Virginia Tech

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (also known as Virginia Tech or VPI) is one of the most frequently searched universities in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges. 

VPI, established in 1872, is a public research university based in the state of Virginia, with numerous locations throughout the state, and one in Switzerland. 

The university currently maintains an enrollment of more than 32,000 undergraduate and post graduate students, throughout all of the school's facilities.

The student faculty ratio at VPI is about 14 to 1. 

The college features a medical school, and also has a world renowned ROTC program. In fact, Virginia Tech is one of only six "senior military colleges" in the nation. 

Still, VPI is not as hard to get admitted to as some other universities are: About half of this year's accepted freshman class had SAT scores between 1160 and 1340. Roughly 3 out of 4 high school students who apply to VPI are accepted. 

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Virginia Tech Q&A

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Virginia Tech.  

1. Where is Virginia Tech?

The main campus of VPI is located in Blacksburg, but the school also has branch campuses in Abingdon, Falls Church, Newport News, Richmond, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach. 

Here is the official physical address of the college's undergraduate admissions office on the main campus:

Virginia Polytechnic Instiute

925 Prices Fork Road

Blacksburg, Virginia


Here is the official physical address of the college's medical school:

Carilion School of Medicine and Research

2 Riverside Circle

Roanoake, Virginia


Shown above: A sunset over the main campus of VPI.


2. What is the academic structure of Virginia Tech?

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute consists of the following 10 colleges and schools:

  1. Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute 
  2. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  3. College of Architecture and Urban Studies 
  4. College of Engineering
  5. College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  6. College of Natural Resources and Environment 
  7. College of Science 
  8. College of Veterinary Medicine 
  9. Pamplin College of Business 

Here is a list of VPI's research institutes: 

  • Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech 
  • Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI)
  • Fralin Life Science Institute
  • Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) 
  • Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS)
  • Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment (ISCE)  
  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) 

3. What courses and programs are offered at Virginia Tech?

VPI offers more than 150 Bachelor degree, Masters degree, Doctoral degree, and professional degree programs in various fields of study. 

Here is an alphabetical list of the undergraduate degree majors at VPI: 

  • Accounting and Information Systems
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Sciences 
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Animal and Poultry Sciences 
  • Applied Economic Management 
  • Architecture 
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences 
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Building Construction
  • Business
  • Business Information Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Cinema
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Classical Studies
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience 
  • Communication Studies 
  • Computational and Systems Neuroscience
  • Computational Modeling and Data Analytics 
  • Computer Engineering 
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering and Management 
  • Consumer Studies
  • Creative Technologies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Dairy Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • English
  • Environmental Horticulture 
  • Environmental Informatics 
  • Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Environmental Resources Management 
  • Environmental Science
  • Experimental Neuroscience 
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Fashion Merchandising and Design
  • Finance
  • Fish Conservation 
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forestry 
  • French 
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • History
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Human Development
  • Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial Design 
  • Interior Design
  • International Public Policy
  • International Relations 
  • International Studies
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Landscape Horticulture and Design
  • Liberal Arts 
  • Life Sciences 
  • Literature and Language
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Meteorology 
  • Microbiology
  • Mining Engineering 
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Music
  • Nanoscience 
  • National Security and Foreign Affairs
  • Natural Resources Conservation 
  • Neuroscience
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Packaging Systems and Design 
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science 
  • Professional and Technical Writing 
  • Property Management
  • Psychology
  • Public and Urban Affairs 
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Religion and Culture 
  • Residential Environments and Deisgn
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics 
  • Studio Art 
  • Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Systems Biology 
  • Theatre Arts
  • Technology 
  • University Studies 
  • Urban Studies 
  • Visual Communication Design 
  • Water Resources, Policy, and Management 
  • Wildlife Conservation 

VPI also features numerous graduate and professional programs. These include most of the ones mentioned above, plus many more. Here is a list of areas of interest for full time or part time graduate studies at V-Tech:

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Education 
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Government and International Affairs 
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering 
  • Information Technology 
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Marriage and Family Therapy 
  • Natural Resources 
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Public Administration and Policy 
  • Science and Technology Studies in Society 
  • Urban Affairs and Planning 

Here's a more specific list of graduate study programs available: 

