In 2031, Vault-Tec rebranded Morgantown's local college as Vault-Tec University, and some of their top executives and scientists either taught or graduated from there. With Vault-Tec's support and the increase in public interest in the company with the advent of the Vault program, the university helped to revitalize Morgantown's economy. Over the next 46 years, the company gradually stripped classes and subjects related to classic education and moved towards turning it into a vocational school for Vault-Tec employees. Most of the professors were fired, with only those teaching subjects relevant to the company's profile retained on the payroll.
Otherwise, the company spared no expense in turning the VTU into the definitive vault training facility. On top of detailed classes including sophisticated medical training (cut down from ten years to three months using Vault-Tec's SpeedTeach methodology), psychology and leadership, the university also featured a unique environment in which the diverse student population could immerse themselves in all facets of education related to survival in the vault, including a simulation shelter built into the university's foundations, filled with normally-restricted technologies (advanced mainframes, military-grade robotics and compact fusion power systems) provided by the private and government sectors.
The simulation vault closely replicated the feel of a real vault and the experience of living in one, including the tests planned for each vault. In fact, overseer candidates were expected to provide theses and experiment proposals, and then implement them during trial runs when the simulation vault was put on lockdown and students within were expected to carry out their duties as if they were genuinely sealed within. Of course, the students themselves were monitored and provided useful data for Vault-Tec. The final test run focused on Drew Collingsworth's proposal for replacing regular food supplies with a food paste of his own design. Dean Elliot pushed him towards a more interesting experiment that would test the general willpower of individuals and how they react to deaths caused by food supply. The horrible pastes were mass produced with the addition of an arterial plaquing agent that would cause rapid circulatory system decline, all in secret from Collingsworth. To the dean, it was simply an experiment to observe the rapid decline of order in a vault.
The test run started on October 15, 2077. The vault was sealed for the next four weeks and the paste released to their use. Unbeknown to the overseer, a black market developed almost overnight to compensate for the horribly tasting paste. On October 23, the Great War occurred, but the simulation vault remained intact and the experiment continued as normal until October 26, when one of the maintenance staff died of a heart attack brought on by the plaquing agent. After an autopsy confirmed the overseer's fears, he tried switching back to regular rations, but the black market and extra strain put on them resulted in the stockpile depleting on October 31. When the dwellers realized the danger, they openly rebelled against Drew, who made desperate calls to the outside.
Naturally, by this point Morgantown had bigger problems to deal with and his pleas went without an answer. His dwellers took it rather poorly and lay siege to his office on November 2, eventually breaking through the outer seal and cornering the overseer in his office. Unable to offer them a solution, the overseer locked himself in his bedroom. As the desperate dwellers tried to break through reinforced interior doors using whatever office supplies they could scrounge up. Everyone in the vault eventually perished, starving to death or killing themselves.
Sometime after their relocation to Fort Defiance, the Brotherhood of Steel made use of the facility's automated research terminal to analyze Scorched DNA samples. Knowing that there was a possibility they could be wiped out, they left behind instructions that allow the player character to continue the research.
The interior of the main (east) building of Vault-Tec University has become significantly dilapidated. Ceilings and walls have collapsed or been knocked open, and the first floor rooms are infested by some feral ghouls.
Deeper inside lies the entrance to the VTU simulation vault, which links the interiors of all three buildings together. The entrance room is the office used by the simulation vault's mock-overseer, which contains several skeletons, a desk terminal holding records of the vault's last, failed experiment, and a wall terminal that unlocks the door into the vault proper. Docile Mister Handies, used to clean and maintain the facility, can be found in the rooms and passages.
The southern building contains only a small office occupied by feral ghouls and an entrance to the simulation vault.The northern building is contains two floors with multiple rooms and an entrance to the simulation vault that leads to the "overseer's" room before heading down further to the facility.
Points of interest
- The University is a sprawling campus with three surface building and a large underground simulation vault that connects them all together. The main building (eastern) opens into a large foyer with a replica vault door placed as a reminder of who the facility belongs to (mirroring the practice at Vault-Tec headquarters). The first floor includes the facilities management office (A1) with an armor workbench, the sleep and housing lab (A2) and physical activity lab (A3) in the southern wing, with the generator room powering the simulation vault in the northern wing. From the lower level of the generator room, access can be gained to the vault through the maintenance wing. The second floor contains the Eugene Davidson lecture hall with the steamer trunk, storage (B2) and the food preparation lab (B3).
- The northern and southern buildings flanking the main structure double as primary access points to the simulation room. The southern building has been gutted entirely and the red brick facade conceals the primary entrance for dwellers and students. The northern one has been largely preserved by Vault-Tec and turned into an administration building. Both floors have a cruciform corridor layout, with offices and rooms nestled between the arms. A large reception room at the eastern side contains a stairwell connecting the levels.
