Need-to-Knows
About Virginia Tech

Counting down the days...

Hokie Bird

Are you counting down the days until you arrive at Virginia Tech? We are so excited for you to start your Hokie experience! This is a great place to start exploring. Be sure you’ve created your PID so when Orientation registration opens in March you’ll be ready.

If you haven’t already completed your Housing/Dining contract, go ahead and mark that off your to-do list. Even if you don't know who you want for your roommate, it's okay. You can complete the contract and come back later (worry free!). And be sure to check out Living-Learning Communities. They are a great way to ExperienceVT!

31,000 full-time students
2,600 acres of main campus

After orange and maroon, your third favorite color will soon be “Hokie Stone.” Virginia Tech operates its own quarry nearby to mine the popular limestone that appears on many buildings around campus, and no two stones are the same.

Virgina Tech Campus
Torgison Hall
Firing of the Virginia Tech Cannon
Virginia Tech Pylons

The War Memorial Pylons: Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty, Duty, and Ut Prosim

Virginia Tech Pylons image
Virginia Tech Pylons image

What’s a Hokie, you ask?

Short answer: “I am!”
Long answer: There’s a story behind it.

Virginia Tech started as a military academy—it was not until 1964 that participation was voluntary. Today, those students make up the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. We are one of the nation’s six senior military colleges and one of two large public universities with both an active corps of cadets and “civilian” lifestyle on its campus. There were 1,090 cadets in our corps last academic year, striving to serve their communities and develop as leaders.

Virginia Tech Hokie stone
Virginia Tech Sandsman

The 16th president of Virginia Tech is Tim Sands. Around here, we call him @VTSandsman (he’s a pro on Twitter).