Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131
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4.6 Based on 5 Reviews
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A
Students and Culture
A
Facilities
A+
Activities and Groups
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Degree Overview

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.

2684 Engineering Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
 
157
26
 
10
Architecture
 
87
64
 
6
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
 
 
6
 
24
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
 
 
66
 
36
Biomedical Sciences, General
 
 
 
 
13
Chemical Engineering
 
102
10
 
11
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
 
 
21
 
 
Civil Engineering, General
 
217
108
 
21
Computer Engineering, General
 
183
57
 
9
Construction Engineering
 
50
 
 
 
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
171
63
 
36
Engineering Mechanics
 
36
5
 
12
Engineering, Other
 
 
0
2
6
Environmental Design/Architecture
 
 
 
 
1
Environmental Science
 
37
 
 
 
Environmental Studies
 
24
 
 
 
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
 
 
17
 
 
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
 
 
 
10
 
Industrial and Product Design
 
40
 
 
 
Industrial Engineering
 
184
42
 
15
Landscape Architecture
 
13
4
 
 
Materials Engineering
 
78
19
 
12
Mechanical Engineering
 
384
50
 
26
Mining and Mineral Engineering
 
28
5
 
2
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
 
 
8
1
 
Nuclear Engineering
 
 
3
3
1
Packaging Science
 
38
 
 
 
Polymer/Plastics Engineering
 
 
9
 
15

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1707 Business Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
 
184
52
 
 
Applied Economics
 
34
 
 
 
Business Administration and Management, General
 
176
129
 
 
Business/Commerce, General
 
 
 
 
8
Business/Managerial Economics
 
29
 
 
 
Development Economics and International Development
 
 
 
2
 
Economics, General
 
88
12
 
5
Finance, General
 
325
 
 
 
International Relations and National Security Studies, Other
 
 
 
3
 
Management Science
 
381
 
 
 
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
 
198
 
 
 
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
 
 
 
2
 
Public Finance
 
 
 
8
 
Real Estate
 
71
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1381 Human and Social Sciences Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
 
99
 
 
 
Community Organization and Advocacy
 
 
 
1
 
Ethnic Studies
 
 
 
0
 
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
 
 
 
4
 
Family Psychology
 
 
 
0
 
Historic Preservation and Conservation
 
 
2
 
 
History, General
 
56
7
 
 
Human Development and Family Studies, General
 
247
10
 
5
International Relations and Affairs
 
216
 
0
 
International/Global Studies
 
 
 
10
 
Philosophy
 
25
6
 
 
Political Science and Government, General
 
192
15
0
 
Political Science and Government, Other
 
 
 
2
 
Psychology, General
 
207
6
 
6
Public Administration
 
 
26
17
9
Public Policy Analysis, General
 
16
 
 
 
Public Policy Analysis, Other
 
 
 
0
 
Religion/Religious Studies
 
 
 
0
 
Religion/Religious Studies, Other
 
36
 
 
 
Science, Technology and Society
 
 
9
 
4
Social Sciences, Other
 
 
 
 
6
Sociology
 
118
5
 
7
Urban Studies/Affairs
 
 
4
1
7

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1327 Mathematics and Science Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry
 
226
 
 
 
Bioinformatics
 
 
 
 
2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
 
 
33
 
18
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
 
218
7
 
8
Chemistry, General
 
45
9
 
21
Computational and Applied Mathematics
 
180
10
 
 
Computational Biology
 
6
 
 
 
Entomology
 
 
 
 
2
Geography
 
51
9
 
5
Geology/Earth Science, General
 
17
6
 
5
Mathematics, General
 
96
15
 
4
Meteorology
 
29
 
 
 
Microbiology, General
 
26
 
 
 
Neuroscience
 
131
 
 
 
Physical Sciences, Other
 
15
 
 
 
Physics, General
 
53
3
 
15
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
 
 
 
 
5
Statistics, General
 
38
12
 
7

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

940 Agriculture Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
 
40
 
 
 
Agricultural Economics
 
 
4
 
 
Agricultural Engineering
 
55
7
 
6
Agricultural Production Operations, General
54
 
 
 
 
Agriculture, General
 
13
26
 
 
Agronomy and Crop Science
 
26
9
 
7
Animal Sciences, General
 
135
8
 
12
Dairy Science
 
19
 
 
 
