, you can easily start your own club in an instant.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are academically proficient who want to have a lot of fun in college while having the ability to manage their time have a great opportunity to do so at Virginia Tech.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before every sporting event, Enter Sandman by Metallica is blasted and everyone at the game starts jumping. Truly an amazing sight, especially at football games.

    Bang for the buck

    Though a little pricey for out of state students like myself (just like any school would be), the cost commitment endured is definitely worth it. Coming to Virginia Tech was the best decision I've ever made.

    What to do for fun

    Virginia Tech offers so many clubs and organizations, from German club to Greek Life and everything in between, as well as many intramural and club sports, from flag football to Quidditch. Additionally, the drill field provides a nice lawn to hang out with your friends and throw a football or lay out and tan. Football games, of course, are in a league of their own, and basketball season provides even more fun for fans.

    Food and Dining

    Without a doubt, the best food in the country. Normally, college students say they miss their mother's cooking; I can't say I did.

    Dorm Life

    The people you meet freshman year in your dorm will become your best friends right away. Some of the dorms on campus are not as nice as others, and they can get hot, as some don't have air conditioning. However, most dorms are very nice and it is seldom that you come across someone that truly hates living in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    To say the least, I spent a lot of time working. However, I still found myself with a decent amount of down time to do things like hang out with friends or go to the gym., especially on weekends. Whenever I was just sitting in my dorm doing nothing, I usually picked up a book and studied a little rather than wasting time, which definitely helped.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't dilly-dally; when you have work, knock it out early. That way you can enjoy your dorm time and not stress about an assignment. The more diligently you work, the more diligently you can enjoy free time and sleep while others stress out and stay up late. Time management is key.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech provides students with the perfect balance of academic commitment while still providing students with plenty to do outside the classroom. Various clubs, extracurricular activities, and intramural sports get students involved with the school as well as adding a broad social atmosphere to their life.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many activities to do for fun, especially in the outdoors. You can hike at the Cascades, McAfee's Knob, or Dragon's Tooth. There are so many places to eat on campus, downtown, and further away!

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech was ranked #1 in college food by the Princeton Review for two years in a row. Where else can you eat Japanese hibachi or lobster at your local dining hall?

    Dorm Life

    I met my best friends living in the dorms. It is the epitome of the freshman experience, even if there is no air conditioning!

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is hard, but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Maroon and orange is the best color combination, regardless of what anyone says.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is one of the most school-spirited colleges you will ever attend. The sense of unity and pride is unmatched by any other school. The campus is absolutely gorgeous, and it looks like Hogwarts!

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The officers are great and are there for everyone's safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of Clubs at Virginia Tech for everyone's preference.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I wouldn't call this an unusual tradition but we do have a Hokie Call that we use to boost moral amongst the Hokies. It starts by someone yelling, Let's Go! and promptly someone will respond, HOKIES!!

    Bang for the buck

    Although Virginia Tech has a pretty high tuition price tag, it is definitely a bang for the buck. But I will also mention the fact that Virginia Tech is a Technical/Engineering based school. So if your major is something Non-technical there is a feeling of disconnect. The university will host a lot more Technical/Engineering Programs, Employment Expos, and advertisement.

    What to do for fun

    There are Gyms, Bowling Alleys, Video Game rooms, Pool Tables, Clubs/Dancehalls, and plenty of Clubs to join! Virginia Tech Hokies have an assortment of fun thing to do.

    Food and Dining

    The Food and Dining Services offered by Virginia Tech are the best in the State of Virginia in my opinion. Nothing but thumbs up for our food!

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are excellent and the Residential Advisors are the best of people and will strive to be your friend. The dorms get progressively better as more money is spent toward your Housing bill.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is tough but there are plenty of resources and people to help you succeed and prosper as a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that there hearts are happy and open to the diversity of the university and the programs hosted by the Minority Students. Virginia Tech might be a Predominately White Institution (PWI) but the Minority Students make a big impact.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is an excellent university to attend. There is a lot to study and activities to do. I am happy and proud to be a Hokie.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although, Virginia Tech has had incidents that have been put down in history. I believe it is the safest place to be. Not at one moment do I ever feel in danger at any time of the day or night. I believe that the police stuff and community are very committed to making sure that ever student is safe at all times.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a huge activity a lot of students choose to get involved with on campus. I believe that you should make sure that it is something that you actually want to spend you time and money on because greek life is truly a life long investment.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always a place for everyone. I am currently a student ambassador at Virginia Tech and I have learned that there is clubs that I would have never expected to be a club, but we have it. Never feel like you will not find your place at Virginia Tech because trust me, you will!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some famous activities that go on at VT are the football games. This is a true experience of a lifetime. Secondly, relay for life is an amazing event put on to support cancer and it is a very moving and powerful endeavor. Lastly, the Big Event is a tradition at VT where the students offer there time to the Blacksburg community and do various community service projects to give back.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that Virginia Tech is worth while and worth every penny. Even though college is not a cheap investment I believe that my experience here has been worthwhile and has caused me to mature a ways I never thought I would have.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty of activities to do at Virginia Tech. Personally, I choose to be active in leadership and community service activities. There are many church groups to participate in as well as Hokie activities that are thrown once a month in the student center. You and a group of friends can go to the student center and go bowling, play pool and more or even catch the bus to the nearest mall and movie theater. Often times students go out to eat or have movie night with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Virginia Tech is amazing. There is never a time where I cannot find a meal that cant satisfy my taste buds for that. There is a huge variety of food in our dining hall; therefore, there is something to meet every persons dietary needs.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was a great experience for because it offered me the chance to be more independent in various ways and meet a diverse group of people.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that at any university the course load is as hard as you make it. No matter how hard the class may be it is essential to seek help early and don't procrastinate. Staying organized also can help course rigor smoother.

    Tips for prospective students

    As an entering freshmen, I would encourage any individual to make connections early on because it is the most constructive way to building up their future. Connections help to make your transition to an adult smooth and can offer assistance to many aspects of life.

    In three sentences

    Albert Einstein once said, It is better to not just be a man of success, but to also be a man of value. Virginia Tech molds an individual to not just be intelligent, but to also build up their character. For this reason, I love Virginia Tech.

  • 07/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    After 2006 incident, our campus safety has widely increased. We have emergency buttons all across campus. The police will come in about 30 secs after pressing the button.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We always hold 3.2K for 32 people who died on April 16th, 2006. There is the corps that always fires skipper during the football games whenever we do a touchdown.

