Virginia Tech GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

Roughly a third of the applicants to Virginia Tech don't get in. Successful applicants will likely need grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average.

The school notes that most students selected for admission have at least a B+ grade point average and have completed more than the minimum requirements. For the freshmen who were enrolled in the fall of 2016, the range of SAT scores was from 810 to 1600 and ACT scores from 17 to 36. The middle 50 percent fell within these ranges:

  • SAT Critical Reading: 540 to 640
  • SAT Math: 560 to 680

Virginia Tech accepts scores from ACT, old SAT, and new SAT. They use the SAT math and critical reading scores when evaluating applications, with the essay portion optional. 

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute Admissions Standards

Virginia Tech GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Virginia Tech GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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 20 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.

Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Virginia Tech received rejection letters. On the flip side, a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. Virginia Tech has holistic admissions, and they look at more than numbers. Your application can be strengthened by a winning personal statement and demonstration of leadership and service. Virginia Tech also considers factors such as your ethnicity, whether or not you a first-generation student, what major you've selected, your state residency, and your legacy status. Applicants can also request that their school send along an optional letter of recommendation.

To learn more about Virginia Tech including its retention and graduation rates, costs, financial aid, and popular academic programs, be sure to check out the Virginia Tech admissions profile. And to see the campus sights, explore the Virginia Tech photo tour.

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

Students who apply to Virginia Tech also tend to apply to other large public universities with strong STEM fields such as the University of Virginia, Purdue University, Penn State University, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. You can find other schools that might be of interest in our lists of top Virginia colleges and top engineering schools.

Rejection and Wait List Data for Virginia Tech

Rejection and Wait List Data for Virginia Tech
Rejection and Wait List Data for Virginia Tech. Data Courtesy of Cappex

The graph at the top of this article can be misleading because there is so much blue and green data for accepted students obscuring the red data points for rejected students. If we strip away the blue and green, we can see that the center of the graph has a large area of overlap in which some students are admitted and some are rejected. An "A" average and above average SAT scores is by no means a guarantee of admission.

A student whose academic measures are on target for Virginia Tech might be rejected if there are problems with the application essay or a letter of recommendation raises red flags. More common 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.