Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 29,699
Graduate Enrollment: 7,519
Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander institution
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Small City (<100k)
Four-year, large, primarily residential // full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 56.47%

Male/Female: 54% / 46% (2017)

First generation college students: 17.8% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 0.7% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.2% (2012)

Test scores for admission: Considered but not required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,320
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 1210 - 1410

2022 Median Admit ACT: 29
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 26 - 32

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 71.9% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 60.3% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 48.6% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 36.8% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 61.3%
Black: 5.5%
Hispanic: 8.6%
Asian: 12.0%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
2+ races: 5.2%
Non-resident alien: 4.9%
Unknown race: 2.4%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $27,755
In-State tuition: $14,174
Out-of-State tuition: $33,857

Estimated books and supplies: $1,100 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $10,110 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $3,250 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $11,580 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $3,250 (2022)

Average Family Income: $108,806 (2017)
Median Family Income: $89,378 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 14.8%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 35.3%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $21,500 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $228 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $11,740
$30k-48k $13,739
$48k-75k $18,113
$75k-110k $24,065
$110k+ $26,726

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 68%
6-year graduation rate: 87%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 95.9% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $21,500 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $7,500 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $18,844 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $19,500 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 82.8% (2015)
@3 year 85.9% (2017)
@5 year 89.2% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 68.2% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 72.1% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $57,372 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $70,429 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Master's Degree Philosophy. 6
Bachelor's Degree Agriculture, General. 13 $41,365 ($3,447)
Master's Degree Agriculture, General. 26 $52,695 ($4,391)
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Business and Management. 40 $22,999 $244 $45,209 ($3,767) $58,996 ($4,916)
Master's Degree Agricultural Business and Management. 4
Associate's Degree Agricultural Production Operations. 54 $11,000 $117 $37,772 ($3,148) $42,774 ($3,565)
Bachelor's Degree Animal Sciences. 154 $22,631 $236 $26,501 ($2,208) $43,343 ($3,612)
Master's Degree Animal Sciences. 8
Doctoral Degree Animal Sciences. 12
Bachelor's Degree Food Science and Technology. 42 $26,875 $285 $48,408 ($4,034)
Bachelor's Degree Plant Sciences. 46 $20,687 $201 $35,054 ($2,921) $45,166 ($3,764)
Master's Degree Plant Sciences. 12
Doctoral Degree Plant Sciences. 11
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 61 $26,408 $284 $36,772 ($3,064) $56,718 ($4,727)
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Management and Policy. 18
Master's Degree Natural Resources Management and Policy. 55 $443 $68,106 ($5,676) $84,898 ($7,075)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Natural Resources Management and Policy. 36
Master's Degree Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management. 8
Doctoral Degree Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management. 1
Bachelor's Degree Forestry. 87 $20,919 $219 $44,243 ($3,687) $56,777 ($4,731)
Master's Degree Forestry. 21
Doctoral Degree Forestry. 7
Bachelor's Degree Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management. 71 $21,500 $227 $24,555 ($2,046) $41,679 ($3,473)
Bachelor's Degree Architecture. 87 $29,000 $307 $53,941 ($4,495) $68,510 ($5,709)
Master's Degree Architecture. 64 $509 $64,168 ($5,347) $79,049 ($6,587)
Doctoral Degree Architecture. 6
Master's Degree City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning. 21 $313 $53,384 ($4,449) $87,632 ($7,303)
Doctoral Degree Environmental Design. 1
Bachelor's Degree Landscape Architecture. 13 $64,275 ($5,356)
Master's Degree Landscape Architecture. 4
Graduate/Professional Certificate Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 4
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 227 $20,613 $217 $38,079 ($3,173) $55,850 ($4,654)
Master's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 9
Master's Degree Graphic Communications. 2
Doctoral Degree Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. 10
Bachelor's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 304 $20,500 $217 $88,898 ($7,408) $116,372 ($9,698)
Master's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 60
Doctoral Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 21
Graduate/Professional Certificate Computer and Information Sciences, General. 4
Master's Degree Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other. 135 $378 $104,576 ($8,715) $126,382 ($10,532)
Master's Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 110 $233 $49,315 ($4,110) $51,146 ($4,262)
Doctoral Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 14 $70,697 ($5,891)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Curriculum and Instruction. 1
