Popularly known as Virginia Tech, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a land-grant university located in Blacksburg, Virginia. Although the institution was founded in 1872 as an agricultural and mechanical land-grant college, Virginia Tech is currently known as a research university. The school now boasts the largest full-time student population in the state of Virginia.
The main Virginia Tech campus is located in New River Valley in the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia. It is just a few miles from the Jefferson National Forest.