- Mission of the University
- Athletics, Intramurals, and Recreational Facilities
- Cadet System
- Career and Professional Development
- Cooperative Education & Internship Program
- Counseling Center (Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center)
- Dean of Students Office
- Division of Student Affairs
- First-Year Experience
- Global Travel Insurance & Emergency Assistance
- Honor Code and Honor System
- Information Technology
- Living and Dining On-Campus
- Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program
- Parking Regulations
- ROTC Program
- Services for Students with Disabilities
- Student Engagement and Campus Life
- Student Health Services and Insurance
- University at a Glance
- University Exemplary Departments
- University Facilities
- University Libraries
- Veterans Services
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.
Virginia Tech has a diverse and highly active athletic program for men and women students in intercollegiate, intramural, and extramural sports. The athletic program is recognized as one of the most successful in the nation because it is geared to meet the needs of all students interested in physical and recreational sports activity.
The university has extensive and modern athletic and recreational facilities, including: Cassell Coliseum, an indoor arena seating 9,900; Lane Stadium, seating 65,632; a fully equipped recreation gymnasium, including War Memorial Pool; Rector Field House; Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center; English Baseball Field; outdoor tennis courts; the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech and Virginia Tech Golf Course; Johnson/Miller Track Complex; Thompson Field for Soccer/Lacrosse; Tech Softball Park; a pond for ice skating in the winter; and the South Recreation Field Area for outdoor sports.
Virginia Tech's athletic varsity teams compete at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The university participates in the Atlantic Coast Conference for all varsity sports. Athletic scholarships are available in the following intercollegiate sports:
- Baseball (men)
- Basketball (men and women)
- Football (men)
- Golf (men)
- Lacrosse (women)
- Soccer (men and women)
- Softball (women)
- Swimming/Diving (men and women)
- Tennis (men and women)
- Indoor/Outdoor Track/Cross Country (men and women)
- Volleyball (women)
- Wrestling (men)
The following extramural sports clubs also are available: baseball (men's), basketball, bowling, clay target, competitive cheerleading, crew, cricket, cycling, equestrian, fencing, golf, women's field hockey, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, roller hockey, rugby, soccer, softball (women's), snow skiing, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, water polo, and wakeboard.
Virginia Tech offers a wide range of intramural and recreational programs for men and women including the following sports: basketball, billiards, bowling, chess, dodgeball, fantasy football, flag football, hearts tournament, racquetball, golf , innertube water polo, kickball, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, team darts, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, wallyball, and wiffleball.
Venture Out provides fun, safe, and educational outdoor services to the university community. Venture Out specializes in low-risk outdoor adventures, quality rental gear at unbeatable rates, and valuable resource materials. Venture Out is a healthy recreational alternative and allows the university community to enjoy all that Southwest Virginia has to offer, from hiking and camping, to kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and skiing.
Phone: (540) 231-4982
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is one of only two programs in the United States offering a corps of cadets within a large public university. The Corps of Cadets, a militarily structured organization, offers many leadership development opportunities to both male and female students. The Rice Center for Leader Development offers a minor in leadership studies. Contact Dr. Elaine Humphrey, Director, (540) 231-9455 for additional information on the center.
The Corps is supervised by the Commandant of Cadets, who establishes overall policies and methods of operation for the Corps. The cadet commanders and staff officers are responsible for implementation of policies and procedures.
Membership in the Corps involves a 24-hour-a-day commitment. Members wear a distinctive Virginia Tech cadet uniform and live in designated cadet residence halls. Both cadets and non-cadets are part of one student body, attend the same classes, and are organized into one student government. Cadets participate in all university activities, including athletics, social events, and cultural programs. Membership in the Cadet Regimental Band, the "Highty-Tighties," is restricted to cadets. Although many benefits are available through participation in one of the three ROTC programs offered at Tech, a student does not have to enroll in an ROTC program to be a member of the Corps of Cadets.
Career and Professional Development works with students of all academic levels and all majors to assist with the following:
- Making career decisions and plans. Whether students are trying to decide on an academic major or a career field, Career Advisors on staff are ready to assist. Self-assessment tools are used to help students identify their unique strengths, interests, values, and personality type. Students can find a variety of career information through the Career and Professional Development web site (www.career.vt.edu) and in the Career Resource Library in the Smith Career Center.
- Gaining career-related experience while in school. Increasingly, employers expect students to have experience in their chosen field before graduation. In addition to administering the Cooperative Education and Internship Program (detailed below), Career and Professional Development provides hundreds of internship job listings through Hokies4Hire, their on-line resume referral database and job listing service, and sponsors two job fairs in the fall and the Connection Job Far each spring semester.