Master's Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 27 $334 $48,085 ($4,007) $59,777 ($4,981)
Doctoral Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 15 $700 $82,180 ($6,848) $92,977 ($7,748)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational Administration and Supervision. 24
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research. 9
Master's Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 15
Doctoral Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 6
Graduate/Professional Certificate Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 55
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 16 $46,649 ($3,887)
Doctoral Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 3
Graduate/Professional Certificate Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 4
Bachelor's Degree Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. 157 $26,000 $274 $69,576 ($5,798) $87,572 ($7,298)
Master's Degree Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. 26 $89,422 ($7,452)
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Engineering. 55 $26,625 $277 $67,322 ($5,610) $73,787 ($6,149)
Master's Degree Agricultural Engineering. 7
Doctoral Degree Agricultural Engineering. 6
Master's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 3
Doctoral Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 12
Bachelor's Degree Chemical Engineering. 102 $25,350 $264 $77,661 ($6,472) $89,909 ($7,492)
Master's Degree Chemical Engineering. 10
Doctoral Degree Chemical Engineering. 11
Bachelor's Degree Civil Engineering. 217 $25,760 $265 $68,293 ($5,691) $76,247 ($6,354)
Master's Degree Civil Engineering. 108 $217 $72,721 ($6,060) $87,964 ($7,330)
Doctoral Degree Civil Engineering. 21
Bachelor's Degree Computer Engineering. 183 $26,000 $275 $80,033 ($6,669) $107,350 ($8,946)
Master's Degree Computer Engineering. 57
Doctoral Degree Computer Engineering. 9
Bachelor's Degree Construction Engineering. 50 $26,698 $279 $73,851 ($6,154) $91,140 ($7,595)
Bachelor's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 171 $25,849 $250 $77,322 ($6,444) $92,354 ($7,696)
Master's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 63 $96,589 ($8,049)
Doctoral Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 36
Bachelor's Degree Engineering Mechanics. 36 $27,500 $292 $70,085 ($5,840) $81,469 ($6,789)
Master's Degree Engineering Mechanics. 5
Doctoral Degree Engineering Mechanics. 12
Master's Degree Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering. 17
Bachelor's Degree Materials Engineering 78 $27,000 $286 $60,233 ($5,019) $80,173 ($6,681)
Master's Degree Materials Engineering 19
Doctoral Degree Materials Engineering 12
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 384 $23,000 $239 $72,250 ($6,021) $85,281 ($7,107)
Master's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 50 $85,249 ($7,104) $94,024 ($7,835)
Doctoral Degree Mechanical Engineering. 26
Bachelor's Degree Mining and Mineral Engineering. 28 $20,907 $222 $74,990 ($6,249) $84,815 ($7,068)
Master's Degree Mining and Mineral Engineering. 5
Doctoral Degree Mining and Mineral Engineering. 2
Master's Degree Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. 8
Graduate/Professional Certificate Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. 1
Master's Degree Nuclear Engineering. 3
Doctoral Degree Nuclear Engineering. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Nuclear Engineering. 3
Master's Degree Systems Engineering. 6
Master's Degree Polymer/Plastics Engineering. 3
Doctoral Degree Polymer/Plastics Engineering. 5
Master's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 13
Bachelor's Degree Industrial Engineering. 184 $22,870 $240 $76,575 ($6,381) $92,826 ($7,736)
Master's Degree Industrial Engineering. 42
Doctoral Degree Industrial Engineering. 15
Doctoral Degree Engineering, Other. 6
Graduate/Professional Certificate Engineering, Other. 2
Bachelor's Degree Engineering-Related Fields. 38 $23,750 $252 $61,119 ($5,093) $80,284 ($6,690)
Doctoral Degree Biology, General. 21
Bachelor's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 96 $22,500 $239 $51,652 ($4,304)
Master's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 13
Bachelor's Degree Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Business Services. 99 $22,875 $238 $45,636 ($3,803) $54,705 ($4,559)
Bachelor's Degree Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services. 269 $25,000 $255 $24,222 ($2,019) $58,692 ($4,891)
Master's Degree Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services. 9
Doctoral Degree Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services. 9
Bachelor's Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 247 $21,500 $217 $34,804 ($2,900) $48,423 ($4,035)
Master's Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 10
Doctoral Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 5
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 97 $21,625 $229 $27,707 ($2,309) $48,910 ($4,076)
Master's Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 8
Doctoral Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 3
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 218 $20,500 $214 $27,896 ($2,325) $47,097 ($3,925)
Master's Degree Biology, General. 7
Bachelor's Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 113 $24,125 $254 $31,179 ($2,598) $52,254 ($4,355)
Doctoral Degree Botany/Plant Biology. 5
Bachelor's Degree Microbiological Sciences and Immunology. 26 $24,135 $263 $37,789 ($3,149)
Doctoral Degree Zoology/Animal Biology. 2
Bachelor's Degree Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. 6
Doctoral Degree Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. 2
Bachelor's Degree Neurobiology and Neurosciences. 131 $23,000 $236 $25,702 ($2,142)
Master's Degree Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other. 33
Doctoral Degree Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other. 18
