ORANGE AND MAROONQuality students pick Virginia Tech
Seventy-nine of the first-year students who came to Virginia Tech in the fall of 1991 were valedictorians of their high school class. More than 82 percent of the first-year students graduated in the top third of their high school class. In addition, 20 percent of the students qualified for advanced placement through the College Board, 18th best in the nation. The university also boasts 230 National Merit Scholars—74 of whom are first-year students—which places Virginia Tech in the top 20 nationally.
A's for architecture professors
For two consecutive years, professors in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies have won national awards for teaching excellence, including the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor Award for 1990 and the 1990-91 John Trimmer Teacher of the Year Award.
Interior design students sweep contest
Three interior design students from Virginia Tech's College of Human Resources this winter swept the top awards in a national design competition sponsored by the Institute of Business Designers and Knoll Group Furniture Systems. Virginia Tech master's students took first place, second place, and one of three honorable mentions for their designs of innovative office space for a major architectural firm.
College administrators educated here
The College of Education has the only community college education program in the state, and is ranked eighth in the nation in production of community college administrators. It prepared nine of the current presidents, vice presidents, and deans of Virginia community colleges.
Banking blood for Bowzer
The Companion Animal Blood Bank created by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and the state veterinary medical association is the nation's first statewide animal blood bank affiliated with a veterinary college. The bank makes canine blood and plasma products available to veterinary practices across the state for emergency transfusions.
High marks for engineering programs
U.S. News and World Report ranked Virginia Tech's College of Engineering's undergraduate and graduate programs in its top 20 nationally this fall. The magazine rated the quality of the programs 10th and 16th respectively, and the entire college 22nd overall. The ratings were compiled from responses by 241 engineering school deans.
Record number of patents generated
Virginia Tech researchers have generated more than 50 patents in the past several years, a record for the university. That total ranks Virginia Tech in the top 20 nationally for total number of patents awarded to a university.
Virginia Tech Magazine, Volume 14, Number 3, Spring 1992