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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VAhttps://www.vt.edu
Virginia Polytechnic and State University, or Virginia Tech, is a leader in using technology to teach -- and have fun. The campus Math Emporium is a former department store that houses hundreds of computers programmed with math tutoring lessons that have boosted students' math success rates. Geography teacher John Boyer, who styles himself as "The Plaid Avenger," is regularly voted among the top instructors at the school and made a name for himself by getting world leaders to hold discussions with his classes via Skype (he also recently opened a wine bar, in case you're looking for a happy hour after lecture). Such programs are one reason the school has an unusually high graduation rate among public schools: about 84%. Moreover, graduates report early-career salaries of about $61,300 to PayScale, which is nearly 15% higher than schools with similar student bodies, according to Money's calculations. Although Virginia Tech is known especially for engineering, its business, social sciences, and agriculture programs are also strong. More than 1,000 students participate in the school's cadet program, which can -- and often does -- lead to an officer commission in the military. Virginia Tech's Division I teams are all cheered on by a mascot called HokieBird, a kind of mythical, muscled-up turkey. In an example of nerdy fun, the school's robotics researchers created an award-winning robot that could dance "Gangnam Style." In a more recent (and serious) project, engineering students designed a human-size robot meant to support a variety of search and rescue tasks in disaster situations.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Virginia Tech is offering most courses in-person. To promote social distancing, large lectures have a reduced capacity.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$27,800
% of students who get any grants
50%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,200
Average price for low-income students
$13,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
65%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1290/28
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
27,730
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
69%
% of need met
56%
% of students who get merit* grants
9%
Average merit grant
$3,700
student success
Graduation rate
84%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$22,900
Average salary within 5 years
$61,300
% earning more than $28,000
87%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Virginia Tech is offering most courses in-person. To promote social distancing, large lectures have a reduced capacity.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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