Need-to-Knows
About Virginia Tech

Embrace Your Awesomeness

strengths

We think you are pretty great already, just because you're a Hokie. At Virginia Tech, we don't talk about our weaknesses. Instead, we focus on our strengths. That's why we are the first university in the nation to offer the CliftonStrengths assessment FREE to all students. Learn about how you work, what you value, and who you are becoming. And don't be surprised if someone asks you about your “top five” once you get to campus!

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).