    What to do for fun

    There is down town near the campus. There are good bus services that run there. You can also walk there. Down town is full of places for good hangouts. Also, for freshman coming in, I would recommend hookie camp. It's tonnes of fun!!

    Food and Dining

    Really good food, but you get bored with it during your Junior year, or before that.

    Academic Rigor

    The engineering program is hard, but if you like independent studying, you will be better off. One of the effective way to actually do well on the exams is to look for previous exams from Koofers.com. You can also check out the rating of the professors there.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to get into a competitive program and do not have good SAT or high school GPA, you can apply as an undecided. It's easier to get into the undecided program. After that, you can always take classes to get into the major you want to. You can also take the basic courses in a community college, and transfer here. I think this saves a lot of money, but you miss out 2 years of college experience. Some may think this as a good trade off, while others may not. It depends on your financial situation.

    In three sentences

    If you love being challenged academically, you will love it here, especially the Engineering program. The food has been consistently ranked among top 5, and the students have are on the top 3 healthy students of college list.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech has the best food ever. This is a major reason to why I am staying.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be disgusting if the rooms aren't kept clean, but that's a personal responsibility. Roommates are a tricky situation at any college. You could be great friends or worst enemies with your roommate. It all depends on whether you request a friend or choose random roommate. Remember to take plenty of pictures and carefully fill out the RCF when you move into your room. You don't want to be charged with any incorrect room damages.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult engineering, math, and science programs.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe. Blue lights everywhere you go in case of emergency, campus police respond immediately. Safe ride is available to take you anywhere on campus at night.

    Greek Life

    It is not so huge that it is a problem not to be in it but it is large enough that fraternities and sororities are active on campus. It's a great thing to be a part of at Tech.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally thousands of clubs and if they dont have what you want you can create a new one!

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to go to a big school but still feel part of a community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football is a huge deal and games include lots of traditions like jumping to enter sandman as the game begins! The memorial is a place everyone should see.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun on campus and off. Go downtown, go hiking at one of the many beautiful hiking spots like the cascades or mcafees knob, play sports on the drillfield, just hang out with friends, go shopping, the list goes on and on. The football games are so incredibly crazy and fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is AMAZING. Every type you can imagine is available and it is all top of the line. Chinese food, deli food, mexican, sushi, steak, lobster, salads, you name it we have it and it is all delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not nearly as bad as it is made out to be. It all depends on how open and communicative you and your roommate are and it could be great. There are options for all girls, all guys, co-ed, suite style or hall style.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes vary between piece of cake and extremely difficult. It depends 100 percent on your area of study and how rigorous of a class load you feel comfortable. It is easy to take a balanced class schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There is so much to do, and pick a roommate you don't already know! Push yourself out of your comfort zone a little.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is one of my favorite places in the world. It's a huge place that somehow feels like a tight knit community at the same time. The unity of the college as a whole is obvious and very welcoming.

  • 07/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    I am an incoming freshman and am not sure.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am an incoming freshman and am not sure.

    Great for these types of students

    I am an incoming freshman and am not sure.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lane Stadium is a family tradition. My dad and three of my cousins played football and graduated from Virginia Tech. My dad and one of my cousins earned athletic scholarships. My other two cousins were walk on players with the football team and with hard work and determination, eventually earned athletic scholarships. Since I did not earn an athletic football scholarship, that is my dream and goal.

    What to do for fun

    Make friends and get involved in campus activities. Attend athletic and social events.

    Food and Dining

    I am an incoming freshman. My rating is based on talking with family and friends that attended.From talking with family and friends that attended.

    Dorm Life

    I am an incoming freshman. My rating is based on talking with family and friends that attended.From talking with family and friends that attended.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an incoming freshman. My rating is based on talking with family and friends that attended.

    Tips for prospective students

    Set your goals and make a plan to be successful. Make the most of the educational opportunity that is awarded to you. Have fun and make smart choices.

    In three sentences

    I think Virginia Tech has a great student and community environment. Several of my family members have played football and graduated from Virginia Tech and I have seen first hand through them that it is a top rated in educational success. It has a beautiful campus.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They have amazing campus security.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have more than I can think of.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school has many traditions to include the ring dance or the burning VT. The Corps of Cadets have an important tradition. They have the Caldwell March. It is hike for the freshman to symbolize their progress becoming an upperclassman. They take the route that the first student from Virginia Tech took. He walked all the way to Virginia Tech from his home. There are two parts to the march. After the last part of the march, the underclassman become upperclassmen.

    What to do for fun

    They have more clubs than I can think of. If they don't have what you want, you can start your own club very easily. They also have an amazing sport facility.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing!

    Dorm Life

    I will be in the Corps of Cadets and from what I have heard, they become your family in a short amount of time.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I have heard from other students is that it can be hard. They do have people you can go to if you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Apply early. 2. Ask any questions when you think of them. (before you forget) 3. Have fun with the process.

    In three sentences

    The people that work, study at, and live in the area are extremely friendly and helpful. When I went to orientation, everyone was exciting and answered all of my questions. The camaraderie there is unbelievable.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can't give it 5 stars due to the past shootings at VT, but since then, the emergency response has raised off the charts. Every student is connected to VT alerts that sends out emails and texts to every student in any situation that may have danger involved.

    Greek Life

    Greek life can be as big as you want it to be at VT. There are enough frats and sororities that there is sure to be one for you. However, if you are not interested, there are enough students at Tech that you will have no problems making friends without it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty much anything you can think of, there is a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. VT is great in that it is big enough that you have access to pretty much any interest you have, whereas it has the small college feel that a lot of students like.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    1) Football games - at the beginning of each football game the cheerleaders come out onto the field holding big letters that spell out LET'S GO HOKIES! One side of the stadium screams LETS GO, the other screams HOKIES! After a few back and forths, Metallica's Enter Sandman starts pumping through the loudspeakers and the entire stadium starts jumping up and down! It is absolutely crazy and awesome. 2) Corp/Civilian Snowball fight - On the first snowfall of the year, the Corp of Cadets and civilain students come out onto the drillfield and have a huge 10000+ person snowball fight! 3) 4/16 Memorial - It is a symbol of the strength of Virginia Tech. On 4/16/07, 32 people were shot and killed on campus. It is a rallying cry for the amazing university of Virginia Tech. It is very sad, but a cool symbol of remembrance and unity of VT. neVerforgeT

    Bang for the buck

    Especially if you are in-state. Out-of-state can be a little pricey but I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do, football games, basketball games, hiking, fishing, golfing, camping, movies, student run organizations, parties, concerts, hanging out on the drillfield, etc. There is really too much for me to list.

