First-year Application Checklist
Steps to apply and complete your application
We are excited that you are interested in applying to Virginia Tech! The steps below will help you through the application process. Note: Virginia Tech does not accept or consider letters of recommendation so you will not need to request letters of recommendation from your counselors or teachers in order to complete your application.
- Build your Coalition or Common App profile.
You can do this anytime, even before the application opens. This personal information will be used to complete your application. We encourage you to use your personal email address, not school email address, when creating your accounts as some school email addresses may block external senders.
- Choose a decision plan that's right for you.
Pick the decision plan that is best for you, and make sure you get your application submitted by that date. We have three options: Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision.
Early Decision is due by November 1. Remember Early Decision is binding! This means if you are offered admission, you agree to accept the offer of admission and withdraw all other applications that you have submitted to other institutions.
Early Action is due by December 1. We recommend applying Early Action over Regular Decision as Early Action applicants receive priority in the review process.
Regular Decision is due by January 15. Regular Decision is looked at on a space-available basis so we recommend choosing Early Action.
- Pay or waive your application fee:
Your application fee ($60 for domestic applicants or $70 for international applicants) is non-refundable and is paid when you submit your application. However, waivers are available for anyone who demonstrates financial need. We honor application fee waivers from the Coalition or Common App profiles and also have fee waivers in place for veterans, applicants planning to join the Corps of Cadets, or those who contact our office for a fee waiver specific to their circumstance. Please contact our office if you would like to see if you are eligible for a fee waiver.
- Submit your academic information.
For most, your academic information will be submitted after you submit your application for admission. Note: There are two ways to submit academic information and they depend on what country your high school education has taken place.
If you have only gone to high school within the U.S.:
Submit your coursework, grades, and test scores (if applicable) through your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). We will not review any coursework or grades entered on your Coalition application or Common App, so it is important to do this step. We recommend that you wait for the invitation to create your Applicant Portal before submitting your SRAR, as you will be able to log in to your SRAR directly from your portal and link your application to your SRAR at the same time.
If any of your high school education has taken place outside of the U.S.:
Submit your transcript(s) and test scores (if applicable) electronically by attaching them to your Coalition application or Common App, or by sending them electronically after application submission. You will also have the opportunity to upload these documents through your Applicant Portal once you are invited to create your account.
- Submit standardized test scores (if applicable).
ACT or SAT: Virginia Tech is test-optional for students entering in Fall 2022. On your application for admission, you will be able to select whether or not you would like your scores to be reviewed as part of your application. We do not look at the Writing section of either test. If you do not want to include test scores in the review of your application, it will not impact your admission decision.
English Language Requirements: If you are applying and your native language is not English, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency through testing. For more information, please see this webpage for details.
- Complete the Virginia Tech General Scholarship application by January 22.
The General Scholarship Application will open late-August through Scholarship Central. Once you have submitted your application and have created the account needed to log into your Applicant Portal, you will be able to access Scholarship Central to complete your General Scholarship Application.
Information on the General Scholarship Application can be found here. It is important to not wait for an offer of admission to submit this application.
- Fill out the FAFSA by March 1.
This is Virginia Tech's priority review deadline. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward a lot of financial aid options so we encourage all eligible students to fill out the FAFSA by the appropriate deadline.
Only completed applications will be reviewed. It is critical to meet the deadlines for your application. The university reserves the right to withdraw, without notice, any application that is not complete by the deadline.