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Application Policies

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will accept major changes for an applicant up until the deadline. Changes will not be considered after the following dates:

  • Early Decision – November 1
  • Early Action – December 1
  • Regular Decision – January 15
  • Transfer – March 1

No change of major will be considered after the application submission deadline. No change of major will be considered during orientation. No change of major will be considered until the student is enrolled and works with an academic advisor.

If an applicant has an extenuating circumstance, a director will review their case for a major change from May 1 - June 1 for freshman applicants and from June 1 – June 5 for transfer applicants through a formal appeal process.

  • Applications for First-Year Early Decision due November 1
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (for students who have only studied within the U.S. during high school) is due by November 22. For students who have studied outside of the U.S. during high school, unofficial copies of transcripts are also due by November 22.
  • Deadline for acceptance of an Early Decision offer of admission: January 15
  • Virginia Tech General Scholarship application and FAFSA filing deadline for General Scholarship applicants: January 22
  • FAFSA Priority deadline: March 1
  • Applications for First-Year Early Action due December 1
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (for students who have only studied within the U.S. during high school) is due by December 18. For students who have studied outside of the U.S. during high school, unofficial copies of transcripts are also due by December 18.
  • Virginia Tech General Scholarship application and FAFSA filing deadline for General Scholarship applicants: January 22
  • FAFSA Priority deadline: March 1
  • Deadline for acceptance of an Early Action offer of admission: May 1
  • Applications for First-Year Regular Decision due January 15
  • Virginia Tech General Scholarship application and FAFSA filing deadline for General Scholarship applicants: January 22
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (for students who have only studied within the U.S. during high school) is due by January 29. For students who have studied outside of the U.S. during high school, unofficial copies of transcripts are also due by January 29.
  • FAFSA Priority deadline: March 1
  • Deadline for acceptance of an Regular Decision offer of admission: May 1

Applying for Early Decision

Early Decision is recommended for first-year applicants who have strong academic qualifications, select Virginia Tech as their first-choice school, and intend to enroll if offered admission. Students interested in the Early Decision plan must select that option on the application and submit the application for admission on or before November 1. All supporting academic information can be submitted after November 1, but should be received by mid-November. Early Decision applicants will be notified of their admission decision by mid-December and a deposit must be paid by January 15. Applicants may be deferred and receive unbiased consideration in the Early Action review process. However, in some cases, a student may be denied admission and will not be considered with the Early Action or Regular Decision applicant pools. Students denied admission during the early decision process should not reapply for early action or regular decision admission, but may be considered for transfer admission after at least 12 credits beyond high school graduation at another accredited college or university.

Self-Reported Academic Record (for students who have only studied within the U.S. during high school) is due by November 22For students who have studied outside of the U.S. during high school, unofficial copies of transcripts are also due by November 22.

Applicants who apply to Virginia Tech under the Early Decision plan agree, if accepted, to submit the $400 non-refundable deposit by January 15. This does not mean that Early Decision applicants cannot apply to other institutions, but Virginia Tech should be the only Early Decision application. If offered admission, students are expected 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.

Note: While Early Decision applicants are eligible for financial aid and scholarships, students whose decision to attend Virginia Tech may depend on financial awards are encouraged to apply Early Action.

Applying for Early Action

Early Action is available to all freshman applicants. Those interested in the Early Action plan must select that option on the application and submit the application for admission on or before December 1. We encourage students to apply Early Action as Regular Decision is considered on a space-available basis. All supporting academic information must be received by mid-December. Early Action applicants are notified of their admission status by late-February and a deposit must be paid by May 1.

Self-Reported Academic Record (for students who have only studied within the U.S. during high school) is due by December 18For students who have studied outside of the U.S. during high school, unofficial copies of transcripts are also due by December 18.

Applying for Spring Semester

We are currently accepting transfer applications for the spring semester. To see which majors are available by term, please use this website.

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

Early Decision applicants are not eligible for a refund of the enrollment deposit. Early Action and Regular Decision Freshman applicants who accept the offer and pay the enrollment deposit, but subsequently decide not to enroll at Virginia Tech, will receive a full refund of the $400 if their request is received by our office (via email to appchange@vt.edu or by mail) on or before May 1. Under no circumstances will refunds be provided after May 1.

Fee Waivers Policy

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?

