About Virginia Tech

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).

The Application Process

Virginia Tech requires all degree-seeking students to apply through the Coalition platform. Part of this process includes short answers to four essay questions, which help a student tell their story and talk about the strengths they bring.

First-year Requirements

Freshmen/First-Year: Virginia Tech will accept scores from the ACT, the old SAT and the redesigned SAT. Because the redesigned SAT is a different test than the old SAT, a numerical score on one test will not be equivalent to the same numerical score on the other. CollegeBoard has provided concordance tables which can be found here.

Before you can be considered for freshman admission, you must complete:

  • 18 units of high-school course work
  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
  • 2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
  • 2 units of social science (one must be history)
  • 3 additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)
  • 4 elective units
  • Some majors have other requirements, such as an additional year of advanced math or lab science. Most students who are selected for admission have completed more than the minimum requirements and have at least a B+ grade point average.


Transfer Guidelines

The most important factors considered for admission are:

  • Completion or progress toward completing prerequisites, particularly Freshman English, math, and science for the intended major. Prerequisite requirements can be found on the Transfer Guide in the Course Recommendations by major section.
  • Overall GPA in college course work with B’s or better in Freshman English, math, and science for intended major.
  • Although the committee considers applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), most competitive applicants will present a GPA of a 3.0 or better. (In majors where applications exceed available space, the competitive GPA may be even higher.)
  • Transfer applications are no longer accepted for majors in Architecture or Industrial Design.
  • Transfer applicants who have successfully completed an associate’s degree at a Virginia community college will receive preference in the admission process.
  • Being in good standing at your current or most recent institution.


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Key Dates & Deadlines

Freshman Applicants

  • Freshmen early decision:
    Apply by Nov. 1, Notification by Dec. 15

  • Freshmen early action:
    Apply by Dec. 1, Notification by Feb. 22
  • Freshmen regular decision:
    Apply by Jan. 15, Notification by March 5


  • International Applicants:
    Apply by Jan. 15, Notification by March 5 

Transfer Applicants

  • Spring Admission: Apply by Oct. 15, Notification by Nov. 15
  • Fall Admission: Apply by Feb. 15, Notification by April 1

Financial aid & scholarships

  • General scholarship application deadline: Jan. 22
  • FAFSA priority deadline: March 1


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Estimated costs for the 2018–2019 academic year are listed here to give students a benchmark for planning their attendance at Virginia Tech. These costs are estimates for planning purposes only.

$13,620 tuition + $8,934 room & board (average) = $22,554 

$31,908 tuition + $8,934 room & board (average) = $40,842

For 2018-19, the university will implement new fees for incoming students in engineering ($2,000 per year), architecture and design ($1,500 per year), building construction ($1,500 per year), business ($75 per credit hour), and agriculture ($750 per year). These fees will apply only to incoming students in these disciplines. Returning students will not experience an increase in their existing program-specific fees.

*The exact cost for room and board will vary based on the student’s selection of residence hall and meal plan.

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