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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are great and there are always a lot of research opportunities

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at Virginia Tech are not only well-known but fairly prestigious as well. I couldn't have ever predicted the amount of resources and services available to students, academics-wise. The professors are experienced and well-connected (for the most part) which makes it easy to network and build your resume. The classes are hard, so studying is 100% necessary. I'm a Public Relations major, and though VT isn't known for Media/Journalism, the professors in my department are incredible. There are so many opportunities at Virginia Tech; you just have to be proactive and take advantage of them.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Some classes are hard, some are easy, basically just focus on your work and you'll be fine, and enjoy your education

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a lot of classes to take, and almost all of the professors are nice. The TA are especially helpful. It is not too hard to get the classes that you want, but maybe a little harder to get the times that you want.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Find somewhere to study other than the library, it's always full. And study, seriously.

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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
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Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 240 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 154 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 154 responses

  • 40% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 4% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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