Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community.
The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.
Virginia Tech fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).
- Main campus is located in Blacksburg, Va.
- 125+ buildings
- 2,600 acres
- Satellite campuses and research stations throughout Virginia and the world
- Has adjacent corporate research center
- 31,000 full-time students
- 13,000 full and part-time employees
- Eight colleges and a graduate school
- 65 bachelor's degree programs
- 150 master's and doctoral degree programs
- Research portfolio of more than $450 million
Virginia Tech has satellite campuses and research stations throughout Virginia and the world.
The Powell River Project Education Center in Wise County, Va., conducts research and education
programs to enhance restoration of mined lands and to
benefit communities and businesses in southwestern
Virginia's coalfield region.
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, which responds to the
needs of Southwest Virginia businesses for a skilled and educated work force,
makes courses available from Virginia Tech and nine other Virginia colleges and
The historical Reynolds Homestead in Critz, Va., features the birthplace and
boyhood home of R.J. Reynolds, a continuing education center, and a forest
resources research center.
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center attracts national and international
conferences to Roanoke, expands training opportunities for residents and
businesses in the area, and aids in the economic development of the region
Virginia Tech Roanoke Center is a joint venture with 11 other higher-education
institutions. It provides master's degree programs from several of Virginia
Tech's colleges through interactive television, the Web, and traditional on-site
WVTF Radio provides listeners with classical, jazz,
and National Public Radio programs broadcast from its
Roanoke studio. The station covers western Virginia and
also has a studio and office in Charlottesville and an
antenna in Richmond.
Virginia Tech Richmond Center provides working professionals with complete
graduate degree programs and classes from nationally ranked programs based at
Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg. Programs include business
administration, education, engineering, public administration and policy, and
Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center in Virginia Beach offers graduate and
professional development programs to part-time adult students.
Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg deals exclusively with
equine health. The complex provides around-the-clock care and treats more than
2,000 horses annually. It also serves as an important training center for
students in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center is the
home of several research and academic departments for
the university in the National Capital Region.
Virginia Tech Research Center â Arlington is a modern facility that helps the
university expand its research portfolio in the National Capital Region. The
seven-floor, 144,000-square-foot building is U.S. Green Council LEED-certified
and is among the best-connected research facilities in the world, incorporating
nextgeneration Internet with direct fiber access to National LambdaRail,
Internet 2, and multiple federal networks.
Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, located in Old Town Alexandria,
combines Virginia Tech resources with those from other American and European
universities to focus on the architectural issues of urbanization and
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville is a catalyst for
economic and community transformation using strategic research, advanced
learning programs, advanced networking and technology, and community outreach.
Central to this goal of transformation is research and education. Four strategic
research centers, ranging from motorsports engineering to unmanned systems and
robotics, are located at the institute.
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute (VTC) is a
public-private partnership that leverages Virginia Tech's world-class strength
in basic sciences, bioinformatics, and engineering with Carilion Clinic's highly
experienced medical staff and rich history in medical education. VTC improves
human health and quality of life by providing leadership in medical education
and biomedical and clinical research.
Whitethorne-Kentland Research Farm in Montgomery County provides resources and
assistance to research, teaching, and Extension programs that focus on many of
Virginia's major agricultural crop and livestock species. Support is also
provided to programs related to environmental concerns, sustainable agriculture,
natural resources, alternative crops, and improved agricultural efficiencies.
Virginia Cooperative Extension (with Virginia State University) operates 107 local offices.
4-H Educational Centers serve youth and adults from six locations
across the commonwealth.
Cooperative Extension District Offices
(with Virginia State University) are located in Abingdon,
Danville, Harrisonburg, and Petersburg.
Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station has 11
Agricultural Research and Extension Centers throughout
the state, each dealing with agricultural research unique
to its area. The facilities are Eastern Shore, Eastern
Virginia, Hampton Roads, Middleburg, Shenandoah Valley,
Southern Piedmont, Southwest Virginia, Tidewater, Virginia
Seafood, the Alson H. Smith Jr. Research and Extension
Center, and the Reynolds Homestead Forest Resources
In true embodiment of the university’s motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), thousands of faculty and staff devote their time, talents, and resources to community organizations and the university each year.
