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Wait-List Frequently Asked Questions - Fall 2020

We appreciate the time and effort you put into your application. Virginia Tech received over 31,000 applications this year. Because of the strength of your application and supporting documentation, we felt that you deserved to be considered again should space becomes available.

  1. What does being on the wait list mean?
    Since we have classroom capacity for only a set number of new students, many applicants do not receive offers of freshman admission. An unranked “wait list” is kept so that some applicants can be offered admission if spaces become available for them in the freshman class. If you choose to remain on the wait list, you will be notified by mail of your final admission status no later than July 1, 2020.
  2. What are my chances for selection from the wait list?
    You are understandably eager to have a final decision on your application. Staff in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, however, cannot make that decision until all the responses from applicants already offered admission are returned. Therefore, we cannot answer questions about your chances of being selected for admission at this time. This year Virginia Tech received over 31,000 applications and we expect 6,675 to accept our offer and enroll. If we have fewer than 6,675 students accept our offer, we will offer admission to some of the students who chose to remain on our wait list.
  3. What is Virginia Tech’s history of selecting students from the wait list?
    Last year, we were unable to make offers from the wait list. In 2018 we were able to offer 1896 from our wait list. In 2017 we were unable to make any offers. In 2016, we were able to offer 1697 students from our wait list. In 2015 we made no offers from the wait list. As you can see, the number of students ultimately receiving offers from the wait list is highly unpredictable and variable.
  4. Can I do anything to increase my chances of being offered admission from the wait list?
    The only thing you can do is to be certain you can access your Application Status Page and that you select to remain on the wait list. Unfortunately, there is nothing else you can do at this time. Since offering students from the wait list depends on space, letters of recommendation or personal visits will not affect our decision. Should space become available, we will use the information already contained in your file to re-review your application.
  5. What are my options if I am not selected from the wait list and still wish to attend Virginia Tech?
    Each year, more than 1,000 students transfer to Virginia Tech after beginning their college journey at other colleges and universities. Many students who at one point found themselves on a wait list will follow this route to admission. As the transfer admissions process focuses on your work at the college level, transfer applicants can typically present competitive applications after one or two years of targeted study at a community college or other accredited college or university. The university provides several resources to help you select coursework and prepare for a successful transfer to your intended program. These can be found on our Transfer Admissions Homepage at If you have additional questions after reviewing this information, please feel free to contact our office.

Updated February 2020