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Location
Blacksburg, VA
Undergrads
23,366
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics on campus are great. Professors really care about their students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Each major is very different but all are treated as important and are given the resources to succeed

5 College Sophomore

Academics: There are so many options, including some nationally ranked areas such as the engineering department.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Mining and minerals engineering is a very small engineering major which is very luck because it allows the students and professors to hold close relationships. not to mention that career opportunities are abundant.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Very challenging academics and top rated engineering department

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 29th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 55th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 71st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 96th
    Best Course Variety
  • 292nd
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Hometown
Toano, VA
Major
Wildlife Science
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Everyone knows Virginia Tech for its engineering departments. While Tech does have an excellent engineering program, there are other programs at the University that shouldn’t be overlooked. The Pamplin College of Business offers degrees in accounting, business information technology, economics, finance, and more. Business management is one of the most popular majors, along with engineering, biology, psychology, and computer science. Besides sciences and business, Tech offers many liberal arts majors. Virginia Tech students in all majors have the advantage of taking classes with professors who are active in their fields. Often, students will even take a class from a professor who wrote the textbook they use in class. Some students do worry that professors get more wrapped up in research than in teaching, and with many foreign professors and TAs, communication can often be a little difficult, but most students will admit that professors are willing to take time to meet with students on an individual basis to provide extra help and advice.

At the beginning of a student’s time at Tech, classes are large (often 300 students or more) and are often taught by graduate students. It is easy for freshmen to feel a little lost and overwhelmed, but classes do get smaller as students get more involved in their majors. With professors who are leading the way in research in their field, Tech students have the unique advantage of learning straight from the people who write the textbooks and even have the opportunity to get involved in their research. While the workload may seem a little overwhelming at times, all a student has to do is take the initiative to show he is interested, and most professors will go out of their way to offer whatever additional help they can.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,368
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
279
Total FT Faculty
2,219
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$89,089
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
40%
Transfer-Out Rate
6%
Graduation Rate
83%
Programs/Majors Offered
100
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 23%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 55%
  • 50 or More Students: 21%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture and Urban Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • College of Natural Resources
  • College of Science
  • College of University Studies
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Pamplin College of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Civil Engineering: 2%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Math Emporium
  • Newman Library
  • Torgersen Bridge
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be afraid to speak up in class.
  • Don't push yourself when deciding on a major; start off as University Studies and explore all your options.
  • Get to know your professors; sometimes it can make the difference between a B and an A. Also, they can help you find internships and write recommendations.
  • Go to class; sometimes attendance counts as half your grade.
  • Learn how to navigate the library.
  • Make friends in class; they're future study partners and can tell you what you miss if you take a day off.
  • Open your book at least a few days before your first test. This isn't high-school; it's going to take some time and effort to learn the material. Though you'll probably have to pull an all-nighter every now and then, start early, and avoid them whenever possible.
  • Sit near the front (especially when you're one student out of 300 in a class).
  • Try not to get too caught up in the party scene. It's OK to get out and have some fun, just don't let it get in the way of your school work.
Did You Know?
  • If you're having trouble writing papers for your freshman English class, head over to the writing center. Tutors there can help with all aspects of perfecting your papers.
  • You can go to www.ratevtteachers.com to see student evaluations of almost every teacher at Tech. The Web site is very helpful when you are deciding what classes to take.
  • The Center for Academic Enrichment & Excellence offers free tutoring for many freshman classes including biology, chemistry, Spanish, math, and more.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 18 responses

  • 29% Frank Beamer - Virginia Tech's head football coach
  • 14% Robert C. Richardson - Nobel Prize winner, physics
  • 12% Benjamin A. Rubin - invented bifurcated vaccination needle
  • 8% Sharyn E. McCrumb - author of more than 15 novels
  • 6% W.S. Newman - co-created Future Farmers of Virginia
  • 6% Bruce Vorhauer - creator of contraceptive sponge
  • 6% Vernell Coles - Olympic basketball player
  • 6% Bruce Smith - former NFL defensive end
  • 4% H.C. Groseclose - co-creator, Future Farmers of Virginia
  • 4% Homer Hickam - author of "Rocket Boys"
  • 2% Carroll Dale - All-American football player
  • 2% Kylene Barker Hibbard - Miss America 1979
  • 2% Hoda Kotb

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 104 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 109 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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