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Do not go into Engineering at VT

Jan 09 2014Electrical Engineering
Do not go into Engineering at VT. The professors do not care if you understand anything. Some professors in intro classes state at the beginning of class that they know that you may never have taken the class before like programming, but they will teach the course as if you have. They just expect you to learn it on your own or fail the class. Go somewhere where they care about undergraduate engineers. Otherwise you will end up with a low GPA and they will fail you out of school and you will not be able to get a degree anywhere.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2017
Campus Aesthetics: A, Education Quality: F

OMG- don't go here

Sep 02 2014Accounting
OMG- don't go here. This is my sophomore year and will be transferring out ASAP. Even if you love football. Its all there is to do here on the weekends. The residential dorm environment is horrible. The student conduct office that treats you like you have zero rights. They are more concern about controlling their student body then being a progressive university and developing lasting relationships with the students. Not a place you will feel welcome if your are at all liberal. Run away- try William and Mary or UVA or a private university. DON'T GO HERE. I hope I am saving someone from making a bad decision.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Campus Maintenance: A-, Faculty Accessibility: 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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