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Close up photo of "Duty" engraved on the Pylons, Blacksburg Campus
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We want your student to have an exceptional college experience, and our excellent academic programs are a great start.

Recognizing that learning happens in and out of the classroom, Student Affairs facilitates experiences and offers resources students need to graduate as successful, educated, and reflective individuals. Through Student Affairs programs, events, and services, students can hone their skills as responsible leaders, discover and pursue promising careers, develop habits for healthy and fulfilling lives, and make a tangible, positive impact on the communities to which they belong.


To help students make the most of their time at Virginia Tech, we encourage them to take the internationally recognized Gallup CliftonStrengths® assessment, a tool that provides students with the knowledge and vocabulary to describe their talents and the areas in which they innately excel. Because Virginia Tech is the first official strengths campus, students can take the assessment—which is used by 94 percent of Fortune 500 companies to help employees be successful—for free.


InclusiveVT is an institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech is a dynamic community that consists of students, scholars, faculty, staff, visitors, and neighbors from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. We recognize and value the diversity that is present within the Hokie Nation. We practice the Principles of Community as we appreciate differences and embrace the complexities of living in a multicultural, global society.


Virginia Tech and Gallup® are collaborating on research that provides insight into how the collegiate experience allows graduates to thrive. The data gained will allow Virginia Tech to focus on measures of emotional support, as well as experiential and deep learning, to enhance your student’s college experience. Research shows that students prosper the most when they have the following:

  • At least one professor who made them excited about learning.
  • A professor who cared about them as a person.
  • A mentor who encouraged their hopes and dreams.
  • Long term projects that take a semester or more to complete.
  • Internships or jobs where they applied their learning.
  • Opportunities for significant engagement in co-curricular activities and organizations.

Research from our partnership with Gallup reveals that Virginia Tech students and alumni are thriving, happy, and engaged. We want your student to prosper as well.