Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also referred to as Virginia Tech, is a public, land-grant, polytechnic university in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. It is recognized for its programs in engineering, architecture, science, business, and agriculture. The university was founded in 1872 as an agricultural and mechanical college. It is one of a few public universities in the United States which maintains a corps of cadets. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture & Urban Studies
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • College of Natural Resources
  • College of Science
  • Pamplin College of Business
  • Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Virginia Tech's sports teams are nicknamed the Hokies. They participate in the NCAA's Division I in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Contacting Virginia Tech

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg , VA 24061-0131
General Phone: (540) 231-6000

Virginia Tech Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering1,358aerospace engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, materials engineering, ...
Business and Management1,128business, business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, management science, marketing
Liberal Arts920foreign language and literature, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, economics, geography, international relations, political science, sociology, ...
Science565biology, biochemistry, plant pathology, entomology, bioinformatics, biological and biomedical sciences, science and society, chemistry, geology, ...
Family and Social Work544business and consumer science, food and nutrition, housing, family studies, public administration, public policy analysis
Computer Science and Engineering445computer and info science, information science, computer support, computer engineering
Education and Teaching413curriculum and instruction, special ed administration, educational admin and supervision, educational statistics, school counseling, secondary teaching, physical education teaching, trade and industrial teaching
Therapy and Counseling278psychology
Architecture and Planning231architecture, urban planning, environmental design, landscape architecture
Media205communication studies, media studies
Animal Science and Care130animal science, dairy science
Mathematics127mathematics, statistics
Conservation and Resource Management122environmental studies, environmental science, natural resources management, fisheries sciences, forestry, forest production
Medicine103veterinary medicine, veterinary sciences
Agricultural Science and Management100agriculture, agricultural economics, agricultural production, food science
Hospitality91hospitality management
Real Estate and Construction Management70construction management
Landscaping and Horticulture65agronomy, horticultural science
Design61industrial design, interior design
Art Studies43art studies
Drama and Performing Arts22drama
Religion and Philosophy21philosophy
Construction Trades0apparel and textiles

Number of programs and degrees for Virginia Tech in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree5,04963
Master's degree1,52566
Associate's degree331
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship34145
Post-master's certificate255
Doctor's degree - professional practice881

Virginia Tech Student Body

In 2007-2008, Virginia Tech had a total enrollment of 29,898 students (29,945 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 55%
Women 45%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 25%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 69%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 32%
20-21 32%
22-24 17%
25-29 9%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey3%
North Carolina3%
New York1%
(International Students)1%
State unknown1%

Virginia Tech Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 93 %

Virginia Tech Room and Board (2007)

Virginia Tech offers campus housing for 9,116 of its 29,945 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Blacksburg, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Virginia Tech Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal540630
SAT Math570670
SAT Writing530630

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Virginia Tech Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,198
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,825
Room and board $ 6,580
Room charge $ 3,096
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,380
Books and supplies $ 1,080
Other expenses $ 3,680

Financial Aid:
Virginia Tech participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 375400)

Virginia Tech Faculty

Virginia Tech has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track235144
Non-tenured and not on tenure track454315

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year139$153,85414$136,186
Associate professorcalendar year65$103,01921$97,236
Assistant professorcalendar year14$79,61412$82,823
Instructorcalendar year7$64,97614$56,458
Lecturercalendar year3$80,6552*
All faculty totalcalendar year228$131,11163$92,116

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year267$115,31359$103,089
Associate professoracademic year228$86,64299$81,003
Assistant professoracademic year166$73,557123$67,002
Instructoracademic year56$45,46380$44,782
All faculty totalacademic year717$91,073361$71,815

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Virginia Tech Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball Atlantic Coast Conference
Baseball Atlantic Coast Conference
Track Atlantic Coast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports7499173

Virginia Tech Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Production Operations, General
Agriculture, General
Food Science

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Dairy Science

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Forest Resources Production and Management
Forestry, General
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Industrial Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Administration of Special Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Polymer/Plastics Engineering
Systems Engineering

Family And Social Work
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Housing and Human Environments, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other

Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sci, Gen (Cert,MS,PhD)

Music, General

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Virginia Tech Apart:

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% of degrees in engineering
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Top 7%Virginia Tech % of degrees in engineering
% of degrees in architecture and planning
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Top 11%Virginia Tech % of degrees in architecture and planning
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 12%Virginia Tech Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
Male % of student body
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Top 12%Virginia Tech Male % of student body
Student SAT scores
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Top 14%Virginia Tech Student SAT scores
% of degrees in conservation and resource management
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Virginia Tech % of degrees in conservation and resource management
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Virginia Tech % of degrees in computer science and engineering
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Virginia Tech % of degrees in mathematics
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 18%Virginia Tech Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Virginia Tech % of degrees in family and social work
% of degrees in science
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%Virginia Tech % of degrees in science

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