Virginia tech  blacksburg  virginia   united states
US News Ranking 30
Qsranking 97
Timesranking 72

Brief background:

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a research University. Commonly referred to as Virginia Tech, this University started in 1872 and has been able to carve out a name for itself amongst the leading Universities of the nation and the world too. Though its main campus is located at Blacksburg, it also has six educational facilities within the state and one in Switzerland.

It is the third-largest university in the state of Virginia and offers 225 undergraduate degree programs and graduate degree programs. The University offers degrees through schools, such as the College of Engineering, the Pamplin College of Business, the School of Education and its Medicine School.  Having started with 132 students, the University currently has 25,600 students on its rolls.


The institute is highly recognized for the quality of its program. Virginia Polytechnic Institute ranking is #326 in the QS Global World Rankings 2021. The institute is ranked 109th in the US College Rankings 2021 by the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.

Acceptance Rate

Virginia Polytechnic Institute acceptance rate is usually around 65% overall. Its acceptance rate for Indian students has been 34% historically.


The main campus of the University is spread over 2600 acres. Though some buildings look historic from the outside, the interiors are state-of-the-art and students have access to world-class equipment in the first-class lecture halls and laboratories. The various libraries located on the campus share 4 million volumes of books amongst themselves. Students also have access to sports facilities, recreation areas as well as coffee shops.

Residing Options:

Virginia Tech offers on-campus accommodation to its students. Virginia Tech's Housing and Residence Life manages the on-campus accommodation and runs 47 on-campus residence halls. However, many students choose to live off-campus and end up spending $700-$800 every month. The popular areas for off-campus accommodation are The Village, Pheasant Run, and Foxridge.

Faculty and pedagogy:

Virginia Tech is a name to reckon with in the field of education and is known globally for the quality of education it offers. As such, its faculty is top-notch. Though the faculty is research-oriented, they are moderately approachable and students can get a helping hand when needed.


Virginia Polytechnic Institute tuition fees for Indian students is around $15,000, of course, depending upon the course the student is choosing. The annual off-campus living cost is around $6,000.

Financial aid:

Virginia Tech is a public University and thus offers quite a number of scholarships. However, these are given only to the meritorious students and since Virginia Tech has quite a large number of high-performers, so the competition for these scholarships is quite stiff. The University also regularly offers Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships to students.

Jobs and placements:

Virginia Tech has an excellent career and professional development cell which helps graduates to get the right job by giving them guidance and access to resources. According to, the aerospace and defense industry, the engineering services industry, and IT services are popular employment sectors among Virginia Tech alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the consulting industry. Graduates of Virginia Tech earn about $73K on average. Senior Software engineers get the maximum median pay (around $106K). Software engineers and project managers make $81 and $78K respectively.
Popular Companies which hire Virginia tech graduates are as follows. - Booz, Allen, and Hamilton ($57,227 - $93,058); Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) - $36,857 - $62,602; Northrop Grumman Corporation - $68,951 - $99,183; Capital One Financial Corp-- $66,977 - $118,367; Lockheed Martin Corp - $62,171 - $93,004.
The college website reported salary percentiles of students passing out from different engineering majors (75% earn around this figure) - Aerospace Engineering - $71,500; Chemical Engineering- $80,000; Civil Engineering- $64,000; Computer Science- $99,000; Electrical Engineering-$76,200; Industrial & Systems Engineering- $72,500; Mechanical Engineering- $72,000; Materials Science & Engineering- $68,000.


Founding Director of McKinsey Global Institute William Lewis, President and CEO, Siemens George Nolan and CEO and Chairman of The Nielsen Company David Calhoun are some of the famous alumni of Virginia Tech.


Virginia Tech is an excellent University for all courses and especially for Masters in Civil, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering. Getting admission here is extremely difficult. Apply here only if you have an excellent profile and if you have been accepted here, have no second thoughts.


