Virginia Tech Common Book Project
About the Program
The Common Book Project at Virginia Tech was established in 1998 as a means of enriching the first-year experience and creating a sense of community for undergraduate students. Each academic year since the first full-scale distribution in 2000, all incoming students have been given a book to engage them through the lens of shared reading and to provoke conversation among students and their professors.
The Common Book Project encourages students to broaden their personal perspectives through participation in university discourse among faculty and students around a common text.
The goals of the Common Book Project are to
Build a sense of community among new students,
Encourage intellectual engagement within and beyond the classroom,
Stimulate critical thinking, and
Foster connection to Virginia Tech's core values.