Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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“If you are an engineering major, then Virginia
Apr 30 2010Urban Planning
If you are an engineering major, then Virginia Tech is a world-class school for you. Right up there with MIT, GA Tech, and others. For everything else, it is probably average to above average, but definitely worth the in-state tuition. The campus is open and mostly beautiful, especially the Drill Field, War Memorial, and Burress Hall with its surrounding gothic Hokiestone buildings. Students are friendly and approachable - basically nice people from a diverse background. The campus is very laid back. Campus transportation is good. Newman Library is only marginal. Athletics - especially football - are incredible and the school's maroon & orange spirit is great. The main downside is the surrounding town of Blacksburg (WalMart in Christianburg is the upscale shopping spot) and the generally conservative subtext of the university. If you are progressive or, God forbid, an activist liberal, this is the wrong place for you. Blacksburg is, after all, in the middle of the Virginia Bible belt (However, the university does deserve credit for trying, with its various diversity outreach programs). The excellent, but few, progressive-thinking faculty seem to keep their opinions to themselves and choose to simply enjoy the tenure of VT and the Virginia countyside. Overall, a great university if you have the opportunity to attend.
“Basically, they'll admit a group of students into
Mar 10 2010Biology
Basically, they'll admit a group of students into their pH D programs based on how many slots they "think" they need filled, give all of the students funding for a year, and then discard the ones they don't like or don't have long-term funding for with little ceremony.
Completely cruel, and self-serving view towards students by many of the Biology sub-departments (Microbiology, Molecular Plant Sciences, and PPWS are especially bad). Ultimately, you are a dreadful little inconvenience that gets in the way of their hard-hitting research.Apply elsewhere if you can!
“Feels like a great environment conductive of research
Oct 26 2008Computer Science
Feels like a great environment conductive of research and learning. I have met a lot of very smart and friendly people. However a lot of my time has been with other graduate students. I get the feeling the undergraduate student body is what you'd expect. A decent number of well off kids with over extravagant cars. However there are cool pockets of people all over the place. Its not hard to meet some of them and connect to others.
Some classes seem to forget that they're not the majority of my semester goal (I still have other classes and research!). Although the workload reflects this the grades at the end of the semester seem to keep in mind you can't give the class 100%.Research has been great, faculty is very interesting in doing research with almost any student and most have money for assistantships! If not the TA assistantship package is nice too!
“The clinical program is excellent and a great
Mar 27 2006Psychology
The clinical program is excellent and a great choice for students interested in a research career. The faculty has had a positive and vast impact on behavioral research and has improved the lives of their research participants and the surrounding community in addition to generating research findings that have improved understanding of behavior. The faculty and faculty-student publications are high impact and often cited because they are well done and in areas of importance. The faculty members hold important positions in the profession of clinical psychology-producing text books, serving on boards of important associations-They are the movers and shakers of the field and yet they are nice people. A great behavioral (broadly defined) program! You will not regret making a choice to attend this program. Good resources, decent community, beautiful clean unspoiled environment. Students can complete the program in a reasonable amount of time (4 years plus internship from BA to PhD). Faculty dedicated to generating research that improves quality of life for all of us. The faculty have had such a great impact on the local schools, hospitals, agencies and the town/community itself. Faculty members are "household names" within psychology circles. They have held tightly to their original goals and still have a strong commitment to the bridging practice and science. What more could you want. Those holding offers should not let one from VT go!
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