Some of the service activities employees are involved in include:
- The Relay For Life event held on campus each April is the most successful college event in the country, raising more than half a million dollars each year.
- The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign is an annual workplace giving campaign for all state employees. Nearly 1,300 charities benefit from the funds donated each year.
- The Big Event during which students and employees work together to give back to the local community by completing more than 1,000 service projects (in one day) in the New River Valley each spring.
- Each fall, faculty and staff donate to the Marching Virginians' Hokies for the Hungry canned food drive.
- Many employees work in cooperation with students each year, building bridges in third world countries and helping communities become sustainable as part of the university’s service-learning curriculum.
- Some employees help students move onto campus each fall.
- Many employees volunteer in their communities, serving in leadership positions in local government and on nonprofit boards throughout the state.
- Throughout the year, employees host college and department wide clothing and food drives and charity events.
Most athletic events on campus are free, and discounted season tickets are available for men’s basketball and football games.
Full-time Virginia Tech employees and their dependents are eligible for discounted season tickets for men’s basketball and football games. First-time buyers must place their order in person, with their Hokie Passport, at the ticket office in Lane Stadium.
Contact the Hokie Ticket Office for ticket availability.
Employees with a faculty/staff parking permit may park in designated lots and ride the shuttle for free.
Virginia Tech students and employees have the opportunity to participate in a variety of arts activities across campus. Employees who don’t work on the Blacksburg, Va., campus are encouraged to visit often to take advantage of a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and engagement activities. The arts programming is one of the things that makes Blacksburg a great place to live and work.
The Center for the Arts is creating a thriving creative community fueled by inspiration, where patrons have meaningful experiences, enjoying arts of the highest caliber in a wide variety of forms. The activities are designed to increase participation in the arts across diverse forms, cultures, and ideas, including traditional and contemporary expressions.
Because of the town's award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg, Va., is consistently ranked among the country's best places to live
Hampton Roads Center
With a fairly moderate climate, the coastal region of Virginia is home to some of the best beaches, amusement parks, and golf courses in the country.
National Capital Region
Northern Virginia offers the culture of two different worlds combining cosmopolitan skylines and rambling plantations, equestrian farms, and cobblestoned streets.
Virginia’s capital city is a rich mecca of culture, night life, and entertainment.
Southwest Virginia Center
Known for its natural beauty, many of the towns in Southwest Virginia are known for their brick sidewalks and tree-lined streets as well as a variety of restaurants, entertainment, and historical wonders.
Parking on any college campus can be difficult, but the Office of Parking and Transportation at Virginia Tech works to make the process as painless as possible. Parking regulations are always in effect, including when classes are not in session. Employees have the opportunity to pay for parking pre-tax.
- New employees are eligible for a free 30-day permit.
- Annual, semester, or temporary permits available and may be purchased either online or at the Parking and Transportation Office on campus.
- Employees must present their Hokie Passport and vehicle registration.
- Payroll deduction with pre–tax dollars is available during designated enrollment periods for annual permits.
When and Where
Permits are required to park on campus from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday unless signs in the area say otherwise. The faculty/staff parking permit allows employees to park in any faculty/staff, commuter, graduate, or resident parking area.
Gated parking lots
Transponders are also available for employees who wish to avoid having to swipe their Hokie Passport to get into any of the gated areas on campus.
University owned parking facilities
Employees who park at a location owned by the university may purchase a parking permit through Parking Services. To purchase a permit with pre–tax dollars, employees must purchase the permit by the start of the fall semester and pay via payroll deduction. Additional information is available online.
Employees who pay to park in a parking lot/garage not owned by the university are eligible to participate in a program that allows individuals to set aside pre-tax dollars to cover the cost.
Health & Wellness
Many of the university's health and wellness programs are provided by the Hokie Wellness office, including:
- On-site free/low cost flu vaccinations.
- On-site health screenings throughout the year.
Other health and wellness opportunities include:
Professional Development Opportunities
- Employees are encouraged to get involved in local and national professional organizations. Additionally, the university makes a plethora of on-campus professional development opportunities available to employees.
