Virginia Tech campus

Overview

Applicants
20,744
Acceptance Rate
73%

GPA Breakdown

75%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 680
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 640

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
1,661
with Terminal Degree

1,071
Men
590
Women
285
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural Business Technology
  • Dairy Science
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Poultry Science

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Construction Management
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Construction Trades

  • Building Construction Technology

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Russian Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Forestry
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
  • Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Meteorology
  • Physics, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Students Say

Virginia Tech is a school with a reputation as big as its campus. Known for its “beautiful campus, amazing community feel, top-notch engineering field,” and as a “good value”—not to mention its renowned athletics—Virginia Tech offers “a perfect blend of challenging and fun, encompassed in an unparalleled community feel.” That community feel is a big part of the attraction to this top-ranked school, with students saying they feel “more comfortable here than anywhere in the world.” Students are here, of course, for an education at a well-respected research university. At Virginia Tech, that education is provided by “passionate professors who bring real-life examples and cases into their teachings.” The school’s size and correspondingly large teaching staff mean that at times “professors are hit-or-miss,” with “a few who just see it as another job.” Most, however, “are really there to help you know as much as you can,” a group who are “are extremely helpful and devoted to their students.” The best of this school’s professors “really make students eager to learn.” One student enthuses, “My professors here have changed the way I look at the world and have become some of my biggest heroes.” But maybe another student sums it up best: “I would definitely say that my academic experience has been outstanding and that it has opened my eyes to even more possibilities.

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Christopher Kraft Jr.'44
Former Director, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Homer Hickam Jr. '64
Writer - Movie

Clifton Garvin Jr. '43
Former Chairman and CEO, Exxon Corp.

James Turner Jr. '56
President and CEO, General Dynamics

Robert Richardson '58
1996 Nobel Prize Recipient

Roger Crouch '68
Astronaut, NASA

Sidney C. Smith Jr. M.D. '63
Past President of American Heart Association

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$51,700

Median Mid-Career Salary
$94,200

Alumni with High Job Meaning
50%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
92

Students Say

Virginia Tech “does excellent with job placement after graduation.” There are many opportunities for internships and full-time positions through the “amazing Career Services” as well as career fairs for every major. Though Virginia Tech isn’t necessarily known for liberal arts, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Science has been gaining serious momentum over the years, and “there are also a lot of connections to D.C. for jobs in these fields.” The department maintains a host of online and in-person resources, such as Resumania! résumé review services, on-campus interviewing programs, and an online database of jobs and internships. Fifty percent of Virginia Tech graduates who visited Payscale.com said they thought their job had a meaningful impact on the world, and reported an average starting salary of $51,700.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Virginia Tech’s high-quality education and low tuition make this school an excellent investment. For Virginia residents, the estimated total cost of attendance for one year is $19,105, including tuition, fees, and room and board. For nonresidents, the price is around $34,300. In the popular school of engineering, the cost per credit hour is a bit higher than other major fields.

Bang For Your Buck

Sixty percent of Virginia Tech students receive some form of financial aid. Students can receive funds from federal, state, private, and university scholarships, as well as Stafford and Perkins loans, work-study, and federal Pell Grants. Some scholarships consider a student’s financial need, while others are awarded independently, based on a student’s academic or athletic achievement. Students can browse the numerous scholarship opportunities online through the school’s scholarship database.

Membership in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets offers excellent opportunities for supplemental scholarships. About 650 cadets receive $1.5 million in Emerging Leaders Scholarships. In addition, 429 cadets garnered $7.8 million in Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC scholarships. The cadets, of course, have access to other scholarships and financial aid. But the Emerging Leaders and ROTC scholarships provide more than $9 million in total aid to members of the 857-student corps.


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,413

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,736

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,711

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,865

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$10,088
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$25,515
Required Fees
$1,929
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,320

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

cadet scholarships/grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
24,247
Out of State
24%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
116

Demographics

42% female
58% male
24% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

Better be ready to be part of the Hokie Nation, because the “typical student is someone who has a love for all things Virginia Tech.” Those who attend VT “are proud of our school,” and “A typical student here wears Virginia Tech clothes practically every day.” Indeed, “you will find them at every VT football game.” But the student body is about more than cheering for the maroon and orange. These “middle-class, decent-looking” students study hard “but play harder.” Education matters here, but maybe not as much as living life. “The typical student is serious about schoolwork,” students say, “but also knows how to have a good time.” Most of the student body are “white and from Virginia or North Carolina,” a group who are “smart, approachable, and kind.” “While we may be lacking in racial diversity,” one student notes, “we have every personality type and quirk you could ever imagine.” If you are “well-rounded, involved, and [have] lots of school spirit,” you are likely to fit in at VT.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
37%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Living “in the middle of nowhere” may seem like a recipe for boredom, but members of VT’s Hokie Nation make the most of this “perfect college town.” After all, when “there are 30,000 people around you that are the same age as you, you find stuff to do.” When not consumed with Virginia Tech football— you’ll see more maroon and orange in a single day here than most people will see in a lifetime—students here do, well, a little bit of everything. “School-related and Greek-life functions are the main sources of weekend activities,” students say, but deceptively quiet Blacksburg and the surrounding area offer plenty of other options. On weekends, students “go out to parties or downtown with friends, we go out to eat, we play tennis, lay out on the ‘drillfield,’ play in the snow when we have some, go on hikes, and go to the river.” That’s just a start. Students find “there is always something fun going on to do with your friends,” including “bowling, movies, club sports, video games,” and more. If you can’t find it in Blacksburg, it’s ten minutes away in Christiansburg. Students enjoy relaxing, getting into discussions, or having outdoor adventures in a pastoral setting. When autumn arrives, “football games dominate the social scene.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
700
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations

14% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Hokies)
15 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Ultimate Frisbee
Water Polo
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Hokies)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Ultimate Frisbee
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Organization Name: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance (LGBTA) http://www.lgbta.org.vt.edu

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Virginia Tech (VT) is a nationally recognized campus sustainability leader. In 2014 VT received a STARS Gold Rating placing them in the top 10 percent of participating institutions. Virginia Tech’s unique Climate Action Commitment was approved in 2009 and created the Sustainability Office, established targets for greenhouse gas and waste reduction, and required LEED Silver certification or better for all new construction and major renovation projects. VT has 18 LEED registered projects totaling over 1.37 million GSF. The university offers 33 majors and degree programs and nearly 750 courses that integrate sustainability concepts and practices into areas of engineering, science, technology, design, natural resources, health, humanities, planning, and policy. Since 2010 the Dining Services garden at Kentland Farm has provided 122,000 pounds of sustainable produce for on-campus dining centers. Dining Services has composted over 4.5 million pounds of food waste and in 2014 introduced a Zero Waste Welcome Picnic for new students. VT has a 43 percent recycling rate, a 57 percent alternative transportation rate, and is recognized as a “Best Workplace for Commuters” and “Bicycle Friendly University.” In 2014, VT Dining Services received a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. Additionally, the annual Celebrate Sustainability event was recognized by USGBC’s “Best of Green Schools.” VT was also re-certified for “Tree Campus USA” status for the sixth consecutive year. Finally, sustainability opportunities for student involvement include participating in: university committees, student organizations, sustainability internships , and events such as America Recycles Day, Residence Hall Energy Competition, RecycleMania, and Earth Week.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
11%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Undergraduate Admissions
925 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone
540-231-6267


Experience College Life


Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8-12, 1-5
540-231-6267

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.athletics.vt.edu/staff.html

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation


Driving Instructions to Campus
http://www.admiss.vt.edu/visit