Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach College Access Collaborative

Virginia Tech's College Access Collaborative is an organizational unit dedicated to college access. Consistent with Virginia Tech's land-grant mission, institutional motto (Ut Prosim, That I May Serve), and InclusiveVT initiative, the university is committed to supporting and enhancing a more diverse undergraduate student body. The Virginia Tech College Access Collaborative aims to increase academic preparation, access and affordability for first-generation, low-income, underrepresented minorities (Black, Latino, and Native American), women and students from rural and inner city communities. Learn more about College Access Collaborative

Pre-College Summer Experience Upward Bound

Upward Bound at Virginia Tech is dedicated to encouraging and preparing low-income and potential first-generation students to pursue a college education. Learn more about Upward Bound

Summer Bridge & Orientation Virginia Tech Summer Academy

The Virginia Tech Summer Academy (VTSA) is designed to ease your transition from high school to college by coupling required course work with opportunities to become familiar with university expectations, making new friends, and finding your way around campus and the Blacksburg community. Learn more about Virginia Tech Summer Academy

Academic Advising & Support The Student Success Center and Other Academic Support

The Student Success Center offers free academic support, such as tutoring and study skills seminars to undergraduate students. Programs and activities for students who are already succeeding academically, and simply want to enrich their educational experiences are also available. In addition, dozens of college and department-based academic support programs are available and highlighted at Diversity Support and Engagement Opportunities are highlighted at Learn more about The Student Success Center and Other Academic Support

Academic Advising & Support University Academic Advising Center

Academic advising at Virginia Tech is a collaborative process between student and advisor leading to the exchange of information that encourages the individual student to make responsible academic and career decisions. Virginia Tech demonstrates a commitment to advising through recognizing and supporting the needs of students and advisors. Each undergraduate student at the University is provided information and assistance, which aids the individual student in making responsible academic and career decisions. Each advisor is provided the necessary tools to respond to student needs and the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for exemplary advising. Virginia Tech, in support of this philosophy will provide student focused advising and assist students in developing skills that lead them to take active responsibility for the advising process. Additional information is available at

Student Diversity

  • 25,384
  • 57/43
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 9%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 5%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 68%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 5%

Student Success

  • 93%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 82%
    Six-year graduation
  • 73%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 98%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 38%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 4,074
    Full-time faculty
  • 630
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    General Engineering University Studies Biology Business Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian American Student Union Black Organizations Council Black Student Alliance Latino Association of Student Organizations Jewish Student Union Council of International Student Organizations Latin Link Native at VT Student Hip Hop Organization African Student Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $10,787
  • $10,787
    In-state Tuition
  • $2,065
    Required Fees
  • $8,424
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • n/a
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $18,334
    Average aid package
  • $28,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 67%
    Students with financial need
  • 90%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 79%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 20%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 22,280
    # of applicants
  • 73%
  • 3.96
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • 540—640
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 560—680
    SAT Math
  • 530—630
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date