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Virginia Tech Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Virginia Tech? We’ve put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Virginia Tech offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Virginia Tech Ranked?

Quality Badge

2023 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 1,638 badges in the 2023 rankings.

Overall Quality

Virginia Tech is ranked #48 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Virginia Tech held the #73 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Virginia Tech also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.

See all of the rankings for Virginia Tech.

Is It Hard to Get Into Virginia Tech?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Virginia Tech you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 66%. 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 590 and 680. Math scores were between 580 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Virginia Tech  ( 590 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Virginia Tech  ( 580 to 690 )
Virginia Tech received ACT scores from 24% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Virginia Tech  ( 25 to 31 )

Learn more about Virginia Tech admissions.

Virginia Tech Faculty

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

Freshmen Retention Rate

Virginia Tech has a freshmen retention rate of 93%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Virginia Tech for first-time, full-time students is 63%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  63 out of 100

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

Virginia Tech Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

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 41% of students took out student loans averaging $9,744 a year. That adds up to $38,976 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?

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

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 99 majors graduated from Virginia Tech. Of these students, 7,729 received undergraduate degrees and 1,934 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
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
Marketing 231 $49,648

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

Online Learning at Virginia Tech

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 2019-2020, 34,168 students took at least one online class at Virginia Tech. This is an increase from the 11,760 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 34,168 11,136
2018-2019 11,760 1,076
2017-2018 9,863 1,019
2016-2017 10,133 1,039
2015-2016 10,077 911

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.