Hands on. Minds on.
Hokies think, and Hokies do. The first life-size robot, a self-sustaining solar house, and a bridge for schoolchildren in Haiti, to name a few. Now, it’s your turn. Lose track of time and get lost in your thoughts. Hone your idea. Then test it. Launch it into action. Build a model, serve a community, give a speech. Leave your imprint.
Where Virginia Tech excels in following ideas with action. We'll ask you to think—deeply—and then actively test your ideas. Pick your path.
We're always inventing the future and new ways to do it. Explore our newest majors.
- Meteorology – College of Natural Resources and Environment
- Russian – College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
- Real Estate – College of Architecture and Urban Studies
- Environmental Informatics – College of Natural Resources and Environment
What are the hottest majors here? See the list:
- General Engineering
- University Studies
- Business (undecided)
- Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise
- Animal & Poultry Sciences
Our programs are top-notch. Period. Here's proof.
Students and their majors
See profiles of students working in their major to see if the field is right for you.
Christine – Business Management Major, Corps of Cadets
Mikey – Cinema
Liz – Industrial Design
Sandy – Double Major
With the world as your classroom, you'll discover new ways of inventing the future. With more than 200 options in more than 60 countries around the world, Virginia Tech has a program to meet every need and budget. Explore your opportunity or see the top 10 reasons why Hokies study abroad.
Search for your major
Picking the right path begins with exploration. See our majors listed below or visit our Majors Search page to begin your journey with one of our more than 70 majors.
Virginia Tech's distinguished faculty members provide outstanding hands-on, minds-on training. Taking students to the next level by helping them solve real-world problems, Tech professors have a reputation for imagining the next great thing – from blind-driver cars to energy-conscious homes – and then making it happen.
Take a look at what the incoming freshman class looks like.
Number of freshman applicants: 19,323
Number offered admission: 13,407
Number accepting the offers of admission: 5,518
Percentage of the Class of 2017 accepting under the Early Decision Plan: 20%
Number of valedictorians and salutatorians in the freshman class: 152
Number of freshmen who are participating in the Corps of Cadets: 343
Number of freshmen who are legacies (a parent, grandparent, or sibling attended): 1,533
Number of high schools represented in the freshman class: 1,337
Competitive freshman applicants have A/B grades in a rigorous curriculum and strong SAT or ACT scores. Read More
- The Virginia Tech College of Engineering undergraduate program ranked 16th in the nation (tied with Pennsylvania State, Rice, and Texas A&M) among all accredited engineering schools that offer doctorates. The program ranked sixth among engineering schools at public universities.
- The Pamplin College of Business ranked 40th among the nation's undergraduate business programs and 24th among public institutions. Pamplin's overall ranking places it in the top 10 percent of the 445 U.S. undergraduate programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
- The university's undergraduate landscape architecture program in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies' School of Architecture + Design was ranked second in the nation in the 2013 America's Best Architecture & Design Schools study conducted by the journal DesignIntelligence. The school's program in industrial design ranked third, the interior design program was sixth, and the architecture program was seventh.
- Tech's apparel program was ranked 15th in the world by Fashion-Schools.org, based on the quality of programs offered, job and internship placements, industry reputation, teaching facilities, and tuition costs.
- Accounting and Information Systems
- Aerospace Engineering
- Agricultural and Applied Economics
- Agricultural Sciences
- Agricultural Technology
- Agriculture Undecided
- Animal and Poultry Sciences
- Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management
- Applied Economic Management
- Art History; Studio Art; and Visual Communication & Graphic Design
- Biological Systems Engineering
- Building Construction
- Business (undecided)
- Business Information Systems
- Business Information Technology
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Classical Studies
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Construction Engineering and Management
- Crop and Soil Sciences
- Dairy Science
- Decision Support Systems
- Electrical Engineering
- Elementary Education
- Engineering Science and Mechanics
- Environmental Horticulture
- Environmental Informatics
- Environmental Policy and Planning
- Environmental Resources Management
- Environmental Science
- Fisheries Science
- Food Science and Technology
- Foreign Languages and Literatures
- General Biosciences
- General Engineering
- Graphic Design
- Horticulture: Environmental Horticulture & Landscape Contracting
- Hospitality and Tourism Management
- Human Development
- Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
- Humanities, Science, and Environment
- Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Industrial Design
- Information Systems
- Interior Design
- International Studies
- Landscape Architecture
- Landscape Contracting
- Life Sciences Undecided
- Management Information Systems
- Management Science
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Natural Resources (undecided)
- Natural Resources Conservation
- Ocean Engineering
- Operations Management
- Political Science
- Pre-Med / Health Professions
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine
- Public and Urban Affairs
- Real Estate
- Religion & Culture
- Studio Art
- Systems Assurance
- Theatre and Cinema
- University Studies
- Wildlife Science
- Wood Science and Forest Products
To live the culture of Virginia Tech is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Ask our alumni. Ask our students. And come see for yourself.
