Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Tech encompasses eight undergraduate colleges and a graduate school. The university offers more than 150 bachelor’s degree programs and 150 master’s and doctoral degree programs. With more than 33,000 full-time students, the Hokies have a 14:1 student to faculty ratio. The main campus consists of more than 213 buildings, 2,600 acres and an airport. Virginia Tech is ranked 44th in university research in the United States.
Virginia Tech was born as a land-grant college, and appropriately, its distinctive buildings have been constructed from the product of Southwest Virginia geology. The university mines the distinguishing limestone at its own quarry on the fringes of Blacksburg. Originally called “our native stone,” the rock has become known more familiarly, and more affectionately, as Hokie Stone.
Hokie Stone is dolomite, a mineral found in the Appalachian Mountains and most prevalent in Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama. A sedimentary rock, it formed from calcium and magnesium carbonate and occurs in muted shades of pink, red, gray, brown, and black.
Hokie Nation has grown to love it over the years, making it unique to one of the best campuses in the nation.