Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

The Dean of Students is Virginia Tech’s foremost student advocate, leading a team of passionate, student-centered professionals who stand ready to support the more than 34,000 students who call themselves Hokies. Working closely with Virginia Tech’s seven undergraduate colleges and administrative offices, the Dean of Students Office embraces a focused pursuit of care, support, and flourishing in nearly every imaginable way. Leading a team of two associate deans, three assistant deans, and an administrative manager, the Dean of Students promotes a mission “to serve as advocates for students and their support networks in times of personal, academic, and community crisis.” In addition, the Dean of Students Office works closely with the Virginia Tech faith community and will have the unique opportunity to launch a comprehensive university-wide program to promote conversation, understanding, and relationships across meaning-making traditions. The Dean of Students reports to the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and serves as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, the Town-Gown Committee, the Interfaith Network.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership, supervision, support, and oversight for student advocacy, case management, and student crisis response
  • Provides oversight and coordination of the university’s Care Team
  • Leading fiscal, strategic, and assessment planning for the Dean of Students Office
  • Serving as a campus ambassador for students and championing a campus culture of care and responsiveness to students
  • Deploying a robust and dynamic campus-wide educational program that equips campus partners to respond well to student needs
  • Promoting policies important to students and their success
  • Developing and enacting a support program for students participating in university resolution programs, include Title IX investigations and Student Conduct Office hearings
  • Monitoring off-campus student culture and recommending programs to support off-campus student success
  • Coordinating effective communication with the seven undergraduate colleges
  • Launching and advancing a university-wide interfaith dialogue program
  • Coordinating university responses to bias-related incidents and working with campus partners in advancing InclusiveVT and the Principles of Community
  • Working closely with the senior associate vice president for student affairs on division-wide initiatives

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

Candidates must possess a master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling, or a related field. Demonstrated leadership in a dean of students role or one similar to it is also required. A Ph.D. or other terminal degree is preferred. Applicants must care deeply about students and work comfortably with them during times of personal crisis. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for student success, inclusion, interfaith initiatives, and program development; an unwavering commitment to fairness; and an abiding dedication to the principles of collaboration and inclusion.

The characteristics and attributes listed below were identified by various stakeholders when considering the dean of students position.

  • A deep passion for working with and advocating for students
  • A record of leadership in student affairs where responsibility for student development, the creation of a positive learning environment, and the engagement of students in the life of the campus community are a central focus
  • A collegial, inclusive, and approachable style that invites collaboration, transparency, and mutual support
  • A consummate team player and collaborator, able to build strong working partnerships across the university and with external constituencies
  • An ability to maintain a highly engaged, trustworthy, accessible relationship with students and a visible profile throughout the campus community
  • Extensive diplomacy, high-level tact, and persuasion in the discussion of key issues that have substantial impact on the university
  • Strong human relations skills and the ability to make decisions in the midst of complexity and utilizing diverse perspectives
  • Demonstrated collaboration with faculty in improving educational programs and services that improve student success
  • An ability to remain calm, constructive, and sensitive to multiple constituents in response to crisis situations, while leading others during these critical times
  • Effective public relations skills and the ability to communicate effectively with students and family members in crisis and under duress
  • Familiarity with classroom teaching and academic policies in order to liaison with academic officials and departments
  • Ability to build external relationships and work with the local community
  • A commitment to supporting staff in their professional development and helping them realize their full potential

History of the Position

James T. (Tom) Brown has served as dean of students since 2007. Tom has been with Virginia Tech for nearly 40 years and previously served as assistant dean and associate dean. During his tenure, he has been an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a proud Hokie parent (twice), an administrator, a collector of Hokie trivia and trinkets, and an enthusiastic Virginia Tech fan. Tom will be transitioning to a development role within student affairs, reporting directly to the vice president.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

The Dean of Students Office plays a unique role at Virginia Tech. The staff advocates for students across campus and assists them as they face a variety of challenges throughout their journey on campus. Staff members advise and support students in the conduct process, assist them in Title IX investigations, and verify absences for students who miss classes for personal reasons. They serve as independent intermediaries, mentors, supporters, and advocates in a variety of situations. The Dean of Students Office helps students navigate difficult situations and helps students overcome the challenges of sometimes being “bounced” from one office to another at a large, complex institution.

