Wait List for Fall 2019 FAQs

We appreciate the time and effort you put into your application.  Virginia Tech received over 31,000 of 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 6,600 to accept our offer and enroll. If we have fewer than 6,600 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 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; however in 2014 we offered 750 students admission 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, approximately 1,000 students transfer to Virginia Tech after beginning their college careers at other colleges and universities. To be considered for transfer admission, submit a transfer application after completing coursework at another four-year institution or community college. You may obtain a transfer application. Although the minimum requirements for transfer admission state that students must be in good academic standing at every college attended and must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (out of 4.0) in their college work, those offered admission have usually taken core courses in English, math, and the lab science appropriate to their intended majors, and have achieved grade point averages of at least 3.0. (In some majors where demand exceeds available space, the average GPA of admitted students will be even higher.) Please refer to our transfer guide and transfer equivalency database at https://vt.edu/admissions/transfer.html.
    If after reviewing the transfer guide you have specific questions regarding the major you are interested in, please contact our office.

  6. If I am on the waitlist, how can I request to change my major?
    Applicants on the waitlist may not request a change of major.

Updated August 2019