Official colors of Virginia Tech
, specifically Chicago
maroon and burnt orange. Selected in 1893, along with the use of the word Hokie
as a school mascot, when the school changed its name from Virginia A&M College to Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
The colors were selected for sheer uniqueness -- at the time, no other school in the country had this combination. They do, however, lend themselves to a bumper sticker: "If God isn't a Hokie, why do the leaves turn orange and maroon in the fall?"