Academic preparation for Virginia Tech is best achieved by continued formal study of academic or college preparatory subjects. Consequently, it is recommended that required and elective academic units be evenly distributed throughout the high school years. Specifically, it is recommended that a minimum of seven (7) academic units be completed during the last two years of high school with at least three (3) academic units completed each year in the most rigorous academic programs available.
Virginia Tech encourages applicants to develop a broad educational foundation for study at the university. Students enrolled in gifted and talented programs, honors courses, dual-enrolled at the community college level, or in Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate courses in any academic or college preparatory subject area are given special consideration in the admissions process.
Each application is evaluated holistically. Primary academic criteria are: rigor of the academic program, grades in academic courses, and performance on standardized tests (SAT or ACT). Other criteria include Virginia Tech pipeline or TRIO program participation, extraordinary talent, first generation college attendee, interest in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, legacy, leadership and service, major, race, residency, and (optional) responses to personal statements and (optional) guidance counselor references. For the 2007 fall semester, those offered admission had average GPAs of 3.82 (middle 50th percentile 3.57-4.04) with many honors/AP/IB/dual enrollment courses and average combined SATs (critical reading and math) of 1229 (middle 50th percentile 1130-1310).
Students who intend to compete in intercollegiate athletics are also required to meet all NCAA and ACC requirements for admission. Such candidates under consideration for athletic scholarships may also receive additional consideration in the admissions process.
Prospective music students must schedule an audition with the music department. Although it is not required of prospective theatre arts students, special consideration for admission will be given to applicants who audition. Applicants who wish to request an audition should contact the department head of the appropriate curriculum by January 1 of the senior year in high school.
Prospective students and their parents are encouraged to visit the campus at their convenience. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on many Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. (Prospective visitors should consult the Visit Virginia Tech section at www.admiss.vt.edu for up-to-date schedule information.)
The admissions office offers information sessions for prospective students Monday-Friday, at 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; and on many Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to check the visit section at (www.admiss.vt.edu/visit/) to confirm that tours will be given on the day of their visit. When classes are in session, student tour guides lead walking tours of the campus Monday-Friday at 10:00 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m., and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and noon, when the office is open. Virginia Tech does not require nor schedule a personal interview for admission.
Information on undergraduate admission may be obtained by contacting:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
High school juniors with exceptional qualifications may be considered for admission to Virginia Tech before high school graduation. General application procedures and deadlines are the same as for seniors, with the following additional documentation also required: written endorsement from the director of guidance or the principal; a letter from the parents or guardian supporting the decision; and a statement from the applicant outlining the reasons for seeking college entrance after the junior year. Each of these statements should address the student's academic and social preparedness for college. The applicant must rank academically in the top 10 percent of the high school junior class and have official SAT scores on record of at least 1300 (minimum 620 critical reading, 600 math). Prospective applicants should take the SAT examination during the fall of their junior year in high school so that scores will be available when freshman applications are reviewed during January, February, and March.
When applying for admission as a freshman, the applicant must send the following materials to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to the above deadlines:
An Early Decision Plan is available for students with strong qualifications and a sincere desire to attend Virginia Tech. Those interested in the Early Decision Plan must choose that option on the application form and submit all required credentials by November 1. All Early Decision applicants are notified of their admission status by December 15. Early Decision applicants may be offered admission, deferred to the regular applicant pool, or denied admission. (Students denied admission under the Early Decision plan are no longer admissible to Virginia Tech and should not reapply for Regular Decision for the same term.) Applicants deferred to the regular decision pool will receive unbiased consideration during this admission process. The Early Decision Plan is a binding agreement in which applicants agree to apply only to Virginia Tech under an Early Decision plan and, if offered admission, submit the matriculation deposit by January 15. This does not mean that Early Decision applicants cannot apply to other institutions as regular-decision applicants, but rather that Virginia Tech is their first choice and, if offered admission under Early Decision, they will withdraw applications to other institutions, and accept the Virginia Tech offer.
International applicants for undergraduate admission are generally considered out-of-state students for tuition purposes and should apply using the Application for International Admission. International student applicants must meet all freshman or transfer requirements, as previously outlined. International freshman applicants must submit SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) scores. In addition, international students whose native language is not English must document proficiency in the English language by submitting a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score. Official copies of all scores must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Non-English transcripts and documents must be submitted in their original form, accompanied by a certified English translation. Unofficial documents and documents without accompanying English translations will not be accepted.