- Determining post-graduation career plans - which typically involves seeking full-time employment or applying to graduate or professional school. Career and Professional Development offers a full range of services related to educating students about the job search process including resume and cover letter critiques, practice interviews, seminars on business etiquette, and more. Through the Hokies4Hire system, students have access to thousands of job listings and opportunities to connect with employers through the On-Campus Interviewing Program. Additionally, Health Professions Advising is located within Career and Professional Development and is dedicated to assisting students who are interested in continuing their education to pursue a health related occupation.
Information about all of Career and Professional Development's resources, services and programs - including an events calendar - is located at www.career.vt.edu. To meet with a Career Advisor to discuss any of these topics, students can schedule an appointment by calling (540) 231-6241 or by visiting Career and Professional Development during 10-minute walk-in hours, Monday - Friday, noon - 3:00pm. Career and Professional Development is located in the Smith Career Center on the corner of Washington Street and West Campus Drive.
The Cooperative Education & Internship Program (CEIP) is an academic program that provides students the opportunity to combine real world work experience with classroom theory. It involves one or more semesters of paid or unpaid, full-time work and is a partnership among the student, Career and Professional Development, the academic department, and the employer. Gaining career-related experience gives the co-op/internship student the opportunity to test career goals, develop key experience and skills, defray the costs of a college education, and gain an important edge in the full-time employment market. The student transcript will indicate CEIP enrollment during the term(s) worked.
The CEIP Orientation is required of all students who plan to enroll in the Cooperative Education & Internship Program. Seminars are scheduled throughout the year and are designed to walk prospective co-op and internship students through the process of enrollment in the CEIP. Please call (540) 231-6241 or visit www.career.vt.edu/experience/ceip.html to find out more.
Requirements for participation in the CEIP
- Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
- Students can begin work the summer after their freshman year. Transfer students must have completed at least one semester and earned a GPA of at least 2.0 at Virginia Tech.
- The co-op or internship job must be a full-time opportunity.
- The CEIP is open to any undergraduate student in any major.
- The Graduate School administers the graduate Co-op and Internship Program.
- To see where our current students are working, visit www.db.career.vt.edu/reports/EmployersListByMajor.php
240 McComas Hall and 107 East Eggleston Hall
The Cook Counseling Center provides individual, group and couples counseling; as well as crisis intervention, psychiatric care, and referral to qualified community practitioners. The Center offers workshops and outreach presentations to the campus community on a variety of topics, including stress management, relaxation training, and study skills assistance. The professional staff members are able to consult with parents, faculty and staff. A counselor is on-call after hours and can be reached by calling (540) 231-6557.
The Cook Counseling Center's diverse clinical and administrative staff is made up of caring and experienced professionals. All services are covered by payment of the student health fee. An appointment can be made by calling (540) 231-6557 or stopping by the office located in 240 McComas Hall or 107 East Eggleston Hall.
The mission of the Dean of Students Office is to foster a welcoming community for all students. The office supports the transition to college life, leads the response to student emergencies, and serves as a voice for student concerns within the broader community and serves as the primary point of contact for Hokie parents.
Members of the Dean of Students staff are available to meet with students on a walk-in basis, although appointments are appreciated. For more information or assistance, contact the Dean of Students Office at 109 E. Eggleston Hall, (540) 231-3787, or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Advocacy for all students
- Emergency response for students and parents
- New Student Programs, including Orientation, Hokie Camp, and Hokie Hi
The Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech encompasses essential departments dedicated to providing a rich co-curricular experience and essential student services.
Student Affairs professionals strive to create environments, programs, and services that support the university's teaching and learning focus. The division's mission is to promote student learning, life skills, and personal growth through a strong focus on holistic student development and collaborative partnerships that deliver superior service to, and care for, students in the spirit of Ut Prosim.
A Virginia Tech education is not just about the classroom experience. It is about growing as a person, gaining a deeper learning and a richer understanding of yourself, your values, and your purpose. Virginia Tech adopted the Aspirations for Student Learning to provide the very best learning for our students - from orientation through graduation, both in and out fo the classroom. We want you to do more, be more, and aspire to become your best self by committing to unwavering CURIOSITY, pursuing SELF-UNDERSTANDING and INTEGRITY, practicing CIVILITY, preparing for a life of COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP, and embracing UT PROSIM (That I May Serve) as a way of life.
