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  • Virginia Tech, formerly known as Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is a public land-grant research university located in Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, is now grown to be the second-largest public university in terms of enrollment.
  • Virginia Tech is a research-intensive institute with a very high research output and a portfolio of $521 million. According to the National Science Foundation, the University stands at 46th among the top 50 research universities in the United States of America.
  • The University is home to over 36,383 students, including 4,280 international students (according to the 2019 stats). 12:1 is the student-faculty ratio leading to a small classroom size.
  • Virginia Tech offers 280 undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the following study area.

Colleges at Virginia Tech

  • College of Agriculture and Life Science
  • College of Architecture and Urban Studies
  • Pamplin College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • College of Natural Resource and Environment
  • College of Science
  • College of Cadets
  • Virginia Tech Honors College
  • Virginia- Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Research Institutes

  • Farlin Life Science Institute
  • Institute of Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT)
  • Institute of Society Culture and Environment (ISCE)
  • Institute of Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS)
  • Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech
  • Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Hume Centre for National Security and Technology

Why study at Virginia Tech ?

  • U.S News & World report places Virginia Tech at 74th position for "2021 best Colleges" in the US.
  • Also, U.S News & World Report ranks the University at 29th position among the public University, 35th for "Most Innovative University", for "Best Value School" at 147th and for "Top Performers on Social Mobility" at 291st in the United States of America.
  • Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2021 ranking ranks the University under 201-250 in the world.
  • Virginia Tech is classified among the R1: Doctoral University for its involvement in research.
  • The U.S News & World 2020 report ranks the Pamplin College of Business's part-time MBA program at 19th position in the United States.
  • According to the Princeton Review the Virginia Tech is ranked in the following categories as follows:
  • Happiest Student -7th (Overall)
  • Campus Food-4th(Overall)
  • Quality of Life-1st (Overall)
  • Student's love for the college- 1st (Overall)
  • Class Interaction-7th (Overall)


Blacksburg Campus

  • Blacksburg campus is the primary campus of Virginia Tech spread over 2,600 acres along with 213 buildings, Moss Arts Centre, Cassell Coliseum, airport lane stadium and an adjacent research park.
  • The campus has been adapting to the latest learning and research requirements, and it also has buildings close to the downtown region from the creative and innovation district that encourages young minds with creativity and innovation to become tomorrow's leader.
  • Extended Campuses are
    • Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Centers, Newport News and Virginia Beach
    • North Virginia Centre, Falls Church
    • Virginia Tech Richmond Centre, Richmond
    • Virginia Tech Roanoke Centre, Roanoke
    • Virginia Tech Southwest Centre, Abingdon

North Virginia Campus

  • North Virginia Campus is the University's presence in the Washington Metropolitan region.
  • The campus offers programs in energy materials and environment, social and individual transformation, health, food & nutrition and innovative technologies & complex systems.
  • The campus offers an executive program integrated with science, technology, management, ethics and public policy such as Biomedical Technology Development and Management.

International Campus

  • Caribbean Centre of Education and Research (CCER)
  • Center for European Studies and Architecture (CESA)
  • Agriculture Research and Extension Centre


Top Ranked programs at Virginia Tech are:

  • Education
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Environmental studies
  • GeoScience
  • Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology
  • Statistics & an Operational Research
  • Veterinary Science
  • Hospitality and Leisure Management
  • Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mineral and Mining Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering


Virginia Tech offers a range of scholarships, each with different requirements and deadlines. International students applying for scholarships at the University are advised to submit FAFSA (Fee Application for Federal Student Aid). Post submission of FAFSA, the application will be considered for the institutional and Departmental scholarships.

International students can also apply for financial aid at the Scholarship Centre. Students are requested to log in to the Scholarship Centre after receiving instruction for creating admission portal login credentials from the University's Office of Admission. Following are a few scholarships offered:

  • Charles W. Schiffert and Dolores S, Schuffert Scholarship
  • Peninsula Alumni Chapter Scholarship
  • A.C. Spotts, III Scholarship
  • Amy L. McDermitt Memorial Scholarship
  • Compassion & Caring Scholarship Award
  • Dorothy Worm Memorial Scholarship


  • Virginia Tech offers on-campus accommodation for students. The University has 47 on-campus residential halls accommodating around 9,300 students.
  • The campus residential halls are clean, safe and well maintained, with common space for gathering and studying. Also, it offers amenities like a community kitchen and outdoor facilities like a volleyball court.
  • It is mandatory for first-year students to live in university's residential halls.