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Aligning Top-Level Messaging

Outlines how the top-level things we emphasize are interrelated. You can sing from the same song sheet as you talk about the Beyond Boundaries vision, the strategic plan, the campaign, the brand, the FY20 Advancement work plan (the goals that drive our storytelling), why give, and why engage.

Download the Aligning Top-Level Messaging document here

The Campaign, Why Give, Why Engage

A one-pager to help you develop talking points for a script or boilerplate for a written story.

Download the Campaign, Why Give, Why Engage document here.

Points of Pride

A list of things that make Virginia Tech great. You’re welcome to borrow from this for your own needs, for example, a document that weaves together some of these items and specific items that pertain to your college or unit.

Download the Points of Pride document here.

University Information

About Virginia Tech (enrollment numbers, annual research expenditures, founded in 1872, and more.)

Download the University Information document here.

We Are Hokies

A look at the university’s history, traditions, locations, culture, research, and academics.

Download We Are Hokies book here.

University Style Guide


American English is a richly varied language, full of choices. A style guide is not an effort to anoint one of two or more choices as being "correct." That is not the point. A style guide is simply a list of the choices that have been made, mainly for consistency. The choices made in this style guide resulted from participation by University Relations staff members; consultation with various segments of the university; and consideration of the preferences, needs, and requirements of our several audiences.

This style guide notes specific rules and usages to be followed by authors and editors in the Office of University Relations and other campus communicators. It contains exceptions to both the "Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual" and "The Chicago Manual of Style." Where conflicts exist between this guide and other guides, this style guide takes precedence. For other general rules, use a primary style guide that pertains to the publication you are writing or editing.

"The Chicago Manual of Style" is used specifically for books, proceedings, papers, and articles for professional journals. "The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual" is used specifically for news releases, Virginia Tech Magazine, other university magazines, brochures, and most documents targeting a general audience.

For more detail or when the "AP Stylebook" does not address a topic, use "The Chicago Manual of Style."

Additional questions regarding this style guide may be directed to or 540-231-9468.

About Our Name

Our official name is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, but using the full name is cumbersome. Thus, "Virginia Tech" is preferable in all but formal uses. Virginia Tech is used in news releases, feature articles, academic journals, and publications and on the Web.

When using the full name of the university, never use an ampersand instead of "and." Never use VPI&SU, VPI and SU, VA Tech, Va. Tech, or Virginia Tech University. "Tech" is acceptable after a first reference to "Virginia Tech," but it should not be used repeatedly or solely. "VT" is acceptable only in limited, informal situations, such as a news headline and on social media, where space is tight. Do not use "VT" in body copy, in titles of publications, or in any "formal" publication.

"VPI," which was the university's acronym/nickname from 1896 to 1970, should be used only in historical contexts. The same is true for "VAMC," the university's acronym/nickname before 1896.

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While abbreviations or acronyms are appropriate in some situations, particularly when dealing with a long college name or title, please refrain from turning your press release, feature article, or publication into something that resembles alphabet soup. Attempt to find other ways to identify the subject rather than repeatedly using an acronym. When they are used, you should usually spell out names first followed by the acronym in parentheses, although sometimes using the acronym first reads better or makes sense. If you do use the acronym first, use the full name or title shortly after. 

Academic degrees

As per AP, all degree abbreviations take periods.

B.A., B.S. (no space after first period) bachelor of arts, bachelor of science

M.A., M.S. master of arts, master of science

Ed.D., Ph.D. doctor of education, doctor of philosophy

M.B.A. (Exception: MBA is allowed in Pamplin publications) master of business administration

Do not add the word "degree" after an abbreviation of the degree.

Wrong: She'll receive her Ph.D. degree this fall.

Right: She'll receive her Ph.D. this fall.

Wrong: She has a B.A. degree in chemistry.

Right: She has a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

Right: She has a bachelor of science in chemical engineering.

(See Capitalization for more on academic degrees)

Accreditation abbreviations

Do not use accreditation abbreviations (Examples: CFA, CRRA, CPA, AIA) after names in news releases or general university publications.

Colleges in second, third references

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: CALS

College of Architecture and Urban Studies: CAUS

College of Engineering: COE

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences: CLAHS

College of Natural Resources and Environment: CNRE

Pamplin College of Business: the Pamplin College, Pamplin

College of Science: COS

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine: vet med, VMCVM

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine: VTC School of Medicine or school of medicine.

Casual references may drop "college of." She is a senior in engineering.


