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 Communications and Marketing 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 Communications and Marketing and other campus communicators. It contains exceptions to both the "The Associated Press Stylebook" 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" 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 "The AP Stylebook" does not address a topic, use "The Chicago Manual of Style."
Additional questions regarding this style guide may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-9468.
About Our Name
Our official name is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University but "Virginia Tech" is used in all but formal occasions. 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 or email subject line, where space is tight. Do not use "VT" in body copy, in titles of publications, on signs (if space permits), 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.
The Virginia Tech Community
It is acceptable in general communications to use “the Virginia Tech community” for identifying all the groups who make up our audiences and constituents.
Also recommended is “students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and families.”
Communicators are encouraged to adapt this language after considering the specific audience for which your content is written and the specific message your content is meant to convey.
Guidelines and examples:
- Be cautious when revising the list of “students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and families,” as it’s easy to inadvertently exclude a group.
- The term “friends” includes all groups not mentioned in the list above, such as donors, local residents, and industry, corporate, and foundation partners.
- For those employed by the university, “faculty and staff” is generally appropriate. Depending on the intended audiences for the message, it may be appropriate to list faculty, staff, student and non-student wage employees, and graduate assistants. However, “staff” is inclusive of all non-faculty classifications.
- In a message focused on those on the Blacksburg campus or at another specific location, it may be appropriate to say “students, faculty, and staff” without naming additional audiences.
- “Families” is more appropriate than “parents,” in that not all students are from households with parents. However, depending on the nature of the message, addressing “students and families” or “parents” may be appropriate.
- “Hokie Nation” can often be synonymous with the “Virginia Tech community,” as both can refer to alumni and others who see themselves as part of the community.
In a stewardship message to donors, it may be appropriate to say “donors.”
- In a message referencing athletics or sporting events, it may be appropriate to say “fans.”
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. Try to avoid using an acronym or initialism in your lede.
All degree abbreviations – except MBA and DVM – 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
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.
Right: She has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering.
(See Capitalization for more on academic degrees)
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, Arts, and Design: AAD (spoken as "A, A, and D," not "aid" or "add"). To reinforce the college’s name, the preferable usage is either the full name or “Architecture, Arts, and Design”
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: VTCSOM
Casual references may drop "college of." She is a senior in engineering.
Several departments have cumbersome official titles. Spell out the official name on the first reference and revert to abbreviations afterward if desired.
Nova, NoVa, NoVA, NOVA
Do not use under any circumstances as an abbreviation for Northern Virginia. (Note: Northern Virginia Community College is locally referred to as NoVA.)
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
Spell out on first use.
The abbreviation for "science, technology, engineering, and math" is acceptable on all references without explaination.
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.
Our preference is to follow AP and downcase. Avoid rampant capitalization.
AP does capitalize formal names of degrees, but not the area of the degree.
Right: He was the fourth generation of McKenzies to earn a Bachelor of Science in chemistry at Virginia Tech.
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.
Degrees that read more like titles, such as "water: resources, policy, and management" are lower case. A program by the same name would be capitalized, however.
Capitalize University Distinguished Professor and Alumni Distinguished Professor (including the academic discipline, if provided) in all.
Capitalize and use the full names for professorships, endowed chairs, and scholarships.
Capitalize Black as an adjective in a racial, ethnic, or cultural sense.
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. Do not use BOV in formal copy.
Capitalize formal names of colleges and divisions of the university. A shorthand reference to the proper name is also capitalized, but the word "college," "division," or “office” when used alone would not be.
Right: College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Right: Division of Human Resources, Human Resources
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, Arts, and Design refers to "programs" rather than departments. In this case, program should be capped when it is part of an official name: Program of Interior Design.
(See Odds and Ends for departments named after individuals.)
Capitalize in University Commencement and Graduate School Commencement but lower case in other uses.
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
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets on first reference. Capitalize Corps of Cadets, but not the corps, cadets. Capitalize "cadet" in front of a cadet's name.
