Virginia Tech Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public research institution situated in Blacksburg, VA. The institution has a large selection of 110 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. A healthy student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 34,850 (27,811 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 57 percent male/43 percent female
  • 98 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,691 (in-state); $32,835 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,100
  • Room and Board: $5,518
  • Other Expenses: $3,150
  • Total Cost: $23,459 (in-state); $42,603 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 67 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 45 percent
    • Loans: 41 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,630
    • Loans: $6,524

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Social Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 63 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
  • The Virginia Tech Hokies play in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

Overview of Virginia Tech Admissions

Virginia Tech, which accepts less than two-thirds of applicants, has a moderately selective admissions procedure. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

Throughout the 2018-19 admissions phase, Virginia Tech had an acceptance rate of 65%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 65 students gained admission, making Virginia Tech’s admissions procedure moderately competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

Throughout the 2018-19 admissions phase, 87% of admitted students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Virginia Tech’s admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 680 on the evidence-based reading and writing part, while 25% scored under 590 and 25% scored over 680. 50% of students scored between 590 and 710 on the math part, while 25% scored under 590, and 25% scored over 710. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1390 or higher will have a competitive advantage at Virginia Tech.

ACT Requirements and Scores

Throughout the 2016-17 admissions phase, 31% of admitted students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Virginia Tech’s admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of admitted students to Virginia Tech received a cumulative ACT score between 25 and 31, while 25% scored over 31, and 25% scored under 25.


In 2019, the middle 50% of Virginia Tech’s incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.86 and 4.26. 25% had a GPA of over 4.26, and 25% had a GPA of under 3.86. Successful applicants have A and B grades primarily.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Virginia Tech, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Virginia Tech is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Temple University, Auburn University, University of Arizona, Seton Hall University, University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Ohio University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Virginia Tech, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Drexel University, Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Virginia Tech. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Lehigh University, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Washington, Stony Brook University, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Applying to Virginia Tech

Application Deadline: January 15

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