Additional opportunities and challenges are listed below.

  • The Dean of Students Office is busy and fast-paced, serving as a repository for an array of student issues.
  • Virginia Tech is launching an initiative to expand interfaith dialogue and build bridges between faith communities on campus. The DOS will play a critical role in this project.
  • The DOS acts as an advocate for students but also knows when to challenge students to address their own issues, and understands that not all issues are resolved to the satisfaction of the student.
  • Virginia Tech is a large, comprehensive, complex, decentralized university, such that collaborations and relationships are essential to moving agendas forward.
  • The DOS frequently serves as the conduit between students and senior administrators, providing an important opportunity to build respect and trust around critical student issues.

Measures of Success for the Position

At an appropriate interval after joining Virginia Tech, the following items will initially define success for the new dean of students.

  • The DOS will have strong relationships with the senior associate vice president for student affairs and other leadership within the division.
  • The DOS will be well-known and well-regarded by students, having earned respect and credibility.
  • The DOS will have established strong relationships across campus, including academic deans, faculty members, University Police, athletics, legal counsel, and University Relations.
  • The staff in the dean’s office will feel connected to and engaged in each other’s work, as well as the larger work of the division and the university.
  • The DOS will have a high profile at Virginia Tech and must engage in dialogue and public relations with a broad group of constituents, to build awareness of the issues facing students and the role of the dean’s office in enhancing the student experience.

An Overview of the Division of Student Affairs

About the Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to the growth, development, and achievement of students at Virginia Tech. This organization works closely with academic colleagues to support students as they learn to be successful and effective leaders in the emerging global community.

Mission Statement

The mission of student affairs is to promote student learning, life skills, and personal growth through a strong focus on holistic student development and collaborative partnerships that deliver superior service to, and care for, students in the spirit of Ut Prosim.

Aspirations for Student Learning

  • Commit to unwavering CURIOSITY — Virginia Tech students will be inspired to lead lives of curiosity, embracing a life-long commitment to intellectual development.
  • Pursue SELF-UNDERSTANDING and INTEGRITY — Virginia Tech students will form a set of affirmative values and develop the self-understanding to integrate these values into their decision-making.
  • Practice CIVILITY — Virginia Tech students will understand and commit to civility as a way of life in their interactions with others.
  • Prepare for a life of COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP — Virginia Tech students will be courageous leaders who serve as change agents and make the world more humane and just.
  • Embrace UT PROSIM (That I May Serve) as a way of life — Virginia Tech students will enrich their lives through service to others.

Virginia Tech Principles of Community

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. Learning from the experiences that shape Virginia Tech as an institution, we acknowledge those aspects of our legacy that reflected bias and exclusion. Therefore, we adopt and practice the following principles as fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members:

  • We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.
  • We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
  • We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and the university. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.
  • We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.
  • We pledge our collective commitment to these principles in the spirit of the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Patricia (Patty) A. Perillo hails from Wilmington, Delaware. She was the first in her family to graduate from college and learned early in her college career that education has the power to transform lives. She knew that she wanted to work in higher education as a vehicle to make the world — one person and community at a time — a better place.

Patty worked at six institutions of higher learning before coming to Virginia Tech. They include the University of Delaware, State University of New York (Plattsburgh and Albany campuses), State University of Maryland (College Park and UMBC campuses), and Davidson College. She has worked in every functional area of student affairs, always focused on creating collaborative learning partnerships with students and academic affairs. She began her work at Virginia Tech in 2012, and the university’s lived values of community, service, diversity and inclusion, and learning resonate with her deepest values, so she feels like she has come home to the Hokie Nation!

