Applying for Early Decision

An Early Decision plan is available for freshman applicants who have strong academic qualifications and select Virginia Tech as their first-choice school. Those interested in the Early Decision plan must check that option on the application form, sign the Early Decision statement, and submit the application for admission on or before November 1. All required credentials can be submitted after November 1, but must arrive by Thanksgiving. Early Decision applicants are notified of their admission status by December 15 and a matriculation deposit must be paid by January 15. Applicants not offered admission at that time may be deferred and receive unbiased consideration in the regular admission process. In some cases, a student may be denied admission and will not be considered with the regular decision applicant pool. (Students denied admission during the early decision process should not reapply for regular decision admission, but may be considered for transfer admission after a year at another accredited college or university.)

Note: While Early Decision applicants are eligible for financial aid and scholarships, students whose decisions to attend Virginia Tech depend on financial awards are encouraged NOT to apply through Early Decision.

The university stipulates that applicants who apply to Virginia Tech under the Early Decision plan agree, if accepted, to submit the $400 non-refundable matriculation fee to the university by January 15. This does not mean that Early Decision applicants cannot apply to other institutions, but rather that Virginia Tech is the only institution to which they have applied under Early Decision, and that if offered admission, they will withdraw their applications elsewhere and attend Virginia Tech. If a student does not accept the offer of admission by January 15, the offer will be withdrawn.

Applying for Spring Semester

We are currently not accepting applications for the spring semester.

Applying for Summer Semester

Recently admitted students may request a change in their term of entry to summer by submitting a request to appchange@vt.edu provided their final official transcripts can be sent to Virginia Tech by the appropriate deadline prior to the start of classes for the requested term. Students enrolled in other universities may attend summer sessions as visiting students. High-ability high school juniors and seniors may attend as non-degree-seeking students. For more information on summer sessions, visit www.summer.vt.edu.

Refund Policy

Regular Decision Freshman applicants who accept the offer and pay the matriculation fee, but subsequently decide not to enroll at Virginia Tech, will receive a full refund of the $400 if their written request is postmarked on or before May 1. Under no circumstances will refunds be provided after May.

Fee Waivers Policy

For students whom the non-refundable application fee presents a financial hardship, we accept College Board fee waiver codes.

How much is the application fee?

  • The non-refundable application fee is $60 for freshmen and transfer students, and $70 for international students.

How can I obtain an application fee waiver?

  • If you believe you qualify for a fee waiver, but do not have a code from the College Board, please ask your high school counselor to email a request for a fee waiver code on your behalf to admissions@vt.edu.

Application Change Policy

If you need to make a change to your application, do not start another application. Simply send an email to appchange@vt.edu. Be sure to include your full name on all correspondence. You will get an email confirming your request and informing you of its change.

Below is a list of common application changes. An asterisk (*) signifies that your change request must be approved by a director. You will receive an email either confirming or denying your request.

  • Change of address (permanent or mailing)
  • Change of major*
  • Change of residency (in-state to out-of-state or out-of-state to in-state)*
  • Change in term and/or year you will enter Virginia Tech as a student*
    • You must write a brief statement specifying the reason for your request for deferment, and include it in your email. Also, please specify if you are requesting a refund of the $400 matriculation deposit.
  • Change in Corps of Cadets status (joining the Corps or withdrawing from the Corps)
  • Change in housing status (off-campus to on-campus or on-campus to off-campus)
    • All freshmen students are required to live on campus unless given specific permission by Student Programs. You will need to contact them directly at housing@vt.edu or check out Housing & Dining Programs at Student Programs.
  • Change of date of birth
  • Change of social security number
  • Withdrawing your application
    • Please specify if you are requesting a refund of your matriculation deposit. Refunds are only available to freshman applicants who withdraw their matriculation deposit before May 1 and transfer applicants who withdraw their applications before June 1. Early decision applicants are not eligible for refunds.

Appeals Policy

Submitting an Appeal for Freshman Admission

  • The appeal will only be accepted from the student, not from a parent or guardian.
  • The appeal must be submitted within 30 days of receiving the notification of the original decision.
  • The appeal must contain NEW information that was not included in the initial application. Examples of new information might include updated standardized test scores or a new transcript if it is determined that a teacher submitted an inaccurate grade. Additional letters of recommendation are not considered new information. Grades or test scores earned in the February/March time frame or later will not be considered.The appeals process is not a re-review process of the existing applicant file. Appeals will not be considered for applicants who are not submitting new information.
  • The appeal should include an explanation of why the new information was not submitted originally.
  • The Admissions Committee will notify you of its decision in writing.

Submitting an Appeal for Transfer Admission

  • Some students successfully submit an appeal and are granted admission after initially not being offered. Appeals are reviewed based on space availability by major and can never be guaranteed.
  • The appeal will only be accepted from the student, not from a parent, guardian or spouse.
  • The appeal must be submitted within 30 days of receiving the notification of the original decision.
  • Appeals must be submitted in writing (email is fine) and state why you would like to appeal the decision and provide any new information.
    • Examples of new information:
    • Final spring grades or summer grades (including retaking courses) submitted by copy of unofficial transcript (transcript may be sent separately from letter of appeal).
    • Change of major. If you are granted admission through an appeal for a different major, there is no guarantee that an internal transfer to your first choice major will be available. Your intent should be to earn a degree in the new major.
  • Appeals will not be reviewed until after June 1.

Appeals should be mailed to:

Undergraduate Admissions Appeals Committee
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
925 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

  • Applications for Early Decision due Nov. 1
  • Early decision notification date is Dec. 15
  • Deadline for acceptance of an Early Decision offer of admission is Jan. 15
  • FAFSA Priority Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Virginia Tech General Scholarship Application due December 1 (requires that the FAFSA be completed)
  • Applications for Regular Decision due Dec. 1, 2017
  • FAFSA Priority Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Virginia Tech General Scholarship Application due December 1 (requires that the FAFSA be completed)
  • Freshman admission decision notification date is April 1, 2017
  • Deadline for acceptance of an offer of admission is May 1, 2017