What Does it Take to Get into Virginia Tech?
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Virginia Tech accepts 70% of applicants. What does it take to get in?
Located in Blacksburg, VA, Virginia Tech is ranked #30 for the top public universities in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report, and #76 for top colleges in general. Aside from the performance of its impressive athletic department, Virginia Tech boasts some of the greatest research opportunities available for undergraduate students, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a commitment to making college accessible to all students, especially veterans.
With an acceptance rate of 70%, there’s a good chance that you’ll be admitted to Virginia Tech, but you’ll still want to make your application as strong as possible in order to ensure your spot in next year’s freshman class. Keep reading to learn more about the tips that have helped CollegeVine’s students get into their choice school.
Applying to Virginia Tech: A Quick Review
Students may apply by the November 1 Early Decision deadline, the December 1 Early Action deadline, or the January 15 Regular Decision deadline. If you’re unsure about whether you should apply early, check out our post Early Action vs. Early Decision vs. Restricted Early Action.
Virginia Tech requires your demographic and application information through Coalition, but it uses its own system to allow you to self-report coursework and test scores. Ultimately, official documents will be required for all admitted students. To apply, be sure to send in all of the following:
- A complete application via the Coalition App
- Short answer responses
- Self-reported academic record (SRAR)
- SAT or ACT scores
- Optional: general Coalition app essay
- $60 application fee or fee waiver
For international students: You will need to submit your transcripts through the Coalition application instead of filling out the SRAR for your coursework. Furthermore, international students only have the Early Decision and Regular Decision deadline options to apply.
Virginia Tech Acceptance Rate: How Difficult Is It to Get In?
Last year, the acceptance rate for Virginia Tech was 70%. Virginia Tech received 27,423 applications last year and admitted 19,212 students. Of those, 6,836 students actually enrolled, making it similarly selective to schools like the University of Colorado-Boulder and Texas A&M University.
While there’s a good chance you’ll be admitted, you should still take the application process seriously and make sure that every part of your application is as strong as possible. One way to increase your chances of acceptance is to get help from people who have been through the process before such as current students, alumni, or by working with a company like CollegeVine. Connecting with someone who has successfully gained admission to a school like Virginia Tech can make the difference between rejection and acceptance.
So, How Does One Get Into Virginia Tech?
Virginia Tech uses a holistic review process to select a diverse freshman class. Use your application to highlight your strengths in the following areas.
Academics. Virginia Tech takes your academic preparation seriously. To give you an idea of what to aim for, last year’s incoming freshmen had an average GPA around 3.3, earned SAT scores between 1180 and 1360 or ACT scores between 25 and 30. The admissions counselors also take into account the rigor of your classes, including AP, IB, or dual enrollment courses.
Extracurriculars. Virginia Tech doesn’t care which activities you were involved in throughout high school, but they do want to see that you pursued something you were interested in with passion and excellence. This could mean taking up a leadership position at your school, starting a new organization or initiative, or being recognized for your talents through awards. Whatever you do, show that those activities were meaningful to you and how you went above and beyond in pursuing them.
Character. It’s important that you give the Virginia Tech admissions officers insight into who you are and what your strengths are. Virginia Tech uses a combination of four mandatory short-response questions, each with a maximum word limit or 120 words, to gauge who you are and if you’d be a good fit for Virginia Tech.
Contribution to Community. Virginia Tech is explicitly looking for students who will bring a vibrant presence to campus and who will become dedicated alumni. Use your application to show how your strengths and experiences will enrich the student body and how you’ll engage with the campus and the surrounding community. Your short-response answers will play a huge role in this portion of your application. Draw upon your experiences and interests here to demonstrate that you are a good fit.
How to Make Your Application Stand Out
Every application is different, but over the years we’ve seen these strategies help our clients craft applications that are three times more likely to gain favorable admissions results.
Take advantage of the Coalition App’s Locker tool. Virginia Tech only uses the Coalition App, so why not begin preparing for your application by using the Coalition’s built-in tools? The Locker tool allows you to add important documents and make notes about your involvement starting in 9th grade. If you plan on applying to Virginia Tech in your senior year, be sure to create a MyCoalition account now so you can begin adding to your Locker, which allows you to make sure that you don’t leave anything out of your application.
Tell your story. Virginia Tech wants to know who you are; they give special consideration to first-generation college students, and they want to know what you’re passionate about and what has impacted your life. Whatever you don’t include in your application, they won’t know about, so be sure to highlight your strengths, values, and passion throughout your application.
Don’t include a letter of recommendation. An unusual not-to-do, Virginia Tech explicitly says that it will not review letters of recommendation. If you’re using the Coalition App to apply to several schools, some of which do require letters of recommendation, the Virginia Tech admissions counselors won’t think anything of it and will simply ignore that piece of information.
However, some students think they should send additional information, such as letters of recommendation, to improve their chances of admission; for example, some students choose to email or mail a letter of recommendation to get the admissions counselors to make an exception for them. If you do this, you’ll likely annoy the admissions counselors at best, or ruin your chances altogether at worst. In short, don’t send information that a school explicitly states it won’t review.
What If You Get Rejected?
Virginia Tech is a popular option for many students. If you find yourself receiving a no-thank-you at the end of the admissions process, don’t be too hard on yourself. Bright, motivated, resourceful students will find success, or create it, anywhere they go.
Although Virginia Tech does accept admissions appeals, we do not recommend petitioning your decision. If you choose to appeal, you will need to supply them with new information (NOT letters of recommendation!) along with an explanation of why this information was not included in your application to begin with. There is no guarantee that your decision will be reversed, even if you follow the appeals process to the letter.
You do have the option to transfer into Virginia Tech—around 49% of transfer applicants are admitted each year. Competitive transfer applicants have a college GPA of 3.0 or higher, and still need to submit many of the same materials that freshman applicants supply with the exception of standardized test scores.
You can reapply after taking a gap year, but this path is riskier than simply committing to another school and requesting to take a gap year there. To see if a gap year is right for you, visit our posts, What Are the Pros of Taking a Gap Year? and What You Need To Know When Applying to Colleges After a Gap Year.
In most cases, we highly recommend looking at another great school and making the most of your time there. Consider applying for other technical universities such as Texas Tech, Illinois Institute of Technology, or Worcester Polytechnic Institute. For advice on adjusting to a different college path, check out our post Envisioning a New Future: Preparing for Life at Your Second-Choice (or Third, or Fourth) School.
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