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Posted at 3:05 PM ET, 04/14/2010

College Tour '10: Virginia Tech

By Valerie Strauss

Virginia Tech
From a student

I visited Virginia Tech on the day of the engineering open house. Classes were open so we had plenty of opportunities to talk to current students about how they like the school. Nearly every student I asked seemed to be ecstatic about going to VT and had only good things to say. Both the faculty and students were very friendly and welcoming to visitors.

As a current senior already accepted to the school, I went on this visit as a sort of final judgment of the school and the engineering program in particular.

The tour was well organized for the most part (except the notoriously bad parking), and the guides were really energetic and helpful. I had the opportunity to learn more about the different types of engineering fields and actually finalized on systems engineering after speaking to some students and professors in the major.

The campus itself is quite large and spread out. It is very clean and the overall landscape is attractive. Even with the solid academics and friendly atmosphere, the most impressive aspect for me was the food. I was surprised how tasty food from a college cafeteria could be. My tour guide later reminded me that VT is ranked number one in dining across the nation.

Overall, the visit left me with a very positive impression of Virginia Tech and it is now at the top of my list.

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series and a map displaying them all.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 14, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, Virginia Tech, campus visits, college visits, deciding on a college  
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