18 Facts About Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech is a public land-grant research university with its main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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At the time Virginia Tech still enforced Jim Crow laws and largely practiced racial segregation in public and private education, churches, neighborhoods, restaurants, and movie theaters and these first black students at VPI were not allowed to live in residence halls or eat in the dining halls on campus.

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The students involved in the seizure, were suspended from Virginia Tech and given twenty-four hours to remove their belongings from campus after being released from jail.

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Virginia Tech was succeeded as president by James Douglas McComas who served until 1994.

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Virginia Tech brought in over $500 million in research expenditures in 2014.

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Virginia Tech massacre led to an intense nationwide debate over gun rights, gun safety and efficacy of gun-free zones.

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Virginia law allows individual institutions to make the decision whether to allow concealed weapons on campus, but Virginia Tech continues to ban concealed carry permit holders from carrying guns on campus.

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Virginia Tech is a public university and one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions.

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Virginia Tech offers 116 bachelor's degree programs through its nine undergraduate academic colleges, 160 master's and doctoral degree programs through the Graduate School, and a professional degree from the Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Virginia Tech offers a highly selective Honors College, which provides undergraduate students 11 different ways to earn Honors credits towards one of the five Honors degree options.

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Virginia Tech received the following rankings from The Princeton Review in its 2017 Best 380 Colleges Rankings:.

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Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, formerly known as the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, is a bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology research facility that opened in 2000 on Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Virginia Tech has several agricultural research and extension centers located throughout the Commonwealth dedicated to improving agricultural practices and the quality of life of Virginia citizens.

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Virginia Tech remains one of three public universities in the United States with both an active corps of cadets and regular civilian students on its campus .

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The Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry strengthened in concurrence with both UVA's and Tech's growth during the 1960s and 1970s and this is the Hokies' primary program-wide athletic rivalry.

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Virginia Tech's fight song, "Tech Triumph", was written in 1919 and remains in use today.

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Notable current and former faculty at Virginia Tech include Romesh Batra, Patricia Dove, Marc Edwards, Roger Ekirch, Nikki Giovanni, Michael Hochella, Liviu Librescu, Tim Luke, Linsey Marr, Xiang-Jin Meng, Arun Phadke, James Robertson, Arthur Squires, James Thorp, John Tyson, and Gary Wamsley .

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Notable Virginia Tech athletes include Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Frank Beamer, Allan Bristow, Kam Chancellor, Bimbo Coles, Dell Curry, Ace Custis, Renee Dennis, Bill Dooley, Jim Druckenmiller, Terrell Edmunds, Tremaine Edmunds, Bud Foster, Kendall Fuller, Kyle Fuller, Chuck Hartman, Sally Miles, Charles Moir, Johnny Oates, Bruce Smith, Tyrod Taylor, DeAngelo Hall, Isaiah Ford, Angela Tincher, and Michael Vick.

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