Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Also known as Virginia Tech

210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr., Blacksburg, VA

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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
  • Engineering
  • Graduate Studies
  • Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Science
  • 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

Student Life

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:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball 

Satellite Campuses

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

Community Life

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, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has a total student population of about 33,000. The student body is made up of 78% undergraduate students and 19% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $18,400. 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

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $10,000-$13,000
    • Out-of-State: $27,000-$31,840
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $440-$520 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $1,100-$1,300 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid68%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships45%$8,079
Receiving Student Loans44%$8,503

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To 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

Graduation Rates

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 GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years60%
Graduating in 5 Years19%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Industrial Design Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)

Campus: Virginia Tech - Northern Virginia Center

  • English Language Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (since 2009)

Campus: Virginia Tech - Language and Culture Institute, National Capital Region

  • English Language Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (since 2002)

Intercollegiate Athletics

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)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

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.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

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Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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