Hokie Central: the Virginia Tech Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center

 

By Su Clauson-Wicker

VT40385_2011146701-scr To truly “get” Hokie Spirit on your campus visit, you’ll need to walk among the Hokie Nation on Virginia Tech’s “Hokie stone” campus. But a first stop at Virginia Tech’s new visitor center provides a rousing pep rally, introduction, and helpful background information. 

Here you can take a virtual tour of a dorm room, touch an interactive map screen for directions to key buildings, and have your photo taken with the Hokie Bird against a variety of exciting backgrounds.  

VT39791_20110571-15-scr Prepare to spend some time browsing the center’s interactive exhibits that highlight Virginia Tech’s history, colleges, student life, ongoing research and outreach. Pause for a virtual visit with University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni or a student in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Learn the history of the word “Hokie.” 

The exhibit also gives information about daily campus activities, as well as nearby attractions for visitors, such as Smithfield Plantation, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Jefferson National Forest hiking trails. 

At the visitor center, you can relax with coffee on the patio, while gazing at the view of campus and nearby mountains. Campus information sessions are held daily in the adjacent conference room, but your chances of obtaining a seat are greatly improved if you register ahead. 

With more than 50,000 visitors each year, Virginia Tech also requires registration for its student-led campus tours. Buses taking visitors to main campus for the walking tour have a limited number of seats, so sign up early. You can register through the Virginia Tech Admissions website, or call the admissions office at (540) 231-6267 during business hours if you have a disability and desire special assistance.

You can also schedule college and department tours to further enrich your campus visit. Contact information is available at the admissions website, listed above.

A short walk from the Inn at Virginia Tech, the attractive stone visitor center building stands in the Virginia Tech golf course at the corner of Prices Fork Road and University City Boulevard. 

The visitor center is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admissions staff members are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.


Explore Virginia Tech's academic profile page or plan visit page on SmartCollegeVisit.com for more information and to get directions or book a hotel for your visit. The Inn at Virginia Tech is the University's on-campus hotel.

Author: Z. Kelly Queijo

Kelly is founder of Smart College Visit and Smart College Consulting. When she's not creating content for the blog or clients, tweeting, or hosting #CampusChat, she's planning her next mobile move.

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