Comprehensive Benefits Program
Eligible employees enjoy a total compensation package that far exceeds the value of their base salary.
- The Total Compensation Estimator provides current and prospective employees with an illustrated breakdown of the resources available to employees.
- A generous leave program.
- After 90 days, full- and part-time salaried employees are eligible to apply for tuition assistance.
- All regular and restricted full- and part-time salaried faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the health insurance plans (medical, dental, and vision) with no state contribution toward the premium.
- Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) allow employees to set aside part of their pay each pay period on a pre-tax basis into either a medical reimbursement account, a dependent care reimbursement account, or both.
- Retirement planning assistance is available.
- Flexible work arrangements can help employees balance work and personal responsibilities, while meeting business needs and objectives.
Perks and Discounts
Employees benefit from many other perks and discounts as well.
- Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the nine award-wining dining centers on campus.
- A state-of-the art Center for the Arts, on campus in Blacksburg, Va.
- Most athletic events on campus are free, and discounted season tickets are available for men’s basketball and football games. Employees with a faculty/staff parking permit may park in designated lots and ride the shuttle for free.
- War Memorial Chapel is available to students, employees, or visitors who need a calm, quiet place to get away from the everyday bustle of life to meditate, pray, or sit quietly. The Chapel is available to rent as well.
- Employees may take advantage of the activities available through Student Centers and Activities:
- Enjoy a game of billiards, bowling, darts, or table tennis at BreakZONE.
- Participate in any number of outdoor trips or rent equipment from Venture Out.
- Purchase tickets for upcoming shows and performances on campus.
- Discount coupons and other benefits available to employees.
- List of discounts available to state employees.
Virginia Tech is committed to being a leader among the growing number of colleges and universities, communities, states, and nations in addressing climate change and environmental sustainability. The university’s sustainability efforts also help conserve Virginia Tech resources and make the university good stewards of the state’s resources.
The Office of Energy and Sustainability is tasked with leading the university’s efforts as a leader in campus sustainability nationally.
Employees can help by:
- Recycling paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans in containers located in the office, and across campus.
- Using a reusable beverage container for water, coffee, or takeout in select dining locations.
- Eating lunch at the Farm & Fields Project, a shop in Owens Food Court which focuses on organic, local, or sustainably produced foods. The shop serves lunch and dinner Monday through Friday.
- Turning off the lights whenever possible, especially at the end of the day.
- Turning off computers at the end of the day when possible.
- Setting printer defaults to print double sided.
- Walking or biking to work and when traveling across campus.
- Taking advantage of various alternative transportation methods.
The Hokie Passport ID Card is the official identification card for Virginia Tech students and employees.
- The card can be used to gain access to parking garages and buildings.
- To pay for purchases in dining halls, bookstores, and at some vending machines (when the card has been loaded with money).
- Employees can also access many of the discounts and perks available as part of the university’s total compensation package.
- Ride the BT (Blacksburg Transit) for free. The BT has a variety of routes, including service in Blacksburg, service in Christiansburg, and Connections.
- Employees (and their spouses and children with a valid photo ID) may check out any of the libraries' circulating items, which include books, journals, videos, dvds, cds, laptops, and iPads. Employees may also visit the libraries to access the internet and/or use computers.
- Rent cameras, video cameras, and iPads, or get assistance using specialty software (for work or personal use) at Innovation Space.
- Work out at War Memorial Hall (free) or McComas Hall (paid membership required).
Getting a Card
Visit the Hokie Passport office in the Student Services Building.
Employees who work at extended locations around the state should talk with their supervisor about getting a Hokie Passport at their location.
There are a variety of resources available to employees that can help improve skills, provide additional insight and knowledge, and allow employees to continue their workplace learning.
University Organizational and Professional Development, in the Department of Human Resources oversees the development and delivery of the professional development programs and consulting service offered to all Virginia Tech employees. The group hosts about 120 workshops each year that cover a variety of topics, such as “Collaborative Problem Solving,” “Critical Thinking Skills,” “Leading Change,” and “Project Management.” They also host several cohort programs, including the Management Academy and the Executive Development Institute.
