Our official name is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, but using the full name is cumbersome. Thus, using “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, or Virginia Tech University. “Tech” is acceptable after a first reference to “Virginia Tech,” but it should not be used repeatedly or solely. “VT” and “Va. Tech” are acceptable only in limited, informal situations, such as a news headline where space is tight. Do not use “VT” or “Va. Tech” in body copy, in titles of publications, on signs (if space permits), or in any formal publication.
Questions concerning usage of the university name and/or nickname should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-9468.