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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) was founded in 1872 and is consistently recognized on a global scale for the quality of its programs (for some rankings representing a few of the broad measures of excellence the university garners, see Through experiential learning, future-focused research, and an inclusive, spirited culture, Virginia Tech strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) within a diverse population of more than 37,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff from over 100 countries who collaborate and cross the traditional lines between fields and disciplines to tackle global-scale problems as we push the boundaries of knowledge in order to make a difference in the world. 


As the Commonwealth of Virginia’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers more than 275 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, is engaged in research around the world, and manages a research portfolio of USD $521 million and an overall annual budget of USD $1.74 billion. The university has approximately 213 campus buildings, a 2,600- acre main campus, statewide educational facilities in six regions (including locations in the Northern Virginia/DC region - referred to as the “Greater Washington, DC Metro Area”) , a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The main campus is located in the Town of Blacksburg in Montgomery County in the New River Valley and is 38 miles southwest of Roanoke, Virginia.

Blacksburg, some 12,000 acres nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountains, is special. Home to about 42,600 local residents, the town is considered small by most any standard, but don’t let its size or location fool you.

Because of its award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live and has earned a reputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, and forward-looking community.

Established in 1798 and now Virginia’s largest town, Blacksburg lies within Montgomery County, which has a population of some 95,000.

Vibrant and engaging, Blacksburg’s downtown offers unique stores, art galleries, and eclectic restaurants. The area’s wide red-brick sidewalks, Victorian street lamps, and park benches encourage foot traffic and make meeting folks easy.

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Located just south of Washington, DC on the USA's mid-Atlantic coast, Virginia is the perfect choice to experience the real America. Your arrival is made easy through Washington Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia, which offers more than 230 weekly arrivals from 30 markets around the world.

Virginia is home to premier historic American sites such as Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, and Mount Vernon. Home to eight American presidents, Virginia was also the site of America's battle for independence, and more major Civil War battles were fought in here than any other state.

The temperate climate makes possible a full range of recreational activities year-round, including camping, horseback riding, fishing, bicycling and golfing. Millions of acres of national forests with massive 300-year old hemlocks and limestone rock formations provide a refuge for rare plants and animals. Hikers enjoy Virginia's 500-plus miles of the Appalachian Trail, a green footpath stretching from Maine to Georgia.

Virginia combines rich history, diverse culture, beautiful scenery, true relaxation, and friendly people - from the Atlantic Ocean beaches at Virginia Beach to the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, to the bustling cities scattered throughout, giving a full view of the American personality and lifestyle. 

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