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Virginia Tech is a public research institution established in 1872 originally as a military institute. The school is known for its concentration on research, with seven research institutes and two university research centers.

Key Facts


  • #47 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024
  • #3 in Industrial/ Manufacturing Engineering
  • #9 in Environmental/ Environmental Health Engineering
  • #6 in Civil Engineering
  • #13 in Mechanical Engineering
  • #20 in Top Public Schools

Year founded

  • 1872

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation 

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 29,760

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 7,519

Student-faculty ratio

  • 14:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 56%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1210 and 1410 / ACT 26 -32

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 4.0

International student population

  • 5%

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $60,000

Popular majors

  • Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing; Family and Consumer Sciences/ Human Sciences; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences  

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $31,754 / $12,680


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Pamplin College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, College of Natural Resources and Environment, College of Science, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.

  • Over 840 registered student clubs and organizations
  • Almost 280 degree programs offered among eight colleges
  • Famous alumni include Homer Hickam, author and former NASA engineer, well-known for his memoir Rocket Boys, which was a New York Times Best Seller and the basis for the movie October Sky; Jim Buckmaster, computer programmer and CEO of Craigslist, a website dedicated to classified advertisement, since 2000
Kings alumni at Virginia Tech

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