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School Overview

More commonly known as Virginia Tech, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a 2,600-acre main campus located in the town of Blacksburg. Its 31,087 students can pursue more degrees than at any other school in Virginia, including training in technical arts and applied sciences. The university offers several online learning options for its degrees and courses. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

The main campus is situated in the New River Valley in southwestern Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountain region. It includes a 1,700-acre agricultural research farm. Virginia Tech also hosts international campuses in the Dominican Republic and Switzerland.

Virginia Tech was founded in 1872 as an agricultural and mechanical land-grant college. Today it is a sea-grant and land-grant research university with the largest student enrollment in Virginia. It is one of the country's few polytechnic universities that focuses on education in applied sciences and technical arts, as well as one of the few public schools with its own corps of cadets.


The school encompasses seven undergraduate academic colleges, through which it offers about 65 bachelor's degree programs. The graduate school offers an additional 145 master's and doctoral degree programs, and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine offers a professional degree. Additionally, in fall 2010, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute opened. It is jointly managed by the school and Carilion Health System.

The undergraduate colleges are: the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; the College of Architecture and Urban Studies; the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; the Pamplin College of Business; the College of Engineering; the College of Natural Resources and Environment; the College of Science; the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.

Virginia Tech also offers a wide array of master's and certificate programs online. Online programs encompass 18 areas of study, including civil engineering, aerospace engineering and environmental engineering.


U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2014 ranked Virginia Tech 69th among national universities and 25th among public universities. In addition, the school's college of engineering was ranked 15th nationwide among all accredited engineering schools offering doctorate degrees and seventh among public universities' engineering schools. Virginia Tech's engineering programs are considered among the top 20 nationwide, and its college of agriculture and life sciences is considered among the top 10 nationwide.

In 2009, the National Science Foundation tapped Virginia Tech as number five in the country for agricultural research expenditures. Additionally, the Pamplin College of Business undergraduate program was ranked 42nd in 2011 in terms of nationwide undergraduate business programs and 10th among public institutions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Virginia Tech offers scholarships, federal work-study, loans and grants to help students meet their financial obligations. Waivers are also offered in certain cases, and graduate assistanceships are offered through the graduate school.

Library System

Initially established in 1872 with 500 volumes, the Virginia Tech library holdings now number more than two million volumes in the school's Newman Library as well as its branches. Those branches are the Art + Architecture Library, the Veterinary Medicine Library and the Northern Virginia Center Resource Center, as well as a high-density storage building.

In addition to print and electronic volumes, the library system includes 13,701 audio recordings, 45,326 serials and journals, 14,004 films and videos and nearly 400,000 government documents.


Known as the Hokies, Virginia Tech athletic teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level and primarily in the Atlantic Coast Conference for all sports. Male sports include cross country, football, basketball, baseball, and soccer, while female sports include cross country, field hockey, soccer, softball, and swimming and diving.

Student Housing

With more than 9,000 students living on campus, residential life at Virginia Tech is robust. There are 29 residential halls for undergraduate and graduate students: East Ambler Johnston, West Ambler Johnston, Barringer, Brodie, East Campbell, Main Campbell, Cochrane, Main Eggelston, West Eggelston, Harper, Hillcrest, Johnson, Lee, Miles, Montleith, Newman, New West Hall, New Residence Hall East, O'Shaughnessy, Payne, Peddrew-Yates, Pritchard, Rasche, Slusher Tower, Slusher Wing, Thomas, Vawter, Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown, and the Oak Lane Community. Most halls are located southwest of the Drillfield.

General Information

Admission Office

201 Burruss Hall

Blacksburg, VA 24061-0202

(540) 231-6267

Fax: (540) 231-3242

Contact: Mildred Johnson

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-6000

Total undergrads: 23,567

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 5,460

Degree-seeking undergrads: 23,447

Graduate enrollment: 6,813


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $7,397 $8,198 $8,605 $9,459 +9.92%
Books and Supplies $1,024 $1,080 $1,080 $1,100 +1.85%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,300 $6,580 $6,580 $7,000 +6.38%
Other $5,992 $6,180 $5,800 $4,900 -15.52%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $6,300 $6,580 $6,580 $7,000 +6.38%
Other $5,992 $6,180 $5,800 $4,900 -15.52%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $20,713 $22,038 $22,065 $22,459 +1.79%
In-state Off Campus $20,713 $22,038 $22,065 $22,459 +1.79%
In-state with Family $8,421 $9,278 $9,685 $10,559 +9.02%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $8,783
In-state Student Fees $2,150
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $17,238
Out-of-state Fees $2,719

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,972 73%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,306 42% $13,364,751 $5,796
– Federal grants 534 10% $2,252,407 $4,218
– Pell grants 533 10% $1,767,897 $3,317
– Other federal grants 426 8% $484,510 $1,137
State/local government grant or scholarships 991 18% $4,009,876 $4,046
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,859 34% $7,102,468 $3,821
Student loan aid 2,373 43% $15,584,502 $6,567
– Federal student loans 2,343 43% $12,592,654 $5,375
– Other student loans 274 5% $2,991,848 $10,919