The Division of Student Affairs consists of the following departments: Advancement, Assessment and Professional Development, Cook Counseling Center, Corps of Cadets, Cranwell International Center, Dean of Students, Dining Services, Family and Alumni Relations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Hokie Wellness, Housing and Residence Life, Intercultural Engagement Center, Leadership Education Collaborative, New Student Programs, Recreational Sports, Schiffert Health Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, Strengths-Based Learning, Student Conduct, Student Engagement and Campus Life, and VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative.
A detailed statement of the rights and responsibilities of students is contained in the University Policies for Student Life.
Virginia Tech's signature first-year experience (FYE) initiative includes courses specific for first time first-year and transfer students. Each course is designed to enhance the student experience within the major through focus in the discipline(s) and emphasis on fostering the abilities of the students to:
- Problem solve
- Explore and use information appropriately and effectively, and
- Integrate ideas and experiences and apply them to new learning situations within and beyond campus.
The programmatic goal is to provide experiences that will enhance the students' ability to thrive in the first year and beyond through:
- Advising and mentoring students,
- Connecting campus community,
- Fostering inclusivity,
- Supporting ethical use of information,
- And demonstrating effective teaching practice
A description of each program with contact information can be found at http://www.fye.vt.edu.
Under University Policy 1070, http://www.policies.vt.edu/1070.pdf , all Virginia Tech students participating in university supported global travel are required to carry international medical and emergency assistance insurance. To meet this requirement, the university has contracted with an insurance provider CISI.
Some of the benefits of the Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) policy include:
- Security & Natural Disaster Evacuation
- Emergency Medical expenses, medical evacuation, & medical reunion
Those traveling internationally in a group for a formal education and study abroad program should refer to the Virginia Tech Global Education website at https://www.globaleducation.vt.edu for insurance requirements.
Those traveling internationally on Virginia Tech business, not in a study abroad program, should refer to Virginia Tech Risk Management website at http://risk.controller.vt.edu/vi/international.html.
The Honor Code is the university policy which defines the expected standards of conduct in academic affairs. The Virginia Tech Honor Code embodies a spirit of mutual trust and intellectual honesty that is central to the very nature of the university and represents the highest possible expression of shared values among the members of the university community.
The fundamental beliefs underlying and reflected in the Honor Code are: that trust in a person is a positive force in making that person worthy of trust, that every student has the right to live in an academic environment that is free from the injustices caused by any form of intellectual dishonesty, and that the honesty and integrity of all members of the university community contribute to its quest for truth.
The functions of the Honor System are to communicate the meaning and importance of intellectual honesty to all students of the university; to articulate and support the interest of the community in maintaining the highest standards of conduct in academic affairs; and to identify, sanction, and educate those who fail to live up to the stated expectation of the university community with regard to these standards. (Please see the "Academics" section of this catalog for details relating to the Honor Code and System.)
Information Technology supports computing and communications including voice and data communications, instructional technologies, administrative processing, software support, high performance research computation, and individual help and tutorials. The website www.computing.vt.edu is a guide to specific services and support.
The data network provides rapid access to email, class materials, library databases, and to the Internet for every resident in university housing. Wireless network access is available in most academic and administrative spaces across campus. Wireless facilitates mobility across the campus and, in conjunction with the university computer requirement for laptops, tablet computers, and software, is used in the classroom setting to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning.
Virginia Tech is committed to using information technology to enhance teaching and learning and works to ensure that teaching faculty members have the ability to use information technology effectively. Instructional faculty members have continuing opportunities to engage with emerging technologies and to practice with both established and emerging technologies to achieve enhanced learning outcomes for students. Information Technology supports learning experiences through the online Scholar course management system, online course evaluations, and support for video production and distribution for both on-campus and distance learning classes. The required undergraduate student software bundle and other instruction-related software are offered at favorable pricing to students.
Direct support to students in information technology is provided through the 24x7 help resource, 4Help (www.4help.vt.edu). No-cost loans of over a hundred different pieces of equipment are offered through InnovationSpace (www.is.vt.edu). These include video cameras, still cameras, audio recorders, iPads, lighting, microphones, and tripods, on-site use of video and audio editing software, various drawing tablets, and scanning devices. Classes on this hardware and software are free through iLearn workshops (www.ilearn.is.vt.edu). Computer labs offer additional options for collaboration and for access to highly specialized software. Each student is provided an email account and access to file space for storage or websites.
My VT (www.my.vt.edu) provides secure access to personal information, including course materials, one's own contact information, and billing and account information. Security of this and other information is overseen by the Information Technology Security Office (www.security.vt.edu), protected through careful maintenance of strong passwords and online credentials, and incorporated into development of new applications.
Information Technology facilitates undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research through high performance networks and high performance computing, as well as through on-going professional development support, acquisition of specialized research software, and collaborative research.
