About Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Founded in 1872, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. is a Public college. Located in Virginia, which is a city setting in Virginia, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 25,791 full time undergraduate students, and 7,379 full time graduate students.

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 1744 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate70%
Application Deadline1-Nov
Application Fee60
SAT Range1100-1320
ACT Range

Admissions at VT are considered Selective, with ,232% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 24 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 85% were in the top quarter, and 43% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

2%
“We”re apathetic”
34%
“We know about current events and vote”
60%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
4%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
58%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
31%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
62%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
6%
“We bought the gear”
94%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
29%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
55%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
9%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
61%
“They keep regular office hours”
28%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
21%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
73%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
14%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
57%
“We only party on weekends”
28%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
13%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
63%
“There might be people who do”
23%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
2%
“We”re apathetic”
34%
“We know about current events and vote”
60%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
4%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
58%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
31%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
62%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
6%
“We bought the gear”
94%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
29%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
55%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
9%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
61%
“They keep regular office hours”
28%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
21%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
73%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
14%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
57%
“We only party on weekends”
28%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
13%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
63%
“There might be people who do”
23%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    382 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    226 Students rated off-campus housing 4.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    393 Students rated campus food 4.8 stars. 83 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    394 Students rated campus facilities 4.4 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    394 Students rated class size 3.8 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    392 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    392 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    392 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 56 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University?

162 Students rated Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Tyler - 10/31/2021

Virginia Tech gives its students various opportunities, both in education and extracurricular activities. Virginia Tech has a great sports community, allowing the students to show their school spirit and support their fellow students. This school is a great place to attend to discover yourself and what you want to do after college. It's also a great place to attend when genuinely wanting to be ready for the work world.

Stephanie - 07/20/2021

Virginia Tech is full of school spirit and has a lot of really great people attending it. The campus is pretty and the food is amazing, but if you're looking for a school that priorities academics, this might not be the one for you. There is a big social aspect to Virginia Tech and I think it does a balance of classes and fun really well, but academically speaking you get what you put into it.

Kayla - 06/01/2021

Very tough and competitive school, but at the same time there are many resources for student academic success. Social atmosphere is very rich and lively. Many activities to do and get involved with. Students will leave this school as more well rounded individuals.

Moses - 05/07/2021

good technical school

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is 70%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Remember that the summer before you go off to college could very well be the last summer you get to have with those friends. Cherish it, and remember it for the rest of your life. As you go on to college, there are plenty of new people to meet and new things to try. Don't be afraid to step out on a limb and try something! You might like it! Take your time and try not to let the hustle and bustle of getting ready for college steal that last bit of childhood you have left. In college you will have plenty of fun, and freedom that most students didn't have while in high school. It can be overwhelming to be allowed to to whatever you want whenever you want, but take this new freedom with responsibility. Many students have let this freedom go to their head and ended up failing out of college because they didn't balance their schoolwork with their social life. It will take some getting used to, don't let it bother you too much! Take it one step at a time, and have a blast!

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Accomidating to everyone, no matter what social or economical differences that they may have.

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  4. What are the academics like at your school?

    For the most part, if you put in the effort your professors will know your name. My classes are mainly larger (200-300 students), so the professors don't have as much interaction with the students, but in my smaller classes, my professors definitely know my name and everyone else's too! The most unique class I've ever taken was probable Philosophy: Existetialism, War, and Terrorism. It was a good one!

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  5. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I'd say football is definitely one of the best aspects of being a VT student, but there are academic and social opportunities as well that can't be found anywhere else. Virginia Tech may be too large for some people to handle, but for me it's just right! Nowadays, when I tell people I go to VT, it's inevitable to hear a comment about April 16th. That's no fun, but I wouldn't trade my experiences here for anything. When on campus, I spend most of my time either walking to or sitting in class. Occasionally I hang in the library between classes to study. It's most definitely a college town! If you can't hang in one, I wouldn't recommend Blacksburg. The school pride is absolutely of epic proportions!

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  6. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The sense of community is unique about Virginia Tech. The beautiful campus allows for a great place to become involved with the community around us.

