Virginia Tech

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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.

Academics

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.

Rankings

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.

Athletics

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

[email protected]

Contact: Mildred Johnson

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-6000

www.vt.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 23,567

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 5,460

Degree-seeking undergrads: 23,447

Graduate enrollment: 6,813

Setting

Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Associate
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
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

Education

Secondary Education B

Engineering

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

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics

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

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.


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