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Virginia Tech Overview

Virginia Tech is a public institution located in Blacksburg, Virginia. The city atmosphere of Blacksburg makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Virginia Tech Known For?

7,191 Undergraduate Awards
$37,885 Avg Cost After Aid
66% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at Virginia Tech is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Virginia Tech is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech makes roughly $62,500 a year. This is 53% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Virginia Tech Rankings

According to our 2022 analysis, Virginia Tech is ranked #82 out of 2,587 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #4 out of 73 schools in Virginia.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Virginia Tech has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#19 Best Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Virginia Tech.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Other Computer Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Fisheries Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Drama & Theater Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Virginia Tech has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools College Factual
#19 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree
#26 Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools College Factual
#28 Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools College Factual
#29 Best Communication & Journalism Schools College Factual
#48 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is Virginia Tech?

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Contact details for Virginia Tech are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131
Phone: 540-231-6994
Website: www.vt.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/virginiatech
Twitter: https://twitter.com/virginia_tech

How Do I Get Into Virginia Tech?

You can apply to Virginia Tech online at: vt.edu/apply.html

Admission Requirements for Virginia Tech

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program considered but not required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Virginia Tech?

66% Acceptance Rate
46% Of Accepted Are Women
83% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Virginia Tech is 66%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 54% of accepted students are men and 46% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 61%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 83% of students accepted to Virginia Tech submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 680. Math scores were between 580 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Virginia Tech  ( 590 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Virginia Tech  ( 580 to 690 )
200
800
Virginia Tech received ACT scores from 24% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 32. Math scores were between 24 and 30. Composite scores were between 25 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Virginia Tech  ( 24 to 32 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Virginia Tech  ( 24 to 30 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Virginia Tech  ( 25 to 31 )
1
36

Can I Afford Virginia Tech?

$37,885 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
1.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Virginia Tech is $37,885. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Virginia Tech, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $9,744 a year. That adds up to $38,976 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Virginia Tech is 1.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Virginia Tech Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,112 Full-Time Undergraduates
43% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 30,020 undergraduate students at Virginia Tech, with 29,112 being full-time and 908 being part-time.

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There are also 7,004 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,112 full-time undergraduates at Virginia Tech, 57% are male and 43% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Virginia Tech students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,233
Black or African American 1,419
Hispanic or Latino 2,256
White 18,260
International Students 1,693
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,251

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Virginia Tech. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 115 countries are represented at Virginia Tech. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Virginia Tech

11,136 Took All Classes Online
34,168 Took At Least One Class Online
238.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 34,168 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Virginia Tech has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 16th most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Virginia Tech

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Virginia Tech was $12,485 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $29,129. The following table shows how Virginia Tech is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Other Computer & Information Sciences #1 #6
Marine Engineering #4 #4
Linguistics & Comparative Literature #13 #13
Political Science & Government #16 #13
General Agriculture #16 #16
Natural Resource Management #22 #22
Other Engineering #33 #30
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #34 #31
Systems Engineering #37 #31
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #37 #46
Natural Resources & Conservation #37 #40
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #49 #40
Civil Engineering #64 #52

Online Growth Rankings of Virginia Tech

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Virginia Tech was 238.2%. This is the #250 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Virginia Tech regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Virginia Tech majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 29%
Computer & Information Sciences 3%
Computer Information Systems 1%
Construction Management 4%
General Agriculture 15%
International Relations & National Security 23%
Natural Resource Management 4%
Nuclear Engineering 13%
Other Computer & Information Sciences 6%
Public Administration & Social Service 13%
Public Policy 43%
Social Sciences 9%
Systems Engineering 45%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Virginia Tech ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Virginia Tech.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #1
General Agriculture #1
Natural Resource Management #1
Natural Resources & Conservation #1
Construction Management #1
Linguistics & Comparative Literature #1
Systems Engineering #1
Nuclear Engineering #1
Other Computer & Information Sciences #1
Marine Engineering #1
Public Policy #1
Curriculum & Instruction #4
Information Technology #4
International Relations & National Security #4
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #4
Political Science & Government #4
Engineering #7
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #7
Computer Information Systems #7
Public Administration #8
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #11
Human Development & Family Studies #11
Social Sciences #18
Computer & Information Sciences #19
Public Administration & Social Service #25
Teacher Education Subject Specific #31
Education #79
Business Administration & Management #110
Business, Management & Marketing #139