What's a HokieBird?
The product of converging traditions, Virginia Tech's world-famous mascot took decades to hatch. Read more
Virginia Tech was established in 1872 as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (VAMC). In 1896, when the Virginia General Assembly officially changed VAMC's name to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute, VPI quickly emerged as the preferred moniker.
O.M. Stull (Class of 1896) coined the term "Hokie" in a cheer (above) he wrote for a competition to replace the existing spirit yell, which referenced VAMC.
The product of converging traditions, Virginia Tech's world-famous mascot took decades to hatch.
In 1913, Floyd Meade, a local resident known as "Hard Times," was chosen by VPI students to serve as the school's mascot. Since the athletic teams had occasionally been called Gobblers for several years, Meade trained a large turkey (picture below) to gobble on command and paraded it on the sidelines during football games.
Although a live turkey was a hard act to follow, the first costumed Gobbler took the field in the fall of 1962 and underwent more than a few costume changes over the years. In the late 1970s and into the 1980s, a football coach seeking to de-emphasize the Gobblers' presumed allusion to the athletes' reputation for gobbling down their food promoted the Hokies nickname instead.
In 1896, VAMC athletes wore black and cadet-gray uniforms that, when rendered in stripes popular at the time, appeared more suitable for prisoners. A committee was formed to select new colors and discovered that no other college in the land claimed burnt orange and Chicago maroon. The pioneering combination was officially adopted in that same year.
The class ring tradition at Virginia Tech is one of the university's oldest and most beloved traditions. In 1912, the Class of 1914 selected a student committee to design a meaningful and unique ring for the class. Nearly every year since, the sophomore class has elected a committee to oversee a redesign. During its junior year, the class hosts a Ring Dance, a tradition dating from 1934, to symbolize and celebrate the students' transition from juniors to seniors.
Dining takes the cake
We hope you're hungry. Virginia Tech's dining options consistently rank among the best in the nation—including No. 1 in best campus food in The Princeton Review's "Best 371 Colleges: 2010 Edition" and No. 4 in the “Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. Read more
Living and learning
Virginia Tech has nearly 30 residence halls, with accommodations ranging from traditional residence halls to unique living-learning communities, residential colleges, and themed housing. Read more
With more than 9,300 students living on campus, rest assured that we have accommodations to suit your needs. Alongside the traditional residence halls, Virginia Tech offers living-learning communities focused on selected academic majors, enhanced-learning communities centered around such things as service and the Corps of Cadets, residential colleges led by live-in faculty members, and themed housing.
One for every interest
"That I May Serve," the Virginia Tech motto
The desire to serve is deeply ingrained in Virginia Tech's learning, discovery, and engagement. Recently, a class designed and built an amphitheater to revitalize a community's downtown area. Each year, students organize a Relay for Life event that raises more than $500,000 for cancer research.
What is Ut Prosim? Take it from our students: The more you give, the more you get.
Center stage at Virginia Tech
Feed your eyes and ears… and your soul. The arts take center stage at Virginia Tech—in the new Center for the Arts, in numerous music and theatre events, in Virginia Tech Union events and concerts, and in academic programs. Read more
At Virginia Tech, a first impression may be all you need.
Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center
Visit our new Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center as your first stop to get directions, maps, and parking passes, and kick off your campus visit.
We host tours and undergraduate information sessions on nearly every day the university is open (advance registration required).
When classes are in session, our Hokie Ambassador students lead tours. We promise you'll "get" the Hokie Spirit by the end of the tour.
