Virginia Tech

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

800 Washington St, Blacksburg, United States
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  • Total Documents
    3,862
  • Class Notes
    2,894
  • Textbook Notes
    431
  • Study Guides
    533
  • Currently Enrolled
    3,515
  • Previously Enrolled
    1,858

Overview of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

About this school

Virginia Polytech Institute and State University, founded in 1872, is a public, comprehensive university. Students who want to learn in a high-technology environment choose Virginia Tech because it is not only the largest university in Virginia, but also the Commonwealth's top research university. Undergraduates are given an opportunity to make their own groundbreaking discoveries. A leading magazine recently ranked Virginia Tech fifth in the nation in terms of the best value for schools specializing in science and technical programs. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture and Urban Studies, Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Human Resources and Education, Natural Resources, and Veterinary Medicine. Tech also has been named one of the most wired colleges in the United States, both for its innovative use of technology in all classrooms, from English to philosophy, biology and engineering, and for providing free Internet and e-mail access to all its students. Its 2,600-acre campus is located in Blacksburg, 38 miles west of Roanoke.
  • Website


    www.vt.edu/
  • Coeducational


    Yes

  • Graduate Students


    7,247

  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:27,193
    • Men:15,483 (56.9%)
    • Women:11,710 (43.1%)

Location

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Admission Information (Virginia Tech)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
2
3
Foreign Language
-
3
Social Studies
1
-
History
1
-
Academic Electives
4
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
-
City, State, Zip
Blacksburg, VA  24061
Phone
(540) 231-6267
Fax
(540) 231-3242
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
70% of 27,423 applicants were admitted
Women
74% of 11,163 applicants were admitted
Men
68% of 16,260 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
7,412 (39%) of 19,212 admitted students enrolled
Women
3,161 (38%) of 8,218 admitted students enrolled
Men
4,251 (39%) of 10,994 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.97
375 And Above
78%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
639 average |590-690 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
23%
• Score 600 - 700
48%
• Score 500 - 600
28%
• Score 400 - 500
2%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
629 average |590-670 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
15%
• Score 600 - 700
57%
• Score 500 - 600
26%
• Score 400 - 500
2%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
27 average |25-30 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
31%
• Score 24 - 29
54%
• Score 18 - 23
15%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (Virginia Tech)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $13,230|Out-of-state: $30,409
  • Room & Board: - $8,690 (100.0%)
  • Other Expences: - Not reported
  • Tuition & Fees: - Not reported
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification Date
On or about April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003754
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
4,676 (79.0%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,558 (54.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,394 (93.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
470 (19.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
66%
Average Award
$17,549
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,703 (71.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,664
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,674 (69.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,998
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,344 (56.1%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
592 (10.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,027

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
16,298 (64.7%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
10,922 (67.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
10,437 (95.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,757 (16.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
64%
Average Award
$17,772
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 7,704 (73.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,097
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 7,684 (73.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,611
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 5,763 (55.2%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
2,232 (8.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,064

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
49%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$30,221
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Library Science
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Community Service, Leadership, Memberships, Religious Involvement
Special Characteristics
Children of Faculty/Staff, First-Generation College Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Twins, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (Virginia Tech)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


1,806

Part-Time Faculty


226

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


80%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 9% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 20% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 24% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 18% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 8% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 14% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 8% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 8% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 21% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 57% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 9% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 2% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


93.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


63.4%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


81.7%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


84.5%

Programs & Majors (Virginia Tech)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (69)


  • Accounting
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Architecture
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Construction Management
  • Dairy Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Finance, General
  • Food Science
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Forestry, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Horticultural Science
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial and Product Design
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Interior Design
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Management Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music, General
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Poultry Science
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Real Estate
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Engineering, Business/marketing, Family and consumer sciences

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Fine Arts, Master of Information Technology, Master of Urban and Rural Planning, Master of Science, Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Science in Life Sciences, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Forestry, Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering Administration, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Accounting and Information Systems, Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Engineering, Master of Public Health, Master of Public and International Affairs, Master of Science in Education

Master's Programs of Study (105)


  • Accounting
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Sciences--General
  • Agronomy and Soil Sciences
  • Animal Sciences
  • Applied Economics
  • Architecture
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Building Science
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Construction Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Distance Education Development
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Policy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Forestry
  • Genetics
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Development
  • Humanities
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Affairs
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Mineral/Mining Engineering
  • National Security
  • Natural Resources
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nutrition
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Rhetoric
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Student Affairs
  • Systems Engineering
  • Theater
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Urban Studies
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Vocational and Technical Education
  • Writing

Campus Life (Virginia Tech)

Location & Geography

Population


42,627

Nearest Metropolitan Area


2,600 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
25 average low in January, 82.6 average high in September
Rain
119 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
38 mile(s) from campus in Roanoke
Nearest Bus Station
8 mile(s) from campus in Christianburg
Nearest Train Station
38 mile(s) from campus in Clifton Forge/Roanoke

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


35% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


65%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Hokie Bird
School Colors
Burnt orange and chicago maroon

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Ultimate Frisbee
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Ultimate Frisbee
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, cross-country running, football, golf, ice hockey, racquetball, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, virginia tech union, student government association, international student organizations

Sororities


19% of women participate

Fraternities


13% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


26,603

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
27,193
Women
11,710
Men
15,483

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 10.5% Asian
  • 4.3% Black/African-American
  • 6.4% Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 70.6% White
  • 3.1% Unknown

International Students


6.4% from 86 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


7,247

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