Harper Hall was built in 1999.
Harper Hall240 West Campus Drive
Housing 249 co-ed students, Harper Hall is a suite-style building with either two or three rooms sharing a common living room and bathroom.
It is home to the Cranwell International Center, which serves about 2,800 international undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and scholars (along with their families) from more than 120 nations. As the focal point for Virginia Tech's international community, the center provides a range of educational, social, and cultural programs.
In addition to responding to the needs of the international community, the Cranwell Center encourages exchanges between international students and scholars and their U.S. counterparts, including residents of Blacksburg and the New River Valley. The center plays an active role in organizing International Street Fair, an annual celebration of cultural diversity on campus and in the local community.
The Cranwell House at 417 Clay St. SW in Blacksburg, a gift to Virginia Tech by the William Cranwell family, served as the home of Cranwell International Center from 1986 to 2014. After the move to Harper Hall in 2014, the Cranwell name remained with the International Center because of the family’s vision and commitment to Virginia Tech’s international community.
Laura Jane Harper
Harper Hall honors the memory of Laura Jane Harper, Virginia Tech's first woman academic dean and the founding dean of the School of Home Economics, which evolved into today's College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. During 31 years at the university, Harper became a nationally and internationally noted nutritionist, educator, and equal rights advocate. As dean, she organized the School of Home Economics, initiated doctoral programs, recruited minority students, and spearheaded a drive to build Wallace Hall.