Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA
Get Admissions Info
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo
Please complete or fix all required sections (marked in red).
Step 1 of 2
Academic Information
Please complete or fix all required sections (marked in red).
  • Virginia
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Review

Blacksburg, VA, 210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr.
College Review
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo
Career Preparation A
Students and Culture A
Facilities A+
Activities and Groups A
A
Excellent

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 32,663 students and offering 237 degrees in Blacksburg, VA.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Engineering
2,249 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
171
30
12
Architecture
89
55
4
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
3
8
Chemical Engineering
107
4
4
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning
13
Civil Engineering
158
96
30
Computer Engineering
77
38
17
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
128
69
27
Engineering
1
6
6
Engineering Mechanics
42
12
14
Environmental Design/architecture
4
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering
14
Environmental Science
33
Environmental Studies
27
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
11
Industrial and Product Design
24
Industrial Engineering
211
38
8
Landscape Architecture
23
13
Materials Engineering
38
8
7
Mechanical Engineering
384
60
24
Mining and Mineral Engineering
56
8
5
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
3
0
Nuclear Engineering
1
5
2
Packaging Science
12
Polymer/plastics Engineering
1
8
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Business
1,424 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
215
38
Applied Economics
41
Business Administration and Management
134
124
Commerce
11
Business/managerial Economics
42
Development Economics and International Development
5
Economics
95
8
8
Finance
283
International Relations and National Security Studies
3
Management Science
206
Marketing/marketing Management
189
Non-Profit/public/organizational Management
9
Public Finance
1
Real Estate
12
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Human and Social Sciences
1,230 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences
81
0
3
Community Organization and Advocacy
2
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
6
Ethnic Studies
2
Historic Preservation and Conservation
3
History
102
8
Human Development and Family Studies
191
11
8
International/global Studies
5
International Relations and Affairs
113
2
Philosophy
33
8
Political Science
150
7
4
Psychology
248
9
9
Public Administration
32
28
9
Public Policy Analysis
16
Public Policy Analysis
1
Religion/religious Studies
6
Religion/religious Studies
1
Science, Technology and Society
6
15
6
Social Sciences
5
Sociology
60
5
2
Urban Studies/affairs
22
2
9
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Mathematics and Science
1,029 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry
137
Bioinformatics
6
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
14
11
Biology
359
6
14
Chemistry
54
8
19
Entomology
0
1
Geography
63
9
1
Geology/earth Science
28
6
6
Mathematics
106
10
5
Meteorology
28
Microbiology
13
Physical Sciences
7
Physics
41
7
12
Plant Pathology/phytopathology
4
Statistics
23
18
13
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Education and Liberal Arts
845 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Administration of Special Education
0
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
3
Art Studies
55
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services
22
4
Creative Writing
6
Curriculum and Instruction
148
4
16
Educational Administration and Supervision
31
22
35
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
3
English Language and Literature
92
10
Foreign Languages and Literatures
78
8
Higher Education/higher Education Administration
15
0
Learning Sciences
4
Liberal Arts
3
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
0
Public/applied History
3
Rhetoric and Composition
4
Secondary Education and Teaching
0
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
197
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
59
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas
8
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
14
0
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Agriculture
647 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agricultural Business Operations
19
Agricultural Economics
0
7
Agricultural Engineering
52
4
4
Agricultural Production Operations
49
Agriculture
22
17
Agronomy and Crop Science
16
9
3
Animal Sciences
109
15
5
Dairy Science
20
2
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
6
8
Food Science
32
Forest Resources Production and Management
15
13
Forestry
65
Forestry
1
Horticultural Science
22
2
2
Natural Resources Management and Policy
54
34
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
2
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
38
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Healthcare
476 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Clinical and Industrial Drug Development
3
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies
249
2
7
Gerontology
2
Health/medical Preparatory Programs
45
Public Health
40
Veterinary Medicine
105
Veterinary Sciences/veterinary Clinical Sciences
9
14
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Computer Technology
336 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
6
Computer and Information Sciences
178
36
25
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
80
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance
1
Human Computer Interaction
4
Information Science/studies
0
Systems Engineering
6
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Art and Design
89 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
29
5
Interior Design
33
Music
22
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Hospitality
85 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Hospitality Management
77
6
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Trades and Careers
73 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Construction Engineering
39
Construction Management
25
9
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
12
Communication and Media
6 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Communication and Media Studies
6
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
13
Legal and Law
2 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Crisis/emergency/disaster Management
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
Agriculture
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Curriculum and Instruction
International Relations and National Security Studies
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Non-Profit/public/organizational Management
Nuclear Engineering
Political Science
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Specialized institution accreditations:
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation English Language
English Language
English Language
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center Psychology Internship)
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree (College of Veterinary Medicine) Council on Education for Public Health Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation (ARTI) - Single Professional Program Accreditation in Industrial Design National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)