As a renowned scholar-practitioner for 30 years, Patty provides leadership and oversight for more than 20 departments and administrative units in the Division of Student Affairs. With a team of 3,600 students, faculty and staff, a budget of more than $160 million, and responsibility for 30 percent of the campus’ physical capital, she is committed to ensuring transformative learning experiences for students. She is an assistant professor in the higher education graduate program at Virginia Tech, past president of ACPA–College Student Educators International, and recently became certified as an executive/life coach.

She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Delaware. She has received many honors and awards, including ACPA’s Esther Lloyd Jones Professional Service Award, ACPA’s Diamond Honoree Award, and inductions into Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa.

In her free time, Patty enjoys spending time with her wonderful spouse, extended family and close community of friends, and engaging in the arts, athletic events, outdoor activities, exercise, prayer, reflection, music, reading, and entertaining. Her family remains one of her greatest gifts in this lifetime. Her father was the youngest of 15 and her mother was the oldest of three. Patty is one of eight children, has more than 80 first cousins, and still lovingly claims Wilmington as her home community.

Frank Shushok, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Frank Shushok Jr. is a native of Texas, but says he came to Virginia Tech as soon as he realized what he was missing. Frank is passionate about students and their learning and thinks working on a college campus is among his greatest privileges. By the time Frank was a sophomore in college at Baylor University, he had aspirations of working in student affairs—a career path he’s been on for 25 years. Part of Frank’s passion for students is born out of his own struggle to get through high school but subsequently finding his stride and potential while in college.

Assuming his role at Virginia Tech in 2009, Frank leads Virginia Tech’s largest auxiliary enterprise with an operating budget well over $100 million. He provides leadership for the following departments: Cranwell International Center, Dining Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Housing and Residence Life, Learning Partnerships, and Student Conduct. He also plays a role in Virginia Tech’s Title IX efforts and cares deeply about eradicating sexual violence from college campuses. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Frank is an associate professor in the higher education graduate program and serves as executive editor of About Campus, a national magazine that promotes strengthening the student learning experience in higher education.

Frank’s commitment to higher education has been nationally recognized. He was named a fellow of the American Council on Higher Education, a Diamond Honoree by the ACPA—College Student Educators International, and honored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers with its Research and Publication Award. As an avid supporter of strengths-based learning, he received the Chip Anderson Inspiration Award for significant contributions in advancing the strengths movement in higher education.

When Frank is not engaged in his work on campus, he enjoys the outdoors with his family. There’s nothing he appreciates more than a beautiful day spent fly-fishing on a mountain stream. Frank married his high school sweetheart and has three children, the oldest of whom is a student at Virginia Tech.

Organizational Structure

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The Dean of Students’ Office

Our Mission

To serve as advocates for students and their support networks in times of personal, academic, and community crisis.

Our Work

We know that life doesn’t stop while students are in college. When life throws challenges in students’ way, we’re here to help them create plans, connect to resources, and gain the confidence to get back on track. We work with students, families, friends, and faculty. We’re a friendly, caring team ready to listen and assist. We welcome referrals, appointments, and walk-ins.

On Call and Emergency Contact

A member of the Dean’s Staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, staff from Cook Counseling Center, and Housing and Residence Life are also on-call during the same hours.

General Support / Advice

The staff is here to provide support and advice when life throws you a curve. If you are having difficulty in your personal or academic life, they are here to assist you in finding the appropriate resources to help. Our list of common concerns for students may provide you an immediate answer to some common questions.

Verify Class Absence

“I had a family emergency and had to go home and miss class, whom would I contact for an excuse?”

Stop by or call Dean’s Staff

“I had to miss class because of a death in the family and my professor told me to contact you for an absence verification note. What do I need to do?”

You will need to come to the Dean’s Staff office with documentation. We accept the obituary from the newspaper, a letter from the funeral home on their letterhead, or the program or Mass card from the funeral. You will need to fill out a form at our office, and we will notify your college, who in turn will notify your professors.

