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Requirements

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As a Freshman

Academic Requirements for Freshmen

Before you can be considered for freshman admission, you must complete:

  • 18 units of high-school course work
  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
  • 2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
  • 2 units of social science (one must be history)
  • 3 additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)
  • 4 elective units

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Some majors, such as engineering and architecture, have other requirements for advanced math and/or lab science. For more information, check specific major and college requirements. Most students who are selected for admission have completed more than the minimum requirements and have at least a B+ grade point average.

ACT/SAT Requirements

Virginia Tech accepts either the SAT Reasoning Test (including critical reading and math) or ACT test scores. Since Virginia Tech utilizes the writing portion of each test for placement purposes, students who opt to take only the ACT should take the ACT plus writing. All tests should be taken by the December test date of the senior year.

Our Score Choice is: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates – Version 1 (Highest M, CR, W). Please note: Virginia Tech wants to see all of your test scores. We will use the highest scores and even combine your highest test scores from multiple test dates when evaluating your application.

Fall 2014 Freshman Snapshot

Mid-50% GPA: 3.80–4.23

Note: Each applicant is evaluated in the context of the high school(s) attended. Admissions’ review of grades is based upon the letter and/or numeric grades presented for each class, not the GPA. GPAs above reflect weighted and unweighted grades as reported by high schools. As a result, the GPAs of offered students vary widely.

Mid-50% SAT*: 1170–1350

(SAT scores reflect critical reading and math section scores only)

*This means that 25% of freshmen offered admission to Virginia Tech scored below 1170 on the SAT (combined critical reading and math) and 25% of freshmen offered admission scored above 1350 on the SAT (combined critical reading and math).

Please note: These are not minimum requirements for admission to Virginia Tech.

For more information about the incoming class of 2018, please see the complete Freshman Snapshot.

Home Schoolers and Others in Non-Accredited Programs

In order to be competitive for admission to Virginia Tech, students from other than accredited schools (including home-schooled students whose programs are not accredited) must provide the following documentation for review by the admissions committee:

  • Application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Grades (level of performance)
  • SAT Reasoning Test scores and/or ACT Plus Writing scores

Students are encouraged to provide:

  • SAT subject test scores in math (level Ic or IIc) and a second area of study to be chosen by the applicant, or grades from dual enrollment courses in math and a second area of study of your choice completed at an accredited college or university.

Virginia Tech attracts highly competitive students nationwide and from over 100 countries. An increasing number of these students have unique educational backgrounds that require additional evaluation. The university administration recognizes that students from other than accredited schools may not study in the traditional classroom environment and that they are unable to provide the traditional documentation needed to evaluate their academic performance. Virginia Tech believes that providing this population the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in their college preparatory curriculum through the above-listed documentation will be beneficial to both the student and the university.

Please be sure to include with your application package transcripts of any college course work you may have completed. If you plan to take the two SAT subject area tests described in the policy above, make arrangements to have those submitted as soon as available.

As a Transfer


Admission is offered on a competitive basis to transfer applicants as long as space is available in their intended major.

You are a Transfer Applicant if you:

  • have completed all entrance requirements, or the equivalent in a college program, for all entering students.
  • are in good standing at all colleges and universities attended.
  • have attempted more than 12 hours at any college or university since graduating from high school.

Transfer Academic Requirements

The most important factors considered for admission are:

  • Completion or progress toward completing prerequisites, particularly Freshman English, math, and science for the intended major. Prerequisite requirements can be found on the Transfer Guide or in the Programs of Study section.
  • Overall GPA in college course work with B’s or better in Freshman English, math, and science for intended major.
  • Although the committee considers applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), most competitive applicants will present a GPA of a 3.0 or better. (In majors where applications exceed available space, the competitive GPA may be even higher.)
  • Transfer applications are no longer accepted for majors in Architecture or Industrial Design.
  • Transfer applicants who have successfully completed an associate’s degree at a Virginia community college or completed the equivalent of Virginia Tech’s core curriculum will receive preference in the admission process.
  • Be in good standing at all colleges and universities attended.

Transfer Credentials

In order for your application file to be complete, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions must receive the following:

  • A completed application for admission.
  • A $60 application fee; check or money order payable to Treasurer, Virginia Tech ($70 for international applications).
  • Transcripts from every college or university attended. If you are currently enrolled, you should enclose two official transcripts from your current institution after completion of at least one semester, plus official transcripts from every previous college in sealed envelopes. If you are not currently enrolled, please note that fact on the application form under “College Info” and enclose two official transcripts from every previous college in sealed envelopes.
  • Applicants should have completed at least one full semester of college work prior to submitting an application for admission.
  • A list of current courses, if currently enrolled.
  • An official copy of your final high school transcript.

Foreign Language Requirement

By the time they graduate from the university, students must meet a language study requirement.

For most majors, the minimum requirement may be met in high school by completing 2 units of a single foreign or classical language (3 units for those students who will graduate from certain majors within Virginia Tech’s College of Science and College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences). The requirement also may be met after admission by one of the following:

  • Earning 6 semester hours of college-level foreign or classical language credit. Such credits are in addition to that number normally required for graduation
    in a student’s program of study.
  • Receiving credit by examination for a foreign or classical language.