Several departments have cumbersome official titles. Spell out the official name on first reference and revert to abbreviations afterward if desired.

Nova, NoVa, NOVA

Do not use under any circumstances as an abbreviation for Northern Virginia. (Note: Northern Virginia Community College is referred to as Nova.)

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

Spell out on first use.


The names of the 50 states should be spelled out in body copy, whether standing alone or used in conjunction with a city, town, or military base. Class notes in the Virginia Tech Magazine will still use abbreviations to save space.

AP state abbreviations (states not listed have no abbreviation):

Ala. Ariz. Ark. Calif. Colo.
Conn. Del. Fla. Ga. Ill.
Ind. Kan. Ky. La. Md.
Mass. Mich. Minn. Miss. Mo.
Mont. Neb. Nev. N.H. N.J.
N.M. N.Y. N.C. N.D. Okla.
Ore. Pa. R.I. S.C. S.D.
Tenn. Vt. Va. Wash. W.Va.
Wis. Wyo.      

United States

U.S. (with periods) is acceptable in all uses.

Right: He came to the U.S. to get an education.

Right: Extension is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


This is the abbreviation preferred by the University of Virginia.

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Our preference is to follow AP and downstyle. 

Academic degrees

Do not capitalize formal names of degrees. This includes degrees that read more like titles, such as "water: resources, policy, and management." A program by the same name would be capitalized, however.

Right: He was the fourth generation of McKenzies to earn a master of arts in economics at Virginia Tech.

When referring to degrees in general, downcase and use the possessive for bachelor's degree and master's degree. However, bachelor of science, master of science.

Right: More than 1,000 students earned bachelor's degrees.

Right: Fewer than a dozen people hold doctorates in this field.

Academic titles

Capitalize University Distinguished Professor and Alumni Distinguished Professor (including the academic discipline, if provided) in all uses and Fellow when referring to a person being named a Fellow of a professional organization.

Capitalize and use the full names for professorships, endowed chairs, and scholarships.

Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Virginia Tech Board of Visitors; the Board of Visitors; the board.


Capitalize formal names of colleges and divisions of the university. A shorthand reference to the proper name is also capitalized, but the word "college" or "division" when used alone would not be.

Right: College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Right: Division of Student Affairs, Student Affairs

Wrong: In the Business College, professors stress economics and quantum topics over management and human factors studies.

Wrong: In the Division, our mission is to put students first.

The formal full name of a department is capitalized but the informal reference is not. Department of History (but history department, English department).

Note: The College of Architecture and Urban Studies refers to "programs" rather than departments. In this case, program should be capped when it is part of an official name.

(See Odds and Ends for departments named after individuals.)

Commonwealth of Virginia

Capitalize the word "commonwealth" only when using the full proper name Commonwealth of Virginia. Lowercase when using alone. "State" is always lowercase except when used as part of the official name of another state, e.g., the State of North Carolina.

Cooperative Education Program

co-op program, co-op student. Do not use co-op in reference to Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Corps of Cadets

See Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets


Lowercase when describing courses in general; uppercase the specific course or program.

Right: I took Organic Chemistry, Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology, General Physics Lab, and Elementary Calculus. I passed two of them but still was dropped from the Biochemistry Program.

Right: He is enrolled in a mathematics course, two literature courses, and a physical education class.

Dean, dean's list

dean (upper case only before a dean's name), dean's list


See Colleges/divisions/departments


Uppercase, one word.


Capitalize when used in reference to members or programs of Virginia Cooperative Extension, i.e., an Extension agent. Do not use Extension Service. Do not use "co-op" in reference to Virginia Cooperative Extension.


One word, capital "B."

Hokie Nation, Hokie Stone, Hokie Spirit

Capitalize the words "Nation," "Stone," and "Spirit."

the Lyric Theatre

Not The Lyric Theatre.

Office of ...

Using "Office of " is standard for all campus offices unless otherwise noted. Check the University Directory for official names.

Example: Office of Undergraduate Admissions


Capitalize Pylons when referring to the entire edifice. Also capitalize the name of each pylon but not the word "pylon."

Right: A bugler played "Taps" at the Pylons.

Right: The eight pylons are Brotherhood, Ut Prosim, Leadership, Loyalty, Sacrifice, Honor, Service, and Duty.

Right: John is particularly fond of the Loyalty pylon.


Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia (but southwestern Virginia), Tidewater, Southside (Southern Virginia is also allowed), Eastern Shore, Piedmont, Northern Neck


Titles preceding a personal name are uppercased. The title is lowercased when it stands alone or follows a personal name. Professor, assistant professor, and associate professor are capitalized before a name, which is an exception to AP.

Right: President Sands; Timothy Sands, president of Virginia Tech; the president

Right: Mark V. Barrow Jr., chair of the history department

Resident advisor

Lowercase "resident advisor," but when it is abbreviated, use capitals: R.A.


Lowercase "university" when referring to Virginia Tech in text.

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Corps of Cadets

Capitalize Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and Corps of Cadets. Otherwise, use lowercase: the corps, cadets. Do not capitalize "cadet" in front of a cadet's name.

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Computer and Internet terms

blog CD-ROM megabyte upload
mouse desktop publishing (DTP) mouse URL
dot-com download multimedia weblog (blog)
e-book email (singular and plural) online website
Facebook gigabyte podcast wiki
homepage HTML Really Simple Syndication (abbreviated RSS) World Wide Web (but, the web)
internet keyboard terabyte  
laptop logon, login, logoff Twitter  

Email and web addresses

The university no longer italicizes email or web addresses. The preferred style for web addresses that start with the protocol "http://" is to leave the protocol and "www." off. Use the protocol if it is something other than "http://."

When a Web address ends a sentence, finish with a period.

Web and internet

The university is following AP and no longer capitalizes "web" or "internet."

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University Relations follows the "AP Stylebook." Spell out whole numbers one through nine; use numerals for 10 and above. Fractions standing alone are spelled out. For fractions with whole numbers, use numerals. 

Right: She has eight cats and 11 dogs. About one-fifth of her salary goes to buy 2 1/2 tons of pet food each year.

In some cases, particularly when the primary purpose of a passage is to communicate university rankings or accomplishments, to make the salient information stand out, writers could either bold the numeral or ranking, or use "No. 2" instead of "second."

Ages, dimensions

Use numerals for ages and dimensions.

Right: The boy was 2 years old.

Right: She is 7 feet tall.


Spell out the word "percent." Do not repeat the word in a range. Do not spell out the numbers in percentages; use numerals.

Wrong: More than 30% of the students were below average.

Wrong: Fewer than five percent of students own airplanes.

Wrong: The tuition remission will be between 15 percent and 40 percent.

Right: The tuition increase will be between 5 and 10 percent.

Note: Use % in tables and charts.

Room numbers

203 Robeson Hall is preferred to Room 203 Robeson Hall

Telephone numbers

Preferred: 202-555-4832

Acceptable: (202) 555-4832

Acceptable: 202.555.4832

Extensions: 202-555-4832 ext. 123

Unacceptable: 202/555/4832

Unacceptable: 202/555-4832

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We use the serial comma: "Basically, students will do course work in three major areas: economics, languages, and history."


M.S.'s, Ph.D.'s (plurals)

Plural of a single letter: A's, B's

Decade as a noun: The 1990s were a profitable time. The '90s saw a rise in enrollment.

Decade as a possessive: His thesis discusses the 1990s' cultural changes.

Books/videos/magazines, etc.

Follow AP style, which means no italics for composition titles. Use quote marks around book titles, computer game titles, movie titles, opera titles, play titles, poem titles, album and song titles, and the titles of lectures, speeches, and works of art. Names of newspapers, magazines, newsletters, journals and other compositions or publications are capitalized but do not take quotes. See AP entry for "composition titles" for more details.

Bulleted lists

For news releases, follow AP style on dashes, which calls for capitalizing the first word of each bulleted item and ending each one with a period, even if not a full sentence. 

For publications, such as the Virginia Tech magazine, treat the bullets like graphical elements in a sentence.

Use a colon to introduce a list only when the text following the colon does not flow naturally from it. Generally, items that are complete sentences should be capped, and those that are fragments should be lowercase, but it depends on the context. In addition, terminal punctuation is optional for fragments. Be consistent within a list and a publication.

The students in the Tuesday afternoon seminar were asked to

  • read a chapter in a novel from the 18th century;
  • write an essay comparing it with a chapter in a novel from the 20th century; and
  • complete both assignments by 5 p.m.

The students in the Tuesday afternoon seminar have two assignments and a deadline:

  • Read a chapter in a novel from the 18th century.
  • Write an essay comparing it with a chapter in a novel from the 20th century.
  • Complete both projects by 5 p.m.


Do not use a comma before Jr., Sr., Inc., Ltd., or LLC.