For more on the Information Technology organization, see www.it.vt.edu.
Housing and Residence Life
Housing and Residence Life provides facilities and services for more than 9,300 students who live in the residence halls on campus.
Residence halls vary in size and shape, and students may live in traditional rooms, hotel-style rooms, or suites, on single-sex or coeducational halls. Staff members promote the academic success and personal growth of residents through community development, peer advising, involvement, student advocacy, programming, and policy enforcement.
Each residence hall is staffed with student resident advisors who are responsible for community development, programming, and behavioral conduct, with assistance from student management or professional staff. In addition, the Residence Hall Federation (RHF) focuses on improving the quality of residence hall living and implementing educational social programs for the resident communities. All residence hall students are automatically members of the RHF. Numerous leadership opportunities are available within this student organization.
Housing and Residence Life offers 15 different living-learning communities (LLCs) options for students. Students participating in LLCs are assigned to the same floor/residence hall(s) and share a common experience. Both first year and upper-division students are eligible to live in a LLC. There are four types of LLCs available to students at Virginia Tech:
- Academic Major: Students in academic major learning communities must be in one of the eligible majors to participate in these communities. Currently all academic major LLCs are STEM based.
- Enhanced Learning Community: Enhanced learning communities are experiences based around a common interest area. Current programs focus on: service, leadership, honors housing, military, and entrepreneurship.
- Residential College: Residential colleges allow for students of all ages (first year through graduate) and all majors to live together. These communities are led by a live-in "faculty principal" who provides both social and academic programming for the community.
- Themed Housing: Theme housing allows students to live together around a shared theme (e.g. greek life).
All first-year students live on campus unless they fall into one of the following categories: those living with parents or other close relatives, those who are married and living with their spouses, veterans of at least six months of military service, or those who are at least 21 years old. Written requests for exceptions to this policy should be directed to Housing and Residence Life in 144 New Hall West, (0428).
Campus housing is also available, but not guaranteed, for other students. Transfer and graduate/professional students may request housing through an online wait list. A lottery-style housing application process is held each spring to allocate residential space to returning undergraduate students who wish to live on campus.
Numerous dining options are available for both on-campus and off-campus students, as well as for faculty, staff, and campus visitors. All on-campus residents choose an individual Major, Mega, or Premium Flex Plan. Off-campus students may select one of six individual dining plans or participate in the Dining Dollars program. Over 11,000 off-campus students opt to have a dining plan each year.
Dining at Virginia Tech is anything but traditional. The award-winning dining program specializes in preparing diverse menus in innovative, exciting venues:
- Au Bon Pain operates dining venues in three campus locations.
- Au Bon Pain in the Squires Food Court at Squires Student Center serves distinctive bakery items, upscale sandwiches, and signature soups.
- Au Bon Pain at the Graduate Life Center serves many of the same bakery and sandwich options, as well as grab-n-go items, as the cafe in Squires Student Center. This location serves students living and studying in the Graduate Life Center.
- Au Bon Pain at Goodwin Hall offers students on the academic side of campus a dining option that serves many of the same items as the location in Squires Student Center.
- Burger '37 in the Squires Food Court at Squires Student Center offers gourmet beef, turkey, and vegetarian burgers, hand-cut fries, and classic shakes.
- D2 at Dietrick Hall takes traditional dining to the next level by combining all-you-care-to-eat dining with the variety of an international marketplace and includes a shop dedicated to glutem-free, vegetarian, and vegan specialties.
- Deet's Place at Dietrick Hall is a gourmet coffee, ice cream, and pastry shop, complete with award-winning coffee beans roasted in-house.
- DXpress at Dietrick Hall is perfect for a quick snack on the run, such as biscuits, burgers, and pizza by the slice, and is open until 2:00a.m. for late-night options.
- Hokie Grill & Co. at Owens Hall features national brands Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, and Dunkin' Donuts, in addition to Blue Ridge Barbecue, grab-n-go sandwiches, snacks, salad, and fruit bar.
- Owens Food Court at Owens Hall consists of 12 specialty shops serving international and American favorites, including carved-to-order meats, a soup and salad bar, burgers, pastas, Philly cheese steaks, tacos, and a venue that serves exclusively local, organic, or sustainably produced foods.
- Turner Place at Lavery Hall offers a variety of convenient options to the academic side of campus. It houses franchises for Jamba Juice, Bruegger's Bagels, and Qdoba Mexican Grill alongside five upscale original venues serving sushi, crepes, gelato, teppanyaki, southern steakhouse fare, sourdough pizza, custom salads, and much more.