As an International Freshman

Academic Requirements for Freshmen

Before you can be considered for freshman admission, you must complete:

  • 3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
  • 2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
  • additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)

Some majors have other requirements, such as an additional year of advanced math or lab science. Most students who are selected for admission have completed more than the minimum requirements and have at least a B+ grade point average.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking ONE of following tests.

We recommend the TOEFL or IELTS be taken by January 15. Late test scores MUST be received by March 1.

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE

International students whose native language is not English must document proficiency in the English language by submitting either an IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE.

  • Students taking the IELTS must obtain a score of at least 6.5, with no subscore below 6.5 to be considered for admission to Virginia Tech.
  • Students taking the PTE must obtain a score of at least 53.
  • Depending on the type of TOEFL used, Virginia Tech expects students to have scores of:
    • Internet-based test: at least 80, with no section sub-score less than 16
    • Computer-based test: at least 233
    • Paper-based test: at least 550

If a student does not have the required TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score, but meets other admission requirements, the student is encouraged to enroll in Virginia Tech’s Language and Culture Institute (VTLCI) program until he/she reaches the required score. Once the score is achieved, the student is offered admission as a regular degree-seeking student.

To have your IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score automatically sent to Virginia Tech, please specify Virginia Tech’s CEEB code (5859) on the test form. We recommend the English language proficiency tests be taken by January 15 and scores must be received on or before March 1.

SAT/ACT Requirements

Virginia Tech accepts either the SAT Reasoning Test (including critical reading and math) or ACT test scores. Since Virginia Tech utilizes the writing portion of each test for placement purposes, students who opt to take the ACT should take the ACT plus writing. Scores should be automatically forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (CEEB code 5859; ACT code 4420).

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

Virginia Tech awards college credit ONLY for the German Abitur, A Levels, International Baccalaureate, and AP courses. To receive credit, an official copy of the exam result and a syllabus of the course(s) must be sent to: Office of the University Registrar, 250 Student Services Building, Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA. More information can be found at the Office of the University Registrar.

As an International Transfer

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking ONE of following tests.

We recommend the TOEFL or IELTS be taken by January 15. Late test scores MUST be received by March 1.

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE

International students whose native language is not English must document proficiency in the English language by submitting either an IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE.

  • Students taking the IELTS must obtain a score of at least 6.5, with no subscore below 6.5 to be considered for admission to Virginia Tech.
  • Students taking the PTE must obtain a score of at least 53.
  • Depending on the type of TOEFL used, Virginia Tech expects students to have scores of:
    • Internet-based test: at least 80, with no section sub-score less than 16
    • Computer-based test: at least 233
    • Paper-based test: at least 550

If a student does not have the required TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score, but meets other admission requirements, the student is encouraged to enroll in Virginia Tech’s Language and Culture Institute (VTLCI) program until he/she reaches the required score. Once the score is achieved, the student is offered admission as a regular degree-seeking student.

To have your IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score automatically sent to Virginia Tech, please specify Virginia Tech’s CEEB code (5859) on the test form. We recommend the English language proficiency tests be taken by January 15 and scores must be received on or before March 1.

As Non-Degree-Seeking

A student who enrolls at Virginia Tech under the non-degree program must meet minimum requirements set by the university. All students must be in good standing at their current school and have at least a recalculated 2.0 GPA to be considered for non-degree student status. Transcripts are required. Individuals who are not currently enrolled must be in good standing at their previous institutions(s) and may be required to submit transcripts. Due to U.S. Visa requirements, you must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply as a non-degree-seeking student. Other restrictions placed on non-degree applicants are as follows:

  • A prospective non-degree applicant who has been denied admission as a regular-status applicant (freshman or transfer) will not be eligible for reconsideration for non-degree admission.
  • All non-degree students register for classes on a space-available basis only. Until the deadline for adding classes, a non-degree student may be forced to drop a class if the number of degree-seeking students exceeds the number of available spaces in a particular class.  Students needing to enroll in introductory lab science courses should NOT apply as a non-degree seeking student.
  • A non-degree student will be allowed to attempt up to a maximum of 40 semester hours as a non-degree student, not to exceed 11 hours in any one term during the academic year or 5 hours in any summer session.
  • A non-degree student is required to maintain an overall QCA of at least 2.0.

Senior Citizens

The Senior Citizens Higher Education Act passed by the General Assembly in 1974 provides the opportunity for Virginia citizens 60 years of age or over to audit or take courses for credit at state supported institutions of higher learning in Virginia without paying tuition and required fees. Senior citizens who had a taxable income not exceeding $15,000 for federal income tax purposes for the year preceding the time of enrollment may take courses for credit without paying fees. A senior citizen, regardless of income, may take a non-credit course without paying fees providing the number of courses does not exceed three per term. Senior citizens who wish to take classes at Virginia Tech should submit the Request for Waiver of Fees to the Office of Undergraduate Admission along with an application for non-degree student status.

 

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