Virginia Tech has a 2,600-acre main campus, educational and research facilities across the state. The main Virginia Tech campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia, about 65 km southwest of Roanoke, Virginia. 
Getting to Virginia Tech
Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport in Roanoke, Va., is served by major domestic airlines. The Smart Way Bus offers regularly scheduled service between the airport and Squires Student Center in Blacksburg.
Bus: Greyhound Bus Lines serves the Blacksburg area via a stop in Roanoke at the Campbell Court bus station downtown. The Smart Way Bus offers regularly scheduled service between Campbell Court and Squires Student Center in Blacksburg.
Train: Amtrak passes through Virginia and West Virginia on several routes. Amtrak's Northeast Regional service was extended and now stops in Roanoke.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 34%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 281
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 143
TA Appointments 378
RA appointments 713
Research funding $121,742,225
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


Virginia Tech’s Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering is one of the better aerospace engineering schools. According to the college website, it is ranked among the top ten aerospace engineering schools in the world by two international organizations.
The department offers a B.S degree in both Aerospace and Ocean engineering. In addition, students may choose to combine both as a double major.
The graduate program offers a Master of Science (M.S) degree in Aerospace Engineering. You can choose between a thesis stream or a non-thesis stream.
Prospective students can also opt for a non-thesis Master of Engineering (M.Eng) program.
International students should furnish evidence of adequate funds for their first year of study at the university before the required I-20 immigration form can be issued by the university.

Areas of Expertise: Fluid dynamic experience of turbulent and vortical flows; Aircraft guidance, control, handling quality, human pilot modeling; Multi-disciplinary design of adv. Vehicles; High-speed flow simulations and experiments; Comp. structural mech. & aeroelasticity of comp. materials


With the advancement of technology, a better understanding of human anatomy, engineering techniques are used for better care of patients. Virginia Tech's biomedical engineering is at the forefront of using cutting-edge technologies.
Virginia Tech offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S). Apart from undergraduate courses, Master of Science (M.S) in Biomedical engineering, D.V.M./Ph.D. (Virginia Tech campus only), M.D./Ph.D. (Wake Forest University campus only) MBA/Ph.D. (Wake Forest University campus only), accelerated undergraduate/graduate option (Virginia Tech students only), and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering are also offered.
The Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES) is a unique multidisciplinary program that bridges the biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, and real-world applications to enhance the quality of life.
This unique program offers graduate students to earn their degrees in any of the two locations.  Students can study in either the Virginia tech’s campus in Blacksburg, Virginia or at Winston-Salem, Carolina where Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is located.

Area of Expertise: Computer-aided Design; Tissue engineering; Imaging Science; Injury Biomechanics; Crash Safety; Bioheat Transfer

Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is renowned for offering high-quality education in Chemical Engineering. Areas of expertise of the department include colloids and interfaces, biomedical engineering, process design, and systems engineering, supercritical fluids,  polymer science and engineering, catalysis and surface science membranes and advanced separation techniques.
The School offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Chemical Engineering and also an MEng (Project & Report), MEng (non-thesis) and MS (thesis) in the graduate stream.

Areas of Expertise: Polymers and polymer processing; Environmentally conscious chemical processing; Polymer structure-property relationships; Catalyst and surface science; Biotechnology


The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering’s Civil Engineering program was ranked 9th overall and 7th for Civil Engineering in the US News.
The Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. This program covers the entire spectrum of the civil engineering profession including fields like Structural Engineering & Materials, Geotechnical Engineering, Land Development, Transportation Infrastructure & Systems Engineering, Construction Engineering & Management, and Environmental & Water Resources Engineering. The program may lay emphasis on any of the major areas of Civil Engineering- materials, structures, construction, environmental, water resources, geotechnical, transportation-or some combination of these. The M.S. Degree can opt with a research orientation (through the preparation of a thesis), or it can be completed through a non-thesis path. The non-thesis includes more extensive coursework and may also include a report and project. The department offers a Ph.D. program in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The Charles E. Via, Jr. Via Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers the following graduate programs in Environmental Engineering - MS in Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. 
The MS ENE degree may be taken either as coursework only or with the permission of the faculty may incorporate a research thesis.