Double spaces

Virginia Tech does not use double spaces between sentences in its publications.

Em dashes

Em dashes can be used either with or without a space before and after the dash, depending on preference. Usage must, however, be consistent within a document or publication.


  • On-campus program, land-grant university (As a general rule, all compound modifiers should be hyphenated.)
  • Vice president (no hyphen)
  • Fundraising, fundraiser (preferred use is without a hyphen or a space)
  • Highly developed (no hyphen with adverbs ending in "ly")
  • African American (and all dual heritage terms) - No hyphen in any use


Nonprofit, postgraduate, preadmission

No hyphen with "non," "pre," "post," "sub," etc., compounds.


  • When the second word in a pair is capitalized; e.g., non-English.
  • Numbers; e.g., pre-1954.
  • Re-create when used to mean create again; recreate is an awkward verb meaning to take part in recreation.
  • When the last letter of a prefix is the same as the first letter in the second word, use a hyphen: anti-intellectual, pre-existing.

Quote marks

Use single quote marks in headlines and inside double quote marks to delineate quoted material.

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Odds and Ends

Address format

This is the standard format for a university address with a building name, including off-campus university offices. NFor other format examples, visit the street address site.

NOTE: As of late 2017, the university is dropping the internal mail codes and moving toward a zip plus 4 system.

Joe Hokie
Department Name
Building Name, RM or STE XXX, Virginia Tech
XXX Street Name
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Advisor, adviser

In a departure from AP style, the preferred spelling is "advisor," which is used more commonly in academe. "Adviser" is acceptable in releases going to organizations that follow AP style.

African American, Black

Either is acceptable for an American of African heritage, depending upon the subject's preferences or the context of the document. Do NOT hyphenate African American (or any other dual heritage term) when used as an adjective. Black IS capitalized. And remember that the terms are not always interchangeable, as not all Black Americans trace their ancestry to Africa.

Alumnus, alumni, alumnae

Proper usage is as follows:

alumnus — one male graduate

alumni — more than one male graduate or a mixture of male and female graduates

alumna — one female graduate

alumnae — more than one female graduate

alum — informal use only, one graduate

alums — informal use only, more than one graduate


General text for Virginia Tech Magazine and VT News stories – Upon first reference (except perhaps in a short lede), include the preferred class year (and not the actual class year): Joe Jones ’77. Later in the text of the story, include the major or degree type and college (if pertinent). "Class of 1977" is also acceptable.

Captions, bylines, photo credits – Joe Jones ´77 (if person has just an undergraduate degree). Jane Jones M.A. ´77 (if person has only an advanced degree from Tech). Joe Jones ´77, M.S. ´80 (if person has both).

Lower-thirds, identifying speakers in videos – Same style as captions above.

Class Notes – List alum under his or her preferred class year; no longer include the actual class year. Do not include majors. Use degree type only for advanced degrees. Joe Jones ´77, Jane Jones M.A. ´77

Pull quotes – Use name and preferred class year. Further identification below the name (such as a title) should follow university style, which is generally lower case.

Current students – Generally avoid class year if they have not graduated but somewhere in text indicate how far along in school they are. “John Doe, a sophomore sociology major…” We use first-year, not freshman.

Masthead of the magazine and administrative listings – No class year identifier.

Headlines – No class year.

Name tags, business – Official name tags and business cards can include preferred clas year.

Colleges, number of

Virginia Tech has nine colleges. Here is a sample paragraph:

The university offers bachelor's degree programs through its seven undergraduate academic colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Natural Resources and Environment, Pamplin College of Business, and Science. On the postgraduate level, the university offers master's and doctoral degree programs through the Graduate School, a professional degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and medical degree through the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.


Copyrights in all publications published at Virginia Tech should list the university as the owner of the copyright regardless of the university college, department, program, center, institute, or other entity producing the publication. The copyright should appear as © followed by the year and the official name of the university — e.g., © 2007 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


AP now uses this as one word.

Courtesy titles

In general, do not use Mr., Miss, Mrs., or Ms.

In a departure from AP, do NOT use Dr., even for medical doctors or veterinarians. Also attempt to avoid using abbreviations of degrees after names, opting instead to detail a person's credentials or education in the text.

Cranwell International Center

The building on Clay Street formerly known as the Cranwell International Center is now simply 417 Clay Street and it houses Division of Student Affairs administrative offices. The people and programs that make up the Cranwell International Center moved to Harper Hall. 