Need a map? Try these for starters. Or pick one up at the Visitor Center.
You'll need to come to the Undergraduate Admissions and Visitor Center for a pass to park on campus. Passes are not required at the Visitor Center. To get your pass, please have your license plate number and state of issue ready.
Open house events
Learn all you need to know about living on campus, studying, and the Hokie experience.
- Saturday, Sep. 28, 2013
- Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013
- Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
- Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013
It's hard to miss the dramatic stone—varying in color from grays, browns, and blacks to pinks, oranges, and maroons—that adorns most of the structures on the Virginia Tech campus. First used for campus building construction in 1901, much of the native limestone has been mined in a quarry owned by the university.
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Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center
Located at 925 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Virginia Tech is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on most days the university is open. To schedule your visit and learn more, go here.
The Visitor Center at Virginia Tech is open:
- Monday - Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday - 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Sunday - 1 to 5 p.m.
Contact the Visitor Center staff at the hours listed above by calling 540-231-3548.
Ten Must-See Spots
1) Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center
Browse the interactive exhibits that showcase Virginia Tech’s history, mission, academics, student life, and ongoing research and outreach—and take your picture with the HokieBird!
2) Torgersen Bridge
The Torgersen Bridge is an enclosed bridge fitted with our beloved Hokie Stone that spans Alunmi Mall and joins Torgersen Hall with the Newman Library. This enclosed space is used by students for reading-room space.
3) Duck Pond and Solitude
The Duck Pond has been a campus landmark for generations of alumni. Students, alumni, and visitors can study, feed the birds, or merely sit and take in the beauty of the pond throughout the seasons. Solitude, the oldest structure still standing on campus, was recently restored to its mid-to-late 19th century appearance to establish a multi-use Appalachian Center. Read More
This sidewalk-crossed stretch of green at the center of campus holds a special place in Hokie hearts. At the northern end, visit the War Memorial Chapel. The upper level holds Memorial Court with eight sculptured pylons. The names of alumni who have died while in military service are carved on the pylons. The lower level houses a 260-seat chapel. Opposite of Burruss Hall, the Drillfield holds the April 16 Memorial. The semi-circle of 32 stones – one for each member of the Hokie family lost in the tragedy of April 16, 2007 – symbolizes our relentless spirit, our courage to move forward, and our determination to never forget.
5) Ware Lab
Widely recognized as one of the top engineering schools in the nation, Virginia Tech produces engineers who understand theory and have hands-on experience. This combination is most evident in the Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Lab. From autonomous underwater vehicles to radio-controlled aircraft, students are encouraged to become part of a design team that expands their view of what an engineer can accomplish. To learn more about the Ware Lab or to schedule a tour, go here.
6) The Arts District
Opening in 2013, the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech will include a performance hall, visual arts galleries, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology. Nearby, Virginia Tech’s Theatre 101 is a high-tech black box performance space nestled in the L-shape of Henderson Hall. Situated near the elegance of downtown Blacksburg—an area that includes the Lyric Theatre, art galleries, and fine dining—both the center and Theatre 101 enrich the artistic flavor of our community.
7) Athletics Facilities
Billed as the toughest place in college football for opponents to play by Rivals.com, Lane Stadium seats 66,233 fans around the action on Worsham Field. Virginia Tech’s Hall of Fame is located on the west side of stadium. Next door, the Merryman Athletic Facility features the Hall of Legends’ display of Hokie football memorabilia. For the basketball-minded, check out Cassell Coliseum’s 10,052 seats and the Hahn Hurst Basketball Practice Center.
8) Hahn Horticulture Garden
Six acres of teaching and display gardens include perennial borders, water gardens, shade gardens, a meadow garden, and the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. The garden is open from dawn to dusk, free of charge. Read More
9) College Avenue Promenade and Downtown Blacksburg
The College Avenue Promenade is pedestrian-friendly access to Blacksburg’s lively downtown area. This provides students with direct access to The Lyric Theatre, local restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping within walking distance of campus. In addition, it serves as a gathering place for exhibitions, performances, and festivals like our annual International Street Fair throughout the year.