“I’m sick and need to miss class, whom should I contact?”

Schiffert Health Center at 540-231-6444 or via email at Schiffert Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – Noon. For after hours concerns, call the Schiffert Health Center Advice Nurse at 540-231-6444. If it is an emergency please call 911 or go to the closest medical facility.

“I was sick and missed class. I did not go to Schiffert but did go to a doctor locally. My professor wants a note from your office. What do I need to do?”

You will need to come to the Dean’s Staff office and bring documentation from the doctor. We will need a letter from the doctor’s office stating you were there on a certain date. We do not need to know why you were there. You will fill out a form in our office, and we can notify your college, who will in turn notify your professors.

“I had to miss class because of a religious holiday. Is this an absence that can be verified with my faculty?”

The Dean’s Staff office does not verify absences related to religious and ethnic holidays. Consistent with the university’s tradition of religious tolerance, faculty and staff are encouraged to be sensitive to students who wish to observe religious and ethnic holidays. It is the student’s responsibility to request and provide justification for a religious accommodation, preferably during the first two weeks of classes or as soon as the student becomes aware of the need for an accommodation. Faculty members are not required to compromise the academic integrity of the course to accommodate religious practices, thus, accommodations for religious practices will be determined by the faculty and will be consistent with their attendance policy.

Crisis/Emergency Response

A member of the Dean‘s Staff office staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, staff from Cook Counseling Center, and Housing and Residence Life are also on-call during the same hours.

Our staff is trained to help students determine the appropriate course of action if they have a crisis, need medical care, or just need to talk. If they need services that we are unable to provide they will refer them to professionals that can help.

Seek Advice or Express a Concern

Virginia Tech is committed to providing an environment of work, study, and leisure/recreation for students, faculty, and staff that is free from all forms of harassment, intimidation, fear, coercion, and exploitation. Harassment is frequently directed at individuals because of age, color, disability, gender (including pregnancy), gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Any such behavior is reprehensible and subverts the mission of the university. It can threaten the careers, educational experience, and well-being of all members of the community.

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to creating and sustaining a community where every student can thrive. If you’ve had an experience that has negatively impacted your opportunity to do that, let us know. Students can report experiences of bias, harassment, and discrimination, as well as file a complaint, ask for advice, express a concern, or simply tell someone.

A variety of student complaints are explained in the Hokie Handbook.  Potential areas of concern could include:

  • Appeals for Grade (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Annoying Electronic Communication & Phone Calls
  • Bias-Related Incident
  • Civil, Criminal Action or Activity Concerns
  • Disability Discrimination Advice
  • Sexual Harassment Complaints against a Student or Student Organization
  • Sexual Harassment Complaints against Faculty, Administration, Staff or Graduate Student Performing a Teaching, Advising, or Supervisory role
  • Sexual Misconduct Complaints
  • University Student Conduct Action

If you are unsure of the most appropriate avenue for addressing a specific concern or complaint, we encourage you to make a report to the Dean of Students or a member of that team below. You can also report it online.  As a student, if you hear or see something that feels like a bias incident, statement, or expression, we encourage you to make a report.  In short, if you see something, say something!

Dean’s Staff Team

The Dean’s Staff is here to support all students. This team is comprised of the dean of students, two associate deans, three assistant deans, and an administrative manager.

Dean of Students
Tonya Windsor, Administrative Manager
Teresa “Tess” Blethyn, Case Manager
Tara Frank, Assistant Dean
Anthony Scott, Associate Dean

There are currently searches underway for an associate dean and two assistant deans.

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Institution & Location

University Overview

Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing students to be leaders and problem-solvers. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers about 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 34,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $521 million. The university fulfills its role as a land-grant by fostering a collaborative environment that integrates technology into all disciplines, so that the Virginia Tech community can serve as a force for positive change around the commonwealth, the country, and the world.