    Food and Dining

    #1 in the country, enough said. VT consistently has the top ranked campus food in the country and it is true. I eat almost every single meal on campus and love all of them. Fresh lobster, NY Strip steak, gourmet pasta, eggs Benedict, I can go on and on and on. It is unbelievable, and if you don't believe me, come try it yourself.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms was so much fun! Having a community around you is a blast and I wouldn't trade my freshman year for anything! Most of the freshman dorms are not air conditioned which kind of sucks, but it only really affects you during the 1st 2 and last 2 weeks of the year. Dorm rooms aren't huge but are bigger than most schools'.

    Academic Rigor

    Virginia Tech is a very good school. They have everything to offer you to make the most of your education, but it's what you do with it that will make you successful. Classes are tough and require a lot of work; at the same time, the professors do a good job of making the classes very interesting. I have always said, work hard during the week so you can party harder on the weekends!

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Make sure you talk with your advisor about which classes to take. People often make the mistake of not knowing what classes are required and take unnecessary classes. Take the time to sit down and plan out your classes over your 4+ years to maximize your ability to take classes that interest you most. 2) Get football season tickets. Fall Saturdays in Blacksburg are probably the best times of the year. Even if you aren't a football fan, do it, you won't regret jumping up and down screaming at the top of your lungs with Enter Sandman pumping through the speakers of Lane Stadium! 3) Go to Gobbler Fest, Big Event, Relay for Life, and play intramural sports. Everyone knows the cliche that college is the best 4 years of your life. You have to make that happen! Join a club, give back to the community, and most importantly make friends and have fun with them! Blacksburg and VT have so much to offer, don't miss out!

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is an awesome place to be, period. Fantastic professors, a plethora of majors, minors, and classes to be a part of are just some of the things that make it the best university in the world. There is always something to do in Blacksburg and you are sure to have a blast while getting a great education preparing you for whatever your life holds in front of you!

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour on a beautiful day and you will fall in love with the elegance and natural beauty of the campus.

    In three sentences

    The most beautiful campus I have ever seen. The campus is what made my final decision. Oh yes, academics were important too.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VT police are always on campus. Despite what some people think about the tragedy that happened in 2007, this campus is very safe. It is enclosed and away from big cities and highways. What happened in 2007 was horrible, but could have happened just about anywhere and is no reflection of VT safety. Since then however, safety measures have been upped tenfold. We get emails and texts immediately in an emergency situation. I only gave 4 stars, rather than 5 because I think more blue lights would be beneficial.

    Greek Life

    Fairly prominent. You don't have to be involved if you don't want to. You can avoid being around frat stars if you'd like. Being in a sorority or fraternity is fun though and just another way to make new friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said, there are hundreds of clubs at Tech. There are more new ones every year too. There is truly something for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Price wise, I would say it is extremely affordable compared to private colleges. Though it is still expensive, what college isn't in this day and age? It is great to be in-state, but I know tons of people from out of state.

    What to do for fun

    What don't you do for fun?? There are hundreds (literally) of clubs and teams you can join for fun. You are in the mountains and therefore some really awesome hiking trails. There are lakes and rivers too- most people go to this one river and go tubing, which is always fun. VT football and tailgating is a blast and everyone always looks forward to the Fall. Even classes are fun- walking around our beautiful campus makes us very lucky. When you need a break you can walk over to the Duck Pond and relax. Though the downtown scene is smallish compared to some other places, it packs a punch. It is easy to find fun things to do in Blacksburg.

    Food and Dining

    5 stars all the way. Virgina Tech is well known for having the best food on college campuses. Everyday you have the option of lobster, salad, sandwiches, smoothies, steak....you name it, they probably have it. Everyone has a meal plan here, not just the Freshmen. Seriously, the food is so good that most people prefer it to going out.

    Dorm Life

    I had so much fun my Freshman year. The dorms are all relatively near each other so it is easy to meet up with friends wherever you are. They are also all near a dining center and a gym, so eating and recreation are easily accessible. It is so much fun getting to know so many people when you first get to school- it makes the transition very easy. The cleaning staff in the dorms are great- it seems impossible to keep a building of 1000 teenagers clean, but they do a good job.

    Academic Rigor

    When you tell people you go to Virginia Tech, they are impressed. This school has a great academic reputation, especially if you are an engineer, architect, computer science person and other things. There are other non-science based majors as well- there is even a brand new top of the line Center of the Arts building. It is a challenge to go to this school and do well, but that is what makes getting the A that much better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be outgoing and you will be fine. There is truly something for everyone, but you have to seek it out- there are about 30,000 people in this town, sometimes you have to do a little research to find your niche. You have to TRY to not have the time of your life in Blacksburg, VA.

    In three sentences

    If you are looking for a home away from home, this is it. Everyone is so friendly; the teachers are outstanding; football is great; and last, but certainly not least, the food is literally the BEST. I am staying for graduate school.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Virginia Tech is the only place in the world that I feel safe walking around alone at any hour of the night. VTPD are always just a moment away and I always feel like I'm well protected in my dorm.

    Greek Life

    You have to be careful about the reputations of various organizations, but overall greek life can really add to your college experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 600 student clubs and organizations, plus hundreds of professional organizations, plus greek life. You will definitely find something to do!

    Great for these types of students

    Tech really has a place for everyone, you just have to keep an open mind and keep your eyes open.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Home Place is an excellent restaurant that everyone should go to.

    Bang for the buck

    SUPER EXPENSIVE for an out-of-state student but still worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do outdoors and there are also great restaurants and a bowling alley and movie theatre.

    Food and Dining

    #1 food in the country! I eat better at school than at home. Just watch out for that Freshman Fifteen!

    Dorm Life

    I am going into my 5th year on campus and I wouldn't have it any other way! The on-campus experience is amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are very difficult but they will prepare you for anything!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind! You never know who you're going to meet or what new thing you might want to try.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is my favorite place in the world. The community is phenomenal and I always have opportunities to serve others. The academics are incredible and the faculty is very supportive.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy and humble

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends Football games Clubs and organizations

    Food and Dining

    They have LOBSTER

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, stay on task and believe in yourself. If this is your dream school, go for it and try your best - anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

    In three sentences

    This college is freaking awesome. It is the best. Go Hokies!