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS DOCTOR AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 5699 1531 490 40 23
Agriculture 230 27 9 40
Agricultural Economics 50 9
Agricultural Production Operations 40
Agronomy and Crop Science 13 4 3
Animal Sciences 104 7 5
Dairy Science 19 4
Food Science 19
Horticultural Science 25 3 1
Architecture and Related Services 103 86 6
Architecture 87 48
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 31
Environmental Design/architecture 6
Landscape Architecture 16 7
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 472 26 34
Biochemistry 101
Bioinformatics 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 21 12
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 371 5 10
Entomology 5
Plant Pathology/phytopathology 3
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1325 279 15
Accounting 181 75
Business Administration and Management 240 187
Business/commerce 11
Business/managerial Economics 22
Construction Management 76 15
Finance 310
Hospitality Administration/management 150 2 4
Management Science 107
Marketing/marketing Management 239
Communication and Journalism Programs 217 9
Communication and Media Studies, Other 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 217
Computing and Information Sciences 101 134 12
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 78
Computer and Information Sciences 101 56 12
Information Science/studies
Education 311 70 23
Administration Of Special Education 2
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 20 5
Curriculum and Instruction 148 21 1
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 34 38 21
Educational Statistics and Research Methods 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 68
Secondary Education and Teaching
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 41 2 1
Engineering 1070 397 149
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering 98 38 9
Agricultural Engineering 26 14 5
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 7 3
Chemical Engineering 57 7 5
Civil Engineering 213 83 18
Computer Engineering 78 23 12
Construction Engineering 15
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 103 68 36
Engineering Mechanics 34 9 10
Engineering, Other 5 1
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 9
Industrial Engineering 105 64 15
Materials Engineering 23 5 9
Mechanical Engineering 274 50 16
Mining and Mineral Engineering 44 3 3
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 6
Polymer/plastics Engineering 1 7
Systems Engineering 5
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 149 25
Creative Writing 8
English Language and Literature 149 17
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 81 1
Foreign Languages and Literatures 81 1
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 15 90
Veterinary Medicine 87
Veterinary Sciences/veterinary Clinical Sciences 15 3
History 159 11
History 159 11
Human Services 27 31 8
Public Administration 31 8
Public Policy Analysis 27
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 141
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 141
Mathematics and Statistics 87 32 13
Mathematics 68 17 8
Statistics 19 15 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 6 5 3
Science, Technology and Society 6 5 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 127 31 10
Environmental Science 20
Environmental Studies 23
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 5 1
Forest Resources Production and Management 20 9
Forestry 84
Natural Resources Management and Policy 6
Physical Sciences 107 25 27
Chemistry 58 10 14
Geology and Earth Science 21 9 4
Physics 28 6 9
Psychology 303 11 12
Psychology 303 11 12
Social Sciences 468 39 12
Economics 80 6 5
Geography 41 4 1
International Relations and Affairs 86
Political Science and Government 188 12
Sociology 73 7 3
Urban Studies/affairs 10 3
Visual and Performing Arts 141 5
Art/art Studies 50
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 20 5
Industrial and Product Design 22
Interior Design 21
Music 28
Work and Family Studies 385 31 20
Apparel and Textiles
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 105 3 2
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies 211 5 8
Housing and Human Environments
Human Development and Family Studies 69 23 10
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 65%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 91%

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Economics B
Agricultural Production A
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Dairy Science B
Food Science B
Horticulture Science B

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Construction Management B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Secondary Education B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Agricultural Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Construction Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Mechanics B
Industrial Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Mining/Mineral Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – Business B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Science, Technology & Society B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B
Forestry – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (540) 231-6994
Website: WWW.VT.EDU
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 36,383
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 84%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 24,623 (68% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $13,691
Out-of-state Tuition: $32,835
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 65%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,849

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1753
Architecture and Related Services 232
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 526
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2932
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 3121
Education 1056
Engineering 3121815
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 121
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 322
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 131
History 111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Mathematics and Statistics 332
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 321
Natural Resources and Conservation 4632
Philosophy and Religious Studies 121
Physical Sciences 533
Psychology 1111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 4111
Social Sciences 7655
Visual and Performing Arts 51
Grand total 431736954

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $13,691
Out-of-state $32,835
Books and supplies $1,100

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $15,972
Out-of-state $30,489

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 4,046 65%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,583 41% $8,849
Student loan aid 2,652 42% $8,785

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 13,435 48% $9,023
Federal student loans 10,836 39% $6,188

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 31,974 18,859 13,115
Percent admitted 100% 67% 75%
Percent admitted who enrolled 24% 23% 25%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 36,383
Undergraduate enrollment 29,300
Graduate enrollment 7,083

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
    • Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • (ARTI) - Single Professional Program Accreditation in Industrial Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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