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
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."
Indigenous (as well as Native)
Capitalize this term when used to refer to original inhabitants of a place.
the Lyric Theatre
Not The Lyric Theatre.
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.
Regions of Virginia
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, but professor of architecture (or any other field) before a name is not capped.
Right: President Sands; Tim Sands, president of Virginia Tech; the president
Right: Mark V. Barrow Jr., chair of the history department
Lowercase "university" when referring to Virginia Tech in text.
Email and web addresses
The preferred style for web addresses that start with the protocol "http://" is to leave the protocol off if it is followed by "www." Use "http://" if it is not followed by "www" and use the protocol if it is something other than "http://."
When a web address ends a sentence, finish with a period.
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."
Use numerals for ages and dimensions.
Right: The boy was 2 years old.
Right: She is 7 feet tall.
In a departure from the new AP style, we continue to 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.
203 Robeson Hall is preferred to Room 203 Robeson Hall
Use this style: 202-555-4832
"Virginia Tech" + "University..."
Some unit names or job titles begin with the word “university,” such as University Scholarships and Financial Aid or university building official. Avoid adding “Virginia Tech” as a descriptor before those names and titles. Doing so reinforces misuse of the university’s name. Instead, use “at Virginia Tech” or “of Virginia Tech” after the name or title. Alternatively, use the possessive “Virginia Tech’s” before the name or title.
Wrong: Virginia Tech University Scholarships and Financial Aid
Right: University Scholarships and Financial Aid at Virginia Tech
Right: University Scholarships and Financial Aid of Virginia Tech
Wrong: the Virginia Tech university building official
Right: Virginia Tech’s university building official
In a departure from AP style, we use the serial comma: "Basically, students will do coursework 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.
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, as well as the names of software, apps, or games, are capitalized but do not take quotes. See AP entry for "composition titles" for more details.
Capitalize the first word of each bulleted item. In a departure from AP style, use periods only if list items are complete sentences. Skip the periods if your list is made up of fragments. If you have a mix of fragments and complete sentences, choose whatever looks best.
The students were asked to read
- A chapter in a novel from the 18th century
- A chapter in a novel from the 20th century
- An essay comparing the two
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.
Do not use double spaces between sentences.
Em dashes can be used either with or without a space before and after the dash, but be consistent within a document or publication. Currently, VT News uses spaces before and after an em dash, but the Virginia Tech Magazine does not.
AP says the fewer hyphens the better.
- Vice president (no hyphen)
- Fundraising, fundraiser (preferred use is without a hyphen or a space)
- Highly developed (no hyphen with adverbs ending in "ly")
- Living-learning community
- No hyphens, no space with non, pre, post, sub, etc. compounds
- Preadmission materials
- Postgraduate studies
- 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. AP now allows double “e’s” without a hyphen: preexisting.
- Pre-award and post-award are OK to hyphenate.
Use single quote marks in headlines and inside double quote marks to delineate quoted material.
Odds and Ends
This is the standard format for a university address with a building name, including off-campus university offices. For other format examples, visit the street address site.
Department Name (MCxxxx)
Building Name, RM or STE XXX, Virginia Tech
XXX Street Name
Blacksburg, VA 24061
The internal postal code used by Virginia Tech must not be used as a plus-4 zip code extension in addresses. Currently, there are no plus-4 zip code extensions established for the university, and the internal postal code is not recognized by the U.S. Postal Service.
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. AP no longer hyphenates African American, even when used as an adjective. In keeping with new AP style, 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
First reference: Boundless Impact: The Campaign for Virginia Tech
Sample sentence: Launched Oct. 11, Boundless Impact: The Campaign for Virginia Tech will fuel ambitious new programs, initiatives, and capital projects.
