Virginia Tech named best campus food by Princeton Review

Virginia Tech also earned the top spot in 2010 and 2008.

BLACKSBURG, Va.—Virginia Tech has been named No. 1 in the Princeton Review's Best Campus Food rankings for 2015.

This ranking and those in a number of other categories push Virginia Tech into Princeton Review’s respected annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.” The widely-read publication features the nation’s outstanding institutions of higher education.

Virginia Tech Dining Services has consistently ranked in Princeton Review’s top four best campus food spots, and previously attained the No. 1 designation in 2010 and 2008. 

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