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything and anything outdoors. I hike, bike, throw the football. Just about anything you want to do outside is available to you. I am even thinking about joining the sky diving club.

    Food and Dining

    No explanation needed....

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really old and some smell but the people you meet and the connections you make are fantastic. My best friends are people in the rooms around me. I already signed a lease with a girl I met a few weeks ago, we just clicked like that from just sharing a dorm together. We aren't even roommates!

    Academic Rigor

    So far I am doing alright, I like my classes so it makes learning easy. I know that sounds really lame but its true.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just have fun before you go to college and the real work starts!

    In three sentences

    So beautiful and friendly, while the teachers are bleeding heart liberals I love going to class every day looking for a good discussion. I also love studying out on the drill field where you can feel the breeze while and in depth reading about racism. Its just the perfect place to be stuck at for four or more years.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    What is the best thing at Tech?

  • 08/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    My friend that is a college student states that the food is even better than food at her home. I researched this fact, and Virginia Tech is considered to have the second best college food and dining in America.

    Dorm Life

    My friend said that the dorms were nice, at least the dorm she stayed in.

    Academic Rigor

    Virginia Tech offers 76 masters and 62 doctoral degrees through nine academic colleges. There are many majors that you can choose from and the student faculty ratio is 16:1.

  • 08/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hiking, biking, swimming, sports, hanging out, nightlife, and whatever else your mind can think of!

    Food and Dining

    Rated in the top ten for University Food Services by Princeton Review, again. Ten dining halls offer a superb variety of tasty food, and there is even lobster!

    Dorm Life

    Not all the dorms are air conditioned, but the bonds between roommates and hallmates is awesome! The housekeeping staff does a great job keeping things tidy and the rooms are an average size for 2 people.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering is tough, but rewarding. Any student willing to dedicate the right amount of time to their school work will have no problem succeeding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your study habits and apply early to get in. Apply for your FAFSA and other aid when you can, as you should for any college! Be ready to have the best experience a college can offer.

    In three sentences

    A school with the highest pride and school spirit I've ever seen, dedicated to its students and faculty in every regard. Expands the horizons of every student and is a great engineering, business, architecture, and every other major, school. Has a great Corps of Cadets that furthers the development of leaders for today's military and civilian leadership roles through an enhanced leadership experience.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many campus activities and recreational opportunities around the area. You simply need to reach out to the community and find them. The facilities for working out and playing intramural sports are also fantastic.

    Food and Dining

    I heard through the grapevine that the campus eateries and restaurants around campus are amongst the best in the nation! I've been to many restaurants around here and the food is excellent!

    Dorm Life

    Cannot speak about this

    Academic Rigor

    Even with the Geography classes I took, the level was very technical. Of course, they were graduate level courses. But all in all, it depends on your program and professor as to the rigor of coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in ready to meet friends and engage your mind in some of the most cutting edge research in the nation!

    In three sentences

    This is a beautiful campus and town that offers so many opportunities, not only within the academic arena, but outside of it as well. While I cannot speak for every program, the reputation for the engineering programs here are top notch. Whatever your intended major, you will have a rewarding experience.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The best.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any type of club or activity available that you could think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, Animal Science, Business

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The orange and maroon out games

    Bang for the buck

    Alot to do for students and many at little or no cost to students, but you pay for it with tuition up front, which is high for a state university.

    What to do for fun

    Attend home football games at Lane Stadium and watch the Hokies win.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options to choose from with varieties from every type of fare and the quality is five star.

    Dorm Life

    The building aesthetics are pleasing and appropriate for the area, but the majority of the dorms are older with no central air conditioning/heat and the rooms are small.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are extremely challenging and degree specific focused with the students success in mind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many AP, dual credit or IB classes as possible before graduating high school.

    In three sentences

    The campus is located in an awesome and picturesque area that promotes a positive learning environment. Blacksburg and Christiansburg are very student friendly. The academic curriculum has many different options with various student career paths to choose from. Virginia Tech has a great student career program in preparing students to apply for jobs as interns or for post graduation.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Great food all around no complaints.

    Dorm Life

    Stay on campus and live with a very diverse school body.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are hard but not Harvard hard to where it takes up your entire college life.

    In three sentences

    I am looking at the schools that I want to go to and this one is on the top of my list. The campus looks beautiful and has everything I want.

  • 10/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is a great way to get involved on this campus, especially with the school being so large.

    What to do for fun

    Bars downtown, great restaurants, cascades, hiking, outdoor activities

    Food and Dining

    Zero complaints!

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms don't have AC and it makes it miserable for a while, even with a box fan.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering and Architecture+Design are extremely difficult majors but absolutely worth it. Top in the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the great community at VT. Enjoy the football games and great academics and people around you!

    In three sentences

    Overall, this campus has a great environment for students. The sense of community is beyond compare, and the Hokie Nation is one that is truly an experience all in its own. The academics are very strong and programs are rigorous.

  • 10/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    not as many nph members due to tech being a predominently white institution, several non nph frats and sororities though

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is often a quidditch game (harry potter) going on the drillfield in the fall and sometimes in the spring

    What to do for fun

    Run on the huckleberry trail, hike in the cascades, go kayaking on the river

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good walking shoes and an umbrella, get involved early, and GO TO CLASS

    In three sentences

    We have the best food of just about any college in the country. We have a very large variety of courses available. The architecture program is one of the top 10 in the country.

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Although people say that this college is boring because it's in the middle of nowhere, we still have fun There is so much to do!

    Food and Dining

    Best Campus Food EVER!

    Dorm Life

    It is very easy to create community and friends. We all share one thing in common: WE ARE ALL HOKIES!

    Academic Rigor

    Get ready to work! Classes are not so bad, but you cannot expect to sit there and get an A, like you did in high school. If you want an A, you have to work for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved in whatever it is you want. The University wants you to be come the best at what you do.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is an excellent school that allows students to find themselves and in the process create a leader. Thus far, I have experienced the support from the University to reach my endeavors, not only as a student but as a leader. The school is very animated with school spirit, which creates an environment that is hard to not smile.

  • 11/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Breakzone, Gobbler Nights, concerts every week, clubs, parties, plays/musicals, football games, intramural sports, dorm activities....Just get out there and go look for something you enjoy!

    Food and Dining

    Don't even get me started....They weren't rated #1 in the nation for food for nothing!

