1872
Blacksburg, VA

School Details

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, commonly referred to as Virginia Tech, is a public, land-grant, research 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 a small Methodist school located in Montgomery County. 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. 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.

Virginia Tech offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs through the following colleges and schools:

  • 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
  • Graduate School
  • Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research 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.

Accreditation & Licensing

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

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Art & Liberal Arts

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Politics & Policy Graduate Certificate in Information Policy & Society Graduate Certificate in Political Analysis Master of Arts in Foreign Languages, Cultures & Literature

Business

Graduate Certificate in Business Data Analytics Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit & Nongovernmental Organization Management

Computer Science & IT

Graduate Certificate in Big Data Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Design Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management Graduate Certificate in Internet & Network Technologies Graduate Certificate in Software Development Master of Information Technology Master of Information Technology / Analytics & Business Intelligence Master of Information Technology / Big Data Master of Information Technology / Business Information Systems Master of Information Technology / Cybersecurity Master of Information Technology / Cybersecurity Management Master of Information Technology / Cybersecurity Policy Master of Information Technology / Decision Support Systems Master of Information Technology / Health Information Technology Master of Information Technology / Networking Master of Information Technology / Software Development Master of Information Technology / Software Engineering

Education

Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum & Instruction / Instructional Technology

Engineering

Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Engineering Master of Engineering Administration Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering Master of Science in Computer Engineering Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Master of Science in Systems Engineering

Healthcare

Graduate Certificate in Health Information Technology

Math & Science

Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources Master of Agricultural & Life Sciences Master of Natural Resources