COVID-19 Related Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is Virginia Tech’s acceptance date?
    The deadline for freshmen to accept the offer of admission is May 1. The deadline for transfers to accept is June 1.
  2. What should I do if my family’s financial circumstances have changed as a result of the COVID-19 situation?
    Contact Virginia Tech’s Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid by emailing finaid@vt.edu.
  3. I am having difficulty paying my matriculation fee due to financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 situation. What can I do?
    Email your name, birthdate, and an explanation of the situation to appchange@vt.edu. Your case will be evaluated and you will receive notification of your options.
  4. SAT and ACT testing is currently disrupted due to the emergency. What does that mean for my fall 2020/winter 2021 application to the university?
    Virginia Tech is test optional for the 2020/2021 admissions cycle. This means that for students applying to be part of the university’s class of 2025, the SAT and ACT standardized tests are not required. There will be no advantage for students who choose to take the tests, and no penalty for those who choose to not take the tests.
  5. My school has changed grading since the COVID-19 outbreak. How will this change affect my offer of admission?
    Undergraduate Admissions will accept the grading policies that high schools and colleges put in place. Specifically, if your school creates a modified Pass/Fail where we can determine that a Pass is the equivalent of C or better, we’ll interpret based on that grade. If you have to choose between a Pass/Fail grade mode where a Pass equals a D or better, or a A-F grade mode, you should choose the A-F.
  6. I am considering delaying my entrance into Virginia Tech. How does the deferral process work?
    • A student offered admission may request a deferral of up to two years before entering Virginia Tech. The deadline for requesting a deferral is August 14, 2020. Email appchange@vt.edu to make your request.
    • In order to be considered for a deferral, a student must first accept the offer of admission and pay the nonrefundable matriculation fee (see number three above).
    • A deferred student may take college courses during the deferment period with the understanding that poor academic performance in those courses may negatively impact the offer of admission.
      • STUDENT STATUS: Completing 12 or more credit hours will change student status from "first year" to "transfer." The student does not need to take any action to complete this change, and it will not affect the offer of admission.
      • GUIDANCE: Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for guidance on recommended courses to fulfill major requirements.
        Email: admissions@vt.edu
        Phone: 540-231-6267
    • Deferred students will be given priority for housing and be given all opportunities that new students in that term are offered. 
    • Transfer students are able to defer.
  7. AP testing and credit has changed. Will that affect my decision?
    Undergraduate Admissions will accept scores from any modified testing and credit policies that The College Board puts in place. Please continue to check for updates on their website:
    Updates for AP Students Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  8. What scores do I need from my advanced level courses to gain credit from Virginia Tech?
    You can view the requirements for credit for all advanced courses for VT here:
    Advanced Standing & Transferable Credit
  9. When will I be able to visit?
    The university is currently exploring dates of when we can open for visitors. Please continue to check back on our visit page.
    Visit Us Virtually
  10. I’m still in high school, how long with these COVID 19 policy changes be in place?
    These policies will be reviewed again and updated for the 2021-2022 cycle and as needed as the situation evolves.
  11. Are new students able to take courses the summer before staring?
    Students are allowed to take college level courses the summer before entry up to 12 Credit hours. Please work with your advisor for course selection.