    Dorm Life

    You get to make a lot of friends, but remember the experience is what you make of it! Get outside of the dorm too. :)

    Academic Rigor

    No slacking!!! Freshman can only take up to 18 credits, so don't get scared. Most people only take 15 credits, and their classes are 3 credits each, which is only 5 classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Turn in your application early! Don't wait until the day of to submit! Sometimes mistakes happen, and you need that buffer of time to make sure you have time to make everything perfect. And always participate in extracurriculars and volunteer activities. We, as Hokies, take volunteering seriously because it's our motto. Ut Prosim (That I may serve).

    In three sentences

    One of the best schools to go to no matter what your major is. Virginia Tech is home, and all of these Hokies are family. Definitely consider this school if you are still researching for where to go.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many times you'll hear someone shout Let's Go! and you have to reply, HOKIES!, but most of the time this only happens at Football games.

    What to do for fun

    Through being a student at Tech, I have branched out to so many different clubs and organizations. There are intramural and club sports, charity organizations such as Invisible Children, campus ministries and so much more! You can also hang out with some of my friends on weekends and after class. Go to the movies or eat in Downtown Blacksburg. Take a hike on any of the trailways nearby or go for a run along the Huckleberry trail. You can even try to finish the Hokie Bucketlist! There are so many things you can do in Blacksburg!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is superb! So many selections to choose from and four years to try them all! Tech is #1 in all of colleges for food and so they should be. From American to Mexican, Chinese, to Italian, you name it! There are even vegetarian options available and gluten free foods upon request. The food is priced fairly decently especially with your meal plan, otherwise it's extremely overpriced. Tech overall has the best food available.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty good, especially depending upon where you live. Some dorms are nicer than others. But what's great about dorm life is the community. Most people I have encountered in my dorm are nice and respectful people. Sometimes it can be a bit loud at night especially on weekends, but during the day it's pretty peaceful.

    Academic Rigor

    Virginia Tech is known for great professors and hard classes. They will push you to your limits at times, but they are also passable and your professors are there to pass you not to fail you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember to study hard. I know you probably here this all the time, but in college you need to focus and be able to take the classes seriously. Read the textbooks, go to class, and go to your professor's office hours for extra help if you don't understand the material all too well. Don't spend too much time hanging out with friends and goofing off, but do make sure you spend time with them and relax. Don't stress too much about grades and be thankful that you are in college and that you will get a degree to find a great job one day.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a marvelous school academically, as a community, and is breathtakingly beautiful. There is so much you can learn from extremely knowledgeable professors and such an array of majors to choose from. The view of the rolling mountains in the background and the fields that lay before them are stunning. This school has helped me to find and form a community in which I feel most at home and I will always love Virginia Tech.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    April 16, 2007 is a year that Hokies will never forget. Many people around the world were made aware of the tragic events of this day in Virginia Tech�s History. We don�t try to ignore it, but to strive to do better. In my four months on campus, I have never felt unsafe, if even for a moment. I think that the tragedy has not made us weaker, but stronger, as students and as Hokie Nation.

    Clubs and Activities

    In high school, I was very active in music. I participated in all of the musicals and was in three different choirs by the time I was a senior. It was the only thing that was constant through my entire music career and was the venue by which I made most of my best friends. I was worried about how my love of music would transfer once I entered college, especially considering that my major had nothing to do with music. When I got on campus, students were made aware of the many opportunities for students to involve themselves in clubs and other activities. I immediately began to think about auditioning for an a cappella group on campus and was overjoyed when I was accepted into my first choice as a freshman. It has provided me with so many friends of different ages and personalities and opportunities to grow both as a musician and as a person.

    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Tech�s football games are the place to be. Students and fans from all over the country gather at Lane Stadium to watch their Hokies take on whatever team is so unfortunate to be on the opposing team. In addition to football, Virginia Tech athletics include sports such as basketball, soccer, and volleyball. If you love sports, Virginia Tech is the spot for you!

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Blacksburg is a great place to be. It has several shops and eating places for all ages to enjoy. It also it the prime place for bands to hold concerts and groups of people to meet up. Another place that many people enjoy is the drill field. It separates the housing part of campus from the academic part of campus and is a popular spot for people to play Ulitmate Frisbee, soccer, or just lounge in the sun. The Squires Student center is also a hotspot for student activity as it contains a bowling alley and several classrooms as well as an area for people to watch sports.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Virginia Tech is some of the best college food in the nation. The campus boasts several dining halls, many of which use food fresh from nearby farms. Additionally, some of the dining halls feature many popular dining chains such as Pizza Hut, Chick-Fil-A, Dunkin� Donuts, Bruegger�s Bagels, Subway, Qdoba, Jamba Juice, and Au Bon Pain. Virginia Tech�s dining plans offer a unique feature that allows students to pay half price for food at any place that accepts dining dollars. It is clear that whatever your heart desires can be found almost anywhere at Virginia Tech.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life for me has been great. I am a member of a learning community on campus called the Residential Community at West Ambler Johnston. It was recently renovated and contains many amenities such as a fully-stocked kitchen, carpeted rooms, stalled showers, air conditioning, four lounges and two study rooms per floor, a gym, elevators, and even a movie theater. I can�t speak for those living elsewhere on campus, but my experience with dorms has been very pleasant. Additionally, some of the living communities offer mixed rooming. That is to say that a freshman may be randomly selected to room with a sophomore. While this may seem strange or out of the ordinary, it adds an air of community and connectedness between all grade levels and ages of students.

    Academic Rigor

    I assume that the answer to this question will vary according to major. I just completed my first semester of classes at Virginia Tech and was surprised at how different it was from high school. Some days, I might only have an hour and fifteen minutes of classes, and I would have to decide what to do with the rest of my day. It was a learning experience. Time management is definitely key at Virginia Tech and is a skill that I am still working on mastering. Though many of the classes are difficult, they are doable if you are focused and work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school! There are so many things for students to do on campus! Find out what they are; there is sure to be something that interests you. Additionally, I suggest that all prospective students sit in on a class. Virginia Tech is a big place and as a result, many of the classes are very large. Students should see if that style of learning is best suited to them before deciding on a school.

    In three sentences

    I visited Virginia Tech in the fall of my senior year and fell in love. Not only is the campus beautiful, but the people are so friendly. The atmosphere of campus is fun and the classes are engaging.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do at Tech. From going to the home football games and gearing up in maroon and orange, radiating with Hokie spirit. To going to the infamous Homeplace for a nice and hearty meal. Also, going to the Cascades and hiking with your friends. All the way to simply hitting up the local town in Christiansburg, theres so much to do around Tech.