Second reference: the Boundless Impact campaign, the campaign, Boundless Impact
About the campaign: Boundless Impact: The Campaign for Virginia Tech is a comprehensive fundraising and engagement campaign. The university will raise $1.5 billion, engage more than 100,000 Hokies, and fuel ambitious new programs, initiatives, and capital projects. The campaign will focus on these priorities:
- Complex problems
- Inclusion and diversity
- Global Business and Analytics Complex
- Health Sciences and Technology campus
- New era in greater D.C.
- Reimagining education
- The term “capital campaign” is a generic term. Boundless Impact is a comprehensive fundraising and engagement campaign.
- Depending on the audience, re-ordering the six priorities is acceptable.
Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus
On first reference to the university's presence at Children's National: Virginia Tech at the Chidren's National Research & Innovation Campus (the ampersand is correct).
Subsequent references: Virginia Tech at Children's National
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 (but not Class of ’77) 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. We use “first-year” and not “freshman.” After a student’s first year, revert to the use of “sophomore,” “junior,” and “senior,” depending on academic credits. For example, “John Doe, a first-year sociology major,” or “Jane Doe, a sophomore mechanical engineering major.”
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 class year.
Colleges, number of
Virginia Tech has nine colleges. Here is a sample paragraph:
The university offers bachelor's degree programs through its eight undergraduate academic colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts, and Design; Engineering; Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Natural Resources and Environment; Pamplin College of Business; Science; and Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. 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 a medical degree through the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Students may also receive an honors diploma if they are graduates of the Honors College.
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., © 2019 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
One word, per AP.
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.
Division of Student Affairs
Student Affairs is preferred on first reference.
EO/AA statement for publications
Version one (when space is not a consideration): Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, 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 on any other basis protected by law.
For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or 220 Gilbert Street, Suite 5200, Blacksburg VA 24061.
Version two (when space is a consideration): Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility.
Version three (when space is at a premium): Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
Faculty member (not "faculty" when referring to one member thereof )
[see AP Stylebook for further guidance on this topic]
They/them/their is appropriate to use as a singular or gender-neutral pronoun. However, rewording to avoid is preferable.
Correct: A student’s family is their best ally.
Better: Students’ families are their best allies.
Ask interview subjects, as appropriate, their gender pronouns or use the person’s name in place of a pronoun.
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
greater Washington, D.C., metro area
We no longer use National Capital Region. Instead, we use “greater Washington, D.C., metro area,” a geographical locator that encompasses the university’s entire footprint in the region, including:
- The Innovation Campus being developed in Alexandria.
- Seven existing sites in the region, in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Leesburg, Manassas, and Middleburg.
- Other current and future Virginia Tech facilities, programs, and activities in the region.
The term is not a brand or a proper name requiring capitalization.
- Preferred second reference and less formal usages:
- We recommend “Washington, D.C., area.”
- Shorter references, such as “the Washington area” or “the D.C. area,” will fit in some contexts.
- In some contexts, narrowing the geographic scope for the sake of specificity (Northern Virginia, Alexandria, Arlington, etc.) is appropriate.
Always use the hyphen.
Not "Hoki" or "Hi."
The term "Fighting Gobblers" is no longer used by the university.
When we refer to the physical location, Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, we are describing Academic Building 1 and any future buildings at the Potomac Yard site. When referring to the physical location of Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, use the word “location,” “site,” or a similar word: We traveled one hour to arrive at the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus location. When we refer to the program, Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, we are describing the academic unit led by Lance Collins. The Innovation Campus program uses the brand created for it. Other Virginia Tech academic and research programs at the Innovation Campus location do not use the Innovation Campus brand. They use instead the appropriate university lockup logo for their college, department, center, etc. Other Virginia Tech units located at the Innovation Campus site will reference the Innovation Campus as their location only: Our program is located in Academic Building 1 at the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus.
LumenHAUS is the official spelling of the house that won the international Solar Decathlon Competition in Madrid, Spain
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
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.
National Capital Region
We no longer use National Capital Region. See the entry for greater Washington, D.C., metro area.
Outreach and International Affairs
Not "Division of" Outreach and International Affairs
All captions for photos containing more than two people need to include directional cues, important information to anyone with low vision or who uses a screen reader. Put directional information in parentheses.
