Virginia Tech/Polytechnic Institute and State University
201 Burruss Hall
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
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Virginia Tech/Polytechnic Institute and State University
201 Burruss Hall
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Virginia Tech/Polytechnic Institute and State University
Students come from all 50 states and over 100 countries to attend Virginia Tech.

College Description
Virginia Tech, also known as Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is a four-year, publicly supported, comprehensive, land-grant university. Tech is the state's largest university and ranks among the top 50 research institutions in the nation. The campus is located in Blacksburg, a true college town, nestled in the scenic, southwestern corner of Virginia. The campus lies on a plain between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains, 2,100 feet above sea level. The area is noted for natural beauty, a healthy atmosphere, and unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities.

Academic Life
The university offers over 70 bachelor's degree programs through its seven undergraduate academic colleges: the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Pamplin College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, and the College of Human Resources and Education. Undergraduates will find many ways to enhance their educational experience. Opportunities range from participating in undergraduate research projects (such as building a solar car) to pursuing a semester of study at Tech's Center for European Studies and Architecture in Switzerland. Students can also choose from other international or national exchange programs, study abroad, co-op, or internships to discover new opportunities for learning. ð On the postgraduate level, the university offers over 120 master's and doctoral degree programs though the Graduate School and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. For talented students who wish to move directly to graduate work in their chosen field, Tech offers a five-year bachelor's/master's degree option. Approval by the University Honors Program is required.

Campus Life
Students at Virginia Tech work hard, study hard, and play hard. From cadet fitness drills in the early morning (about 12% of students are enrolled in the Corps of Cadets) to national team competition for undergraduate research projects to a highly active intramural sports program-there's truly something for everyone at Virginia Tech. The long list of student organizations includes more than 150 academic organizations and a wide variety of other clubs that reflects the diversity of our students and their interests (if the Chess Club doesn't suit you, try the Virginia Tech Jugglers). In addition, Tech has more than 30 fraternities and sororities that enhance public service and social life at the university. Tech also has its own student-run radio station, WUVT, as well as a campus television station, VTTV; a student-produced yearbook, the Bugle; a twice-weekly student newspaper, the Collegiate Times; and the student literary magazine, the Silhouette.

Facilities and Resources
The university has over 100 campus buildings on 2,600 acres in Blacksburg; hundreds of research laboratories; the Corporate Research Center; an airport, a golf course, and a 1,700-acre research farm in surrounding Montgomery County. ð Among the university's major facilities are Carol M. Newman library, with over 1.9 million volumes; Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center, a conference center with 100 rooms for guests; Cassell Coliseum (seating 10,000); Lane Stadium (seating 51,000); a communications network that provides voice, video, and Internet access to offices, classrooms, laboratories, and residence hall rooms; and a computing and communications complex providing the university community with access to information systems and reroutes worldwide. ð All students living on-campus will have access to the Internet right from their rooms. Freshmen entering fall semester, 1998, are required to bring a computer with them to campus. A joint project between the university and town, called the Blacksburg Electronic Village (BEV), is an ongoing example of how information technology can be used to create a community of online resources. (See for more information.)

Virginia Tech has membership in the NCAA, the Atlantic 10 Conference, and the Big East football conference. Men's varsity sports include football, basketball, baseball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track, wrestling, tennis, golf, soccer, and swimming. Women's varsity sports include basketball, tennis, swimming, volleyball, lacrosse, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, and cross country. An extensive intramural program offers opportunities for participation in more than 20 recreational activities. Recent achievements in athletic competition include: champions of the 1995 Big East Conference and the 1995 Nokia Sugar Bowl for football, 1996 NCAA participant in men's basketball, 1996 champions of the Atlantic 10 Conference in golf and men's and women's tennis, and regular season champion of the Atlantic 10 Conference in baseball.

Financial Aid
Virginia Tech's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid distributes approximately $100 million in scholarships and financial aid annually. The Office administers the following major state and federal programs, which require demonstrated financial need to qualify: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, Commonwealth Award, College Scholarship Assistance Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Direct Federal Stafford Subsidized Loan, and Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application required by Virginia Tech in order to apply for any Title IV (federal) or state grant monies. The recommended deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 1. Students must reference #003754 in order for Virginia Tech to receive the results.

Admission Requirements
Admission is competitive. Each year, more than 17,000 people apply to be among the 4,600 entering freshmen. Admission is based on academic achievement and demonstrated aptitude for college-level study. To be considered for admission you must have graduated from an accredited public or private high school and have completed: 18 units of high-school coursework, four units of English, three units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II), two units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry, or physics), two units of social science (one must be history), additional academic units (foreign language credit is highly recommended), and four elective units. Some majors have other requirements, such as an additional year of advanced math or lab science. Most students who are selected for admission have completed more than the minimum requirements and have at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average.

Students can apply online via the admissions website: http://www.admiss.vt.eduFor other information about Virginia Tech, go to http://www.

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