Welcome to Virginia Tech!

We are a contemporary, global land-grant research university dedicated to discovery, innovation, experiential learning, and service to humanity.  We believe in the power of education to improve the lives of our students, their families and communities across our country and the world.

The people of Virginia Tech are characterized by a powerful spirit of community, an increasingly rich diversity of human experiences, and an insatiable drive to translate discoveries to actionable knowledge.  Our philosophy is straightforward; identify the human condition that you would seek to improve and work backward from there.  We empower our students to develop cross-disciplinary knowledge, communication skills and collaborative competencies that will enhance their personal and career resilience. Our motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) is woven through everything we do to harness our students’ passions and develop their strengths in preparing them for a life and career of impactful service to humanity.  

If this is your first time visiting online, I hope you take a few moments to learn more about us and visit our Blacksburg campus or other campus locations in the state. I think you will come to appreciate the beauty of our campus and southwest Virginia as Laura and I do. If you happen to see us walking on campus, or cheering on our teams or attending student events and performances at the Moss Art Center, please say hello (or “Go Hokies!”). If you are already a member of the Hokie Nation, thank you for your ongoing engagement and support. Together, we are shaping the future of higher education.

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