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Virginia Tech Data & Information Overview

415 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
56% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Virginia Tech Ranked?

#62 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in VA
Public Administration Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Virginia Tech was awarded 415 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is public administration.

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Overall Quality

Virginia Tech landed the #62 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Virginia Tech is also ranked #2 out of 63 schools in Virginia.

See all of the rankings for Virginia Tech.

Is It Hard to Get Into Virginia Tech?

56% Acceptance Rate
47% Of Accepted Are Women
83% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Virginia Tech you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 56%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 83% of students accepted to Virginia Tech submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 610 and 690. Math scores were between 600 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Virginia Tech  ( 610 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Virginia Tech  ( 600 to 720 )
Virginia Tech received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Virginia Tech  ( 26 to 32 )

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Virginia Tech Faculty

14 to 1 Student to Faculty
98% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Virginia Tech is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Virginia Tech is 98%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  98 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Virginia Tech

92% Freshmen Retention
65% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 92% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Virginia Tech enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  92 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Virginia Tech the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 65%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  65 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,112 Full-Time Undergraduates
29.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
43.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 30,020 undergraduates at Virginia Tech with 29,112 being full-time and 908 being part-time.

How Much Does Virginia Tech Cost?

$21,301 Net Price
42% Take Out Loans
$38,400 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Virginia Tech is $21,301. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Virginia Tech

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,934 $14,003 $18,372 $23,999 $26,368

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Virginia Tech, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Virginia Tech, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $9,600 a year. That adds up to $38,400 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Virginia Tech is 1.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Virginia Tech Graduates Make?

$73,159 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech make about $73,159 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Virginia Tech graduates since it is 72% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Virginia Tech make the most money.

Location of Virginia Tech

Virginia State
29,112 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Tech is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Virginia Tech are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131
Phone: 540-231-6994

Virginia Tech Majors

99 Majors With Completions
8,354 Undergraduate Degrees
2,695 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 99 majors graduated from Virginia Tech. Of these students, 8,354 received undergraduate degrees and 2,695 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
History 460 $34,622
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 460 $67,610
Mechanical Engineering 376 $68,574
Computer Information Systems 365 $82,448
Finance & Financial Management 337 $59,846
General Biology 303 $22,263
General Psychology 281 $26,171
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 275 $23,946
Communication & Media Studies 261 $36,639
Civil Engineering 240 $63,758

Learn more about the majors offered at Virginia Tech along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Virginia Tech

57% Take At Least One Class Online
4% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 21,377 students took at least one online class at Virginia Tech. This is a decrease from the 34,168 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 21,377 1,581
2019-2020 34,168 11,136
2018-2019 11,760 1,076
2017-2018 9,863 1,019
2016-2017 10,133 1,039

Learn more about online learning at Virginia Tech.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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