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 96 $23,250 $237 $47,946 ($3,996) $61,470 ($5,123)
Master's Degree Mathematics. 15
Doctoral Degree Mathematics. 4
Bachelor's Degree Applied Mathematics. 90 $20,500 $212 $76,951 ($6,413)
Master's Degree Applied Mathematics. 5
Graduate/Professional Certificate Community Organization and Advocacy. 1
Bachelor's Degree Statistics. 38 $15,500 $164 $82,965 ($6,914)
Master's Degree Statistics. 12
Doctoral Degree Statistics. 7
Graduate/Professional Certificate Gerontology. 3
Master's Degree Historic Preservation and Conservation. 2
Master's Degree Science, Technology and Society. 9
Doctoral Degree Science, Technology and Society. 4
Graduate/Professional Certificate International/Global Studies. 5
Graduate/Professional Certificate Human Computer Interaction. 5
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 25 $48,988 ($4,082)
Bachelor's Degree Religion/Religious Studies. 18
Bachelor's Degree Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. 29 $23,500 $246 $40,168 ($3,347) $48,001 ($4,000)
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 45 $26,497 $243 $38,934 ($3,245) $51,790 ($4,316)
Master's Degree Chemistry. 9
Doctoral Degree Chemistry. 21
Bachelor's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 17
Master's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 6
Doctoral Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 5
Bachelor's Degree Physics. 53 $27,000 $278 $50,136 ($4,178) $67,271 ($5,606)
Master's Degree Physics. 3
Doctoral Degree Physics. 15
Bachelor's Degree Physical Sciences, Other. 15
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 207 $22,151 $228 $31,053 ($2,588) $47,097 ($3,925)
Master's Degree Psychology, General. 6
Doctoral Degree Psychology, General. 6
Graduate/Professional Certificate Homeland Security. 7
Master's Degree Public Administration. 26 $66,895 ($5,575) $103,346 ($8,612)
Doctoral Degree Public Administration. 9
Graduate/Professional Certificate Public Administration. 17
Bachelor's Degree Public Policy Analysis. 16 $15,468 $164 $55,179 ($4,598)
Bachelor's Degree Economics. 122 $22,500 $235 $51,414 ($4,285) $75,051 ($6,254)
Master's Degree Economics. 12
Doctoral Degree Economics. 5
Graduate/Professional Certificate Economics. 2
Bachelor's Degree Music. 32 $27,000 $286 $36,425 ($3,035)
Bachelor's Degree Geography and Cartography. 51 $20,500 $207 $36,044 ($3,004) $51,068 ($4,256)
Master's Degree Geography and Cartography. 9
Doctoral Degree Geography and Cartography. 5
Graduate/Professional Certificate Geography and Cartography. 10
Bachelor's Degree International Relations and National Security Studies. 108 $21,500 $225 $42,726 ($3,561) $63,338 ($5,278)
Graduate/Professional Certificate International Relations and National Security Studies. 3
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 192 $24,250 $249 $41,277 ($3,440) $64,526 ($5,377)
Master's Degree Political Science and Government. 15
Graduate/Professional Certificate Political Science and Government. 2
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 118 $22,859 $239 $38,439 ($3,203) $47,684 ($3,974)
Master's Degree Sociology. 5
Doctoral Degree Sociology. 7
Master's Degree Urban Studies/Affairs. 4
Doctoral Degree Urban Studies/Affairs. 7
Graduate/Professional Certificate Urban Studies/Affairs. 1
Doctoral Degree Social Sciences, Other. 6
Bachelor's Degree Design and Applied Arts. 71 $25,802 $253 $50,116 ($4,176) $59,906 ($4,992)
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 21 $24,637 $267 $37,372 ($3,114)
Master's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 5
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 52 $26,323 $276 $34,774 ($2,898) $42,596 ($3,550)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Health/Medical Preparatory Programs. 10 $63,443 ($5,287)
First Professional Degree Medicine. 37 $2,865 $60,649 ($5,054) $72,205 ($6,017)
Master's Degree Public Health. 28 $60,518 ($5,043)
First Professional Degree Veterinary Medicine. 123
Master's Degree Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences. 5
Doctoral Degree Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences. 14
Doctoral Degree Business/Commerce, General. 8
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 176 $22,535 $233 $55,928 ($4,661) $60,297 ($5,025)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 129 $370 $102,767 ($8,564) $143,666 ($11,972)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Business Administration, Management and Operations. 2
Bachelor's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 184 $18,500 $196 $63,091 ($5,258) $82,394 ($6,866)
Master's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 52 $208 $63,201 ($5,267) $79,270 ($6,606)
Bachelor's Degree Business/Managerial Economics. 29 $82,641 ($6,887)
Bachelor's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 325 $22,500 $228 $63,194 ($5,266) $85,837 ($7,153)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Finance and Financial Management Services. 8
Bachelor's Degree Hospitality Administration/Management. 66 $25,680 $260 $43,638 ($3,637) $52,382 ($4,365)
Bachelor's Degree Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods. 381 $21,700 $228 $72,322 ($6,027) $95,280 ($7,940)
Bachelor's Degree Marketing. 198 $22,500 $239 $51,422 ($4,285) $70,724 ($5,894)
Bachelor's Degree Real Estate. 71 $27,000 $281 $58,835 ($4,903)
Bachelor's Degree Construction Management. 106 $27,000 $286 $71,853 ($5,988) $83,044 ($6,920)
Master's Degree Construction Management. 9
Bachelor's Degree History. 56 $20,499 $217 $20,488 ($1,707) $47,665 ($3,972)
Master's Degree History. 7
Graduate/Professional Certificate History. 4


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $109,638
Full time faculty: 98%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 14.0

School's endowment start of year: $1,329,400,000 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $1,680,300,000 (2022)