- Vet Med Cafe at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine on Duck Pond Drive and offers breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. Breakfast features breakfast bagel sandwiches and hot oatmeal, and lunch offers a daily chef special as well as grilled fish tacos and more.
- West End Market at Cochrane Hall features wood oven-baked pizzas, wraps, grilled steaks, seafood, homemade pastas, made-from-scratch soups, freshly baked pastries and breads, and more - al prepared right before your eyes.
The campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia, about 38 miles southwest of Roanoke, Virginia. To reach the campus from Interstate 81, take Exit 118-B (Christiansburg) onto U.S. Rt. 460 West. To reach the Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center, continue on U.S. 460 for 8.5 miles to the Prices Fork Road exit for "Downtown." Turn right at the first traffic light on Prices Fork Road and then take an immediate right and up the drive to the center.
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP), founded in 1993 is an academic success community founded upon the principles of self-efficacy, mentoring, and peer support. Central to the goal of MAOP is the promotion of diversification within the student body of Virginia Tech. Through partnerships with various academic colleges and departments at Virginia Tech, other colleges and universities, governmental entities, and various organizations, MAOP participants are supported with academic guidance, social and emotional support, and financial support.
The MAOP community is open to all students who demonstrate a clear commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence and are interested in the promotion of diversity in an ever global community. MAOP provides opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships, tuition/assistantship support, academic workshops, and undergraduate research opportunities.
Phone: (540) 231-5023
All vehicles, including motorcycles and scooters, parked on the Virginia Tech campus must be registered with the Parking Services Office and must display a university parking permit. Yearly, semester, summer, and daily parking permits are available and an appropriate fee is charged for each permit. Visitors are required to display a visitor permit, which is available at the Virginia Tech Visitor Information Center. For more information about parking or to request a parking regulations handbook, visit www.parking.vt.edu or call (540) 231-3200.
The Alternative Transportation Program offers several options for commuter students to get to class without the hassles of parking permits and searching for parking spaces through the Commuter Alternatives Program (CAP).
CAP has two programs to fit your commuting needs.
- Carpool Program: Carpooling saves you money on parking and gas, and it's the closest thing you can get to RESERVED PARKING on campus.
- BB&W is available to commuter students who use alternative transportation methods as their primary means of commuting to campus. Examples include riding the Blacksburg Transit or SmartWay buses, bicycling, and walking. By registering for BB&W, you will receive 15 half price daily parking passes.
Bicycles can be registered for free through Parking Services at www.parking.vt.edu.
For more information about commuter alternatives visit www.tcs.vt.edu/alternative or call (540) 231-0248.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps Programs conducted at Virginia Tech are available to cadets and are offered by the Army, Navy/Marine Corps, and the Air Force. All students participating in ROTC are required to be members of the Corps of Cadets. Details about courses offered, as well as available scholarships and stipends, can be found in the department listings under the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; ROTC (Army), ROTC (Navy/Marine Corps), and ROTC (Air Force). Upon successful graduation from Virginia Tech and completion of the ROTC program, the student is commissioned as an officer in either an active or reserve component of the Armed Forces. The total ROTC credits applied toward degree requirements varies by major and ranges from four to 24. All credits count as free electives. Consult your course advisor for information on ROTC credits, which may be used within your major.
Students interested in additional details should contact the professor of military science for Army ROTC, the professor of naval science for Naval/Marine Corps ROTC, or the professor of aerospace studies for the Air Force ROTC program.
General Rules Governing the Cadet Lifestyle
All Virginia Tech students are eligible to join the Cadet Regiment and participate in the cadet lifestyle. Cadet student status is a prerequisite for participation in any of the ROTC programs. Students that want to be a cadet, but not in ROTC can enroll in the Citizen-Leader Track, or VP1617 UG Catalog Template.dwt Battalion. VPI Battalion cadets live in the same cadet dorms, wear the same uniforms, and hold the same leadership positions, but go directly into private and public sector careers when they graduate.
Physical Standards: The Department of Defense has prescribed physical standards for formal enrollment in the ROTC programs. Cadets not physically qualified for an ROTC program may remain in cadet status as members of the Corps of Cadets.
Cadet Regulations: Cadets are expected to adhere to the Cadet Honor Code and abide by all cadet regulations, directives, policies, and procedures of the Corps, as well as the rules governing civilian students.
The following summary gives the prospective cadet an understanding of the nature of his or her obligation as a cadet:
- Cadet officers and non-commissioned officers are responsible to university authorities for the activities of the cadets under their supervision and are given the authority to discharge their responsibilities.