International transfer students must submit a syllabus of university study. This description of each course or subject studied (including textbook used and author) must be submitted in English or accompanied by a certified English translation of the syllabus. Applications without this information cannot be considered. All university-level work completed outside the United States must be evaluated by a professional educational credential evaluation service. (A listing of credential evaluators is included in the intermational application.)
All international students holding F-1 and J-1 visas must purchase health and accident insurance.
The Cranwell International Center provides a full range of services to international students at Virginia Tech. Such services include an orientation program especially designed to meet the needs of new international students, as well as immigration counseling and counseling for personal and financial problems. The center also coordinates a variety of cross-cultural programs designed to facilitate interaction between American and international students.
Virginia Tech makes every effort to provide educational opportunities to individuals who are not seeking a degree from the university, but who wish to continue their education by taking courses at Virginia Tech for college credit or, in some cases, degree credit. Such students include, but are not limited to, highly qualified high school juniors, students enrolled in other colleges or universities, and senior citizens. Non-degree applicants must be in good standing from all previously attended educational institutions.
Students who enroll at Virginia Tech under this program may not be considered candidates for degrees unless they apply formally for regular undergraduate or graduate admission. At that time, minimum requirements must be met and the applicant's academic and disciplinary record at Virginia Tech and all other colleges and universities attended would be reviewed within the context of the current competition for regular admission.
Applying as a Non-Degree-Seeking Student
When applying as a non-degree-seeking student, the applicant must send the following materials to the admissions office:
Non-degree seeking stduents may apply online at www.admiss.vt.edu. The application should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the term in which the applicant wishes to enroll. If accepted, the applicant will receive an official notice of admission along with other related forms.
Restrictions on Non-Degree-Seeking Students
Admission is offered on a competitive basis to transfer applicants with the strongest academic records, as long as space is available in their chosen fields of study.
The most important factors considered for admission are: completion or substantial progress toward completing prerequisite courses, particularly freshman English, math, and science apporpriate for the intended major ; and overall GPA in college course work. Although the admissions committee considers applicants with cumulative GPAs of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), competitive applicants have a GPA of 3.0 or better. In majors where applications exceed available space such as architecture, business, communication, industrial design, interior design, and engineering, the competitive GPA will be higher. The majors of architecture, industrial design, and interior design are reviewed on the most selective basis and generally demand GPAs above 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
Applicants from accredited colleges and universities, including applicants from Virginia community colleges who have completed two full academic years and have received an associate's degree in the University Parallel College/Transfer Program, must (1) have completed all entrance requirements, or their equivalents, in their college developmental program; (2) have a minimum GPA of "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in all previous college work attempted; and (3) be in good standing with all colleges or universities attended. The applicant's overall grade point average and the quality of the student's former academic program are critical factors in admissions considerations. Most transfer applicants who are offered admission have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
Transfer applicants must send the following application materials to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 104 Burruss Hall:
Completed applications are considered and decisions are made by the Admissions Committee. If offered admission, the applicant will receive an official notice of admission and related forms.
Through Advanced Placement examinations administered each year by the College Entrance Examination Board, exceptionally qualified high school graduates may be considered for advanced placement in certain subjects in which they show a proficiency. Final determination of credit will be made after the test results have been evaluated by the university.
Advanced standing refers to an arrangement that permits a student to be placed in a course without having completed the normal prerequisites. Credit may be awarded for specific courses based upon grades achieved in specific external tests and/or achievements other than successful completion of courses at another college or university.
Students interested in working toward an advanced degree at Virginia Tech should contact the Graduate School for an application (www.grads.vt.edu).
Virginia Tech offers two summer sessions of approximately six weeks each. Credit courses on other than the regular time schedule, including intensive courses for teachers, are also offered. The summer sessions program features a comprehensive offering of courses and special programs, including online courses, study abroad programs, and a few undergraduate courses in Northern Virginia.
Enrolled Virginia Tech students, as well as visiting students, are invited to participate in summer sessions. Enrolled students follow the same registration procedure for summer courses as they would for fall and spring. New or visiting students may enroll in summer sessions in either a degree or non-degree status. Such students should visit www.summer.vt.edu for information. Entering freshmen and transfer students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to be cleared for summer entry. The form to change term of entry is available at www.admiss.vt.edu. Entering graduate students should contact the Graduate School.
Summer students have access to most university academic, athletic, and recreational facilities and programs, including the Horticulture Gardens and miles of cycling and walking trails. In addition, the Summer Arts Festival provides free movies, concerts, and exhibits.
Additional information is available at www.summer.vt.edu.
