Virginia Tech Launches New Initiative to Bring a More Diverse Group of Students to Campus

Virginia Tech has launched a new initiative, the Calhoun Discovery Program, that works with Virginia communities that typically graduate a lower number of college-bound high school students. Recently, the university invited more than 40 Virginia high school students from diverse backgrounds to campus for a first look at the new program.

The high school students learned about the new initiative’s participating degree programs and were able to network with faculty and industry partners. Additionally, they were shown some of the advanced technologies that are available at the university, such as 3D printing and virtual reality. They were introduced to concepts from the fields of engineering, science, communications, business, and industrial design through mock studios organized by the program.

“We are thrilled that first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students have a chance to see what the Calhoun Discovery Program, the Honors College, and Virginia Tech have to offer,” said Karen Eley Sanders, associate vice provost for college access. “The full-tuition scholarships for all students accepted into the program will certainly make the Hokie experience accessible to more students.”

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