- Cadet residence halls are coeducational with controlled visiting privileges for non-residents and mandatory quiet study periods.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the cadet residence halls.
- Cadets are required to wear the cadet uniform to classes and cadet functions.
- Cadets are required to live in a designated cadet residence hall unless married and living with a spouse.
- Second-semester freshmen and upperclassmen in the corps may request a change to civilian status at any time. First-semester new cadets may not leave the corps and change to civilian status until the last day to drop a class without penalty (after six weeks of class). All students are encouraged to make status changes (from cadet to civilian lifestyle or vice versa) in conjunction with the beginning or end of an academic semester.
See Academics section for details on the ROTC course credits that apply toward degrees.
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Admission to Virginia Tech is based on requirements outlined in the application and in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs. Admission decisions are made without regard to disabilities. All applicants to the university are reviewed through the same admission procedure.
Virginia Tech is committed to ensuring that all qualified individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to take part in educational and employment programs and services on an equal basis. To be eligible for services, students with disabilities must identify themselves and present professional documentation to the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. Documentation should be recent, relevant, comprehensive, and, where appropriate should contain test scores and interpretation. If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodations, the university has the discretion to require additional documentation. Any cost incurred in obtaining additional or initial documentation is borne by the student. Until appropriate documentation is provided, the SSD office cannot support the student's request for services. Faculty members are not expected to provide services unless students present verification of accommodation needs from the SSD office.
Through Student Engagement and Campus Life, you can get involved with student, organizations, your student unions, leadership development, leisure and recreation, and student employment. This department within the Division of Student Affairs complements the academic experience and enriches the quality of student life at Virginia Tech. Student Engagement and Campus Life cultivates innovative environments and communities to provide transformative experiences for all Hokies. Student learning through engagement and employment are major tenants of our mission. . Student Engagement and Campus Life strives to assist students in developing an appreciation for diversity, responsibility for self-learning, critical thinking, and pragmatic skills to become life-long learners, productive citizens, and community leaders.
The department is responsible for the support of our 700+ student organizations as well as the advisement of the Student Budget Board which provides student organization funding, registration, and support for more than 700 student groups.
Student Engagement and Campus Life
225 Squires Student Center
Phone: (540) 231-5431
The Black Cultural Center, LGBT Center, Hispanic and Latino Center, and the Multicultural Center can be found within Squires. This centers hosts educational lectures, programs, and resources celebrating the diversity of the university community.
Campus Programs is made up of the offices of Student Organizations and coordinates student organization funding, registration, and support for more than 700 student groups. Campus Programs supports Virginia Tech Union, the largest student programming board, in providing events, activities, and programs for the university community. The Campus Programs office also coordinates all Homecoming activities.
225 Squires Student Center
Phone: (540) 231-1223
Student Organizations There are more than 700 officially registered student organizations at Virginia Tech. Each student organization has a different focus led by student leaders. All Virginia Tech students are encouraged to find an organization that matches their interests and passions. By using GobblerConnect (gobblerconnect.vt.edu), you can search student organizations to find your fit.
Event Planning facilitates and enhances programming for the Virginia Tech community by assisting and consulting in the planning and support of events featured on-campus. The Event Planning Office fosters an educational environment that provides student organization members and departmental representatives with coordination of events, event scheduling, information on liability and risk management issues, standard procedure and protocol, and referrals to Production Services and the Student Engagement and Campus Life Ticket Office.
221 Squires Student Center
Phone: (540) 231-5005
The Information Services Center in Squires is staffed with knowledgeable students employees who are ready to answer questions about your student centers, student activities, the university, and the surrounding community. The Information Services Center is where you can learn more about events, get maps and bus schedules, or look for lost and found articles.
The Squires Information Desk
1st floor Squires lobby
Phone: (540) 231-6906
The Perspective Gallery presents art exhibitions by diverse artists working in a variety of media and styles. Visitors can view work of local and regional artists, nationally recognized artists, and artisans from around the world. Receptions and special events allow the public to meet and talk with the artists. Perspective Gallery is located on the second floor of Squires Student Center. Admission is always free. You can also enjoy works in the permanent collection, located throughout the public areas in Squires and Johnston Student Centers and the Graduate Life Center.
2nd floor Squires Student Center
Phone: (540) 231-4053
The Production Services Office is a full service production company for campus events. Production Services offers professional lighting, sound, staging, and rigging. The staff works one-on-one with clients to ensure event production expectations are met.
