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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA

Learn what degree programs Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), located in Blacksburg, VA, is known both for its research and military affiliation. Virginia Tech was founded in 1872, and it was originally named the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 2012, the media group Victory Media listed the university among the top 15% of military-friendly schools. In addition to its Blacksburg location, Virginia Tech sites can be found in Leesburg, Virginia Beach, Arlington, Abington and Roanoke, as well as in Switzerland.


Virginia Tech students can choose from more than 200 degree programs found in seven undergraduate schools and one graduate school. In 2011, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that all 50 of the associate's degrees awarded that year were in agricultural production operations. In the same year, biology and psychology were the most popular bachelor's degree programs, while business administration and veterinary medicine were the most common majors at the master's and doctorate levels, respectively. Virginia Tech requires all students to have their own personal computer.

Students can take advantage of the university's study abroad program, as well as the cooperative education program, which allows sophomores and juniors to swap academic semesters with time spent working professionally. Students interested in serving their country have access to all four branches of the U.S. military through Virginia Tech's ROTC program.


For new and international students, January 15 is the regular application deadline for fall admission. Students are notified of their acceptance or denial by April 1. Agricultural technology majors need to complete a separate admissions application. Aside from the $60 non-refundable application fee, new students should submit their standardized test scores, high school transcripts and courses taken in the students' senior year. Personal statements and letters of recommendation are optional. If students accept the admissions offer, Virginia Tech requires a $400 matriculation fee to hold their spots; the fee is refundable if students decline by May 1. The NCES reported that of the roughly 20,000 students who applied for admission in fall 2012, 70% were accepted, and 39% enrolled.

Tuition & Financial Aid

According to the NCES, the cost of tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 school year was $10,923 for in-state students and $25,915 for out-of-state students. Books and supplies were estimated at $1,100. Tuition payment plans are available. In addition, a number of scholarships can be applied for, such as athletic, military, departmental, general, presidential and honors.

On-campus housing was $8,000 for 2012, per the NCES. Freshmen are guaranteed student housing and have more than 25 residence halls from which to choose. In addition to on-campus housing, Virginia Tech offers numerous student organizations and on-campus activities like bowling, movies, pool and video games.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 23,859 undergraduates and 7,228 graduates in 2012*
Student Housing Entering freshmen are guaranteed housing**
Schools and Programs 8 schools; more than 200 certificate and degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Agricultural Production Operations (50)
Bachelor's: Biology/Biological Sciences (399)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (180)
Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (91)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 59% in four years
83% in six years*
Admission Rate 70% in 2012*
Entering Class Size 5,487 in 2012***
First-Year Retention Rates 92% for full-time and 40% for part-time students*
Average SAT Scores of Admitted Students In 2013: SAT middle 50% of 1160-1340**
Application Due Date January 15 for fall admissions**
Decision Notification Date April 1 for fall admissions**
Tuition (2012-2013) $10,923 in-state and $25,915 out-of-state*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving It) In 2011-2012:
Federal grants (15%), state and local grants/scholarships (22%), institutional grants/scholarships (34%), federal loans (41%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 75% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 925 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Phone: (540) 231-6267
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