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The Hillcrest Community

where everyone knows your name

Students sitting on the porch at Hillcrest Hall

worth the climb every time

Nestled on top of the hill along West Campus Drive, Hillcrest Honors is home to a tight-knit community of around one hundred Honors students. Hillcrest is both multi-generational and transdisciplinary, a place where you can share your interests with other passionate and ambitious honors students working in diverse areas across the university.

Above all, Hillcrest Honors is committed to helping you find your home at Virginia Tech. With a strong tradition of mentorship and intentional community, Hillcrest is a place where everyone will know your name.

Hillcrest Honors Logo

traditions and events

Foreign Food Friday

Every Friday, the Hillcrest Community gets together to have dinner on Fridays cooked by one resident from the country of their choosing.

Geek Week

Each semester, residents in Hillcrest are broken into teams and compete against each other in various activities, including strategic and athletic events. The competition lasts from Monday to Friday, with one event each day. Most of the events take place in Hillcrest Hall. Teams earn points based on how well they do in each of the events.


Every year, Hillcrest residents get together as a community and have a potluck Thanksgiving meal where all sorts of casseroles, desserts, and other dishes are served.

Hillcrest Haunted House

For the past six years, Hillcrest has organized a Haunted House each October the weekend before Halloween. Hillcrest residents design, build, and act in a Haunted House that occupies the full first floor of the dorm. Canned goods are collected as admission and donated to a local food bank.

Senior Toast

Hillcrest Senior Toast is one of the longest-standing traditions of the hall. Each semester on the day prior to Reading Day, the community will gather to celebrate and send off the graduating seniors. This semi-formal event honors those who have enriched the community by living in Hillcrest throughout their entire college career.

Deep Discussions at Deet's

Once a week, Hillcrest residents gather at Deet's Place to eat ice cream and discuss a collectively-chosen topic related to philosophy and life.

our shield illustrates a few of our favorite things about Hillcrest:

  • A flame to represent students' passions, which burn bright and thrive in this community. The flame also hearkens back to our previous logo which featured a torch.
  • A rounded hill on the left to signify the hill for which the hall gets its name.
  • A roofline to convey Hillcrest’s unique architectural details.
  • Hands representing Hillcrest’s strong tradition of mentorship undergird the entire community.
the hillcrest shield

"At Hillcrest, you are placed in an environment where you are inevitably exposed to some of the most passionate undergraduates among almost all disciplines of study."

- Christine Faunce | Hillcrest Resident
  Neuroscience and Chemistry Major


Hillcrest dorm room
Hillcrest hall exterior arches
Hillcrest students playing a board game
Two Hillcrest students standing outside the building

the building and the rooms

Hillcrest Hall is a unique building on campus shaped by its past. First occupied in 1940, Hillcrest Hall was the first residence built specifically to house female students. In 1971, it was converted into a male athletic residence hall, and almost a decade later, was converted again into a graduate housing facility. Hillcrest became the university’s first Honors house in 2000-01 and now, along with the Honors Residential Commons, houses on-campus students in the Honors College.

Students standing under the arch at Hillcrest