128 Squires Student Center
Phone: (540) 231-3499
The Recital Salon and Studio Theater, home for events sponsored by the School of the Performing Arts, are located on the second floor of Squires. Exciting and eclectic concerts and theater performances by students, faculty, and visiting artists are held throughout the year. Contact the Squires Ticket Office or Information Services Center for more information.
The Student Engagement and Campus Life Ticket Office is the major ticket distribution center for events other than athletics at Virginia Tech. The office supports ticket sales for theatrical and musical performances, concerts, lectures, and movies.
Student Engagement and Campus Life Ticket Office
129 Squires Student Center
Phone: (540) 231-5615 or 800-843-0332
Virginia Tech Off-Campus Housing (VTOCH), provides students with resources, programs, and services to assist with their off-campus housing needs including a comprehensive searchable online database. a wonderful resource to begin. VTOCH maintains information on local apartments, realtors, transportation, and issues affecting renters today. VTOCH hosts two housing fairs each year so students can get up close and personal with rental options and roommate fairs so students can make connections with others to share living expenses.
Virginia Tech Off-Campus Housing
Johnston Student Center, 3rd floor
The BreakZONE Recreation Center is the place to go to relieve the stress of classes and tests! The BreakZONE sponsors competitive leagues, on-site skills classes, and open play in a variety of activities. An expanded line-up includes pool tables, bowling lanes, table tennis, foosball, and video games. Students, faculty, staff, and guests can enjoy testing their skills while relaxing with friends in an upbeat environment.. BreakZONE also sells snacks and beverages. Get in the ZONE!
117 Squires Student Center
Phone: (540) 231-4476
Squires (located off Alumni Mall) and Johnston Student Centers (located behind Burruss Hall) are hubs of activity for the university community. They serve as formal and informal meeting places for students, student organizations, and the larger university community. Facilities include meeting rooms, conference rooms, ballrooms, and theaters. Plenty of comfortable space welcomes students. Services such as banking and ATMs can be found in these student centers, as well as a variety of dining options. Many departments call Squires Student Center home. We house the Intercultural Engagement Center, New Student Programs, , the music department, student media, student organization offices, VetZone, a non-denominational meditation space, and Student Legal Services, and numerous cultural centers. Students, faculty, staff, and guests are free to use Squires or Johnston to meet with friends, study, attend activities and events, or just hang out.
Squires Student Center Information Desk
1st Floor Squires Lobby
Phone: (540) 231-6906
Johnston Student Center Information Desk
1st Floor Johnston
Phone: (540) 231-5266
The Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (located on Otey Street, across from Squires) is an innovative living-learning facility that supports Virginia Tech's goals for graduate education. The GLC features plenty of study space, a coffee shop, an auditorium, and a multipurpose conference room for graduate and undergraduate students.
GLC Information Desk
1st floor GLC lobby
Phone: (540) 231-0413
The War Memorial Chapel stands prominently at the end of the Drillfield. It is the only Chapel on campus and provides a nondenominational place of solitude and meditation for all. It is host to religious services, weddings, baptisms, prayer vigils, memorial services, initiations, military commissioning, music recitals, student vocal and ministry groups, concerts, lectures, individual prayer and meditation, and bible study.
War Memorial Chapel
Phone: (540) 231-6240
Student Engagement and Campus Life offers a variety of student employment opportunities to compliment your academic pursuits, afford resume-building experience, and provide income. We are committed to the development and advancement of student employees through leadership and career skills training. In all we do, our main goal is to provide customer service to the patrons of our facilities and programs. Join us today and work in YOUR student center!
225 Squires Student Center
Phone: (540) 231-5431
The administrative offices are located on the second floor of Squires Student Center in room 225. The office is open from 8a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday. Please contact us for any information regarding StudentEngagement and Campus Life .
Student Engagement and Campus Life Administrative Office
225 Squires Student Center
Phone: (540) 231-5431
University Student Health Services
University Student Health Services provides general ambulatory health care to students throughout the year. Students who have paid their health fee (included as part of the university's comprehensive fee) and submitted a health history form are eligible for services. A team of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified college health nurses, and licensed practical nurses manages most common illnesses and injuries. X-ray, laboratory, and pharmacy services are available on site.
Student Health History
Each student entering Virginia Tech must furnish a health history form, completed by a home physician, for the University Student Health Services. The form will be available online to applicants who accept the offer of admission. Failure to meet Health Services standards may result in dismissal from the university. Information is available at www.healthcenter.vt.edu.
Student Medical Insurance Coverage
The university has contracted with a health insurance carrier to offer group health coverage for full-time students at Virginia Tech. For details on coverage and specific benefits, please contact the Student Medical Insurance office at 540/ 231-6226 or visit http://risk.controller.vt.edu/studentmedicalinsurance.html.
