Host Institution

Virginia Tech

photo of a building on Virginia Tech Campus Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is the largest research institution in the state of Virginia. It offers 280 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 34,000 students, and it has a research portfolio of over $521 million USD. The university has a very strong academic and research reputation in a number of different fields, including science, engineering, and business, and it has campuses in Blacksburg, Virginia and in the Washington D.C. area, as well as a number of other facilities around the world. The Blacksburg campus, in particular, is known for its beautiful architecture and wide green spaces, and for its location within the natural beauty of southwestern Virginia. - See: About Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

photo of downtown Blacksburg Blacksburg is a college town of around 45,000 residents located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. Due to its reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States and it has earned a reputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, and forward-looking community. Blacksburg’s downtown offers unique stores, art galleries, and eclectic restaurants, and its wide red-brick sidewalks, Victorian street lamps, and park benches encourage foot traffic and support a weekly Farmers’ Market and a number of street fairs and festivals. - See:

Local Attractions

  • Historic Downtown Blacksburg
  • Blacksburg Farmer's Market (Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon)
  • Moss Arts Center (state of the art concert venue)
  • The Huckleberry Trail (An old train line that has been converted into a nice walking trail through Blacksburg)
  • Old-Time Music in Floyd
  • Blue Ridge Parkway

For more information: - Local Attractions
Explore the New River Valley


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