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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a public land-grant university serving the nation and 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.

At Virginia Tech, a former military institute with its background in the sciences, students are encouraged to ‘invent the future.’ Where Virginia Tech excels, is in following ideas with action. Students are asked to think deeply and then actively test their ideas. ‘That I may serve’ is the Virginia Tech Motto. The desire to serve is deeply ingrained in Virginia Tech’s learning, discovery, and engagement. The idea is that the more you give, the more you get.

Virginia Tech is settled in Blacksburg, a typical college town full of restaurants, bars and clubs. Students account for more than half the total residents in Blacksburg, and they dominate the town’s public Blacksburg Transit bus system, which is free for Hokies. Nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains in the New River Valley, Virginia Tech is the doorstep to Mother Nature’s playground. Pack your bike, hiking shoes, kayak, backpack, river tube, and camping gear or rent quality gear at unbeatable student rates. On campus, students can go bowling, play pool or try out video games in the Break Zone.

Listed by Southern Living magazine as one of the Best College Towns in the South, Blacksburg is a special place that many Hokies don’t want to leave. Because of its reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country’s ideal places to live, a best small place for business and careers and a No. 1 town to raise kids. Many Hokies stay after graduate, or return later in their careers, because they just can’t get enough. From unique shopping and dining and historical attractions to a thriving arts scene and trails and parks, Blacksburg has something for everyone.

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