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Galileo and Hypatia

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Hypatia and Galileo are the living learning communities for engineering students. Both communities are directed by the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity office. 

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Galileo LLC at Virginia Tech logo

Galileo and Hypatia bring together engineering students in a residential environment to provide encouragement and support in pursuing a career in engineering. Galileo (men) and Hypatia (women) are for first-year and first-time College of Engineering students with an interest in exploring engineering, making lasting friendships, and achieving academic success. Upper-division leaders live in the community to provide mentoring and community support.

These communities are designed to:

  • help you transition well from high school to college and start planning for your transition from college to career (it happens quicker than you realize!).
  • make a large university feel more like home.
  • explore areas of your professional development as an engineer with a focus on topics of diversity.

​Galileo and Hypatia are located in Hoge Hall. Galileo lives on the 6th and 7th floors, and Hypatia lives on the Ground, 1st, and 2nd floors. Floors 3-5 are mixed.

The majority of the students living in the communities are first-year students, but we also have a large team of upper class engineering students who live in the hall and serve as mentors and committee members.

Students commit to live in the community for one year at a time. Many students live in the community multiple years but most of the beds are reserved for first-year students. Click here to learn more!

For additional information, contact Program Director, Dr. DeAnna Katey, at or