- The first floor contains, clockwise, the simulation vault entrance (connecting to the overseer's office, Room 101), medical emergency care (102), facilities training (103) and young dweller development (104). The second floor contains the office of the computer lab (201), Dean of Admission's office (202), Office of the Overseer Training dean (203) and lounge (204). There are also the private offices of the professors retained by the VTU: G. Espino and J. Hollar (207) and M. Blake (208).
- The simulation vault stretches beneath the surface of the VTU and has a cruciform plan. The central atrium serves as a hub and has two levels. The lower level contains the gym, showers and mess hall in the main area, and connects to the maintenance and records chamber. The upper floor contains the main access corridor and lockers in the southern wing, the residential wing with bunk beds in the west, the class room and infirmary in the east, and the overseer's office in the north, filled with the dead dwellers who perished trapped beneath the ground.
- There is an armor workbench located on the first floor near the vault door display.
- 監管人日記，紀錄4 - 在前廳二樓，往單軌列車站的門前。
- Automated research program 001: Scorchbeast - Holotape, found during Heart of the Enemy
- 開學日 - 中間那棟建築進去，A2房桌上。
- 結業日 - 左側那棟建築進去，204房桌上。
- 艾斯黛拉的全像卡帶 - 監管監管人任務期間取得，在反應爐區的艾斯黛拉身上。
- Loris's medical diagnosis - 同上。
- 避難所反應爐事件 - 同上，在避難所保全終端機內，交給布拉斯會獲得一份已經過編輯的版本。
- 反應爐鑰匙 - 同上，從洛里斯醫生那獲得。
- 79號避難所設計圖 - 同上。
- Three potential Vault-Tec bobbleheads:
- In Room 202: Office of the Dean of Admissions, on a filing cabinet behind a cardboard box.
- In the simulated vault, above the refrigerator.
- On or near the black mirror and sink, in the shower room northwest of the gym area of the simulation vault (interior).
- Three potential magazines:
- On a table in the lounge, room 204.
- On the teacher's desk in the classroom of the simulated vault.
- On the square table by the counter, in the cafeteria of the simulation vault.
- Plan: Chemistry workbench - Located in room 102, medical emergency care on a shelf at the foot of the bed.
- Five potential recipes:
- One in room B2 storage, in a chem chest on a file cabinet in the middle of the room.
- Two in room B3, food preparation lab.
- Two next to the refrigerator in the kitchen of the simulated vault.
- 哈蘭·艾略特 - 監管人訓練院長
- 麥可·布萊克, language教授
- 安琪拉·懷特博士 - 工商管理學系
- G. Espino - 教授
- J. Hollar - 教授
- N·沃屬克默 - 物理學系系主任，戰後在76號避難所擔任首席技術人員
- 德魯·科林斯沃斯 - 在模擬避難所擔任監管人進行代餐實驗的研究生
- 黎安·宏恩萊特 - 研究生，宏恩萊特家族成員
- 雪碧·歐蘿克 - 研究生
- 艾咪·L·凱瑞 - 研究生，戰後與應變同盟合作研究輻屍生物對環境的影響
- 茱蒂斯·布萊克威爾 - 研究生，參議員山姆·布萊克威爾的女兒
- 76號避難所監管人 - 畢業不久即錄取監管人職位
- 佩妮洛普·宏恩萊特 - 2070年畢業，宏恩萊特工業老闆的女兒
- 艾拉·艾姆斯, graduated with a PhD in medical science.自由邦成員
- 達莎·班亞彌 - student for PhD in anthropology，戰後為應變同盟在平林鎮的領袖
- 泰隆·海斯 - graduated with a degree in engineering，94號避難所秘密監管人
- 阿麗莎·帕克 - 最後一屆畢業生代表，戰後躲至摩根鎮
- 維克多·海伯 - 學生領導楷模獎得主，戰後躲至摩根鎮
- 小詹姆斯·德拉姆 - 學生
- 西奧多·度夫曼 - 學生，同時也是PKM兄弟會的主席。
- 茱蒂·洛威爾 - 學生，同時也是HPSET(Eta Psi Chapter)的會長
- 德利 - 學生，PKM兄弟會成員。
- Pledge - student and the member of the Pi Kappa Mu Greek society
- 安妮·利茲辛格 - 學生
- 史考特·華納 - 學生
- 凱爾文·凡洛 - 2072年入學，離開學校後以家裡的店舖為研究基地
- 麥克斯·波西 - 學生，PKM兄弟會成員
- 比爾·湯瑪斯 - 畢業於化學系
- 米爾斯·威爾契 - 學生
- 拜哲 - 曾加入PKM的學生
Vault-Tec University appears only in Fallout 76.