Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech has approximately 135 campus buildings, a 2,600-acre main campus, off-campus educational facilities in six regions, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The campus proper is located in the Town of Blacksburg in Montgomery County in the New River Valley and is 38 miles southwest of Roanoke.
Listed by Southern Living magazine as one of the best college towns
in the South, Blacksburg consists of some 12,000 acres nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountains. Home to about 42,600 local residents, the town is considered small by most any standard, but don't let its size or location fool you! Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country's best places to live and has earned a reputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, and forward-looking community. Many Hokies stay after they graduate, or return later in their careers, because they just can’t get enough of their VT moments.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
With most buildings constructed in the neo-Gothic (or Gothic Revival) architectural style using Hokie Stone a native limestone throughout Southwest Virginia the Virginia Tech campus is both dramatic and beautiful. But you needn't take our word for it: See for yourself!
Virginia Tech is home to more than 135 Blacksburg campus buildings and a Corporate Research Center, housing more than 150 companies. The Moss Arts Center is headquarters for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, as well as modern performance and rehearsal venues.
The Newman library now includes holdings of more than 2 million volumes physically located in the main library and its branches, including Art + Architecture Library, Veterinary Medicine Library, Northern Virginia Center Resource Center.
Athletic facilities are state-of-art including Cassell Coliseum, with seating for 10,000, and Lane Stadium, with seating for 66,233 as well as numerous varsity and recreational fields and facilities, including McComas Hall fitness center.
Satellite campuses are located in Roanoke, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Southside Virginia and Northern Virginia including Falls Church and Alexandria as well as a state-of-the-art Research Center in Arlington.
Seven research institutes have been created to draw upon established strengths and enhance the university's ability to address large-scale research opportunities by crossing traditional disciplinary and college lines. These institutes are:
Fralin Life Science Institute
Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology
Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science
Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
Vibrant and engaging, Blacksburg's downtown offers unique stores, art galleries, and eclectic restaurants. The area's wide redbrick sidewalks, Victorian street lamps, and park benches encourage foot traffic and make meeting folks easy. The College Avenue Promenade, a lively pedestrian mall where downtown and campus intersect, is home to a variety of festivals, events, and performances throughout the year. The Lyric Theatre hosts movies at discount prices and live events. In spring 2014, a combination IMAX cinema and bowling alley
opened at First & Main. At the edge of Main Street and campus, Virginia Tech's Moss Arts Center hosts world-class performances.
Outside magazine named Blacksburg one of the top 10 places to live in the country. It had something to do with the hiking, camping, rafting, golfing, caving ... you get the picture.
Venture Out, a program of Student Centers and Activities, organizes outings all over the area.
Student Organizations & Activities
Whether you're looking for Greek life or robot wars, there's a club for you. In fact, more than 700 student clubs and organizations are active on campus. And, hey, it only takes three people to start your own.
There is so much to do, and a wide variety of options: concerts, athletic events, distinguished speakers, extracurricular activities like bowling, video games, pool, movies, student organizations, intramural sports, and clubs of nearly every type imaginable.