Correct: Diane Smith (at left) chats with Virginia Tech President Tim Sands.
Correct: Nolan Chong (at far right) shares his thoughts during a breakout session.
Identify groups of people from left to right and use (from left) or (clockwise from top left) in captions.
Correct: (From left) Ravi Tutika, Chanhong Lee, and Michael Bartlett.
For larger group photos, please add rows (back row, from left) or other directional cues to help the reader. For very large groups, it’s not necessary to identify everyone in the photo.
For a photo taken by a university photographer: “Ray Meese for Virginia Tech.” The credit should appear at the end of a sentence in the caption. For photo packages/stories we would include the credit in each caption.
For submitted photos: Courtesy of Joe Smith (or whomever).
Residential Well-Being Student Leader
The former resident advisor title changed in fall 2022. The standard rule on when to capitalize titles applies.
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 is physically located in two buildings (2 Riverside Circle and 4 Riverside Circle).
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 and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine are based at the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus, which is a part of the Roanoke Innovation Corridor.
Use “Julie” and not “Julia” for Virginia Tech News content.
CORRECT: Julie Ross, the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering, spoke.
Laura P. Sands
Use the middle initial on first reference.
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 name for the former Center for European Studies and Architecture in Switzerland.
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.
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. In the phrase “the Ut Prosim difference,” the word “difference” should be lowercase.
We are returning to AP style, which doesn’t use a hyphen in words with the suffix “wide.”
Virginia Tech Advantage
Do not shorten to the VT Advantage in text. The hashtag #VTAdvantage can be used for social media posts.
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. VTCSOM is allowed in more casual situations or where space is limited. 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.
In a departure from AP style, use "zip code," not "ZIP code."
(This list might not include some newer buildings. See www.vt.edu/about/buildings/index.html for more information.)
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
Art and Design Learning Center
April 16 Memorial
Beamer-Lawson Indoor Practice Facility
Bioinformatics Phase II
Black Box Theatre
Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Building
Corps Leadership and Military Science Building
Dairy Science Complex
Drillfield (in front of Burruss Hall; others are drill fields)
English Field (baseball stadium)
Food Science and Technology Building
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Fralin Life Science Institute
Garnett E. and Patsy T. Smith Career Center
GBJ (see Johnston Student Center)
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Hahn Garden Pavilion and Horticulture Garden
Hahn Hall-North Wing
Hahn Hall-South Wing
Hahn Hurst Basketball Practice Center
Hampton Roads Center, Newport News
Hampton Roads Center, Virginia Beach
Harry T. Peters Large Animal Clinic
Health and Safety Building
Holtzman Alumni Center
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (see The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center)
Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1
Human Resources Annex
Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS II)
Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment (formerly Wallace Annex)
Jamerson Athletic Center
G. Burke Johnston Student Center (commonly called GBJ; not the student center, see Squires)
Life Sciences I Facility
Litton-Reaves Hall (named after two people; never Reaves Hall)
Major Williams Hall (not the same as Williams Hall)
Marching Virginians Center
Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center
Merryman Athletic Center
Moss Arts Center
New Hall West
New Classroom Building
New Residence Hall East
Newman Library (Carol M. Newman Library)
North End Center
Oak Lane Community
Old-Growth Forest/Stadium Woods
Old Security Building
Parking Services Building
Pearson Hall East
Pearson Hall West
Perry Street Parking Deck
Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
Public Safety Building
Rector Field House
Richard B. Talbot Educational Resources Center
Skelton Conference Center
Smith Career Center
Squires Student Center, the student center
Steger Center for International Scholarship
Sterrett Facility Complex
Student Services Building
Surge Space Building
The Grove (the president's house)
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
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
War Memorial Chapel
War Memorial Hall
Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center
Whitethorne-Kentland Research Farm, the research farm
William E. Lavery Animal Health Research Center
Women's Center at Virginia Tech
Women's Softball Field