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech is ranked #1 in food!!!!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Tech is super fun, the relationships people build from their hallmates last forevaaa.

    Academic Rigor

    Students at Virginia Tech are some of the hardest workers I have ever seen. Everyone strives to do their best and the learning environment at Tech is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and spend time on your applications, it'll all be worth it in the end. Virginia Tech is a great school to attend and they are very accepting of hard workers with good applications, not only good grades.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a great school with a great atmosphere. The Hokie spirit is clearly present and each and every person is super kind. Not only are the people awesome but the campus is beautiful!

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs and other social activities

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a school mainly focused on engineering but there are also many BIT majors as well. Take advantage of freshman year!

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a great places for studies. It has a beautiful campus and the people are really friendly. There are loads of opportunity for engineering majors.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. I really hope I get in because my mom had a great experience there. I can't wait for my letter!

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe. There are two police officers that walk my building every night. We also have peep holes on the doors which allow you to look and see who is at the door before opening it. There is a VT Alert text system in place that sends a message if something is wrong. Our campus is one of the safest in the nation.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities on campus. There is definitely something for everyone. If you have an interest in something you can also create a new club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When the football team is running on the field the song Enter Sandman plays. Everyone jumps until the team is on the field. They also sell Turkey Legs at the game. Football is a big part of the Hokie tradition. Service is also a large part of our tradition. Students are encouraged to participate in one of the nation's largest Relay for Life events as well as The Big Event which is a day where students do community service projects all day throughout the community.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do in Blacksburg. Towards the beginning of the year, many student organizations also have activities for incoming and returning students. Gobbler Fest is a hit with everyone. All of the clubs set up booths on the Drill field and hand out freebies to attract new members.

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Tech dining is phenomenal. They have food for every type of palate and diet. The food at Virginia Tech is as good as a home cooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Pritchard which is one of the co-ed, un-airconditioned dorms. There is a sink in every room and the hall bathrooms are always clean. I've met a lot of wonderful people because I lived on campus in a hall style dorm my first year.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are engaging and challenging. If a student is having trouble, professors are more than willing to offer assistance. Also, the Student Success Center has free tutoring for all entry level classes and some upper level classes as well. Everyone at Virginia Tech wants students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a guided tour of the campus and talked to current or past students, they often have the most valuable advice. Also, sit in on a class or talk with a professor in the department you're interested in.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is an innovative and inspiring place to study. It is an extremely safe campus and everyone on it wants their fellow Hokie to succeed. Students are pushed to challenge themselves and are encouraged to be part of the community. Virginia Tech's motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) encourages all students to take an active role in their community.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus Police are always in sight. There safety features on campus are prevalent.

    Greek Life

    Strong presence on campus, but if you are not part of it you don't notice them much.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any kind of club you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Well rounded students who like to be social but take their academics seriously. A great school for avid sports fans and those who love school spirit.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Civilians verse cadets snow ball fight Ring dance Enter sandman Hidden gargoyles The Drill field Biggest Relay for Life in the Country 3.2 Run in remembrance Duck Pond

    Bang for the buck

    Great in state tuition

    What to do for fun

    Hiking Blacksburg Farmers Market is amazing Tailgating Sporting Events Run the Huckleberry Trail Frosty Parrot Frozen Yogurt

    Food and Dining

    Best in the Nation! Much of their food is locally grown and they provide many healthy options! Lobster, creme brulee, fillet minion, ...

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are average. Many have air conditioning. They are beginning to renovate all the dorms and currently have two complete that are like 5 star hotels.

    Academic Rigor

    Has challenging academic programs. Is well known for their engineering and architecture programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to a football game and you will fall in love.

    In three sentences

    THE BEST UNIVERSITY

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very laid back cops who are mostly worried about keeping students safe rather than busting them for underage drinking.

    Greek Life

    Over 60 fraternities and sororities, but not everyone is involved with Greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs... not enough time...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Civilian VS. Corps snowball fight Enter Sandman jumping up and down for football games

    What to do for fun

    FOOTBALL! Hang out with friends Breakzone Downtown activities Party at apartments Party at frat houses Hookah Bar Workout in one of the two gyms Run around campus

    Food and Dining

    Absolutely amazing food all over campus and in the surrounding Blacksburg area.

    Dorm Life

    I am in the Corps of Cadets so I know my dorms are very strict and are unlike the civilian dorms; however, I do know that most dorms don't have A/C so bring a fan if you aren't doing university honors.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic success is completely up to how hard you are willing to try in college and usually about 75% of your grades are based on test performance; it takes some getting used to. If you didn't ever study in high school, learn how to study effectively as soon as possible

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is key to success at Virginia Tech, or at any college for that matter.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech has a beautiful campus but is very far away from pretty much everything. The community there is unique and the Hokie Spirit radiates from the people and staff. The Engineering and Architecture programs are ranked in the top 10 of the nation, and the school overall is awesome.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is pretty expensive, so I can't really be happy with the costs. One positive about the money we pay at VT is the unlimited use of BT, the transit system around campus. The buses come often and are pretty convenient.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking and outdoor activities are common around Blacksburg, as the surrounding area is relatively rural. Students are generally active. I've never had a problem finding things to do but I also work too hard and don't have enough fun!

    Food and Dining

    Food is incredible and can't be beat!

    Dorm Life

    I give the dorms 3 stars because some are awesome while others are relatively outdated. The nice dorms have air conditioning, great locations, movie/ game rooms, kitchens and tons of amenities while others may not.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering is really tough--if you cannot make it through the intro classes I would recommend switching into another discipline. Some of the classes are weedouts, but they are indicative of the difficulty!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about not getting into your major upon applying--it is easy to switch later if your GPA is decent!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus--intro classes have lots of students but it does get better later on! Great food, football team, and environment!

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At Tech you will always feel so safe. On the weekends police cars are a big presence on the streets. There are also blue lights on basically every street which immediately contact the police if you press the button.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is big at Tech and has a very good reputation. There are a god number of people that are involved in all sorts of greek Life on campus at Tech. They are known for their philanthropy and volunteer activities around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Relay for Life is huge! Make A Wish is also very big and there is even an annual 'The Big Event' that is held every April which is one of the biggest volunteer events in the nation!

