Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, often known as "Virginia Tech", is a major research university in the U.S. and the largest university in Virginia. Although most well known for its engineering programs, Virginia Tech is acutally a comprehensive university and offers more than 270 undergraduate/graduate degrees in science, engineering, libera art, architecture, business, veterinary medicine, and medicine. Fast facts about the university can be found here. The College of Engineering has 14 academic departments, and both of its undergraduate and graduate programs are highly reputed in the nation. The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of the largest in the nation, and its Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering programs consistently rank top 10 in the U.S.
The official mascot of Virginia Tech is "HokieBird". Yes, it is a turkey. Everyone at Virginia Tech is a Hokie and we are a Hokie Nation. In 2016, the National Thanksgiving Turkeys that President Barack Obama “pardoned” were sent to live at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech's sport teams compete in NCAA Division I (and FBS for Football) and have been in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the 2004-05 season. The most popular sport team is Football, which plays home games in Lane Stadium with a capacity of 66,233. The VT Football team currently holds the longest bowl streak in the country, and played once for the national championship in the 2000 Sugar Bowl.
The main campus of Virginia Tech is in Blacksburg, Virginia, consisting of 130 buildings on approximately 2,600 acres (11 km2). Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford are the three principal jurisdictions of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Statistical Area. Blacksburg has been named the "Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids" and the "Best College Town". Virginia Tech also has educational facilities in six regions statewide, and a study-abroad site in Switzerland.