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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Virginia - United States

Overview

Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $450 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

MISSION STATEMENT

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.

BACKGROUND

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers more than 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech has approximately 135 campus buildings, a 2,600-acre main campus, off-campus educational facilities in six regions, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The campus proper is located in the Town of Blacksburg in Montgomery County in the New River Valley and is 38 miles southwest of Roanoke.

ENROLLMENT

29,173 on-campus; 82.8 percent undergraduate; 17.2 percent graduate; 57.7 percent male; 42.3 percent female. Total enrollment on and off campus is 31,224.

ADMISSIONS

Virginia Tech received 20,897 applications for the fall 2014 freshman class. Cumulative SAT reasoning test scores had a middle range of 1170 to 1350.

INSTRUCTION

The university offers more than 80 bachelor's degree programs through its seven undergraduate academic colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences (which also offers an associate degree in agricultural technology), Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Natural Resources and Environment, Pamplin College of Business, and Science. On the postgraduate level, the university offers approximately 160 master's and doctoral degrees through the Graduate School and a professional degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

RESEARCH

The university generated $496 million for research programs in fiscal year 2013, ranking 40th in the nation, according to the National Science Foundation. Each year, the university receives thousands of awards to conduct research from an ever-expanding base of sponsors. Researchers pursue new discoveries in agriculture, biotechnology, information and communication technology, human health, transportation, energy management (including leadership in fuel-cell technology and power electronics), security, sustainability, and a wide range of other engineering, scientific, social science, and creative fields. This research led to 36 patents and 17 license and option agreements in fiscal year 2013.

The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC) offers opportunities for businesses to establish close working relationships with the university and nurtures entrepreneurs pursuing new inventions and developments. Located on 230 acres adjacent to the main campus, the center consists of 29 buildings housing more than 160 companies with approximately 2,700 employees.

SPECIAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

In the university's Cooperative Education Program, sophomores and juniors can alternate semesters of study with semesters of professional work. The University Honors Program helps qualified students expand their intellectual powers through special sections of regular classes, seminars, and independent study. The Study Abroad Program consists of academic programs, tours, and independent travel, often conducted in conjunction with overseas universities and institutions. Students enrolled in the corps of cadets are eligible for the Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC programs. Virginia Tech established its first residential college in fall 2011 and added a second in 2012.


Faculties

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Animal and Poultry Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences
  • Dairy Science
  • Entomology
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Horticulture
  • Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
  • Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
  • Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension

COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN STUDIES

  • School of Architecture + Design
    • Architecture
    • Industrial Design
    • Interior Design
    • Landscape Architecture
  • School of Public and International Affairs
    • Government and International Affairs
    • Center for Public Administration and Policy
    • Urban Affairs and Planning
  • School of Visual Arts
    • Art History
    • Creative Technologies
    • Studio Art
    • Visual Communication Design
  • Myers-Lawson School of Construction*
    • Building Construction
    • Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management
    • * A joint school with the College of Engineering

PAMPLIN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

  • Accounting and Information Systems
  • Business Information Technology
  • Finance, Insurance, and Business Law
  • Graduate Programs
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

  • Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics**
  • Chemical Engineering**
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering **
  • Engineering Education
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering **
  • Materials Science and Engineering **
  • Mechanical Engineering **
  • Mining and Minerals Engineering
  • Myers-Lawson School of Construction

** A Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences department

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND HUMAN SCIENCES

  • School of Education
    • Teaching and Learning
    • Leadership, Counseling and Research
    • Learning Sciences and Technologies
  • School of Performing Arts
    • Music
    • Theatre
    • Cinema
  • Air Force ROTC (Military Aerospace Studies)
  • Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management
  • Army ROTC (Military Science)
  • Communication
  • English
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
    • Classical Studies
    • French and Francophone Studies
    • German Section
    • Russian Section
    • Spanish Section
  • History
  • Human Development
  • International Studies
  • Navy ROTC (Naval Science)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religion and Culture
  • Science and Technology in Society
  • Sociology
    • Africana Studies
    • American Indian Studies
    • Women's and Gender Studies

COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT

  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
  • Geography
  • Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

GRADUATE SCHOOL

  • Graduate Programs
  • Graduate Certificates
  • Interdisciplinary Academic Programs

VIRGINIA-MARYLAND COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

  • Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology **
  • Equine Medical Center
  • Large Animal Clinical Sciences **
  • Maryland Campus
  • Population Health Sciences
  • Small Animal Clinical Sciences **
  • Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital

** A Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences department


English Requirements

International students whose native language is not English must document proficiency in the English language by submitting either an IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE.

Students taking the IELTS must obtain a score of at least 6.5, with no subscore below 6.5 to be considered for admission to Virginia Tech.

Students taking the PTE must obtain a score of at least 53.

Depending on the type of TOEFL used, Virginia Tech expects students to have scores of:

Internet-based test: at least 80, with no section sub-score less than 16

Computer-based test: at least 233

Paper-based test: at least 550


Scholarships

Scholarships are available and based on merit. 


Tution Fee

EXPENSES  
Tuition & Fees
$28,408

Room & Board*

$9,778

Other Expenses
Note: Other expenses include books, supplies, lab fees, health insurance, laundry, personal spending money, travel costs, etc.

$6,600
Total
$44,786