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Passion for preservation fuels a sustainable future

Our students are motivated, curious, and practical — and they want to make a difference. So do our faculty. They have the same passion and bring it into their classrooms and labs every day, teaching and mentoring future leaders. Sound like your kind of place?

Professor and student holding a small fish above a blue bucket kneeling in a stream.

We’re preparing the next generation of leaders

We are responsible for sustaining the environment and managing our resources, so we’re ensuring our graduates have the skills that employers look for and are ready to take on the world’s toughest problems.

The roots of our college go back to 1925, when the first forestry professor was hired at Virginia Tech. Since that time, we’ve remained at the forefront of researching and teaching critical issues involving the conservation and use of natural resources.

Now we’re making sure our graduates are career ready by focusing on professional skills, real-world experience, and networking opportunities like:

  • Field and lab experiences
  • Internships
  • Undergraduate research projects
  • CNRE Career Fair

A community of scholars who care

Students wearing tie die shirts next to a rock outcropping on a mountain.

Our faculty are experts in their fields, but they’re also informal and approachable, and passionate about wanting to make an impact on our students. That’s our culture — we care about the work, the people, and our community.

Professor Dean Stauffer is known for his Hawaiian shirts, traditions like the tie-dye hike, and teaching excellence. His philosophy for connecting with and helping students is like that of many of our professors: “If my office door is open, stop by.”

Take the next step and see if this is your place