Virginia Tech's Featured Program: Neuroscience



The Neuroscience program at Virginia Tech takes a very broad view of Neuroscience considering any interactions that are directed or perceived by the nervous system as Neuroscience. Whether a student wishes to pursue Neuroscience research in the future or simply acquire this wealth of knowledge, understanding Neuroscience makes us more competent human beings, and provides us skills to be applied to a multitude of careers in art, music, architecture, urban and community planning, law, finance, policy, politics, health care and many other professions. Students in the School of Neuroscience program learn directly from experts in the field about advances in genetic, cellular, molecular, cognitive and systems Neuroscience. They can choose a major from Clinical Neuroscience, Experimental Neuroscience, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Computational and Systems Neuroscience.

Alumni & Student Reviews
A Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 5 Reviews
Alumni
BS Education, Class of 1972

great undergrad teaching program. Student teaching. Alumni association

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Finance, Class of 1990

Career fairs, job counseling services, internships

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Class of 1993

The usual. During my time (20yrs ago) there was nothing online, so just handbooks, volunteers to help coach/practice interviewing skills, and lists of alumni-friendly companies, as well as open-house mass interview events.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 5 Reviews
Alumni
Finance, Class of 1990

Family atmosphere We are one - Hokie Nation

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Class of 1993

Engineering culture with some liberal arts as well.

Rated January 2016
A+ Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 5 Reviews
Alumni
Psychology, Class of 1978

Up-to-date, plenty to choose from, convenient locations

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS Sociology, Class of 1982

Vet school, computer labs dorms, dining halls etc.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Class of 1993

20yrs ago they were above average. I imagine that the computer labs are now much more prolific. Dining halls were adequate, but not as healthy as desired.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 5 Reviews
Alumni
Psychology, Class of 1978

Sports, fitness, intramurals, specialty clubs consultation, counseling

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Finance, Class of 1990

unsure - been gone for 25 years

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Class of 1993

There were a huge amount of extracurricular activities. I believe ~300 student clubs existed 20yrs ago.

Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Engineering Program
UDC Contributor

If you like using your hands to solve problems, you’ll fit right in at Virginia Tech where “hands on, minds on” is a way of life. To gain valuable engineering experience get involved with one of the 15-student project teams. These teams design and build autonomous sailboats, space mining robots, and solar powered houses and enter them into competitions. At the Ware Lab students can draft up design plans using sophisticated software, cut and weld parts, and ultimately assemble the creation in a project bay. When you’re not busy building boats and ‘bots you’re taking classes in Goodwin Hall. Or, if you work as a research assistant, you can help professors carry out cutting-edge studies in one of the building’s many robotics, aerospace, and biological labs. Students who want to share a common living space with other future engineers live in Galileo or Hypatia. In these living learning communities you can access mentoring, tutoring and social activities tailored to your needs and interests as an engineering major.

Featured Alumni Review
Chelsea
Biological Sciences Program/Psychology Minor, Class of 2014

U It took me about a year to feel like I belonged on campus, but once that rough patch passed my whole world changed. Virginia Tech has a unique mix of southern hospitality and northern idealism, which creates a warm, welcoming, impassioned, and optimistic student body. It was on this campus, surrounded by brilliant faculty and students, that I grew comfortable enough in my own skin to pursue my passions.

Featured Alumni Review
Jessica
Residential Property Management, Class of 2014

U As a part of the residential property management program I received hands on one-on-one assistance from my advisor. She offered quality assistance in crafting my resume, interviewing techniques, and career advice. We had a major-specific career fair where companies from all over the country came specifically seeking interns and full time hires from our program, and through this career fair I was able to obtain a summer internship that led to a full-time job offer and a very gainful first two years of employment. I also had the opportunity to participate in an industry specific study abroad program studying the real estate market in Germany, which allowed me the exciting experience of studying abroad in a way that was marketable to potential employers in my field.

Featured Alumni Review
Blaire
Bachelor's in Marketing, Class of 2015

U During my time at Virginia Tech I was a member of the Swimming and Diving team. Aside from giving me a family away from my family, swimming prepared me tremendously for the real world. Dedicating many hours a week to practices while balancing my schoolwork taught me the essence of discipline and organization, two very important aspects in the business world. Also, the student life for athletes at Virginia Tech was phenomenal. I was given the resources for a tutor, career fairs, and great mentors to provide guidance for life after athletics.

Featured Alumni Review
Emily
Geography with Communications Minor, Class of 2015

U One of my favorite memories while studying at Virginia Tech was doing homework in Torgersen Bridge. Sitting in "Torg Bridge" on a crisp winter afternoon overlooking the Drill Field is one of the finer ways to complete schoolwork. Also, something I am still most grateful for while studying at Virginia Tech was the professional yet personal relationship students could develop with the faculty. Communication, a significant key between professors and students, enables success in the academic realm. Establishing a connection with the faculty in my department allowed me to express ideas, develop creative writing elements and gain research experience.