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
 
 
16
 
2
Food Science
 
42
 
 
 
Forest Resources Production and Management
 
 
42
 
14
Forestry, General
 
65
 
 
 
Forestry, Other
 
22
 
0
 
Horticultural Science
 
20
3
 
4
Natural Resources Management and Policy
 
 
110
70
 
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
 
36
 
0
 
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
 
 
 
2
 
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
 
71
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

891 Education and Liberal Arts Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Administration of Special Education
 
 
 
0
 
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
 
 
 
9
 
Art/Art Studies, General
 
52
 
 
 
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
 
 
15
 
6
Creative Writing
 
 
16
 
 
Curriculum and Instruction
 
 
110
1
14
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
 
 
13
24
12
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
 
 
 
16
0
English Language and Literature, General
 
97
13
 
 
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
 
96
13
 
 
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
 
 
28
0
6
Learning Sciences
 
 
 
1
 
Public/Applied History
 
 
 
4
 
Rhetoric and Composition
 
 
 
 
3
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
 
227
 
 
 
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
 
 
 
92
 
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
 
 
 
4
 
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
 
 
16
0
3

537 Computer Technology Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
 
 
2
 
 
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
 
 
135
0
 
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
 
 
 
4
 
Computer and Information Sciences, General
 
304
60
 
21
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
 
 
 
0
 
Human Computer Interaction
 
 
 
5
 
Systems Engineering
 
 
6
 
 

507 Healthcare Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Clinical and Industrial Drug Development
 
 
0
 
 
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
 
269
9
 
9
Gerontology
 
 
 
3
 
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
 
 
 
10
 
Medicine
 
 
 
 
37
Public Health, General
 
 
28
 
 
Veterinary Medicine
 
 
 
 
123
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
 
 
5
 
14

165 Trades and Careers Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Construction Engineering
 
50
 
 
 
Construction Management
 
106
9
 
 

89 Art and Design Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
 
21
5
 
 
Interior Design
 
31
 
 
 
Music, General
 
32
 
 
 

66 Hospitality Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
 
66
 
 
0

9 Communication and Media Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Communication and Media Studies, Other
 
 
9
 
 

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Online Programs

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

Program
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
 
 
 
 
Agriculture, General
 
 
 
 
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
 
 
 
 
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
 
 
 
 
Curriculum and Instruction
 
 
 
 
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
 
 
 
 
International Relations and National Security Studies, Other
 
 
 
 
Natural Resources Management and Policy
 
 
 
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
 
 
 
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
 
 
 
 
Nuclear Engineering
 
 
 
 
Political Science and Government, General
 
 
 
Political Science and Government, Other
 
 
 
 
Public Administration
 
 
 
 
Public Policy Analysis, Other
 
 
 
 
Systems Engineering
 
 
 
 
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
 
 
 
 

Accreditation Information

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Specialized Institution Accreditations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
  • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center Psychology Internship)
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)
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
  • English Language (Virginia Tech Language and Culture Center Intensive English Program)
Council on Education for Public Health
  • Public Health Programs (PHPBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health
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)

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?

4.6 Based on 5 Reviews
  • Alumni
    BS Education, Class of 1972

    great undergrad teaching program. Student teaching. Alumni association

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Finance, Class of 1990

    Career fairs, job counseling services, internships

    4 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.

    5 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Students and Culture

What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?

4.4 Based on 5 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Finance, Class of 1990

    Family atmosphere We are one - Hokie Nation

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

    Engineering culture with some liberal arts as well.

    4 Rated January 2016
A+ Excellent
Facilities

What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.

4.8 Based on 5 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Psychology, Class of 1978

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

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS Sociology, Class of 1982

    Vet school, computer labs dorms, dining halls etc.

    5 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.

    4 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups

What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?

4.6 Based on 5 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Psychology, Class of 1978

    Sports, fitness, intramurals, specialty clubs consultation, counseling

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Finance, Class of 1990

    unsure - been gone for 25 years

    3 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.

    5 Rated January 2016

Questions & Answers

Who are the notable alumni?
1 Answer
  • 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.

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What is the campus setting like?
1 Answer
  • 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!

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What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
1 Answer
  • 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.

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What are the athletic highlights?
1 Answer
  • 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.

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What are the school's academic highlights?
1 Answer
  • 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!).

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