Through experiential learning, future-focused research, and an inclusive, spirited culture, Virginia Tech strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech has a 2,600-acre main campus, educational and research facilities across the state, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The campus proper is located in the Town of Blacksburg in Montgomery County in the New River Valley and is 38 miles southwest of Roanoke.

Blacksburg, VA

Blacksburg, some 12,000 acres nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountains, is special. Home to about 42,600 local residents, the town is considered small by most any standard, but don’t let its size or location fool you.

Because of its award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live and has earned a reputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, and forward-looking community.

Established in 1798 and now Virginia’s largest town, Blacksburg lies within Montgomery County, which has a population of some 95,000.

Vibrant and engaging, Blacksburg’s downtown offers unique stores, art galleries, and eclectic restaurants. The area’s wide red-brick sidewalks, Victorian street lamps, and park benches encourage foot traffic and make meeting folks easy.

Quick Facts

  • In 2012,, a real estate site, ranked Blacksburg No. 1 on its “Top 10 Cities to Raise a Family” listing, citing the presence of Virginia Tech and numerous economic opportunities.
  • In 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek named Blacksburg the best place in the United States to raise children.
  • A high-tech, professional environment, Blacksburg is one of the most “wired” communities on the planet.
  • In the National Citizens Survey, Blacksburg residents gave the highest ratings to their town’s appearance, openness, and acceptance, as well as its many cultural opportunities, safety, and low crime rate.
  • Blacksburg has been ranked among the nation’s best places to live by Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Men’s Journal, 50 Best Small Southern Towns, The Sporting News, and Retirement Places Rated.
  • Outside Magazine ranked Blacksburg a top-10 “dream town” for outdoors enthusiasts because of its proximity to the Appalachian Trail and the Washington-Jefferson National Forest. The area’s natural resources for hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, and climbing are phenomenal.
  • The nationally accredited Virginia Tech Police Department operates 24-hours a day and provides full police service to the university community.
  • Blacksburg, along with Christiansburg and Radford and including Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties, is considered a Metropolitan Statistical Area by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center hosts more than 100 technology-based companies, as well as the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, contributing to Blacksburg’s high-tech, professional environment.
  • The award-winning Blacksburg Transit provides town-wide public transportation at a reasonable cost and a game day shuttle for football and basketball games.

Mission Statement

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 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.

Strategic Plan

2012-2018 Strategic Plan

Timothy D. Sands, President

Timothy D. Sands became the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in June of 2014. A scientist, educator, and inventor, he has dedicated much of his career to advancing the impact of research and innovation in public education. As president, he has engaged the university community in a visionary plan to advance Virginia Tech’s role as a global land-grant institution, confronting the commonwealth’s, the country’s, and the world’s most challenging problems.
The initiative, called “Beyond Boundaries,” seeks to define Virginia Tech’s role a generation into the future and align the educational experience with the needs and opportunities that will be created by changing world economies and the evolving landscape of higher education.

In collaboration with the provost and academic leadership, he has championed the development of Destination Areas, thematic focus areas that leverage the university’s signature strengths to attract talent and generate creative energy that extends across the disciplines. The development of these areas involves reimagining Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg residential campus, catalyzing the economic development of the Blacksburg-Roanoke region with a growing health science and technology center of excellence, and developing the experiential learning and research potential in the National Capital Region. He has prioritized building new and enhancing existing partnerships and collaborations to use resources and expertise in a focused and efficient way across the country and the globe.

He also launched and led InclusiveVT, an initiative to provide leadership, collaboration, guidance, and resources to support and accelerate the implementation of inclusion and diversity goals throughout the university community.

InclusiveVT supports the imperative of inclusion and diversity as key components of a university ecosystem rich in opportunities for experiential learning, cross-disciplinary engagement, and the development of cultural awareness and empathy.

President Sands’ vision for Virginia Tech embraces the university’s heritage of service and community and its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Virginia Tech students will graduate with disciplinary mastery, technology literacy, cultural competency, resilience, empathy for others, and the passions and strengths needed for a life and career of impactful service to humanity.