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  7. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I'd say greek life and intramural sports are very popular at VT. I played intramural co-ed soccer for a few years, and it was awesome! In most dorm halls, the doors are left open. People are very friendly and sociable here.

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  8. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Good stereotype: Down to earth, good students but also known to skip class, not do homework, SPIRITED, All-American kid

    Read all  82 answers
  9. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    that one is.

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  10. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    My school experiences Antarctica weather. It gets below freezing in the winters with high wind chills. Luckily Virginia Tech buildings are close by to each other that it is still bearable to go to class.

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  11. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Virginia Tech is one of the best universities in the nation and I am so glad that I go to school here!

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  12. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the school spirit. Everyone including myslef who goes to that school is proud to say they go there or in my case graduated from there; and even everything that has happened there students and alumni are still proud to wear the colors (maroon and orange) and proud to say that they are Hokies.

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  13. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    To be honest, I was slightly scared to go to college because I was not sure how well I would be able to interact and socialize with the others around me. The truth is, Virginia Tech is a great place to be and I have more friends than I had ever imagined. We form study groups on the week nights to study and work on upcoming classes, but we also have plenty of time to do all of the other activities on campus. I play soccer there and I still find time to do everything else. You really should go!

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  14. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone that is strongly interested in math, science, or technology should consider coming here. We have a great engineering program that teaches you a lot and their are many opportunities to get paid internsips. However, they will tell you that your classes will be hard and they will be throughout the entire time that you are here. You wont be able to go out as much as your other friends that may be in different majors but you must remember the harder you work now the more it will pay off in the future.

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  15. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    If you're looking for city-life

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  16. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Virginia Tech is not only a school of great academics and flourishing research, but also a place filled with the most school spirit ever. Home of the Hokie Bird, in the heart of Blacksburg, VA, each and everyday walking around campus one can see countless people doting the ?Chicago maroon and burnt orange? colors. From ?Enter the Sandman? jumping at football games, to the gobbling of the Hokie, this immeasurable amount of spirit held by students, faculty, alumni, families and many more shows the true love for this university and how great of a place Virginia Tech is.

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  17. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The virginia tech comuntity is really friendly its easy to make friends and connect with people.

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  18. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    There are a lot of students so sometimes it is hard to make good friends because you see so many people every day. You have to go out of your way to meet people.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    One of my favorite things about this school is that it is big enough that there is no stereotype. If you want Greek life, there are fraternities and sororities abound. But that by no means implies that Greek life is the only life, as it is at some other schools. If you are more interested in intramural sports or other interest groups we have a club or team to satisfy you. People from a multitude of different backgrounds, with as many interests as you can name come to Virginia Tech because, no matter what, they fit in.

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  20. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Delta Sigma Pi loses to the overpowering and amazingly cool dairy club(sarcasm).

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  21. What are your classes like?

    A lot of people are hesitant about attending Tech because of its size; it intimidates them; they feel as though they’ll be lost in the crowd. Tech’s size can’t be disputed. It is a big school. However, that works to its advantage. Yes, some of the core/lower level classes are large. But once you get into major-specific courses or upper level courses, the classroom size becomes smaller and the teaching becomes student-specific. For example: the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS). Within the college, each major forms around the student’s needs because—though Virginia Tech as a university is large—each major is small and tight-knit. The students have wonderful opportunities to work with Professors on research outside or inside the classroom. In this way, students get the feel of a small college within the setting of a large university—that’s Tech’s biggest advantage.

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Student Body

Students

43%

female

57%

male

25,791

Total Undergrad Enrollment

7,379

Total Grad Students

21%

Out-Of-State

73%

In-State

6%

International

Organizations

731

Student Organizations

33

Fraternities

22

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

30%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
10%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
6%
% White or Caucasian
66%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

64% of students attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University receive some sort of financial aid. 16% were awarded federal grants. While 39% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$29,975

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,210

Books and Supplies

$8,720

Room and Board

39,905

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$11,998
$30 - $48K
$14,022
$48 - $75K
$17,684
$75 - $110K
$21,740
$110K & UP
$23,948

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