Departments named for individuals

  • Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

Email signatures

Joe Jones


University Advancement

University Gateway Center

902 Prices Fork Road

Blacksburg, VA 24060

540-231-xxxx |


Joan Jones


Office or division or college/Virginia Tech


EO/AA statement for publications

Version 1 (where space is not a consideration): 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, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

Discrimination or harassment on any of these bases is prohibited by Policy 1025, "Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy."

The university is subject to Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Equal Pay Act; the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Federal Executive Order 11246; Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA); Virginia's State Executive Order Number Two; and all other applicable rules and regulations.

Information about campus and workplace violence prevention is available online.

Individuals with questions or concerns about Policy 1025, any of these regulations, or related issues should contact:

Frank Shushok
Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Interim Title IX Coordinator

Version 2 (where space is a consideration): 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, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Version 3 (where space is at a premium): Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Faculty member

Faculty member (not "faculty" when referring to one member thereof )

Founders Day

Founders Day does not have an apostrophe.

Gender-specific language

Avoid unless intended. For example, never assume someone is male: A professor should always control his classes.

Better: Professors should always control their classes.

Chair/chairman: Use chair to refer to the head of a committee unless the official title is chairman or chairwoman or the gender is known. Always use subject/pronoun consistency.

Right: Whom did they elect as chair of the committee?

Spokesman/spokeswoman: Avoid unless gender is known. Better to recast the sentence or use spokesperson.

Wrong: Who is the spokesman for our group?

Right: Who is the spokesperson for our group?

Right: Who speaks for our group?

Right: Cynthia Smith, spokeswoman for the group, explained the resolution.

Right: Chris Smith, speaking for the group, explained the resolution.

Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown

This is the official name and should be used on first reference. Graduate Life Center and GLC are acceptable second references.

Hands-on, minds-on

Use hyphens. Do not capitalize in running text. 

Highty-Tighty, Highty-Tighties

Always use the hyphen.

Hokie Hy

Not "Hoki" or "Hi."

Hokies, HokieBird

The term "Fighting Gobblers" is no longer used by the university.


LumenHAUS is the official spelling of the house that won the international Solar Decathlon Competition in Madrid, Spain

Master class

Two words.

Menah Pratt-Clarke

Her official title is Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity.

Mission of the university

Inspired by our land-grant identity and guided by our motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech is an inclusive community of knowledge, discovery, and creativity dedicated to improving the quality of life and the human condition within the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout the world.

2019 Mission Statement adopted by the Board of Visitors

Moss Arts Center, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech

The Moss Arts Center refers to both the entire building and the professional presenting program that curates performances and exhibitions, and operates the Moss Arts Center. The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology is a university-level research institute uniquely partnered with and headquartered in the Moss Arts Center.

Outreach and International Affairs

Not "Division of" Outreach and International Affairs

Photo credits

Photos not taken by a university photographer should always include a credit, such as "Photo courtesy of..." or "Courtesy of..."

Residence hall

Not dormitory.

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Roanoke campus terminology


The medical school in Roanoke is the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine on first reference. “VTC School of Medicine” or “school of medicine” are acceptable on second reference.


The institute in Roanoke is the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC on first reference and thereafter the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. It will be physically located in two buildings (one under construction). The building under construction is the Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research Addition.


The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute was named in recognition of philanthropy by the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust and Heywood and Cynthia Fralin. It should NOT be referred to as the “Fralin Institute” because there is a Fralin Life Science Institute in Blacksburg, named in recognition of philanthropy by Horace and Ann Fralin. The late Horace Fralin is the older brother of Heywood Fralin.


The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute is a part of the Virginia Tech Carilion Academic Health Center based at the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus, which is a part of the Roanoke Innovation Corridor.

Laura P. Sands

Use the middle initial on first reference.

Tim Sands

This is the preferred style on first reference.

Schiffert Health Center

Not Student Health Center or the Infirmary.

Steger Center for International Scholarship

This is the new name for the former Center for European Studies and Architecture in Switzerland.

Charles W. Steger

Use the former president's middle initial on first reference. His title is president emeritus.

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

Use the ampersand.

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

Spell out "and."


Use this spelling when referring to the department on campus and its productions.

University Honors Program

Use University Honors Program for full name. Also, University Honors, honors student.

Students graduate with honors or in honors. "With honors" denotes graduates of the standard system with high grade point averages. "In honors" denotes graduates of the University Honors Program.

In addition there is the Honor System and Honor Code, which have to do with student conduct.