    Great for these types of students

    Tech is great for motivated and social students who are looking to succeed. This school is perfect for the outdoorsy person as well because there are so many fun trails and adventures around campus!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most see locations at Tech are the War Memorial, Torgenson Bridge, and the Drill field. While at Tech you must go to at LEAST one football game at Lane Stadium, attend the annual Cadet vs. Civilian snowball fight, and there are tons of fireworks randomly throughout the year as well which is awesome. Relay for Life is also huge and the 3.2 remembrance run!

    Bang for the buck

    You get a school that is highly ranked but still full of genuine people that you will be able to build long lasting friendships with. This is the place that you ail be able to receive a top notch education while still enjoying yourself and having a good time.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of opportunities for things to do in your free time here at Tech. There are numerous outdoor activities including the VentureOut program where you can pay to go caving, hiking, and more! The downtown area has tons of shops and restaurants to explore as well.

    Food and Dining

    #1 food in the country! The food here at Tech speaks for itself. There are so many healthy and affordable choices at Tech that will keep you more than satisfied on a budget without gaining the freshman 15!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms and people that you will meet at Tech are so very genuine and the dorm setup fostered such a great environment for socializing. The dorms are very clean and spacious enough to be comfortable. They are within walking distance of everything and most have study lounges/gyms in the dorm itself!

    Academic Rigor

    I think the rigor can be as hard as you push yourself here at Virginia Tech. The classes vary in rigor and I believe that if you want to challenge yourself to the extreme you will be able to do that here at Tech.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up your grades in high school and get involved in as many extracurriculars as possible. Explore subjects that spark your interest because those will help you decide what you want to do in college!

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a fun and energetic atmosphere that allows every student amazing opportunities to learn and grow. The professors, academics, and possibilities are all top notch. The spirited feeling around campus is contagious and going to a school with such amazing school spirit is really comforting.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency buttons every 300 or so feet in case of emergency. Campus is patrolled by security. Emergency call system in place. The security is nowhere near overwhelming despite these measures.

    Greek Life

    Unsure, unaffiliated.

    Clubs and Activities

    Gobblerfest is an event where over 700 clubs and organizations show what they have to offer for new students. At VT there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, friendly, and motivated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping to Metallica-Enter Sandman for the football games. I'm not a sports fan, but seeing the pride in the school at game time is inspiring.

    Bang for the buck

    Ranked engineering school. For in-state students, this is an exceptional value, but for out-of-state students (like myself), it is a mid-priced university. The experience is well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Blacksburg is a small college town, so it's up to the students to make their own fun. Virginia Tech also tries to have many events for the students on campus (Concerts, magic shows, comedians, etc.).

    Food and Dining

    The campus is nationally recognized as having one of the best (if not the best) dining plans.

    Dorm Life

    Virginia Tech has programs that allow students to dorm with other students in the same area of learning in some cases. Lee Hall is home to the engineers on campus, allowing all of the new students to communicate easily. Lee Hall also has many extracurricular opportunities with its own technology lab--3D printers, scanners, laser cutters, etc. ensure cool projects where the students can learn a lot.

    Academic Rigor

    Speaking as an engineering student, it is a very tough program. You will see many people around you constantly failing to keep up, but don't let this dissuade you. Work hard and you will be rewarded.

    Tips for prospective students

    Speaking as an engineering student, it is a very tough program. You will see many people around you constantly failing to keep up, but don't let this dissuade you. Work hard and you will be rewarded.

    In three sentences

    I feel that Virginia Tech is unparalleled in student education and experience. Every class is selected to aid the student for future careers and are taught by top-notch professors. It is a school that prides itself on character as much as grades and learning.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hiking the Appalachian Mountains, kayaking down the New River, or enjoying a Tech football game, the options are endless when looking for a fun activity.

    Food and Dining

    There is a reason Virginia Tech is constantly rated the number one school in the country for campus dining. From delicious steak dinners to whole lobsters to healthy options everywhere, Virginia Tech has it all.

    Dorm Life

    Activities while living on campus are endless. Interactions with RAs provide valuable relationships. Living communities create an atmosphere that fosters relationships with other people that share common interests.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough but can be accomplished. They are meant to challenge you but they make you understand the task at hand. Professors are always there for you to offer assistance and guidance. There is a reason that these classes are challenging but in the end, the opportunity they provide is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school isn't like any other university. You come here from a high school you may not feel connected too and join a family called Hokie Nation. Great academics, athletics, and activities, this school has it all. The town of Blacksburg is a small town centered around the university but with its own personality. Opportunities are endless when you arrive at Virginia Tech.

    In three sentences

    Not just another place where you go to get a piece of paper called a degree, Virginia Tech is a home where you find a family and opportunities that carry on for the rest of your life. Tech is a home away from home that causes you to fall so hard for it that you may never want to leave. There is a reason that Tech has the highest student satisfaction rate in the world.

  • 01/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Virginia Tech has its own police department for the school and the town of Blacksburg is a very safe area.

    What to do for fun

    Fun activities to do at Virginia Tech are going out to eat in downtown Blacksburg, the football games, hanging out in the study lounges, taking the bus to the mall/movies, finding a book in the 5 story library, attending a volleyball/basketball game, going to the gym or exercise classes with friends, biking, hiking, fishing, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Best food for a college campus no doubt. No matter what type of food you are in the mood for they will have a place that serves that type of food and it is always fresh.

    Dorm Life

    The only downside to the dorms is there's no air conditioning in most of the freshman dorms. As long as you have a few fans on during the fall though it is not intolerable. I have met a ton of friends on my hall that I study with and hang out with on the weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult but it is not unreasonable. The teachers want you to succeed and do not like seeing their students fail. They will assign you with some tough work, but as long as you use tie management skills and use the help they provide you with such as office hours, tutoring, etc. you can succeed in a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective student, take a visit to Virginia Tech and tour the beautiful campus. It is what made me choose this school and it will easily sway many decisions. The food is amazing here so you will never have to worry about cafeteria food again. You will not have to worry about gaining the freshman 15 either, with all the healthy choices on the menu and gym facilities that offer classes and multiple areas with different ways to work out. Don't forget to look up Lane Stadium either, there is nothing like experiencing a Hokie football game for the first time.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech has a beautiful campus with great food and great people. The atmosphere of going to school here is just what a college student would look for. The professors I have had are all amazing at teaching their subjects and offer lots of different ways to find help if you are struggling.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can join clubs, club sports, or intramural sports and during your second semester you can join greek life.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest new students to be used to studying and make sure they are good at time management. Tech is a very good school and is competitive so make sure you are able to dedicate your time to your schoolwork.

