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Here are the 10 most popular majors at Virginia Tech!

1. Mechanical Engineering

What is Mechanical Engineering?

A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of physical systems used in manufacturing and end-product systems used for specific uses, including machine tools, jigs and other manufacturing equipment; stationary power units and appliances; engines; self-propelled vehicles; housings and containers; hydraulic and electric systems for controlling movement; and the integration of computers and remote control with operating systems.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has risen 27.9% overall, from 4.34% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 5.51% in 2015. Mechanical Engineering hit an all time high in 2015 with 5.51% of total completions and an all time low in 1997 with 1.77% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 28.4% overall in the last five years, from 27.5 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 35.3 completions per 10k in 2015.

2. Biology/Biological Sciences

What is Biology/Biological Sciences?

A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has fallen 8.2% overall, from 4.92% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 4.46% in 2015. This number seems to be stabilizing, however, with percent of total completions remaining relatively constant over the year prior to 2015. Biology/Biological Sciences hit an all time high in 2012 with 5.05% of total completions and an all time low in 1986 with 1.44% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 10.8% overall in the last five years, from 74.4 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 82.4 completions per 10k in 2015.

3. Civil Engineering

What is Civil Engineering?

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of structural, load-bearing, material moving, transportation, water resource, and material control systems; and environmental safety measures.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has fallen 17.5% overall, from 4.01% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.34% in 2015. Civil Engineering hit an all time high in 2012 with 4.68% of total completions and an all time low in 2000 with 1.65% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 5.6% overall in the last five years, from 17.7 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 18.7 completions per 10k in 2015.

4. Finance

What is Finance?

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, manage, and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, or other organizations. Includes instruction in principles of accounting, financial instruments, capital planning, funds acquisition, asset and debt management, budgeting, financial analysis, and investments and portfolio management.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has fallen 17.5% overall, from 3.95% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.33% in 2015. In the last year, however, percent of total completions has risen 10.0% from 3.00% in 2014 to 3.33% in 2015. Finance hit an all time high in 2010 with 3.95% of total completions and an all time low in 1997 with 1.10% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has fallen 7.1% overall in the last five years, from 47.6 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 44.2 completions per 10k in 2015.

5. Psychology

What is Psychology?

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has fallen 26.2% overall, from 4.16% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.13% in 2015. Psychology hit an all time high in 2011 with 4.40% of total completions and an all time low in 1986 with 0.90% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 4.6% overall in the last five years, from 125.2 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 131.0 completions per 10k in 2015.

6. Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies

What is Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies?

A general program that focuses on the role of foods and nutrition in human health and wellness. Includes instruction in nutritional care and education, the planning and provision of food services, the development of consumable food products, life-span nutrition and wellness, the principles of nutritional assessment, and food safety and food composition.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Been Relatively Stable Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has hovered around 3.04% overall over the five years prior to 2015. Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies hit an all time high in 2014 with 3.10% of total completions and an all time low in 1990 with 0.34% of total completions.

More broadly, completions of this major at all schools have hovered around 3.7 completions per 10k overall over the last five years.

7. Business Administration and Management

What is Business Administration and Management?

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has fallen 44.4% overall, from 5.45% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.04% in 2015. Business Administration and Management hit an all time high in 2010 with 5.45% of total completions and an all time low in 1997 with 1.93% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has fallen 6.9% overall in the last five years, from 343.8 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 320.2 completions per 10k in 2015.

8. Industrial Engineering

What is Industrial Engineering?

A program that prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, material, information, and energy. Includes instruction in applied mathematics, physical sciences, the social sciences, engineering analysis, systems design, computer applications, and forecasting and evaluation methodology.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has risen 30.4% overall, from 2.35% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.03% in 2015. This number seems to be stabilizing, however, with percentage of total completions remaining relatively constant over the year prior to 2015. Industrial Engineering hit an all time high in 2015 with 3.03% of total completions and an all time low in 2007 with 1.93% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 23.3% overall in the last five years, from 6.0 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 7.4 completions per 10k in 2015.

9. Accounting

What is Accounting?

A program that prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions. Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics, and applications to specific for-profit, public, and non-profit organizations.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has fallen 9.1% overall, from 3.27% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 2.98% in 2015. In the last year, however, percent of total completions has risen 15.4% from 2.58% in 2014 to 2.98% in 2015. Accounting hit an all time high in 2012 with 3.46% of total completions and an all time low in 1997 with 1.38% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has fallen 3.4% overall in the last five years, from 85.0 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 82.1 completions per 10k in 2015.

10. Computer and Information Sciences

What is Computer and Information Sciences?

A general program that focuses on computing, computer science, and information science and systems. Such programs are undifferentiated as to title and content and are not to be confused with specific programs in computer science, information science, or related support services.
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has risen 27.3% overall, from 2.16% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 2.81% in 2015. Computer and Information Sciences hit an all time high in 2004 with 3.98% of total completions and an all time low in 1992 with 0.91% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 30.4% overall in the last five years, from 25.0 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 32.6 completions per 10k in 2015.


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