Questions and Answers about Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Do you have questions about furthering your education with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University? People are listening and are ready to help. Plus, we're pretty sure others have the same question you do!

Popular Questions
Who are the notable alumni?
U 1 Answer
U Answer by: Universities.com

NBC’s Today Show Co-Host Hoda Kotb and ABC News Correspondent Pierre Thomas both started their careers as students in the communications program at Virginia Tech. Several top business executives hail from Virginia Tech such as former Co-Owner of Tri City Beverage Co. Charles O. Gordon (one of the people you can thank for Mountain Dew), former Chairman and CEO of Exxon Corp. Clifton C. Garvin, DuPont and General Motors Financial Executive and Corporate Director Donaldson Brown, and former President and CEO of Siemens Group George Nolen. The fields of science and technology have also been graced with their fair share of Virginia Tech grads including Nobel Prize in Physics Winner Robert Coleman Richardson, Inventor of the aerial robot Robert C. Michelson, Pioneer of manned space exploration Christopher C. Kraft Jr., NASA Astronaut John B. McKay, and Creator of the bifurcated vaccination needle Benjamin A. Rubin. As of 2016, 18 Virginia Tech grads play on NFL teams, like Buffalo Bills Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Eddie Royal, Washington Redskins Linebacker James Gayle, and Offensive Tackle for the Houston Texans Duane Brown.

0 0
|
What is the campus setting like?
U 1 Answer
U Answer by: Universities.com

Inside Virginia Tech’s limestone, castle-like buildings are learning and social spaces that are anything but old fashioned. If you’re planning to live on campus you can expect to have fully-integrated Wi-Fi in your residence hall. No need to pack a clunky wireless router. Students like to study in Torgersen Hall, which has a peaceful, modern living room vibe with plenty of hookups to power your laptop. Foodies take note: Virginia Tech’s dining hall has won several awards for quality and variety. For instance, College Magazine ranked it number one on the list of “Top 10 Best Dining Halls on College Campuses” in 2015. Whether you’re craving authentic Brazilian cuisine, wood fired pizza, Middle Eastern inspired vegan, or just a cup of coffee made from beans roasted in-house, you’ll find it all in bustling Dietrick Hall. Cheers to that!

0 0
|
What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
U 1 Answer
U Answer by: Universities.com

Thinking about getting a graduate degree? Virginia Tech offers fully online programs in civil engineering, information technology (ranked the #2 online graduate information technology online program by U.S. News and World Report), agricultural and life sciences, ocean engineering, political science, urban affairs and planning, and more. Or get an online graduate certificate in special education administration, natural resources, information policy and society, local government management, security studies, or nuclear engineering. If you live in Virginia, take advantage of the Office of Professional and Continuing Education’s many conferences, workshops and programs held at their partner facilities in Roanoke and Arlington.

0 0
|
What are the athletic highlights?
U 1 Answer
U Answer by: Universities.com

The Virginia Tech Hokies compete at the NCAA Division I level and are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team name originates from the first line of the team cheer written in 1896 (“Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hy!”). If you love Virginia Tech athletics, you’ll probably be lovingly referred to as a Hokie as well. Virginia Tech Football celebrates a number of successes. The Hokies have appeared in 29 NCAA bowl games since 1947 and boast 51 All-American players and counting. The Track and Field team has seen its share of wins; athletes have snagged 14 national championships since 2005. Virginia Tech also has over 25 intramural options including bouldering, ultimate Frisbee, innertube water polo, dodgeball, tennis, softball and kickball, so you have lots of opportunities to become a Hokie athlete in your own way.

0 0
|
What are the school's academic highlights?
U 1 Answer
U Answer by: Universities.com

Virginia Tech is a public research university with seven research institutes and over 100 research centers, labs, and groups dedicated to the study of everything from injury biomechanics (or how injury impacts people and ways to reduce the incidence of injury) to neurotoxicity (or the impact toxins have on the nervous system). But don’t let the university’s status as a major technology and research institution fool you; the arts have a strong presence here too. Art students can choose to study music, cinema, theater, studio arts, and creative writing, and they have over a dozen venues and performance spaces to showcase their artistic abilities. There is even a place where art, science, design, and engineering research come together in perfect harmony—The Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology. In 2015 Professors Joseph Gabbard and Doug Bowman were awarded $100,000 and two Microsoft HoloLens devices, which will be housed in this unique institute, to study collaborative analysis of large-scale mixed reality data. The world of virtual reality is an actual reality at Virginia Tech (and yes, you can study that, too!).

0 0
|
You've Started Your List