Why your kids should go to Virginia Tech

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Your kid is a junior in high school. This summer you'll be college shopping if you haven't already started. You know nothing about Virginia Tech but it should be on your list. Why?

 

We've got history.  We were founded in Blacksburg, VA as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, a land-grant military school, in 1872. Aside from Texas A&M, we're the only other non-military school in the country that has all four branches of the military still represented. When we received accredidation in 1923, we droppped the four year Corps of Cadets requirement to two years. Today it is no longer a requirement, but it is still a big part of Virginia Tech. Over the years we had the name change to Virginia Polytechnic Insitute, then added "and State University", and it's now known as Virginia Tech or VT. (Our official name is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) Women were admitted in the 1920's and in 1973 we were the first school to allow women to join the Corps of Cadets program.

 

We have diversity. Currently we have about 27,000 undergraduate students (with a 16:1 student-faculty ratio). We have about 7% Asian population, 7.4% Indian population, and about 4.3% African-American population. We have students from all over the country and the wold- PA, NJ, MA, CT, FA, AL, TN, NC, SC, GA, and OH are some of our most represented states and Austrailia, China, Korea, India, Nepal, and the Carribeans are just a few of the respresented countries. We're pretty evenly split gender wise.

 

We've got options. With a little over 70 majors in 9 different colleges, chances are we have what your son or daugher is looking for. From Mechnical and Chemical Engineering, to Finance and Marketing, to Food Science & Technology and Biological Systems Engineering, to Residential Property Management and Urban Affairs & Planning... I would probably run out of space on my blog listing everything that we have. Our advisors here are awesome- if you're in something you don't like they'll do whatever it takes to help you find what's right for you.

 

We're reasonably priced. Total yearly cost living off campus is around $16,300. Total yearly cost living on campus is around $21,700. Apartments in the area range from $700 for a one bedroom to about $1500 for a 4 bedroom.


We're centrally located. A 12 hour drive can have you in Boston, Orlando, St Louis or New Orleans (I've made the Orlando and Boston drives myself). Two hour drive has you at Greensboro or Charlotte airports. There's a smaller airport in Roanoke, Va about 30 minutes away, but most students fly out of the larger NC airports.

 

We're a sports school. We're known for our awesome football team and our basketball team is really coming into its own these past few years. We have everything from soccer (our women's soccer team is really good), to lacrosse, to volleyball in our ACC division. We also have numerous club sports for those not wanting to be as competitive.


We've got awesome Greek life! We're have a pretty diverse Greek community: 13 NPC sororities, 36 IFC fraternities, at least 20 different co-ed fraternities ranging from professional to academic to service. We also have 8 NPHC (African-American) fraternities and sororities. As part of a sorority myself, I feel Greek life is so important to a college experience- not only do you meet some really awesome people, you make great contacts, your gpa goes up (Greeks on our campus always have higher gpa rankings than non-Greek students), and you get a chance to be really involved on your campus. The average Greek student has a leadership position within their organization, is involved in at least two other organizations, does more community service than the average student and has better job offers leaving college.

 

We have every type of student group you could ever imagine. Just a few of the organizations I've been involved in: Baptist College Ministries, Residential Property Management Club, New Life Christian Fellowship, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, College Republicans, Pistol and Rifle Club. We have over 600 registered student organizations- everything from academic, sports, music, gaming.... you name it we have a group for it. It's easy to get involved in this campus!

 

We're number 3 in the country for dining. People never consider on-campus food in their college shopping but it's so important. I work in dining services and I can say our food really is good. We were number 1, but two smaller private colleges beat us. We like to think that doesn't count here, haha. We're still the number 1 public school and that says something. There is nothing you can't eat here- we have EVERYTHING. And we do speical dinners throught the year- one around each major holiday of course, but also things like ice cream sundae nights, Pirate Night, Mardi-Gras, Southern Classics Night, Favorites Night (everyone votes throught the week for what they like)... a lot of others that I'm forgetting.

 

So. When you're out college shopping, make a trip down to VT. If you come anytime between October and March bring warm clothes- we're in the mountains so it's usually cold and there's some type of wind advisory. It's a great place to live and go to school. I've heard it time and again, "Tech was just on my list, didn't really know anything about it, but as soon as I visited I fell in love." If you visit anytime before May, give me a call. I'd be happy to give you a tour around the place.

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Kat, great information on Virginia Tech. One of the best reasons for us is that it's a state school and tuition is very reasonable. Excellent post!

Feb 12, 2009 11:01 PM #1
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Thanks! Yeah after hearing that out of state students come to Tech because it's cheaper than their in state schools. Tech ftw! :)

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Really a nice description of VT. When I joined I had no clue about the sports side of Virginia Tech. As an internation student I was aware of its reputation in academia and low cost. Specially the MBA college, which might be only MBA college to give that many scholarship and assistanthsips. 

 

I fell in love with the place too. Go Hokies! 

Feb 14, 2009 12:29 PM #3
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Kat-Go Hookies.  We are a two generation Hookie family and my new grandson's nursery is painted in Burgandy & Orange.   No doubt there is a hint in where he is expected to go to college!

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Thanks Veetrag! We definitely have a good MBA program- I have a lot of friends going through MBA programs here and at other colleges and my friends here definitely get more financial help!

 

Nice to see another Hokie, Cindy! I love that your grandson's room is Hokie-colored. I've already decided when I have kids they're getting Hokie-colored rooms too, haha. Go Hokies!!

Feb 15, 2009 05:27 PM #5
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You know grandma (oh gosh, what am I going to be called?) will be stocking up on orange and burgundy!

Feb 16, 2009 06:40 PM #6
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Kat - the only thing I see missing from your description is the Hokie pride and spirit that you simply can not describe in words.  Two of my children are VT alumni and we have a Sophmore there now.  What an amazing influence VT and Blacksburg continues to have on our family.  "We are Hokies!"

Feb 26, 2009 12:35 PM #7
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Also close to skiing.  I miss being close to Winterplace and Snowshoe.  If you are outdoor person,  there is so much to do around Blacksburg.

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Bonnie- I think the only way I could describe Hokie spirit would be to either post pictures of my friends and I painting up for the game or of everything that happened right after April 16. Hokie spirit is definitely something you have to experience- can't be put into words! :) GO HOKIES!

Nelson-  It is really nice being close to great ski places. I used to go snowboarding at Wintergreen which is 45 minutes from my house. Snowshoe and Winterplace are soooo much better though, haha. It's definitely a great outdoors school. My friends and I go hiking/backpacking a lot up by the AT. I'm hoping to make it to the New River sometime soon once it's warmer.

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Well.....I am sending my daughter to Radford next week. What can I say? It's not all bad. I graduated from Tech and married my still wife and real estate partner of 30 years who also went to Radford....I had the back road memorized....out Prices Fork in the dark....wonder I lived.

best wishes in 2010!

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