10) Award-winning dining facilities
Our dining is among the best in the country! From vegan fare to lobster, you have a variety of options in our award-winning dining facilities. Learn more
Our hands-on, minds-on approach is not limited to academics and research. From varsity and Olympic sports to competitive club teams and intramural team leagues, from an awarding-winning student fitness complex to kayaking on the New River, Hokies do.
Virginia Tech is a member of the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference and has a long history of All-American athletes.
Virginia Tech’s varsity athletes compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference, offering fanatical Hokie fans opportunities to watch some of the most competitive match-ups in the nation. Men’s varsity sports include football, basketball, baseball, cross-country, track & field, wrestling, tennis, golf, soccer, and swimming. Women’s varsity sports include volleyball, basketball, softball, lacrosse, cross-country, track & field, tennis, golf, soccer, and swimming.
Club sports offer alternative paths to collegiate competition and unique opportunities for leadership.
Thirty-one club sport teams draw together students who share a love for competition, while club officers also find opportunities to develop leadership skills. Many students and alumni vouch that club sports factored into their decisions to enroll at Virginia Tech and that the competition greatly enhanced their campus experiences.
Virginia Tech has one of the most active intramural programs in the country, serving more than 13,000 participants per year.
Each year, competitive and recreational teams join in the quest for the Hokie Grail and aspire to see their names on the Wall of Champions. If officiating is more your game, Recreational Sports offers free training and paid positions to students to referee intramural sports activities.
In indoor and outdoor facilities, fitness programs and clubs, and wellness events, Hokies train their bodies and their minds.
Virginia Tech Fitness offers group exercise, personal training, fitness testing, and wellness programs. The award-winning McComas Hall fitness facility includes three gymnasium/volleyball courts, a cardio/weight-training area, a swimming pool, aerobic studios, a suspended track, locker rooms, and a vending/lounge area. The facility receives more than 300,000 visits per year.
Nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains in the New River Valley, Virginia Tech is the doorstep to Mother Nature’s playground.
Pack your bike, hiking shoes, kayak, backpack, river tube, and camping gear. If you don’t own them, Venture Out offers quality rental gear at unbeatable student rates, along with valuable resources to help you plan the perfect adventure.
More fun stuff
Whether it's breaking records at the bench press competition or participating in the largest-ever spin class on campus, Hokies aim high.
Why attend just any old Zumba class when you can join a thousand Hokies in the Party in Pink Zumba event and benefit Relay for Life at the same time? And if Blacksburg doesn’t get enough snow for you, we’ll just truck in 30 tons of it and create a slope for snowboarding and skiing right on the Drillfield.
Founded in Blacksburg in 1872, Virginia Tech is closely linked to the community—one consistently ranked as one of the country’s best places in which to live.
Listed by Southern Living magazine as one of the best college towns in the South, Blacksburg is a special place that many Hokies don't want to leave.
Because of its reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country's ideal places to live, a best small place for business and careers, and a No. 1 town to raise kids. Many Hokies stay after graduate, or return later in their careers, because they just can't get enough.
From unique shopping and dining and historical attractions to a thriving arts scene and trails and parks, Blacksburg has something for everyone.
Historic downtown Blacksburg, a 16-square-block area known locally as Sixteen Squares, honors the town's rich heritage and features more than 150 stores, art galleries, and restaurants, as well as the popular Blacksburg Farmer's Market. The College Avenue Promenade, a lively pedestrian mall where downtown and campus intersect, is home to a variety of festivals, events, and performances throughout the year.
Blacksburg is a social college town where the coffee shops are just as busy as the sports-themed establishments.
Spirited yet eclectic, downtown Blacksburg offers something for every night owl: food, live music, pool and darts, karaoke, art walks, and poetry slams. Beginning in fall 2013, the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech will host world-renowned concerts and performances. In spring 2014, a combination IMAX cinema and bowling alley is set to open at First & Main.
Both Blacksburg and Virginia Tech are leaders in environmental sustainability.
Once a year, Sustainability Week features programs and events that promote working together toward a more sustainable campus and town. Every day, Hokies strive to recycle, conserve energy, shop with reusable bags, carry reusable water bottles, and opt for alternative transportation (Blacksburg Transit, biking, or walking) instead of driving.