  • The Coalition and Common App have built-in questions to provide fee waivers for students who qualify. However, if you proceed through the application process and do not find that you qualify for a fee waiver, please contact us at 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*
  • Change in Corps of Cadets status (joining the Corps or withdrawing from the Corps). Click here to read more about this policy.
  • 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 enrollment deposit. Refunds are only available to freshman applicants who withdraw their enrollment 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 form, which includes an opportunity to upload an appeal letter, must be received within 30 days of receiving the notification of the original decision. You can get a copy of the form by emailing appchange@vt.edu.
  • The appeals process is NOT a re-review process of the existing applicant file. The appeal must contain NEW information that was not included in the initial application.
    Examples of new information might include incorrectly reported test scores for students who opted to have their test scores considered in their application review, or if grades on your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) were incorrectly recorded.
    Statements of continued interest, updated extracurricular involvement, and letters of recommendation are not considered new information. Senior grades will not be considered, and high school transcripts are not used in our application review process. Test scores earned after the last testing window for each decision plan will not be considered.
  • The appeal should include an explanation of why the new information was not submitted originally.
  • The Admissions Committee will notify you of its decision by email.

Submitting an Appeal for Transfer Admission

  • The appeal will only be accepted from the applicant, not from a parent or guardian.
  • The appeal form, which includes an opportunity to upload an appeal letter, must be received within 45 days of receiving the notification of the original decision. You can get a copy of the form by emailing appchange@vt.edu.
  • The appeals process is NOT a re-review process of the existing applicant file.
  • Transfer appeals must be made on the grounds that inaccurate or incomplete information was considered in the review process, either from the Common Application or Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR); however, as it is the responsibility of the applicant to self-report academic information fully and accurately, appeals made on the basis of errors in initial self-reporting may or may not result in a change to the final decision outcome.
  • Appealing students whose applications were canceled must provide documentation that the cancellation was in error and that all steps for completing the application process were followed by the required deadlines. Appeals will NOT be considered from students who claim to have been unaware of the expectations and deadlines of the transfer admissions process, as reported on the Transfer Application Checklist. All applicants acknowledged in the Common Application prior to submission that they would review and follow this resource to ensure the application process was completed in the required timeframe.
  • New grades which were unavailable at the point of the original application review will not be considered as grounds for appeal alone.
  • Letters of recommendation, letters of continued interest, or supplemental resumes/portfolios are not considered in the appeals process.
  • Applicants who have received a waitlist or deny decision and believe they meet the requirements for guaranteed transfer admission to their intended Virginia Tech major/program under one of the several Guaranteed Admissions Agreements (GAAs) Virginia Tech maintains with other institutions may submit an appeal on the following grounds:
    • The applicant can provide documentation that the transferable associate degree applicable to their program and agreement has been completed or is pending conferral and that the final degree GPA meets the requirement stipulated by that agreement. Please note the following:
      • No applicant can officially meet all requirements for guaranteed admission until the degree is conferred with a final GPA.
      • All applicants were initially reviewed for GAA eligibility as well as competitive admission to their intended program.
      • Some GAA requirements extend beyond the basic degree and GPA requirements listed in the applicable agreement, especially for certain majors/programs, and all requirements must be met for an offer to be extended to that program under the GAA.
      • The most commonly applicable GAAs are available for review here: vt.edu/admissions/transfer/vccs.html
  • The Admissions Committee will notify you of its decision by email.

Deferred Enrollment

Students offered admission may request a deferral of up to two years before entering Virginia Tech.

  • Students must first accept the offer of admission and pay the deposit before the response deadline.
  • Email the deferral request and detailed reason to appchange@vt.edu by June 15.
  • Deferred students 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.
  • Students granted a deferral are expected to begin their studies at Virginia Tech for the approved entry term. Subsequent requests for deferment are not guaranteed and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the review committee. If a subsequent deferral request is denied, the student must enter Virginia Tech in the approved term, or reapply for admission for the desired entry term.
  • All deferred first-year students will be subject to the first-year on-campus residency requirement upon enrollment at Virginia Tech, regardless of whether or not they have pursued additional college work and no matter the number of credits pursued during the deferral. A deferred first-year student who has pursued college work during the deferral period and wishes to instead return in a transfer status will need to contact our office at admissions@vt.edu. These students may apply for on-campus transfer housing as outlined on housing.vt.edu or pursue off-campus housing options once the student's record has been updated to a transfer status. All transfer students who defer will be regarded as transfer students upon their return.