    In three sentences

    I have had the best experience here at Tech everyone is so nice and willing to help you. The professors I have had have been very helpful and truly care about their students. You will never be bored here at Tech because there is always something to do and it is easy to get involved.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police everywhere making sure the safety is maintain and acceptable. The police are not out to get you, but are there to help if they are needed to make sure order remains balanced.

    Greek Life

    Rushing is great. You are able to meet a crazy amount of people. All of the fraternities and sororities are happy me meet new faces.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost anything you can think of. I enjoy the wake boarding club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Civilians VS Cadet snow ball fight Hokie Respect Lane Stadium is the best college football stadium in the land.

    Bang for the buck

    Take advantage of all the free food and Virginia Tech social events.

    What to do for fun

    -snowball fights -intramural sports -work out -spend time with friends -attend social events.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Virginia Tech is outstanding. The is not one place on campus that I do not enjoying eating at.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. They are well maintained and everyone in your dorm is friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, but if you pay attention there is no reason not pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time managements is the most important strength to have at Virginia Tech. Do not be scared to ask the teachers for assistance because most of them all willing to happily. Enjoy yourself, but make sure work comes first.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is a great college to attend. The atmosphere, teachers, and learning opportunities are something do die for. Virginia Tech sets you on the road to a successful career.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great campus security. There are lots of police and they are serious about their jobs.

    Greek Life

    Lots of Greek life around. They want you in their frat/sorority!

    Clubs and Activities

    Always something going on if you watch out!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pretty high. You mostly get what you pay for, but there is also a lot of waste.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of activities and clubs on campus. There is a big Greek life presence.

    Food and Dining

    Food is delicious! There is almost too much to eat!

    Dorm Life

    I lived off campus starting at the beginning and I really enjoyed it. I have friends who live in dorms and they really enjoy it.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough classes but you actually feel like you learn the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out anything you can before you attend about the campus. Once you start, the pace speeds up quite a bit. Have a good time but stay on top of school work and everything will be fine.

    In three sentences

    Very big nice beautiful campus. Always lots going with more than enough to do. Very sturdy education with no doubt that I will be able to find a job when I get out!

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of programs pushing campus safety and even a night transit program called SafeRide.

    Greek Life

    Great time.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 600 clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    Really anybody, Virginia Tech is a big Engineering/Science school, but its also the largest public university in Virginia. So anything that is small, they will improve or are already improving.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Most and coolest traditions for football games and events around the year! You HAVE TO go to a football game.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely BIG bang for your buck if you're in-state.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of nature stuff to do, large intramural/sports program, over 600 clubs on campus, numerous fraternities/sororities, and of course partying.

    Food and Dining

    Always #1-3 in the nation in the last 5 years.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are pretty good, and if you're in ROTC they're getting new dorms in 2015

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely one of the more rigorous publc universities on the east coast.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and try to live get into a Living Learning Community.

    In three sentences

    The most accepting, diverse, and spirited schools in Virginia and one of the top in the nation. All aspects of a good college are here: strong academics, strong athletic programs, large club activity, availability to scholarships and student aid.

  • 03/22/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the safest campuses, seriously.

    Greek Life

    Very prevalent on campus, a variety of greek organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to name. There is at least one for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    Tons to do downtown, plenty of nature excursions and on and off campus activites.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing!

    Dorm Life

    Pretty fun! Stayed on campus for 3 years.

    Academic Rigor

    Get ready to write a lot of papers and do projects, depending on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to make friends that will last a lifetime!

    In three sentences

    One of the friendliest, safest, most fun schools to go to. We have some of the most school spirit you will find, and a beautiful campus to top it off. Did I forget to mention the award-winning campus dining? I love being a Hokie for life!

  • 03/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club Manage your time Take a variety of classes

    In three sentences

    Virginia Tech is an extremely welcoming and friendly community of students and staff. Every student and staff member is excited and happy to be at the college and works hard to be successful. There is always something to do on campus or close by in town.

  • 04/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The VTPD is a great resource to have on campus. They are dedicated to making students feel safe at Tech, and the majority of them are actually very nice! There are multiple resources available to you, such as a late night ride service available to you and various number help lines.

    Greek Life

    Very prominent and active! Rushing is very popular, you will see guys in suits and girls in dresses all the time around campus.They do plenty of events and community service as well as parties of course.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 different clubs here at Tech, so you are sure to find one you like! At an event called Gobblerfest in September, you get to see all the different ones and check them out :)

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to make friends and enjoy the social aspect of college as well as the academic. Students who are open minded to try new things! Tech changes you and your habits from high school, so don't underestimate yourself!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The pylons are a Tech symbol, beautiful for overlooking the drillfield- especially at sunset! The drillfield is packed in early fall and late spring with students playing sports, laying down and tanning, studying and reading... it's wonderful. The Duck Pond is gorgeous and a perfect date spot. And all the events that go on through the year are a blast.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, as are other colleges. But there are so many scholarships opportunities!

    What to do for fun

    During the day on both weekdays and weekends small fairs and events are held for students to take a break and have some fun. These are usually located in the Squires Student Center. Nightlife: For people over 21, downtown Blacksburg is usually the move with many clubs. For underage, there are parties all around off campus, it's really fun!

    Food and Dining

    #1 in the nation. Need I say more? :)

    Dorm Life

    This depends on the dorms you reside in, and on your roommate. Some of the dorms are nicer that others but it's all honestly what you make of it. People in dorms are usually super nice so you make friends really quickly and establish a close family. Residential Advisers are generally very cool and they're there for you all the time to help you.

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly depends on your major. However, each major has its amount of homework, amount of studying that should be dedicated, etc. If you don't procrastinate, you should be okay.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be too intimidated about Tech's size! It is big, but trust me when I say it gets a lot smaller as you are a student here. Everything is actually relatively close, within 15 minutes walk roughly. It's a great daily exercise, and everyone loves walking around the beautiful campus. Also, there are really big classes but you can still get a good thorough understanding of the course with the recitation sessions taught student teachers in classrooms with 20 or less.

    In three sentences

    Coming to Tech will be one of the best choices of your life. The atmosphere is wonderful, everyone is incredibly nice and full of school spirit-you immediately feel part of the Hokie community. The academics are outstanding, with teachers and students who care and will help you along the way.

  • 04/16/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It seems pretty cool.