Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131

School Details

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, commonly referred to as Virginia Tech, is a public land-grant university that is located on a rural campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, and has research and educational centers located throughout Virginia.

Virginia Tech was founded in 1872 as an agricultural and mechanical land-grant college, and was established when the Virginia General Assembly bought the facilities of Preston and Olin Institute, which was a small Methodist school located in Montgomery County, with federal funds that were provided by the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act.  The Commonwealth of Virginia incorporated a new educational institution on that site, which was a state-supported land grant military institute that was known as the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College.  Over the years, the school’s academic programs were organized into a traditional four-year college, and the name of the school changed to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanic College and Polytechnic Institute in 1896.  In 1944, the name of the school was officially changed to Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Virginia Tech is a research university that has the largest population of full-time students in the state of Virginia, and is one of only a few public universities in the country that maintains a corps of cadets.  The school belongs to a small group of the countries polytechnic universities that are primarily dedicated to the teaching of applied sciences and technical arts.  VT satisfies its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership, and fuels economic growth, and the creation of jobs locally, regionally and across the state of Virginia.  VT has a hands on approach to education that prepares students to become leaders in their fields and communities.

Virginia Tech’s main campus is situated on 2,600 acres, and houses more than 125 campus buildings, and a 1,700 acre agricultural research farm is located near the main campus.  VT maintains a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and off-campus educational facilities in six regions.

Approximately 31,000 students are enrolled at VT, and the school has the largest number of degree offerings in Virginia.  Currently, 65 bachelors and 150 masters and doctoral degree programs are offered through VT’s seven undergraduate colleges and the Graduate School.  A professional degree is offered through the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  VT operates the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Medicine, which is a private, independent school that is jointly managed by VT and the Carilion Health System.  The universities undergraduate colleges are the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Pamplin College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Natural Resources and Environment, and College of Science.


The student to faculty ratio at VT is 16:1, and the most popular academic majors include business, biological and biomedical sciences, engineering, and family and consumer sciences/health sciences.  VT has historic strengths in technology, science, engineering and professional programs.

Virginia Tech is a broad based research institution with a large undergraduate population, and balances discovery, learning and engagement.  Virginia Tech has seven main research institutes which are the Fralin Life Science Institute, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

The university's online program, known as VTOnline has the educational needs and goals of students in mind, including students that are working professionals, and offers graduate and undergraduate courses, credit and non-credit courses, certificate and graduate degree programs, and a professional studies course series.  The programs and courses offered through VTOnline are taught by Virginia Tech faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized, and also teach courses on campus.  Online and interactive courses are offered, and accredited degrees earned through the online program are the same as what the on campus students receive.  Courses taken for credit are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters, and most of the non credit courses have an open enrollment process, which allows students to begin taking courses at anytime.  


Students interested in participating in VTOnline must have access to the internet, and be self disciplined and motivated.  Students have access to an eLearning orientation handbook that can help prepare them for their upcoming courses.  Tuition for online undergraduate credit courses is the same as tuition for students enrolled in on-campus courses.  Graduate students enrolled entirely online are required to pay extended campus fees.

A large percentage of students are involved in the approximately 700 student clubs, organizations and social groups at VT that offer opportunities for leadership, service and recreation.  VT has a large Greek system that consists of approximately 65 fraternities and sororities.  Student athletes have the option of participating in intramural and recreational sports programs.  The Virginia Tech Hokies athletic teams area a part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

The estimated cost of attending VT as an undergraduate student is $10,930 for in-state residents, and $25,915 for out-of-state residents.  Graduate tuition is $593.25 per hour for in-state residents, and $1,162.50 per hour for out-of-state residents.  Tuition for extended campus and virtual campus graduate students is $656.75 for in-state residents and $1,246.50 for out-of-state residents.


Virginia Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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