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I spent the first 3 years as an

Jan 12 2013Psychology
I spent the first 3 years as an animal science major, and i have to say those first 2 years were the hardest years i've ever been through (academic wise). HOWEVER, my junior year i transferred to psychology and it was worlds better. The psych department is fantastic, the professors are all really friendly and relaxed, its the area courses that really get you. i was also a disability student and the office for students with disabilities are extremely helpful!

I will agree with the negative commenters that the majority of people here are Greek life obsessed close minded white people, so minority students BEWARE; you will encounter lots of insensitivity and some not so blatant forms of racism. But i i will say that there are students not like that, i found an amazing group of friends who are driven, open-minded, sincere and creative, those pople do exists on campus. overall i would say, do your research. i did not know this school was out in the middle of nowhere in the mountains, but it is an extremely beautiful campus with lots of outdoor activities when it is warm. I am by no means a country girl at all, and it was an adjustment, after my first year i fell in love with being here and it really does grow on you.

4th Year Female -- Class 2012
Collaboration/Competitive: A, Innovation: B-

Virginia Tech is a wonderful university tucked into

Dec 06 2012History/Histories (art history/etc.)
Virginia Tech is a wonderful university tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Though it's known for engineering and more science related fields, I must admit the History department is phenomenal and highly underrated. The professors are incredibly friendly and very knowledgeable; I have yet to meet a single one of which I was not a fan. The classes are small enough that most professors get to know you on a first name basis, which is wonderful for applying to grad school and finding research opportunities. The campus is beautiful with its Gothic architecture and relatively compact. Sports and the Hokies are a huge part of student life and spirit is high around campus. Greek life is evident on campus; however, everyone is really friendly and there doesn't seem to be a lot of mean hazing. Plus, they're really acceptable to non-Greeks. Most students come from NOVA, Maryland, and New Jersey, therefore they find the town of Blacksburg really boring. This school has a small downtown nightlife with local bars, such as TOTS. When the weather is warmer, hiking, tubing on the New River, and outdoor activities in general are superb. If you get involved, you'll love Blacksburg and never want to leave!
2nd Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Innovation: F

Psychology, for me, is an intellectual and scientific

Feb 16 2013Psychology
Psychology, for me, is an intellectual and scientific discipline. Psychology students at tech, for the very most part, just don't fit this mold. The psychology community at Williams Hall is very friendly and warm (especially graduate students), but it is very easy to skate by as a undergraduate for the most part, and this reflects in some of the students. With a little bit of effort it isn't difficult to finish the major requirements in under three years. So perhaps look for a double major in biology, business, or something else that blends well. Some of my classes were a complete joke and completely useless. Others were mildly stimulating.

Psychology should be about understanding human experience/behavior and self-discovery, and I rarely get this from coursework. Though I do appreciate the emphasis on the scientific elements of psychology. It's boring for most people, but I'm getting sick of psychology being referred to as a social science or liberal arts major; it isn't.

The faculty are good for the most part. Some are very legitimate contributors to their field, others are practicing scientists but are horrible teachers. The "textbook + boring slideshow = class" model is pretty common.

I'm not a big fan of Tech in general. The students are largely slightly above average high school students from privileged northern Virginia. It reminds me of high school very often. Good number of smart people; a lot of dumb people. I haven't met anyone who is truly outstanding. Not a great deal of diversity in terms of ethnicity nor personality. I feel like there's been an effort to increase the number of women at the school. Fine, but I'm not a fan of the idea of letting more women in just to increase the ratio. There are a lot of people at Tech that honestly shouldn't even be in college (men and women), with pathetic writing and communication skills.

Socially, this place is mostly a drag. There are few decent bars downtown and a massive number of bland house parties, but that's it. If love playing beer pong and quarters every weekend in crammed apartments and 'dancing' to crappy, generic music, then by all means come here for the social scene. Downtown is one street. Good restaurants, yes. Food is one of few things Tech can brag about, but they seem to talk about that more than their academics. 'Exciting' is one of the last words I would use to describe Blacksburg.

To put Tech in a word: eh. Oh, and 'safe.' Academically, socially, and culturally.. safe. If you can find a niche socially here you'll have a good time, and very few people truly dislike being here, but I know I'm going to leave just thinking I could've chosen better in every way.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2014
Campus Maintenance: A, Individual Value: F
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