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics 
  • Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Agriculture Leadership and Community Education 
  • Animal and Poultry Sciences 
  • Architecture 
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences 
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Biomedical Technology Development and Management 
  • Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences 
  • Building Construction Science and Management 
  • Business, Accounting, and Information Systems 
  • Business Administration 
  • Business Finance 
  • Business Information Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Communication  
  • Computer Engineering 
  • Computer Science and Applications 
  • Creative Technologies 
  • Creative Writing
  • Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences 
  • Dairy Science
  • Education (Career and Technical; Counselor; Curriculum and Instruction; Higher; Leadership and Policy Studies)  
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics 
  • English
  • Entomology 
  • Environmental Engineering 
  • Environmental Sciences and Engineering 
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences 
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures
  • Forest Products 
  • Forestry  
  • Geography
  • Geosciences 
  • Government and International Affairs 
  • History
  • Horticulture 
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Human Development and Family Science
  • Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise 
  • Industrial Systems Engineering
  • Information Technology 
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Macromolecular Science and Engineering 
  • Material Culture and Public Humanities 
  • Mathematics 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Mining Engineering 
  • Natural Resources  
  • Nuclear Engineering 
  • Ocean Engineering 
  • Philosophy 
  • Physics
  • Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration and Public Affairs 
  • Public Health
  • Science and Technology Studies 
  • Sociology
  • Statistics 
  • Theatre Arts 
  • Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health  
  • Urban and Regional Planning 

Go here to see a full list of PhD Programs at Virginia Tech

Above: The Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia.


Above: Burruss Hall, VPI's main campus landmark. Notice the convenient public bus service.


Above: The War Memorial at Virginia Tech.


4. How much does it cost to attend Virginia Tech?

According to the school website, the current estimated cost of tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year at VPI is

For undergraduate students and incoming freshmen: 

  • $13,620 per year (or $475 per hour) for residents of the state of Virginia
  • $31,908 per year (or $1,212 per hour) for out-of-state enrollments. 

For graduate students, the cost of tuition at VPI is: 

  • $740 per credit hour for residents of the state of Virginia
  • $1,490 per credit hour for out-of-state enrollments. 

The above costs do not include room and board, which comes to approximately $9,000 per school year. Freshmen at Virginia Tech are required to live on campus. 

Additional fees may also apply. These may include application fees, registration fees, activity fees, lab fees, course fees, technology fees, insurance fees, and parking fees, to name a few. 

Financial aid may be available to students who apply for it by completing and submitting the FAFSA form. Financial aid at VPI may consist of grants, loans, scholarships, work-study programs, or any combination of these. 

Above: Renovated residence halls in the upper quad of campus. These are normally used as barracks for the cadets.


5. What is the Virginia Tech campus like?

The main campus in Blacksburg spans about 2,600 acres in a "college town" atmosphere.

At the center of the campus is a large green oval called the Drill Field.

Many of the buildings on campus are constructed using "Hokie" stone, a type of limestone found in western Virginia. 

Campus landmarks and attractions include Burruss Hall, the Newman Library, the Perspective Gallery, and the Museum of Geosciences, among others.

Student housing is available, both on and off campus. There are nearly 30 on-campus residence halls to choose from. 

A convenient public bus system shuttles students around campus, and around town. 

A short distance northeast of campus is Main Street, featuring all the conveniences one might expect a "Main Street" to have. Located just northwest of the campus is the University Mall. 

The school colors are Chicago maroon and burnt orange. The student varsity athletes at VPI are known as the Hokies. They play for the NCAA Division I - Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). 

Intercollegiate sports for men and women at VPI include

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading 
  • Cross Country 
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming / Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Intramural sports include most of the ones listed above, as well as cycling, dance, handball, ice hockey, and rowing, among others. 

In addition to sports, the campus is home to a great many non athletic clubs and organizations. These include academic clubs, arts clubs, drama clubs, language clubs, music groups, science clubs, multi cultural clubs, community service associations, and more. 

Above: The Hokies in action on the basketball court.


Above: The Hokies in action on the football field.

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6. What are the distance learning options at Virginia Tech?

VPI offers a number of masters degree and professional certificate programs that can be taken fully online.

Here is a list of fully online degree programs offered at VPI:


  • Aerospace Engineering 
  • Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Computer Engineering 
  • Educational Curriculum and Instruction
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures 
  • Information Technology
  • Instructional Technology
  • Natural Resources 
  • Ocean Engineering 
  • Political Science 
  • Systems Engineering 
  • Urban Affairs and Planning 


  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Foundations of Political Analysis
  • Information Policy and Society 
  • Integrative S.T.E.M. Education
  • Local Government Management  
  • Natural Resources  
  • Non Profit and Non Government Organizational Management 
  • Nuclear Engineering 
  • Security Studies
  • Special Education Administration  

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7. What is the contact information for Virginia Tech?

For general directory assistance on the main campus of VPI, call 540-231-6000.

For the office of Undergraduate Admissions at VPI, call 540-231-6267. 

To contact the graduate school of Virginia Tech, call 540-231-6691. 

To reach the Weather / Emergency Hotline, call 540-231-6668. 

Above: A view of the historic Lyric Theatre in downtown Blacksburg, Virginia


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