At A Glance
By most any measure—reputation among employers, research expenditures, alumni loyalty, and more—Virginia Tech offers a dynamic educational experience centered on learning by doing.
Our undergraduate programs are ranked among the best in the nation. In fact, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2013," ranked Virginia Tech 28th among national public universities. Our degree programs and research opportunities also earn high marks. Read more
What we look for
Approximately 20,000 prospective students apply to Virginia Tech each year. Last year, those applicants hailed from 49 states, 89 countries, and two territories. Each applicant is reviewed holistically, meaning that SEVERAL FACTORS—particularly your strength of schedule, grades, and standardized test scores—are considered.
Once a Hokie, always a Hokie
Virginia Tech's sense of community is unparalleled. In fact, Hokies love their alma mater so much that, in a nationwide study by Alumni Factor, Virginia Tech was ranked No. 1 among alumni who said they would personally choose the university again.
Since 1872, nearly a quarter of a million Hokies and counting have chosen to apply the university's hands-on, minds-on approach to their academic careers and beyond. Virginia Tech has been the academic launch pad for many great talents, including Nobel Prize recipients, NFL players, Rhodes Scholars, space travelers, politicians, world-class inventors, and researchers. Read more
What do we do?
Our purpose—to create knowledge to benefit society—is simple. The results of that purpose, though, are breathtaking. From building robotic jellyfish to monitor the oceans to unlocking discoveries in obesity and malaria research, our undergraduates work alongside world-class experts to invent the future.
Cost / Scholarships / Financial Aid
Virginia Tech may be known for educational quality, undergraduate research opportunities, and nationally ranked academic programs. But it's also recognized as a great value. When you invest in Virginia Tech, the university invests in you.
Tuition and fees
For the 2013-14 academic year, in-state tuition is $11,455 and out-of-state tuition is $27,211. In 2013-14, the average room and board cost is projected to be $7,650.
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Show me the money
Approximately 60 percent of our students receive some type of aid. Virginia Tech has four types of financial aid and ALL begin with the FAFSA (priority deadline: March 1; Federal School Code 003754). Types of financial aid include: scholarships, grants, student employment, and loans.
There are many scholarship opportunities at Virginia Tech, all of which can be found through our scholarship gateway.
The Federal Work Study program provides part-time employment opportunities to eligible students to help meet expenses related to education.
The key to the scholarship and financial aid process is to be aware of the deadlines and to apply for the different types of aid regardless of whether you think you are eligible. The priority deadline for the FAFSA is March 1 and the priority deadline for the General Scholarship Application is February 15.
The friendly University Scholarships and Financial Aid staff strives to put Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim, "That I May Serve," in practice by assisting students and their families through the aid process. Learn more
FAFSA priority deadline: March 1
General Scholarship Application deadline: Feb. 15
Any questions? Please contact our friendly staff members in the University Scholarships and Financial Aid office.
Spotlights on scholarship recipients
Kieley Sutton, Smithfield-Luter Foundation scholarship recipient
Geo Balderas, Robert L. Leach '36 and Benton R. Leach '52 scholarship recipient
Reco Charity, Presidential Scholarship Enrichment Grant recipient
A sound investment
An affordable education now. Job-search guidance as you graduate. And a degree that increases in value over time. Now and later, a Virginia Tech education is sure to pay dividends. Read more
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks Virginia Tech among the 100 public colleges and universities that offer a first-class educational experience at a great value. Meanwhile, the Princeton Review ranks Tech among the 150 best values nationwide, selected from among more than 4,000 institutions of higher education.
Not only will you receive a great value as a Hokie, you're also likely to make more money when you graduate. With an average starting salary of $51,600 for graduates, Virginia Tech ranked fifth in the nation in 2011 among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools, according to Payscale.com.
"Will I have a job when I graduate?" It's a question on the minds of many students. Why not start looking as soon as you become a Hokie? Virginia Tech's Career Services assists students and alumni in preparing for and finding employment, co-op, internship, and education-abroad opportunities. The office features job fairs throughout the year with hundreds of companies participating.
Not only that, our extensive, loyal, and energetic alumni are invaluable in the job-seeking process. Through such networks as Hokies4Hire and Hokie Nation Network, alumni stand ready and willing to mentor you and help you find employment.