Facts About Virginia Tech

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Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing students to be leaders and problem-solvers.


Fall foliage, campus, students.

Campus in early fall

As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers about 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 34,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $521 million. The university fulfills its role as a land-grant institution by fostering a collaborative environment that integrates technology into all disciplines, so that the Virginia Tech community can serve as a force for positive change around the commonwealth, the country, and the world.

Through experiential learning, future-focused research, and an inclusive, spirited culture, Virginia Tech strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Virginia Tech has a 2,600-acre main campus, educational and research facilities across the state, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The campus proper is located in the town of Blacksburg in Montgomery County in the New River Valley and is 38 miles southwest of Roanoke.

At a glance

Enrollment (fall 2017)

  • 32,304 on campus; 34,440 on and off campus
  • 84 percent undergraduate; 16 percent graduate
  • 56.6 percent male; 43.4 percent female

Admissions

  • 32,000 applications for fall 2018 first-year class
  • 1160-1340 cumulative SAT scores (middle range)

Academics

  • 110+ bachelor’s degree programs
  • 7 undergraduate academic colleges
  • 170+ master’s and doctoral degrees

Learn more about special academic programs, including the Honors College, studying abroad through the Global Education Office, and support for international students.

Faculty

  • 1,520 faculty members
  • 57 percent of faculty are tenured

Research

  • Top 5 percent of universities in the nation for research expenditures; only Virginia institution in the top 50
  • 43rd overall in the National Science Foundation’s annual survey of higher-ed research expenditures, 24th among public research universities
  • 34 patents and 46 license and option agreements in fiscal year 2016
  • 230 acres, 33 buildings, and 180 companies housed in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

University finances

  • $1.6 billion operating budget (2018-19)

  • $1.72 billion in assets and managed funds (as of June 30, 2017)

  • $1 billion endowment (as of September 30, 2017)

  • $30,326 endowment value per student

Mission Statement

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.

Learn more about how we live out our mission:

 

Athletics

Virginia Tech is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. NCAA Division I-A men's varsity sports at Tech are football, basketball, baseball, soccer, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and diving, wrestling, tennis, golf, and cross country. Women’s varsity sports are basketball, tennis, volleyball, swimming and diving, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, lacrosse, golf, and cross country. Learn more at HokieSports.

An extensive recreational program provides opportunities for participation in numerous activities. The university also offers intramural sports and club-sports programs that allow students to compete against programs from other colleges and universities across the country.