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Virginia Tech featured in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015


Peer mentors for Virginia Tech Summer Academy Peer mentors for Virginia Tech Summer Academy welcomed some of the university's newest students to campus early, with move-in on July 7, 2014, for the start of the program. The first-year students participating in the program will get a jump-start on the college experience, ahead of the busy fall semester.

BLACKSBURG, Va., July 14, 2014 – Recognized for its excellent undergraduate experience, Virginia Tech is featured in the 2015 edition of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges.”

The guide highlights 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain based on a broad look at each school overall. The guide based its recommendations on areas such as academic quality, financial aid, the campus setting, housing, dining, and social life aspects.

The guide highlights many aspects of Virginia Tech, including its most popular degree programs, high-tech learning environments, beautiful campus setting and surrounding community, and opportunities for entertainment, among other features, saying the university “encourages students to ‘invent the future,’ and that’s just what today’s citizens of the Hokie Nation aim to do.”

“With more than 70 undergraduate degree programs in a range of disciplines from STEM-H to the arts and humanities, Virginia Tech prides itself on being an academic leader,” said Mark G. McNamee, senior vice president and provost. “We also value educating the whole person and inclusion in a guide like ‘Fiske,” which also weighs how a university supports the personal side of students, showcases our strengths across the entire undergraduate experience.”

The “Fiske Guide to Colleges” began in 1982 by former New York Times education editor, Edward B. Fiske. In addition to a printed book, the guide is also available through interactive versions as an iPad app on iTunes and a Web program.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Photos: Favorite places around campus

    Torgersen Bridge

Kate Monick, a Virginia Tech multimedia intern and sophomore majoring in communication, shows some of her favorite places on campus and why they stand out to her.

Video: Students get hands-on opportunity with video production

    video production studio class

Summer Sessions at Virginia Tech offers a variety of innovative courses. Video production studio, taught by the Department of Communication, is now offered during the summer. Students have the chance to work with professional gear in the state-of-the-art Moss Arts Center.

Video: Outside the classroom at Summer Academy

    Outside the classroom

Virginia Tech Summer Academy allows new students to move to campus early, take classes, and get acclimated to life in Blacksburg. Students get to take part in hands-on activities - from fields trips to educational bike rides.

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