Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, commonly referred to as Virginia Tech, is a public, land-grant, research university that is located on a rural campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, and has research and educational centers located throughout Virginia. Virginia Tech was founded in 1872 as an agricultural and mechanical land-grant college, and was established when the Virginia General Assembly bought the facilities of a small Methodist school located in Montgomery County. The Commonwealth of Virginia incorporated a new educational institution on that site, which was a state-supported land grant military institute that was known as the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Over the years, the school’s academic programs were organized into a traditional four-year college, and the name of the school changed to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanic College and Polytechnic Institute in 1896. In 1944, the name of the school was officially changed to Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The school belongs to a small group of the countries polytechnic universities that are primarily dedicated to the teaching of applied sciences and technical arts.
Virginia Tech offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs through the following colleges and schools:
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- College of Architecture and Urban Studies
- Pamplin College of Business
- College of Engineering
- College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
- College of Natural Resources and Environment
- College of Science
- Graduate School
- Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
- Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute
The university's online program, known as VTOnline, has the educational needs and goals of students in mind, including students that are working professionals, and offers graduate and undergraduate courses, credit and non-credit courses, certificate and graduate degree programs, and a professional studies course series. The programs and courses offered through VTOnline are taught by Virginia Tech faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized, and also teach courses on campus.