Networked Learning Initiatives is a centralized, cross-discipline professional development program available to all faculty and graduate students.
Free foreign language conversation courses for faculty and staff are offered in the fall and spring semesters, and include Arabic, Chinese (standard Mandarin), Spanish, Italian, German, and French.
The Diversity Development Institute is designed to enhance university-wide diversity and inclusion efforts contributing to the core mission of Virginia Tech. With a focus on cultivating competencies through awareness, personal engagement, and professional development seminars, the Diversity Development Institute works to foster a more inclusive university environment.
All employees have free unlimited access to Lynda.com, a website that offers a library of nearly 70,000 instructional videos. The video tutorials include software, creative, and business skills taught by industry experts and are accessible via a desktop/laptop computer or mobile device.
Sponsored by University Libraries, Virginia Tech subscribes to a custom Safari Books Online Library of over 16,000 ebooks and online video titles in the areas of technology, digital media, and business.
Salaried employees who have been with the university for at least 90 days are eligible to apply for tuition assistance.
The program applies to full- and part-time salaried employees who wish to take credit courses at Virginia Tech or other accredited institutions.
- Must meet all student admissions requirements, registration, and payment deadlines
- Must be a salaried employee for at least 90 days
- Employees in a leave status are not eligible for a tuition waiver or reimbursement
- Courses and degree programs must be approved by employee's supervisor
Salaried full-time employees
- Eligible to have tuition waived or reimbursed up to 12 credit hours per academic year (fall through summer II)
- May not to exceed six hours in a semester
Salaried part-time employees
- Eligible for up to six credit hours per academic year with the tuition waiver and reimbursement program
- May not to exceed three hours in a semester
Employees have access to all of the resources offered by the University Libraries.
In addition to the Newman Library, on the main campus in Blacksburg, Va., the library also has satellite locations:
Using library resources
Using a Hokie Passport card as a library card, employees (and their spouses and children with a valid photo ID) may check out any of the libraries' circulating items, which include books, journals, videos, dvds, cds, laptops, and iPads. Employees may also visit the libraries to access the internet and/or use computers.
Using support services
The libraries also provide research and instruction support. College librarians are subject experts providing faculty, staff, and students from each of Virginia Tech’s colleges with information services tailored to the needs of each field. These librarians support their colleges by:
- purchasing materials - books, videos, serials, databases - in support of the college
- providing subject-specific research assistance
- helping design realistic assignments that will deepen and test discipline-specific information skills
- teaching information skills sessions
- leading or arranging tours of the libraries
- assisting with distance education classes
The libraries also offer:
Virginia Tech Police Department
The Virginia Tech Police Department strives to enhance the safety and quality of life for students, faculty, staff and visitors through effective law enforcement and proactive crime prevention in partnership with the university community.
The department can be contacted at 911 in an emergency, or at (540) 231-6411 in a non-emergency situation. The department offers a safe-ride service on campus at (540) 231-SAFE, and has a hotline for reporting crime, (540) 231-TIPS.
Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental Health and Safety promotes a positive, integrated safety culture for the university community, advocates safe and healthy living, learning, and working environments, and helps departments comply with regulations and mandates.
The University Council is made up of 10 different governance commissions which represent the needs and interests of students and employees at all levels across the university.
The University Commissions formulate and recommend policies to the University Council, which makes recommendations to the
president of the university. While the president and the Board of Visitors have final authority, the input they receive
from the council is critically important. Final authority rests with the president of the university and the Board of Visitors.
Employees are encouraged to get involved in the governance process at Virginia Tech, to make sure their voices are heard.
The call for nominations for open positions on each of the governance committees is generally shared with employees via Virginia Tech News in January. Elections follow in February and March and the slate of members is generally finalized in April.
Employees who need assistance with accommodations related to the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) should reach out University ADA Services, in the Department of Human Resources.
The university realizes that conflict between two or more members of any community is inevitable. The Conflict Resolution program offers employees the opportunity to participate in mediation and other informal conflict resolution strategies to address a dispute with another person(s) and also to provide professional development workshops and conflict coaching opportunities to nurture individual learning and growth.
