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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, known as "Virginia Tech," is a leading research institution - ranked 44th in the U.S. for its university research programs. Virginia Tech is a land-grant institution located in Blacksburg, Virginia on 2,600 acres. It offers nearly 70 undergraduate and 150 graduate degree programs. Virginia Tech's motto, Ut Prosim, translates from the Latin as "That I May Serve." It fulfills this motto through a dedication to learning, discovery and engagement.
Virginia Tech is comprised of eight colleges and a graduate school. Its campuses feature an airport, a computing and communications complex with international access, an adjacent corporate research center, and more.
Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech was originally called Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. The name was changed in1896 to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute. This name was so long that locals shortened it to "VPI." After the name change, a new school spirit cheer was needed. A contest was held to select a new, more suitable cheer. 1896 graduate, O.M. Stull, won the top prize for the cheer he created, which is known as "Old Hokie." The school mascot, which originally was a turkey, eventually became a "Hokiebird." Today the mascot wears an orange and maroon bird costume that somewhat resembles a turkey.
The school colors of burnt orange and maroon were chosen in 1896.
Virginia Tech is one of only three public universities in the U.S. that still has both an active corps of cadets and civilian students on campus. Historically, Virginia Tech required corps participation for all able-bodied males. This tradition continued until 1964, when corps participation became voluntary.
Virginia Tech follows the semester-format academic calendar with fall and spring semesters, and two shorter summer sessions.
Colleges and Schools
Virginia Tech's colleges are:
- Agriculture & Life Sciences
- Architecture & Urban Studies
- Business, Pamplin College of
- Graduate Studies
- Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
- Natural Resources and Environment
- University Studies
- Veterinary Medicine
As an enhancement to its academic, outreach and research programs, Virginia Tech has created schools in its colleges and in affiliation with Wake Forest University. Virginia Tech's schools are:
- School of Architecture and Design (Part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
- School of Public and International Affairs (Part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
- School of Visual Arts (Part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
- School of Performing Arts and Cinema (Part of the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences)
- Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (Part of the College of Engineering and the College of Veterinary Medicine)
- School of Education (Part of the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences)
- Myers-Lawson School of Construction (Part of the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
- Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute
Virginia Tech offers more than 600 student clubs and organizations, including fraternities and sororities, and only three people are required to form a new student club.
There are several residence halls to choose from for on-campus living, and there are also on-campus dining venues.
Virginia Tech has 21 "Hokie" athletics teams that compete in intercollegiate sports, which include:
- Cross Country
- Swimming & Diving
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Swimming & Diving
- Track and Field
In addition to its main Blacksburg campus, Virginia Tech offers classes and programs online, as well as at the following satellite campuses and centers:
- Western Campus
- Valley Campus
- National Capital Region
- Central Campus
- Hampton Roads Center
- Capital Campus
- Corporate Research Center
Blacksburg is a traditional college town, situated between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, in Virginia's New River Valley. Blacksburg has been ranked one of the best places to live in the nation and one of the "50 Best Small Southern Towns," thanks to its moderate climate, affordable cost of living, low crime rate, stable community and small town charm.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the applicants Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting into Virginia Tech.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
- SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
- TOEFL for ESL Students are Required
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...
SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|SAT ® Critical Reading||540 - 640|
|SAT ® Math||580 - 680|
|SAT ® Writing||540 - 640|
|SAT ® Total Score||1660 - 1960|
Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into Virginia Tech
We have provided a table below which represents your chance for admission at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
|Granted Admissions||13,432 (70%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||5,364 (40%)|
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has a total student population of about 31,000. The student body is made up of 77% undergraduate students and 23% graduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $17,600. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $60 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $9,200-$11,000
- Out-of-State: $24,000-$28,290
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $380-$460 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $980-$1,200 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||77%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||57%||$5,517|
|Receiving Student Loans||45%||$6,985|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 3%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University may offer services to students including:
- Online course work available
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Employment search assistance
With a graduation rate of around 82%, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||56%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||22%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||3%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center
- English Language Program
- * Accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (since 2009)
Campus: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- Dietetics Program
- Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)
- English Language Program (more info)
- Industrial Design Program (more info)
- Music Program (more info)
- Theatre Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Basketball (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Track and Field (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Football (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Swimming and Diving
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Public Colleges
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- Radford University in Radford, VA (12 miles away)
- Concord University in Athens, WV (36 miles away)
- Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA (63 miles away)
- Winston - Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC (79 miles away)
- West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, WV (84 miles away)
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