Virginia Tech Admissions Statistics

Learn About Virginia Tech and the GPA and SAT / ACT Scores You'll Need

Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech
Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech ( more photos). Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Virginia Tech, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, accepted 70% of applicants in 2017. Don't let that relatively high number fool you—the majority of admitted students had both grades and standardized test scores that were well above average.

Virginia Tech uses the Coalition Application. Admission decisions are based largely on your academic record and standardized test scores. A personal statement, letters of recommendation, and SAT Subject Tests are not required. Applicants do need to write four responses to short answer questions.

Why Virginia Tech?

  • Location: Blackburg, Virginia
  • Campus Features: Located on a 2,600-acre main campus, Virginia Tech is well known for its gray limestone buildings. The university is home to a corps of cadets, and the large oval Drillfield occupies the center of the campus.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1
  • Athletics: The Virginia Tech Hokies compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • Highlights: Virginia Tech typically ranks among the top 10 public engineering schools in the country. Business and architecture are both strong, and with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the school also has many strengths in the liberal arts and sciences.

Virginia Tech Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Virginia Tech admitted 70 percent of applicants. Below you'll find the standardized test scores of admitted students organized by score percentile.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75 Percentile
ERW 590 670
Math 590 690
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

If you compare SAT scores for 4-year public universities in Virginia, you'll see that only the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia are more selective than Virginia Tech.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 31
Math 25 30
Composite 25 30

The average ACT score is roughly a 21, so you can see that the great majority of students admitted to Virginia Tech had scores that were significantly above average.

Virginia Tech GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph

Virginia Tech GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission.
Virginia Tech GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission.  Data courtesy of Cappex.

The GPA, SAT score and ACT score data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Virginia Tech, so it has not been manipulated by the university. Grades are unweighted. To see how you measure up at Virginia Tech, you can see the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with a free account at Cappex.

Discussion of Virginia Tech's Admissions Standards

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who won admission. The majority of successful applicants had SAT scores (RW+M) of 1050 or higher, an ACT composite of 21 or higher, and a high school average of a B+ or higher. The higher those test scores and grades, the better your chances of admission. Also, if you look at the balance of the graph, it looks like Virginia Tech values grades more than standardized tests. Nothing improves your chances of getting in as much as an "A" average.

If the green and blue dots are stripped away, you can see that hidden behind the accepted student data are many students who were rejected and waitlisted by Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech rejection and waitlist data.
Virginia Tech rejection and waitlist data.  Data courtesy of Cappex.

This tells us that some students with grades and test scores that were on target for admission to Virginia Tech received rejection letters. This is because Virginia Tech has holistic admissions, and the admissions folks look at more than numbers. Your application can be strengthened by thoughtful, well-written responses to the university's four "Ut Prosim Profile-Short Answer Questions" (120 word maximum each). Be sure to use these little essays to reveal the strengths that you'll bring to the campus community. Virginia Tech also considers factors such as your ethnicity, whether or not you're a first-generation student, what major you've selected, your state residency, and your legacy status.

The most common reason for an applicant to be rejected when grades and test scores are on target for admission is a problem with the student's academic preparation. Students who didn't challenge themselves in high school aren't as likely to get in as those who took difficult AP, IB and Honors courses. Also, students who have insufficient credits in math, science, or a language might find themselves receiving a rejection letter. 

More Virginia Tech Information

If you qualify for financial aid, be sure to shop around, even at more expensive private colleges and universities. In general, Virginia Tech is an excellent value, especially for in-state students. That said, less than half of all students receive any kind of grant aid, and some students graduate with a high loan burden.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 34,440 (27,193 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 57 percent male / 43 percent female
  • 98 percent full-time

Costs (2017–18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,230 (in-state); $31,014 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,150 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,920
  • Other Expenses: $2,940
  • Total Cost: $26,240 (in-state); $44,024 (out-of-state)

Virginia Tech Financial Aid (2016–17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 65 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 43 percent
    • Loans: 40 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,261
    • Loans: $8,517

Academic Programs

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 63 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling, Tennis, Golf, Soccer
  • Women's Sports: Tennis, Soccer, Softball, Lacrosse, Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf, Swimming & Diving

If You Like Virginia Tech, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to Virginia Tech often apply to other public universities in the Middle Atlantic and South. Popular choices include the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Clemson University, College of William & Mary, and UNC Chapel Hill. Check out the top Virginia colleges for other possibilities.

Because if Virginia Tech's strengths in STEM fields, many applicants also apply to some of the country's strong engineering programs at places such as Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Purdue University. Be sure to look at the country's top engineering schools for more excellent options.

Data Source: Graphs courtesy of; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics