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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

All students admitted to the College of Engineering as freshman are placed in the Engineering Education department as General Engineering students. After completion of a set of required freshman-level courses, students with acceptable academic records are eligible for transfer into one of the college's twelve degree programs. Admission to a degree program is competitive, with departmental quotas established each year by the college. All freshman and transfer admission decisions are made by the University Undergraduate Admissions Office.

A challenging college preparatory curriculum is the foundation for success in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering. Specifically, students must present a minimum of 18 units. Four units of English is the standard requirement. The university requires three units of math (including algebra I, algebra II, and geometry), but engineering students must have a fourth unit beyond these three. (The fourth unit must be in a higher-level math such as trigonometry or pre-calculus.) Two units of social science are required. The university requires two years of laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics), but engineering students must have at least three years, including physics and chemistry.

Other ways to prepare for engineering studies include taking engineering foundations, computer programming, and advanced placement courses, and participating in math and science clubs and fairs.

In addition to the transcript, SAT or ACT (plus writing) scores are required of freshman applicants.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Entry to a degree granting department varies based on the particular degree. Generally, students must complete all first year courses with a satisfactory grade point average. Specific details for each degree program can be found at

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Before students can be considered for freshman admission, they must complete:

* 3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
* 2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
* additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)

Some majors (including engineering) have other requirements, such as an additional year of advanced math or lab science. Most students who are selected for admission have completed more than the minimum requirements and have at least a B+ grade point average.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered by the Educational Testing Services of Princeton, New Jersey. For more information, application forms, or to obtain information about the regional center administering the TOEFL for your country, visit their web site at, or contact them at: TOEFL, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton NJ 08541-6151 USA; fax: 609/951-1300; or We recommend the TOEFL be taken by January 15. Late test scores MUST be received by March 1.


As previously noted, international students whose native language is not English must document proficiency in the English language by submitting a TOEFL. Depending on the type of TOEFL used, Virginia Tech expects students to have scores of:

* Internet-based test: at least 80, with no section sub-score less than 16
* Computer-based test: at least 207
* Paper-based test: at least 550

If a student does not have the required TOEFL score, but meets other admission requirements, the student is encouraged to enroll in Virginia Tech’s English Language Institute (ELI) program until he/she reaches the required score. Once the score is achieved, the student is offered admission as a regular degree-seeking student.

To have your TOEFL score automatically sent to Virginia Tech, please specify Virginia Tech’s CEEB code (5859) on the test form. We recommend the TOEFL be taken by January 15 and scores must be received on or before March 1.

SAT/ACT Requirements

Virginia Tech accepts either the SAT Reasoning Test (including critical reading and math) or ACT test scores. Since Virginia Tech utilizes the writing portion of each test for placement purposes, students who opt to take the ACT should take the ACT plus writing. Scores should be automatically forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (CEEB code 5859; ACT code 4420).
International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

Virginia Tech awards college credit ONLY for the German Arbitur, A Levels, International Baccalaureate, and AP courses. To receive credit, an official copy of the exam result and a syllabus of the course(s) must be sent to: Office of the University Registrar, 250 Student Services Building, Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA. More information can be found at the Office of the University Registrar.

For additional information, contact the University Admissions Office (

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

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Residency Requirements

A maximum of one half of the credits required for graduation can be transferred from any combination of two-year schools.

Of the last 45 credits required for a degree, 27 must be completed on campus, including the capstone design experience.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Admission is offered on a competitive basis to transfer applicants as long as space is available in their chosen fields of study. Students are considered transfer applicants if they have formally enrolled at another college or university and attempted 12 or more hours at any time following graduation from high school.

Please note: The most important factors considered for admission are: completion or substantial progress toward completing prerequisite courses, particularly freshman English, math , and science appropriate for the intended major; and overall GPA in college course work. Although the admissions committee considers applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), most competitive applicants will present a GPA of 3.0 or better. In majors where applications exceed available space, such as architecture, business, communication, computer science, industrial design, and engineering, the competitive GPA may be even higher.

Transfer applicants who have successfully completed the equivalent of Virginia Tech’s core curriculum requirements, especially those who have completed two years at a Virginia community college, will receive preference in the admission process. Applicants are encouraged to visit Virginia Tech’s Transfer Equivalency Database for course equivalents at Virginia community colleges or other two- and four-year institutions.

Transfer applicants, including those who have completed an associate’s degree, must:

* have completed all entrance requirements, or the equivalent in a college program, for all entering students (see Freshman Academic Requirements).
* be in good standing at all colleges and universities attended.
* in addition to meeting the minimum requirements, present credentials of "B" or higher in courses of Freshman English, Mathematics (as required by the specific major) and Science (as required by the specific major). Applicants who have successfully completed the equivalent of Virginia Tech's core curriculum, especially those who have completed an associate's degree at a Virginia two-year college, receive preference in the admission process. See the Transfer Guide for more information.

Foreign Language Requirement
By the time they graduate from the university, students must meet a language study requirement.

For most majors, the minimum requirement may be met in high school by completing 2 units of a single foreign or classical language (3 units for those students who will graduate from certain majors within Virginia Tech’s College of Science and College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences). The requirement also may be met after admission by one of the following:

* Earning 6 semester hours of college-level foreign or classical language credit. Such credits are in addition to that number normally required for graduation in a student’s program of study.
* Receiving credit by examination for a foreign or classical language.

For additional information contact the University Admissions Office

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 217
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 56