As a student with a longtime history in Virginia Tech's graduate programs, I can honestly say their home campus programs are really geared towards preparing you to be a scholarly researcher and skilled academic. The opportunities to work as a teaching or research assistant are vast, and although Blacksburg is a small town, it has the feel of a larger city because of the many amenities available connected with the university. You'll have the opportunity to volunteer all around the community and engage with a large group of accomplished scholars. You'll be learning firsthand from some of the best and most published scholars in your field and making critical connections. If you're entering a research field, it's a great opportunity to learn about obtaining grants, too. I can highly recommend Virginia Tech as a wonderful training ground for future researchers.
low cost tuition
busy campus parking is difficult extended campuses have different experiences