Health insurance is mandatory for all international students with F-1 or J-1 visas and all College of Veterinary Medicine students. All students with a mandatory insurance requirement must provide written verification from their insurer that they have coverage that meets the minimum requirements set by the University as outlined on the waiver form found at http://risk.controller.vt.edu/studentmedicalinsurance.html or they must purchase the university-sponsored plan or another health insurance plan meeting or exceeding the University outlined minimum coverage levels. Review of insurance policies and completion of the waiver form must be done by the student's insurer at the student's request. Once the waiver form is completed by the student's insurer, the university will determine if the insurance coverage meets the outlined minimum requirements.
Since its founding as a land-grant college in 1872, Virginia Tech has grown to an enrollment of more than 33,000. With approximately 250 degree programs and managing a research portfolio of more than $504 million, Virginia Tech offers the widest range of degree choices in Virginia and is the state's leading research institution.
The university offers about 100 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 Pamplin College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the College of Natural Resources and Environment, and the College of Science. On the postgraduate level, the university offers about 150 master's and doctoral degree programs through the Graduate School, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes an engaging, experiential approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. Undergraduates study under the tutelage of the best minds of the university, and, along with faculty members, are also involved in research projects in fields ranging from biotechnology to urban planning.
Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.
In the research arena, 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 boundaries. These institutes are: the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech; the Fralin Life Science Institute; Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology; Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science; Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment; Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
University Exemplary Department Awards recognize the work of departments that maintain, through collaborative efforts of dedicated colleagues, exemplary teaching and learning environments for students and faculty.
Virginia Tech has more than 135 campus buildings, research laboratories, an airport, 2,600-acre main campus in Blacksburg, an 1,800-acre research farm in Montgomery County, and facilities across the commonwealth.
Among the university's major facilities in Blacksburg are: Carol M. Newman Library, with more than 2.3 million volumes; the Moss Arts Center, home of the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech professional presenting program; The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, which offers conference space and 147 hotel rooms and suites; Cassell Coliseum (seating 10,000); and Lane Stadium (seating more than 66,000). Adjacent to campus is the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, which employs more than 3,000 and offers businesses the opportunity to establish close working relationships with the university.
Major facilities outside of Blacksburg include the Center for European Studies and Architecture in Switzerland; the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church; the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center; public radio station WVTF, which covers a large part of Virginia; the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg; Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington; the Washington-Alexandria Center of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies; the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute in Roanoke; a dozen agricultural experiment stations; and six 4-H centers.
A member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries, the University Libraries consist of the Carol M. Newman Library and three branches: Art and Architecture, Veterinary Medicine, and the Northern Virginia Resource Center located in Falls Church, Virginia. Their online services are available 24/7.
The libraries offer services and resources to support students in their work every step of the way. From visiting the Reference Desk on the second floor for help with a research project, to using our 3D printing studio for course projects, to simply using our spaces for quiet our collaborative work, students can find numerous resources at the libraries.
Newman Library is home to many hands-on spaces that allow experiential learning, such as Fusion Studio for longer term collaborative projects. Students can also seek help with writing papers and other projects at the English department's Writing Center, or assistance preparing for presentations at the communication department's CommLab, both on the second floor.
Help can be found on our homepage, and many resources, including our Ask A Librarian chat, online collections, and subject research guides, can be used from anywhere on or off campus, without stepping foot in our buildings.
In each of the libraries, there is a Circulation and/or Reference desk staffed by people who can help you locate and use resources. Each college and academic department also has a librarian who is a subject expert and can help you find relevant research, suggest journals, or point you in the direction of resources for your area of study.
Special Collections, located on the first floor of Newman Library, houses major research collections including the Archives of American Aerospace Exploration, the International Archive of Women in Architecture, Railroad Archives, the Culinary History Collection, and many items from the Civil War.
For users with disabilities, there is a Special Services Room in Newman Library equipped with adaptive software and hardware.
For additional information, check out www.lib.vt.edu, come walk through our spaces, or stop by one of the help desks.
The Office of Veterans Services is the primary resource for Virginia Tech veterans and their dependents. Staff work closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs to receive and process all documentation related to veteran and military student educational benefits. The Office of Veterans Services works closely with The Student Success Center to ensure veterans, military students and dependents are connected to the resources necessary for a successful transition to and through their course of study at Virginia Tech. In collaboration with The Student Success Center, students served by the Office of Veterans Services have access to tutoring, mentoring, assistance navigating the VA system, and the Veterans@VT student organization.
130 Student Services Building (mc 0548)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-5815