Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
222 Burruss Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131
(540) 231-6267
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech, is one of the state’s premier public institutions. It was founded in 1872 in rural Blacksburg, Va. Currently more than 23,000 students attend the institute, which is considered one of the top public schools in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report. Students can choose from more than 200 degrees, but the school is known for its strong science, technology, engineering, and professional programs. A Division I school, its sports teams are known as the Hokies, a throwback to when the school was known as the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute.

Programs Offered

Virginia Technical Institute’s distance education roots go back to 1983 when it delivered degrees by satellite locations. The school launched its first online degree in 1997 and today offers 37 programs online. Students can earn graduate degrees, graduate or post baccalaureate certificates, or enroll in professional studies course series. Areas of study include aerospace engineering, agricultural and life sciences, information technology, ocean engineering, and political science. Courses are taught by the same instructors you’d find in the classrooms at Virginia Technical Institute, and online students receive the same education as the school’s on-campus students.


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It has held this distinction since 1923.


Application requirements will vary based on whether you’re a freshman, transfer student, or graduate applicant. Undergraduate applicants must submit an application, $60 application fee, official high school transcript, SAT or ACT test scores, a high school counselor supplemental form, and a mid-year high school report. Letters of recommendation are not required, although applicants can choose to submit one. Graduate school applicants must submit an application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores, such as the TOEFL, GRE, or GMAT, if the department you’re applying to requirements them. There is also a $65 application fee.

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