University motto

The university motto is Ut Prosim, but we add the English translation to it in first reference. When adding the translation, it should be styled Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), with Ut Prosim italicized.

University-wide, campus-wide

(but nationwide, statewide, worldwide)

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine


Use the full name on first reference. “VTC School of Medicine” or “school of medicine” are acceptable on second reference. See “Roanoke campus terminology” entry for more detail.

Year span style

Preferred style for a span of years is 2011-12. Also acceptable for design purposes is 2011-2012.

Zip code

In a departure from AP style, use "zip code," not "ZIP code."

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(This list might not include some newer buildings. Visit this link for more information.)

Agnew Hall

Agriculture/Forestry Research Laboratory Facility

Air Conditioning Facility

Alexandria Research Institute

Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena

Alumni Mall (was The Mall)

Ambler Johnston Hall

Aquatic Medicine Laboratory

Architecture Annex


Art and Design Learning Center

April 16 Memorial

Bioinformatics Phase I

Bioinformatics Phase II

Bishop-Favrao Hall

Black Box Theatre

Blacksburg Square

Burchard Hall

Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center

Burruss Hall

Campbell Hall

Cassell Coliseum

Cheatham Hall

Classroom Building

Cochrane Hall

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Building

Corps Leadership and Military Science Building

Cowgill Hall

Cranwell International Center (see entry under Odds and Ends) 

Dairy Science Complex

Davidson Hall

Derring Hall

Dietrick Hall

Drillfield (in front of Burruss Hall; others are drill fields)

Duck Pond

Durham Hall

Eggleston Hall

Engel Hall

English Field at Union Park (baseball stadium)

Femoyer Hall

Fleet Services

Food Science and Technology

Fralin Life Science Institute

Garnett E. and Patsy T. Smith Career Center

GBJ (see Johnston Student Center)

Goodwin Hall

Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown


Hahn Hall-North Wing

Hahn Hall-South Wing

Hahn Garden Pavilion and Horticulture Garden

Hahn Hurst Basketball Practice Center

Hampton Roads Center, Newport News

Hampton Roads Center, Virginia Beach

Hancock Hall

Harper Hall

Harry T. Peters Large Animal Clinic

Health and Safety Building

Henderson Hall

Henderson Lawn

Hillcrest Hall

Hoge Hall

Holden Hall

Holtzman Alumni Center

Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (see The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center)

Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1

Human Resources Annex

Hutcheson Hall

Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTASII)

Jamerson Athletic Center

Johnson Hall

Johnston Student Center (commonly called GBJ; not the student center, see Squires)

Kelly Hall

Lane Hall

Lane Stadium

Latham Hall

Lavery Hall

Life Sciences I Facility

Litton-Reaves Hall (named after two people; never Reaves Hall)

Major Williams Hall (not the same as Williams Hall)

Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

McBryde Hall

McComas Hall

Media Annex

Media Building

Merryman Athletic Center

Miles Hall

Military Building

Miller-Johnson Track

Moss Arts Center

New Hall West

Newman Hall

New Residence Hall East

Newman Library (Carol M. Newman Library)

Norris Hall

North End Center

O'Shaughnessy Hall

Oak Lane Community

Old Security Building

Owens Hall

Pack Building

Pamplin Hall

Parking Services Building

Patton Hall

Payne Hall

Pearson Hall East

Pearson Hall West

Peddrew-Yates Hall

Perry Street Parking Deck

Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech

Price Hall

Pritchard Hall

Public Safety Building

the Pylons

Randolph Hall

Rector Field House

Reynolds Homestead

Richard B. Talbot Educational Resources Center

Robeson Hall

Sandy Hall

Saunders Hall

Seitz Hall

Shanks Hall

Skelton Conference Center

Slusher Hall

Smith Career Center

Smith House

Smyth Hall


Squires Student Center, the student center

Steger Center for International Scholarship

Sterrett Facility Complex

Student Services Building

Theatre 101

The Grove (the president's house)

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

Torgersen Hall

University Bookstore

University Club

University Libraries

Vawter Hall

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute

Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington

Virginia Tech Richmond Center

Virginia Tech Roanoke Center

Virginia Tech Southwest Center

Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center

Volume Two

Wallace Annex

Wallace Hall

War Memorial Chapel

War Memorial Hall

Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center

Whitehurst Hall

Whitethorne-Kentland Research Farm, the research farm

Whittemore Hall

William E. Lavery Health Research Center

Williams Hall

Worsham Field

Women's Center at Virginia Tech

Women's Softball Field

Wright House

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