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

Academics: I do Physics/Electrical Engineering. As expected it is horrible. The worst lecturers I've ever. Some were completely useless and should have been fired a long time ago, why is university so expensive when we're paying for such dreadful professors.

Workload for most courses was low, but one of them was high, took as more time than all of my other ones for the semester put together, so it's hard to judge.

Social aspect is almost non-existent. Very reserved students.

Didn't see or get to use any of the facilities, even as a senior student.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Its tough to learn how to balance the workload but once you get used to it, it's a lot easier. The professors are great, although some are hard to understand with their accents. Registration is fairly easy and overall they make it simple to figure out everything.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Workload is not too much but enough to keep you busy.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here are amazing. This is the best school for engineering in the nation.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: A lot of hard work but a lot of support from fellow students and faculty

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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 11 responses

  • 36% Frank Beamer - Virginia Tech's head football coach
  • 20% 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
  • 8% Bruce Vorhauer - creator of contraceptive sponge
  • 4% H.C. Groseclose - co-creator, Future Farmers of Virginia
  • 4% W.S. Newman - co-created Future Farmers of Virginia
  • 4% Carroll Dale - All-American football player
  • 4% Vernell Coles - Olympic basketball player
  • 0% Kylene Barker Hibbard - Miss America 1979
  • 0% Homer Hickam - author of "Rocket Boys"
  • 0% Bruce Smith - former NFL defensive end

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 104 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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