Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech campus
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From the School

At Virginia Tech we know college is not a collection of four years, but a tapestry of moments. Where will you find yours? Discover your #VTMoment.

Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As Virginia's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).


From The School

Freshman Admissions:
Admissions directors use a holistic approach throughout the application review process. Many factors are considered, the most important being rigor of academic program, grades in academic courses, and standardized test scores. Other factors include:
Leadership and service
Major requested
Participation in Virginia Tech pipeline programs
Personal statements
Disciplinary record

Before you can be considered for freshman admission, you must complete:
18 units of high-school course work
4 units of English
3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
2 units of social science (one must be history)
3 additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)
4 elective units

Some majors, such as engineering and architecture, have other requirements for advanced math and/or lab science. For more information, check specific major and college requirements. Most students who are selected for admission have completed more than the minimum requirements and have at least a B+ grade point average.

Transfer Students
Admission is offered on a competitive basis to transfer applicants as long as space is available in their intended major. You are a Transfer Applicant if you have completed all entrance requirements, or the equivalent in a college program, for all entering students. You must be in good standing at all colleges and universities attended. You must also have attempted more than 12 hours at any college or university since graduating from high school.

International Students
Before you can be considered for freshman admission, you must complete:
3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)

Some majors have other requirements, such as an additional year of advanced math or lab science. Most students who are selected for admission have completed more than the minimum requirements and have at least a B+ grade point average.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking ONE of following tests: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Tests of English (PTE).


Acceptance Rate

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
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


Early Decision
November 1

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

Involvement in academic and engagement programs can enhance a student's education and personal life. Virginia Tech offers an Honors Program, Education Abroad, First Year Experiences program, undergraduate research opportunities, and a host of living-learning communities. University Honors challenges motivated students to create their own world-class education. The program supports students' efforts to take advantage of all that a major research university offers in the intimate setting of a smaller academic community. Integral to undergraduate education at Virginia Tech, University Honors provides leadership in innovative and extraordinary learning opportunities. As part of the first-year experience, Pathways is designed to set students on their own paths equipped with appropriate tools for exploration and discovery, and provide them with the curricular and co-curricular opportunities necessary to fully engage as learners and ultimately as citizens. Undergraduate research gives students the chance to think critically, problem solve, dive deeper on topics than is possible in the classroom, and explore new areas of interest. Virginia Tech's living-learning communities combine both communal living and academic exploration in several unique areas. Whether your field is in engineering, the sciences, or humanities, or you just want to learn more about leading a life of wellness or starting a business, our living-learning communities offer an extra piece to university living.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Undergraduate Degrees More than 90 undergraduate majors, organized into seven colleges/areas give you lots of choices and opportunities to find you moment and your future. We’re always thinking of new ways to have a hands-on, minds-on education. Some of our newest majors include:
Residential Environments and Design
Professional and Technical Writing
Systems Biology
Water: Resources, Policy, and Management

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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


  • 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.


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

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 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


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Virginia Tech is consistently recognized for its quality of education, with nationally ranked programs, excellent graduate career statistics, and its breadth of undergraduate research opportunities. The university was ranked 27th in the 2014 edition of Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.

Estimated costs are as follows for the 2015-16 school year. Costs may vary slightly dependent upon a student's selection of residence hall and meal plan. In-state tuition and fees for the 2015-16 school year are $12,485. Out-of-state tuition and fees total $29,129. Room and board (same for in-state and out-of-state students) is $8,226.

Financial Aid

The most comprehensive information is available at A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filled out and mailed to the federal processor by the deadline in order to be considered for most aid and scholarships (The priority deadline for submission is typically late February / early March).


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms


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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Whether you're looking for Greek life or robot wars, there's a club for you. In fact, more than 700 student clubs and organizations are active on campus. And, hey, it only takes three people to start your own.

There is so much to do, and a wide variety of options: concerts, athletic events, distinguished speakers, extracurricular activities like bowling, video games, pool, movies, student organizations, intramural sports, and clubs of nearly every type imaginable.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


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.


From The School


Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech has approximately 135 campus buildings, a 2,600-acre main campus, off-campus educational facilities in six regions, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The campus proper is located in the Town of Blacksburg in Montgomery County in the New River Valley and is 38 miles southwest of Roanoke.

Listed by Southern Living magazine as one of the best college towns in the South, Blacksburg consists of some 12,000 acres nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountains. Home to about 42,600 local residents, the town is considered small by most any standard, but don't let its size or location fool you! Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country's best places to live and has earned a reputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, and forward-looking community. Many Hokies stay after they graduate, or return later in their careers, because they just can’t get enough of their VT moments.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

With most buildings constructed in the neo-Gothic (or Gothic Revival) architectural style using Hokie Stone a native limestone throughout Southwest Virginia the Virginia Tech campus is both dramatic and beautiful. But you needn't take our word for it: See for yourself!

Virginia Tech is home to more than 135 Blacksburg campus buildings and a Corporate Research Center, housing more than 150 companies. The Moss Arts Center is headquarters for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, as well as modern performance and rehearsal venues. The Newman library now includes holdings of more than 2 million volumes physically located in the main library and its branches, including Art + Architecture Library, Veterinary Medicine Library, Northern Virginia Center Resource Center.

Athletic facilities are state-of-art including Cassell Coliseum, with seating for 10,000, and Lane Stadium, with seating for 66,233 as well as numerous varsity and recreational fields and facilities, including McComas Hall fitness center. Satellite campuses are located in Roanoke, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Southside Virginia and Northern Virginia including Falls Church and Alexandria as well as a state-of-the-art Research Center in Arlington. Seven research institutes have been created to draw upon established strengths and enhance the university's ability to address large-scale research opportunities by crossing traditional disciplinary and college lines. These institutes are:
Fralin Life Science Institute
Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology
Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science
Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Off-Campus Opportunities

Vibrant and engaging, Blacksburg's downtown offers unique stores, art galleries, and eclectic restaurants. The area's wide redbrick sidewalks, Victorian street lamps, and park benches encourage foot traffic and make meeting folks easy. The College Avenue Promenade, a lively pedestrian mall where downtown and campus intersect, is home to a variety of festivals, events, and performances throughout the year. The Lyric Theatre hosts movies at discount prices and live events. In spring 2014, a combination IMAX cinema and bowling alley opened at First & Main. At the edge of Main Street and campus, Virginia Tech's Moss Arts Center hosts world-class performances. Outside magazine named Blacksburg one of the top 10 places to live in the country. It had something to do with the hiking, camping, rafting, golfing, caving ... you get the picture. Venture Out, a program of Student Centers and Activities, organizes outings all over the area.

Student Organizations & Activities

Whether you're looking for Greek life or robot wars, there's a club for you. In fact, more than 700 student clubs and organizations are active on campus. And, hey, it only takes three people to start your own.

There is so much to do, and a wide variety of options: concerts, athletic events, distinguished speakers, extracurricular activities like bowling, video games, pool, movies, student organizations, intramural sports, and clubs of nearly every type imaginable.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
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

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

14% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Hokies)
15 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Ultimate Frisbee
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Hokies)
14 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Ultimate Frisbee
Water Polo

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Organization Name: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance (LGBTA)

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


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

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Undergraduate Admissions
925 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Experience College Life

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8-12, 1-5

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Driving Instructions to Campus

Rankings & Lists

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