Virginia Tech
#197 Overall Influence#230 Desirability Rank

Virginia Tech

University with the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia

Virginia Tech Rankings

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (better known as Virginia Tech) was founded in 1872. With a student enrollment of more than 36,000, Virginia Tech is the second-largest public university in the state, after George Mason University.

Virginia Tech consists of seven undergraduate colleges offering 120 degree programs, as well as a Graduate School offering 160 master’s and doctoral degree programs. In addition, professional degrees are available from the College of Engineering, the Carilion School of Medicine and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, and the Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Virginia Tech’s online program (VT Online) offers 19 certificate programs and eight master’s degree programs for distance learners.

The school is a leading research institution in both the arts and the sciences. As the Commonwealth of Virginia’s most comprehensive university, Virginia Tech manages a research portfolio of more than $531 million.

Virginia Tech is associated with three Nobel laureates, namely:

Other distinguished Virginia Tech associated individuals include the following:

Virginia Tech is regionally certified by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

31,936

Acceptance

65%

Graduation Rate

84%

Median SAT Score

1285

Median ACT Score

28

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$11,420

Fees (in-state)

$2,200

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$67,100

Employed

94%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

34K

Under-Grads

28K

Graduates

6K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr., Blacksburg VA 24061-0131

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

9 per 100k

Violent Crime

1 per 100k

What is Virginia Tech known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

#47 World Rank #36 USA Rank
Engineering
#132 World Rank #68 USA Rank
Economics
#149 World Rank #80 USA Rank
Computer Science
#166 World Rank #86 USA Rank
Biology
#247 World Rank #87 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#243 World Rank #88 USA Rank
Physics
#280 World Rank #104 USA Rank
Mathematics
#292 World Rank #105 USA Rank
Chemistry
#137 World Rank #108 USA Rank
Communications
#145 World Rank #108 USA Rank
Business
#188 World Rank #110 USA Rank
Education
#349 World Rank #126 USA Rank
Philosophy
#310 World Rank #135 USA Rank
Sociology
#245 World Rank #137 USA Rank
Political Science
#467 World Rank #203 USA Rank
Medical
#282 World Rank #204 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#384 World Rank #208 USA Rank
History
#550 World Rank #286 USA Rank
Psychology

Other areas of influence

#244 World Rank #151 USA Rank
Social Work
#264 World Rank #126 USA Rank
Anthropology
#295 World Rank #152 USA Rank
Law
#782 World Rank #472 USA Rank
Nursing

Influential People

Who are Virginia Tech's Most influential alumni?

Virginia Tech's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Engineering, Economics, and Communications. Virginia Tech’s most academically influential people include Lewis Binford, Edwin D. Harrison, and Seung-Hui Cho.

Lewis Binford

American archaeologist

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Edwin D. Harrison

American academic administrator

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Seung-Hui Cho
Seung-Hui Cho

South Korean mass murderer; perpetrator of the Virginia Tech massacre

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Christopher C. Kraft
Christopher C. Kraft

NASA engineer

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Regina E. Dugan
Regina E. Dugan

American businesswoman, inventor, and technology developer

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Robert Coleman Richardson
Robert Coleman Richardson

American physicist

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Thomas DiLorenzo
Thomas DiLorenzo

Economist

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Mary Cunningham Boyce

American engineering professor

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Richard Lawrence Hoffman
Richard Lawrence Hoffman

U.S. zoologist

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Robert C. Michelson
Robert C. Michelson

American academic

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Benjamin K. Sovacool
Benjamin K. Sovacool

American sustainability advocate

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Homer Hickam

American author, Vietnam veteran, and a former NASA engineer

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