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Waitlist Frequently Asked Questions - Fall 2021

We appreciate the time and effort you put into your application. Virginia Tech received over 42,000 applications this year. Because of the strength of your application and academic information, we felt that you deserved to be considered again should space become available within the major you selected.

  1. What does being on the waitlist mean?
    Since we have capacity for only a set number of new students, many applicants do not receive offers of freshman admission. An unranked waitlist is kept so that some applicants can be offered admission if spaces become available for them in their major in the freshman class. If you choose to remain on the waitlist, you will be notified of your final admission status no later than July 1, 2021.
  2. What are my chances for selection from the waitlist?
    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 42,000 applications and we expect 6,675 to accept our offer and enroll. If we have fewer than 6,675 students accept our offer, we will offer admission to some of the students who chose to remain on our waitlist if space is available within their major.
  3. What is Virginia Tech’s history of selecting students from the waitlist?
    Last year, we were able to offer over 3,961 from the waitlist. In 2019, we were unable to make any offers. In 2018, we were able to offer 1,896 from our waitlist.  In 2017 we were unable to make any offers. In 2016, we were able to offer 1,697 students from our waitlist. The number of students ultimately receiving offers from the waitlist is entirely dependent upon how many students accept the initial offer of admission and this varies from year to year. 
  4. Can I do anything to increase my chances of being offered admission from the waitlist?
    The only thing you need to do is select to “Remain on the Waitlist” by completing the Response to Waitlist form within your Applicant Portal. Unfortunately, there is nothing else you can do at this time. Since offering students from the waitlist depends on space within the major, letters of recommendation or letters of interest will not affect our decision. Should space become available, we will use the information we already have to re-review your application.
  5. Am I able to request a change of major while on the waitlist?
    If we go to the waitlist, we will consider you for the major you applied. You may not request a change of major.
  6. What are my options if I am not selected from the waitlist and still wish to attend Virginia Tech?
    Each year, approximately 1,000 students transfer to Virginia Tech after beginning their college journey at other colleges and universities. Many students who at one point found themselves on a waitlist will follow this route to admission. As the transfer admissions process focuses on your work at the college level, transfer applicants can typically present competitive applications after one or two years of targeted study at a community college or other accredited college or university. The university provides several resources to help you select coursework and prepare for a successful transfer to your intended program.  These can be found on our Transfer Admissions Homepage at If you have additional questions after reviewing this information, please feel free to contact our office at or 540-231-6267.

Updated February 2021