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Virginia Tech Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Mechanical Engineering 0 407 0 44 37 488
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 442 0 0 0 442
Computer Information Systems 0 311 6 49 28 394
General Biology 0 309 0 7 21 337
Civil Engineering 0 189 0 105 30 324
Finance & Financial Management 0 291 2 0 0 293
Business Administration & Management 0 158 1 132 0 291
General Psychology 0 259 0 4 16 279
Human Development & Family Studies 0 227 0 11 7 245
Computer Engineering 0 179 0 49 11 239
Industrial Engineering 0 184 0 35 16 235
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 213 0 4 9 226
Electrical Engineering 0 133 0 57 35 225
Animal Science 0 190 0 15 7 212
Political Science & Government 0 194 1 14 0 209
Accounting 0 153 0 49 0 202
Sociology 0 187 0 4 4 195
Communication & Media Studies 0 178 0 9 0 187
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 138 0 29 20 187
Marketing 0 174 0 0 0 174
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 173 0 0 0 173
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 120 0 44 0 164
International Relations & National Security 0 137 8 0 0 145
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 144 0 144
Economics 0 116 3 8 8 135
Chemical Engineering 0 110 0 10 10 130
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 125 0 0 0 125
Forestry 0 99 0 18 4 121
Construction Management 0 108 0 12 0 120
Mathematics 0 90 0 18 7 115
Natural Resource Management 0 19 29 65 0 113
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 3 83 22 108
Applied Mathematics 0 97 0 5 0 102
Physics 0 75 0 7 16 98
General English Literature 0 86 0 7 0 93
Human Sciences Business Services 0 90 0 0 0 90
Real Estate 0 87 0 0 0 87
Materials Engineering 0 63 0 6 13 82
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 75 0 2 0 77
Plant Sciences 0 52 0 3 17 72
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 70 0 0 70
Chemistry 0 37 0 9 20 66
History 0 60 1 4 0 65
Agricultural Engineering 0 54 0 6 4 64
Design & Applied Arts 0 60 0 0 0 60
Hospitality Management 0 58 0 0 0 58
Educational Administration 0 0 11 22 25 58
Wildlife Management 0 57 0 0 0 57
Agricultural Production 55 0 0 0 0 55
Statistics 0 37 0 7 11 55
Geography & Cartography 0 28 8 9 5 50
Public Administration 0 0 8 37 5 50
Fine & Studio Arts 0 49 0 0 0 49
Natural Resources Conservation 0 47 0 0 0 47
General Agriculture 0 13 0 33 0 46
Medicine 0 0 0 0 45 45
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 38 0 6 0 44
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 29 14 43
Engineering Mechanics 0 26 0 6 10 42
Engineering-Related Fields 0 35 0 0 0 35
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 34 0 34
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 19 0 9 6 34
Public Health 0 0 0 32 0 32
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 31 0 0 0 31
Mining Engineering 0 20 0 5 4 29
Public Policy 0 28 0 0 0 28
Drama & Theater Arts 0 23 0 5 0 28
Philosophy 0 24 0 2 0 26
Food Science Technology 0 24 0 0 0 24
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 19 0 0 5 24
Student Counseling 0 0 0 20 4 24
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 24 0 0 0 24
Other Physical Science 0 24 0 0 0 24
Construction Engineering 0 21 0 0 0 21
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 17 0 17
Religious Studies 0 16 1 0 0 17
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 0 10 6 16
Fisheries Sciences 0 0 0 9 7 16
Urban Studies 0 0 0 5 11 16
Music 0 16 0 0 0 16
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 3 12 15
Other Engineering 0 0 3 2 10 15
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 3 10 0 13
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 12 12
Educational Assessment 0 0 7 0 4 11
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 11 0 11
Writing Studies 0 0 0 9 2 11
Landscape Architecture 0 3 0 6 0 9
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 0 9 9
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 8 0 8
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 1 4 3 8
Zoology 0 0 0 0 7 7
Business/Managerial Economics 0 7 0 0 0 7
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 0 0 2 5 7
Ethnic Studies 0 0 7 0 0 7
Management Information Systems 0 0 6 0 0 6
Marine Engineering 0 0 2 3 0 5
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 5 5
Environmental Design 0 0 0 0 4 4
Homeland Security 0 0 4 0 0 4
General Architecture 0 0 0 0 3 3
Gerontology 0 0 3 0 0 3
International Studies 0 0 3 0 0 3
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 2 0 2
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 2 0 0 2
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 1 0 0 1
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Behavioral Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Air Transportation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ground Transportation 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 55 7,136 194 1,425 596 9,406

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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