Virginia Tech

2014 Quick Stats
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-6000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

More Information


U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. National Universities

More About U.S. News Rankings


Virginia Tech is a public institution that was founded in 1872. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 23,859, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 2,600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Virginia Tech's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 69. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,930 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $25,320 (2012-13).

At Virginia Tech, a former military institute with its background in the sciences, students are encouraged to “invent the future.” Students are known as Hokies, a term that was the original rally cry when the school was known as the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute. Sports teams, also known as the Hokies, compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference, and the school mascot is the HokieBird. Virginia Tech is settled in Blacksburg, a typical college town full of restaurants, bars and clubs. Students account for more than half the total residents in Blacksburg, and they dominate the town's public Blacksburg Transit bus system, which is free for Hokies. On campus, students can go bowling, play pool or try out video games in the BreakZONE. There are also more than 600 clubs and organizations, including a large Greek system of more than 50 fraternities and sororities. Freshmen must live on campus, which puts them in close proximity to the school’s renowned dining facilities. Students can order steak and lobster at Virginia Tech’s West End Market, or grab a meal from on-campus chain restaurants, including Au Bon Pain and Pizza Hut.

With the school’s long history as a technical institution, graduate offerings include programs in the highly ranked College of Engineering. The school is also a research powerhouse, with seven research institutes and two university research centers – including the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute – that offer research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students alike. All students can also take advantage of the Math Emporium, an off-campus lab that houses more than 500 Mac computers, tutoring sessions and classes. Notable Hokie alumni include football player Michael Vick and talk show host Hoda Kotb.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

As a broad-based research university with a large undergraduate population, Virginia Tech strikes a balance among learning, discovery, and engagement. The university offers almost 200 degree programs among eight colleges with historic strengths in science, technology, engineering, and professional programs. Virginia Tech provides a comprehensive education placing a special emphasis on professional development - a hands-on, minds-on way of learning.

Exploration of new ideas takes center stage at this Top 50 ranked U.S. Research University where research is a hallmark experience for every student. Defined as an experiential learning activity that synthesizes knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom, research provides a unique opportunity for students to contribute to knowledge creation. Building on its strengths in science and engineering, Virginia Tech offers a novel, innovative program focused on interdisciplinary studies and research, aptly named "Scieneering". All students, including undergraduates have the opportunity to benefit from research experiences, connecting a basic research question to the solution of an applied problem, or interpreting art, society, and culture in new and provocative ways. Daily, Virginia Tech students and faculty strive to Invent the Future.

Located in a sylvan mountain setting away from city life, the university has a well-developed tradition of student involvement in more than 600 clubs, organizations, and social groups each offering leadership, service, and recreation opportunities. Virginia Tech's Hokie Spirit underscores the strong sense of community that pervades the school.

With a history beginning with military student life, as the land-grant college movement emerged in the 19th century, a small college feeling belies the large university reality. Today, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets continues that military tradition, but comprises only a small fraction of the student population. It embodies the university's emphasis on building character and leadership throughout the student body.

Although Tech is in the name, the campus supports robust life in the arts and humanities. A $100 million Center for the Arts opens in Fall 2013.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1872
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $588,300,000


When applying to Virginia Tech, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 28. The application fee at Virginia Tech is $60. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.4%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 28

More About Applying

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Virginia Tech is 16:1, and the school has 28.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 59%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Information not available

More About Academic Life

Student Life

Virginia Tech has a total undergraduate enrollment of 23,859, with a gender distribution of 58.5 percent male students and 41.5 percent female students. Virginia Tech is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 31,087
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

More About Student Life

Campus Info & Services

Virginia Tech offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Virginia Tech also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Virginia Tech, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Virginia Tech.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

More About Campus Info & Services

Paying for School

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $10,930 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $25,320 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,000 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

More About Paying for School

* Overview details based on 2012 data

College Rankings

Best National Universities - Narrow your search with the U.S. News rankings of National Universities, schools that offer bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. programs.

More College Rankings & Lists
Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities, Regional Colleges, Best Values, more

U.S. News College Compass - My Fit

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Sign Up Now

Calculating this school's fit to see if it meets your personal preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

College Search

Advanced Search

Students Also Applied To

Harrisonburg, VA

Charlottesville, VA

Now Hiring

Now Hiring Powered by After College



See more jobs »

Top College Resources

Looking at colleges? Find out what you need to know.

Studying in the United States
Finding the Right School
Paying for College
Applying to College

Follow U.S. News Education