Before coming to Virginia Tech, President Sands served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He was acting president during the summer and fall of 2012, before Mitchell E. Daniels became the 12th president of Purdue.

President Sands earned a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in engineering physics and a master’s degree and doctorate in materials science from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Purdue faculty in 2002 as the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering in the schools of Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to becoming provost, he served as the Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park.

From 1993 to 2002, President Sands was a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and before that, he performed research and directed research groups at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in Red Bank, New Jersey. Throughout his career, he has participated in and led research teams and academic programs that have been characterized by open collaboration across a wide array of disciplines.

He has published more than 250 refereed papers and conference proceedings and has been granted 20 patents in electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices. He holds faculty appointments in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, with research interests in microelectronics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the National Academy of Inventors.

President Sands is joined at Virginia Tech by his wife, Dr. Laura Sands, a professor of gerontology in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

All four of their children graduated from Purdue and are proud members of the Virginia Tech community.

The Academic Program

With more than 150 majors and options to choose from, students can be a part of academic programs that harmonize for an experience unlike any other. Not sure what you want to pursue? No problem. There are “undecided” designations in many areas, allowing students to explore the possibilities before naming a major.

Learn more about Virginia Tech’s offered majors by visiting

Enrollment (Fall 2017)

32,304 on-campus; 84 percent undergraduate; 16 percent graduate; 56.6 percent male; 43.4 percent female. Total enrollment on and off campus is 34,440 (78.9 undergraduate, 21.1 graduate).


Virginia Tech received a record 32,000 applications for the fall 2018 first-year class. Cumulative SAT reasoning test scores had a middle range of 1,160 to 1,340.

Full-Time Instructional Faculty

1,520; 57 percent are tenured.

Special Academic Programs

In the university’s Cooperative Education Program, sophomores and juniors can alternate semesters of study with semesters of professional work. The Honors College inspires and facilitates an extraordinary education for students of exceptional motivation and ability who seek to be active learners and who will apply their knowledge and skills to critical real-world problems. The Study Abroad Program consists of academic programs, tours, and independent travel, often conducted in conjunction with overseas universities and institutions. Students enrolled in the Corps of Cadets are eligible for the Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC programs. Virginia Tech established its first residential college in fall 2011 and added a second in 2012.

The Student Body

Enrollment by Race

  Undergraduate Graduate Professional Total
American Indian or Alaska Native 39 8 1 48
Asian 2,666 161 27 2,854
Black or African American 1,079 174 17 1,270
Hispanics of any race 1,634 158 27 1,819
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 32 2 0 34
White 17,892 2,139 380 20,411
Two or more races 1,206 97 19 1,322
Not reported 795 47 21 863
Nonresident alien 1,797 1,877 9 3,683
Total 27,140 4,663 501 32,304

Enrollment by Gender

  Undergraduate Graduate Professional Total
Men 15,403 2,753 140 18,296
Women 11,682 1,907 354 13,943
Not reported 55 3 7 65


Benefits Overview

From comprehensive insurance plans to tuition assistance, Virginia Tech offers employees a robust benefits program.

This full range of benefits, services, and perks is an integral part of the university’s total compensation package and just one of the many things that make Virginia Tech a great place to live, learn, and work


Virginia Tech employees have the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of health benefits to help meet their specific needs, as well as the needs of their family.  This comprehensive coverage includes, flexible spending accounts, medical and life insurance, and workers compensation.


To help promote work-life balance, Virginia Tech provides a generous leave program, which includes paid time off, holidays, and sick leave.

Retirement & Financial

It’s never too early or too late to invest in your future and the Department of Human Resources is here to help. The university’s retirement plans provide ample opportunities for employees to save for the future.

Hokie Perks

Working at Virginia Tech comes with many benefits, including a multitude of perks. Some of the many Hokie Perks employees enjoy include:

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of qualified candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world and encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.