Freshman applicants are required to take the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT. The SAT or ACT should be taken by the December test date of the senior year in high school or earlier, as scores are considered in the admissions application process. Information on these tests may be obtained from high school guidance directors or principals, or by writing directly to the College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, New Jersey, or the ACT program in Iowa City, Iowa. The tests are given at centers in Virginia, in all other states, and in many foreign countries. The applicant should arrange to have all test scores sent directly to the admissions office by the testing agency or high school. Virginia Tech's CEEB number for reporting test scores is 5859. The ACT code is 4420.
International applicants whose native language is not English, and American applicants who are English-speaking but whose native language is not English also are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
It is the policy of Virginia Tech to provide equal opportunity for all qualified individuals while prohibiting harassment or discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status. Anyone having questions or concerns regarding these issues should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity, 336 Burruss Hall 0216, (540) 231-7500 (voice), (540) 231-9460 (TTY) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Tech recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma or individual International Baccalaureate courses with advanced standing if the student scores at least a four on the International Baccalaureate higher-level examinations. The university encourages completion of the IB diploma.
Freshmen: All new freshmen and their parents attend a two-day summer orientation program. Students who are entering Virginia Tech in the summer or fall will receive summer orientation information shortly after they accept Virginia Tech's offer of admission.
This summer orientation program, conducted by the Student Life Office, provides students and parents with an introduction to life at Virginia Tech. Students are required (and parents are invited) to spend the night in a residence hall, eat in campus dining halls, and participate in a wide range of programs concerning campus life. During orientation freshmen will meet with college or department representatives and register for fall semester classes.
All new students also are invited to participate in HOKIE HI activities (coordinated by Student Life) scheduled during the first several days of fall semester that includes a Welcome Back Picnic in Lane Stadium the day before classes begin. The week before classes begin in the fall the corps holds an additional one-week orientation for freshmen cadets.
Freshman students who will enter Virginia Tech in the spring semester rather than in the fall are invited to attend an orientation program in January before the beginning of spring classes.
All new transfer students attend a one-day summer orientation program in July. Information is available at www.orientation.vt.edu.
Students are required to have their own personal computer. The university annually establishes baseline specifications for each new entering class. Transfer students are subject to the requirement that was in place for students at the same class level into which they enter. Broad specifications are announced mid-May for students entering in the fall of the next academic year. Some departments and colleges recommend a specific configuration from among the options outlined by the university. Virginia Tech requires that entering students have a laptop or tablet computer and strongly recommends that entering students obtain a computer that meets (or exceeds) the university general specifications. If you have declared a major, check the college and department specifications. Complete information about the computer requirement can be found online at www.compreq.vt.edu.
A student must complete a minimum of 18 units before enrolling at Virginia Tech. One unit is equal to one academic year of study in a selected course. Students who will graduate from a program other than an accredited high school program should check the What do we look for section at www.admiss.vt.edu, and contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for additional information.
At least 14 of the 18 units must be academic or college preparatory units. Academic or college preparatory units are courses in English, language studies, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts. They must be distributed as indicated below. At least a "C" average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) is required in all academic courses for the student to be considered for admission. However, because admission to Virginia Tech is competitive, those offered admission have much higher credentials.
Of the 18 required units, the following minimums must be met:
Each student entering Virginia Tech must furnish a health history form, completed by a home physician, for the University Student Health Services. The form will be available online to applicants who accept the offer of admission. Failure to meet Health Services standards may result in dismissal from the university. Information is available at http://www.healthcenter.vt.edu.
Official final academic transcripts from all colleges previously attended should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Courses from another institution in which a grade of "C-" or lower was earned, and courses taken on a pass/fail or audit basis, are not acceptable for transfer credit. Only grades of "C" or higher in courses consistent with those offered at Virginia Tech are certified for transfer credit. Credit will be awarded based on Virginia Tech policies.
Per State Policy on Transfer, students who begin their work (native Virginia Community College or Richard Bland students) toward the baccalaureate degree by enrolling in transfer programs at a Virginia Community College or Richard Bland College, who graduate with associate degrees based upon a baccalaureate-oriented sequence of courses, and who are offered admission to Virginia Tech will be granted junior level status upon admission. Additionally, these students will have fulfilled the requirements of the Curriculum for Liberal Education. However, it may take such students longer than two years to complete the baccalaureate degree because of major prerequisites and other circumstances or requirements. Non-native students are those students who do not begin their college work at the community college, but rather transfer to the community college and complete the transfer associate degree.
Complete Virginia Tech Transfer Guide