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First-year Admissions Requirements

Academic Requirements for First-Year Applicants

For Fall 2021, we received over 42,000 applications for approximately 6,700 spaces in our entering class. To be a first year applicant to Virginia Tech, you must complete:

  • 18 units of high-school course work
  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
  • 2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
  • 2 units of social science (one must be history)
  • 3 additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)
  • 4 elective units

First-year Applicant Holistic Review

When your application is complete, it will be reviewed holistically within the context of your school. Factors that are considered include:

  • Academic Review:
    • Rigor of academic program within context of school
    • Grades in academic courses
    • Standardized test scores (if applicable; test-optional for Fall 2022)
    • Major requested on your application
  • Personal Review (in alphabetical order, not reflective of order of review):
    • Activities outside of the classroom like jobs, clubs, sports, family responsibilities, service, research, etc. 
    • Disciplinary record
    • First-generation college student status
    • Interest in the Corps of Cadets
    • Legacy of parents, guardians, grandparents, or siblings
    • Participation in Virginia Tech pipeline programs
    • Personal statements through the Ut Prosim Profile
    • Race and/or ethnicity
    • Residency
    • Veteran status

Required Information for Application Review

Coursework and Grades

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.

Standardized Test Scores

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 the international requirements webpage for details.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are not a part of the Virginia Tech application and will not be considered in the review of your application. If there is a circumstance that you would like to share that impacted you academically or personally, we encourage you to share this information on your application in the Additional Information writing prompt on Coalition application or Common App.

For a checklist related to applying to Virginia Tech as a first-year student, please visit the first-year application checklist webpage.

Home Schoolers and Others in Non-Accredited Programs

In order to be competitive for admission to Virginia Tech, students from other than accredited schools (including home-schooled students whose programs are not accredited) must provide the following documentation for review by the admissions committee:

  • Application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Self-Report of the Academic Record (SRAR). This will include all coursework completed in high school
  • Grades (level of performance)
  • SAT and/or ACT test scores (Test Optional)

Virginia Tech attracts highly competitive students nationwide and from over 100 countries. An increasing number of these students have unique educational backgrounds that require additional evaluation. The university administration recognizes that students from other than accredited schools may not study in the traditional classroom environment and that they are unable to provide the traditional documentation needed to evaluate their academic performance. Virginia Tech believes that providing this population the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in their college preparatory curriculum through the above-listed documentation will be beneficial to both the student and the university.