Employee Relations provides a place where employees and supervisors can share personal and work-related information in order to get help or advice. The Employee Relations staff is available to advise and provide information, and make referrals to on and off campus organizations.
Virginia Tech is committed to the health and well-being of all of all employees and their families. The Hokie Wellness program provides ongoing programming to help employees achieve a positive work/life balance. Programming focuses on the physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being.
Virginia Tech recognizes that relocating your family to a new city is a big undertaking. This site has been designed to make your transition less complicated. There are resources are available to new employees who are moving to the area, as well as current employees who need assistance relocating.
Individuals who are new to the New River Valley are encouraged to join the Blacksburg Newcomers’ Club. Club members meet monthly and receive a monthly newsletter.
New employees who have a spouse or partner who is also looking for employment are invited to take advantage of the Dual Career Program.
The Virginia Tech Faculty Women's Club hosts several luncheons each year as well several interest groups and trips to nearby attractions. The group also meets monthly at the university president’s home, The Grove and funds several student scholarships.
Inclusion and Diversity
The university aspires to be reflective of, and responsive to, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.
Virginia Tech Principles of Community
The Principles of Community are fundamental to the university’s ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members.
Employees who access computer systems and networks owned or operated by Virginia Tech are expected to adhere to the Acceptable Use Standard as well as applicable and local, state, and federal laws. Acceptable use always is ethical, reflects academic honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, system security mechanisms, and individuals' rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation and harassment.
Employees should also be aware that:
- All students and employees have a unique, self-selected online identifier, the PID, and password. PIDs cannot be easily changed.
- Employees are asked not to use their PID/password combination for non-Virginia Tech services.
- Passwords should never be shared with anyone.
- Employees are accountable for all information on computers assigned to them.
- Emails and attachments from unknown sources should be treated with extreme caution.
- www.computing.vt.edu is the comprehensive guide to Information Technology services, including the extensive knowledge base.
- Customer support is available at www.4help.vt.edu or by calling 540-231-4357. 4Help agents are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to reset passwords, monitor system outages, and take questions on a wide variety of computer problems.
- More information specific to new employees is available at the Getting Started Guide.
Environmental Health and Safety
All employees have the right to:
- Be provided a safe workplace.
- Have unsafe conditions corrected.
- Be temporarily reassigned, if a task is unsafe.
- Refuse unsafe work.
- All rights provided without retaliation.
For additional information ask your supervisor, visit Environmental Health and Safety Services, or call 540-231-3600.
The Office of University Relations supports the university’s mission and goals by promoting public understanding of and support for Virginia Tech, disseminating useful information affecting Virginians, and providing the university with a wide range of communications expertise and services.
One of the most important ways employees interact with University Relations is via Virginia Tech News.
- Employees are automatically signed up for the Daily Email, which is delivered overnight, on Monday through Friday, and includes the latest news, campus notices, events, and Blacksburg weather forecast, with extensive links to the Virginia Tech News website for detailed coverage.
- For the approximate 300 university employees who do not normally have computer access during the workday, Virginia Tech News also offers a hard copy weekly newsletter version called the "Blue Sheet."
Performance Planning and Evaluations
Virginia Tech is committed to an annual performance management process that fosters and rewards excellent employee performance. Working in partnership, employees and supervisors are able to develop a working environment that enables open two-way communication, promotes consistency in performance assessment, motivates employees to perform at their best, and is conducted with fairness and transparency.
Performance Management is a cyclical process that begins with performance planning, continues with coaching and counseling and ends with a performance evaluation.
Conflict of Interest
The Virginia State and Local Government Conflict of Interest Act prohibits employees, spouses, domestic partners, and dependents of employees from engaging in contracts and/or individual transactions with the university for goods or services of greater than $500.
The Act explicitly allows individual transactions for goods or services less than $500, written approval by the university president when the contract is in the best interests of the institution, or through a competitive negotiation process.
University policy requires all employees who have outside employment, or additional Virginia Tech employment, complete a form at the start of each fiscal year (July 1) to obtain approval.