History and Facts about Virginia Tech

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university in Blacksburg, a small town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia.

The university is recognized for its engineering, agriculture and veterinary medicine programs. It has more than 25-thousand full-time students. That's the largest full-time student population in Virginia.

Located about 160 miles west of Richmond, the 26-hundred-acre campus has more than 100 buildings.

The school was founded in 1872 as the all-male Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1896, it changed its name to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute, informally shortened to Virginia Tech. It admitted white women for the first time in 1921. The first black man enrolled in 1953, and six black women enrolled in 1966.

Virginia Tech is also known for its powerhouse football team. Notable football alumni include Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his younger brother, Marcus Vick.