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Colleges / Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA 4-Year Public

Virginia Tech Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Virginia Tech, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee costs $60.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Virginia Tech by March 5.

Virginia Tech Admissions Stats at a Glance

Virginia Tech 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 87%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 27%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Virginia Tech?

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is December 1, which is coming up fast! Virginia Tech will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 19.

The early decision acceptance rate at Virginia Tech is 57%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 70%. Virginia Tech accepts about 77% of early action applicants and 70% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Virginia Tech admitted 1276 of the 2243 students who applied early decison. Last year, Virginia Tech admitted 14,81 of the 19,227 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Virginia Tech?

Getting into Virginia Tech is moderately difficult. Virginia Tech evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Virginia Tech accepted 70% of all applicants, around 22,393 of the 31,974 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Virginia Tech, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to engineering, architecture, industrial design, interior design programs is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does Virginia Tech Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Virginia Tech

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Virginia Tech 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Virginia Tech must submit the following items. Double check with Virginia Tech's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Self-Reported Academic Record or Transcript
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Virginia Tech?

Students admitted to Virginia Tech have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 75.23%
3.50 and 3.74 15.65%
3.25 and 3.49 5.78%
3.00 and 3.24 2.77%
2.50 and 2.9 0.43%
2.00 and 2.49 0.12%

Virginia Tech does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Virginia Tech has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 87% of Virginia Tech's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 27% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Virginia Tech?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Virginia Tech students scored 710 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Virginia Tech students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Virginia Tech?

To be most competitive at Virginia Tech, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Virginia Tech's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Virginia Tech students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Virginia Tech.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Virginia Tech during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Virginia Tech Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Virginia Tech?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Virginia Tech.

Does Virginia Tech accept transfer credits?

Virginia Tech accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Virginia Tech accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Virginia Tech accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Virginia Tech?

No, Virginia Tech is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Virginia Tech's acceptance rate?

Virginia Tech's acceptance rate is 70%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Virginia Tech?

Virginia Tech's early decision acceptance rate was 57% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Virginia Tech?

The early action acceptance rate at Virginia Tech was 77% in 2021.

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Virginia Tech Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Virginia Tech? Virginia Tech is a somewhat selective institution. The Virginia Tech acceptance rate is 70%. This means that the institution accepts 70 out of every 100 applicants.



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Virginia Tech Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Virginia Tech is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Virginia Tech is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Virginia Tech ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


25 to 31


25 and Less


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Virginia Tech SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

590 - 710


Reading SAT Range

590 - 680

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Virginia Tech GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Virginia Tech, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.96. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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