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Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students.

Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’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.

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Overview

Applicants
27,423
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average HS GPA
3.97

GPA Breakdown

78%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
2,032
with Terminal Degree
1,727

1,325
Men
707
Women
377
Minority
97
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations.
  • Agriculture, General.
  • Agronomy and Crop Science.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Dairy Science.
  • Food Science.
  • Horticultural Science.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.
  • Landscape Architecture.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Computational Biology.
  • Microbiology, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Construction Management.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Real Estate.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Packaging Science.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Agricultural Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Construction Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Materials Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

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

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Computational and Applied Mathematics.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.
  • Forestry, General.
  • Forestry, Other.
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other.
  • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Meteorology.
  • Physical Sciences, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Industrial and Product Design.
  • Interior Design.
  • Music, 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

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Hoda Kotb
Television Personality

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
63%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$58,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$110,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$59,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$114,300

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
39%


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 $58,600.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,664

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,097

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,528

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
49%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,221

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,261

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,420
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$29,104
Required Fees
$2,200
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,150

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,610
Transportation for Commuters
$1,310

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,934
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
27,193
Foreign Countries Represented
116

Demographics

9.83%
Asian
4.01%
African-American
6.03%
Hispanic
66.03%
Caucasian
2.94%
Unknown
6.45%
International

43% female
57% 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 “wellrounded, involved, and [have] lots of school spirit,” you are likely to fit in at VT.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
35%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
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

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Susan Angle

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
900
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations

13% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Hokies)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Hokies)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Organization Name: Hokie PRIDE http://www.hokiepride.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.

96/99
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
13%

Available Transportation Alternatives

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 March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Undergraduate Admissions
925 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone
540-231-6267


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Pylons
Drillfield
Goodwin Hall
Squires Student Center
Newman Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Cascades hiking trail
Huckleberry Trail
New River
The Lyric Theater
Franks's IMAX and Cinebowl

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
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation


Driving Instructions to Campus
https://vt.edu/admissions/undergraduate/visit/directionstocampus.html


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