Virginia Tech: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Burruss Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, known as Virginia Tech, is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 62%. On VT's main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, the university offers 110 bachelor degree programs. Popular majors include engineering, business, and biology.

Considering applying to Virginia Tech? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Why Virginia Tech?

  • Location: Blacksburg, 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: 16:1
  • 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 strengths in the liberal arts and sciences.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Virginia Tech had an acceptance rate of 62%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 62 students were admitted, making Virginia Tech's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 32,103
Percent Admitted 62%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 32%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Virginia Tech requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 87% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 680
Math 590 710
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Virginia Tech's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Virginia Tech scored between 590 and 680, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 710, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 710. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1390 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Virginia Tech.

Requirements

Virginia Tech does not require the SAT writing section. Note that VT participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. At Virginia Tech, SAT Subject test scores are not required.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Virginia Tech requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2016-17 admissions cycle, 45% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 31
Math 25 30
Composite 25 30

This admissions data tells us that most of Virginia Tech's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Virginia Tech received a composite ACT score between 25 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Virginia Tech does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, VT superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of Virginia Tech's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.86 and 4.26. 25% had a GPA above 4.26 and 25% had a GPA below 3.86. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Virginia Tech have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Virginia Tech Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Virginia Tech Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.  Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Virginia Tech. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Virginia Tech, which accepts fewer than two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind that Virginia Tech has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The university looks for applicants with a minimum of four years of English, three years math, two years of laboratory science, two years of social studies, and three years of additional academic subjects (foreign language is recommended). Applicants should note that there may be additional admissions requirements for specific majors.

Your application can be strengthened by thoughtful, well-written responses to the university's four "Ut Prosim Profile" short answer questions. Be sure to use these essays to reveal the strengths that you'll bring to the campus community. Virginia Tech also considers factors such as ethnicity, first-generation status, leadership and service, and legacy status in the application review process.