Construction was completed in May 1964. Newman housed 292 men from 1964 until spring 1970. It was converted to house 284 women in fall 1970.
Newman Hall200 Kent St.
Newman Hall is home to about 275 male and female residents.
The residence hall is home to several living-learning communities.
- REACH is a living-learning community designed to bring together first-year students on the journey of career exploration. Participants live and study together, and the community offers a group of peers with whom to work through the career exploration process.
- The World program is a cross-cultural living environment for international and domestic students. This housing option is designed to foster community and provide a home-away-from-home during university break periods. Special programs such as language conversation groups, the International Friendship Host program, foreign films, and international cooking are some of the activities planned.
- The Wellness Environment for Living and Learning (WELL) program includes a student-run community board students can join to gain leadership experience and learn practical skills.
Walter Stephenson Newman
Newman Hall was named in 1964 for alumnus Walter Stephenson Newman, who worked at Virginia Tech from 1922 to 1962 as associate professor of vocational education, vice president, and president (1947-62). A founder of the Future Farmers of Virginia, Newman was a pioneering vocational agriculture teacher and Virginia's supervisor of agricultural education. As president, he laid the groundwork for the college's development into a major university. He was the first recipient of Virginia Tech's prestigious Ruffner Medal.