Virginia Tech Overview
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech, is a public land grant polytechnic university in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States Virginia Tech is well known for its programs in engineering, architecture, science, business and agriculture.
Founded in 1872 as an agricultural and mechanical college, Virginia Tech continues to be one of the few public universities in the United States which maintains a corps of cadets.
The Virginia Tech campus is located in the New River Valley in the Valley and Ridge physiographic region of the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, a few miles from the Jefferson National Forest in Montgomery County.
Virginia Tech’s sports teams are called the Hokies. The swim team is unofficially known as the “H2Okies,” a play on the chemical formula for water. The Tech mascot is the HokieBird.
The word, which originated from the Old Hokie spirit yell, penned in 1896, is often used interchangeably with “Fighting Gobblers”
to refer to sports teams, fans, students, or alumni. The official
university school colors – Chicago Maroon and Burnt Orange – also were
introduced in 1896. The colors were chosen by a committee because they
made a ‘unique combination’ not worn elsewhere at the time. The mascot is the HokieBird, a turkey-like creature. The teams were originally known as the “Fighting Gobblers,” and the turkey motif was retained despite the name change.
The stylized VT (the abbreviation for Virginia Tech) is used primarily by the athletic department as a symbol for Virginia Tech athletic teams.