Areas of Expertise: Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; Structural design using advanced civil eng. Materials; Construction operations and processes; Construction theory and applications; Design and management of constructed facilities; Transportation and infrastructure planning/management; Environmental and water resources engineering

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Computer Science.  The college provides a 4-year Bachelor of Science (B.S). Students can choose from a wide range of advanced topics and application areas including animation, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, database, graphics, human-computer interaction, multimedia, networking, parallel computation, and software engineering. The department also offers a 5-year combined B.S./M.S. To complete a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years, the college permits students with at least a 3.5 GPA to apply for admission to the Graduate School after the completion of seventy-five hours of undergraduate study. The M.S degree in Computer Science is completed through either the thesis or the coursework option. The Ph.D. program is intended to be completed in about five years from entering the graduate program with a BS degree in Computer Science or a related field. The student can also complete the Ph.D. program in four years if the student already has an MS degree in Computer Science or a related field.

Areas of Expertise: High-performance computing; Software engineering; Algorithms; Computer-aided education; Human-computer interaction; Grid computing


The Harry Lynde Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate degree programs leading to Master of Engineering (M.Eng), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in electrical engineering. The Master’s program has two options - thesis and non-thesis. The thesis option is encouraged for most students — particularly for all students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree. The ECE graduate program offers Masters of Engineering (MEng) degrees in Electrical Engineering (EE) at the Washington DC area campus. The BS degree in Electrical Engineering, which is an undergraduate offering of the department, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Areas of Expertise: Power systems; Fiber & electro-optics; Computer systems design; Wireless communication; Electronics


Both the undergraduate and graduate programs of The Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering are regularly included in U.S. News & World Report's annual listing of the Top 10 Industrial and Systems Engineering Departments in the nation. The undergraduate program is ranked #6, and the graduate program is #4 for 2020.
The Undergraduate School is a top-ranked department, offering a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (BSISE). It is one of the best known and highest-rated ISE programs in the United States. The Department offers required and elective courses encompassing the breadth of the industrial engineering discipline: human factors engineering and ergonomics, operations research, manufacturing systems, and management system.
The Graduate department offers a variety of majors you can graduate in.
It offers M.E.A., M.S., Ph.D., M.Eng. in General Industrial Engineering, Human Factors Engineering, Management Systems Engineering, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Operations Research, and Systems Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Management systems: performance measurement, etc.; Human factors: auditory systems, displays/controls, etc.; Systems engineering: Life-cycle process, reliability, etc.; Manufacturing: Ind. automation, manuf. Processes, etc.; Operations research: Mathematical modeling and analysis

Material Science

Materials Engineering is about designing, processing, testing and discovering materials mainly solids. It involves analyzing the structure and properties of objects.
Virginia Tech offers a four-year B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering. Similar to all engineering subjects, all students enter the MSE Department following the completion of their first-year studies within the College of Engineering, as administered by the Department of Engineering Education (EngE).
The Graduate School offers a Master of Science (M. S), a Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) and a Ph.D. program
The M.S. degree requires a thesis. Students with an interest in applied research and development should consider this degree option.
The M.Eng. is a non-thesis degree which is obtained through coursework and a project focusing on a critical literature review or industry problem.
The Ph.D. degree is intended for exceptional students who have a strong interest in scholarship and a desire to do independent research. A master's degree is neither a requirement nor a prerequisite for students to apply for a Ph.D. program. However, a majority of Ph.D. students fulfill the requirements for a master's degree while working toward the Ph.D. degree.

Areas of Expertise: Subsurface environmental engineering; Mineral processing and coal preparation; Systems analysis and equipment evaluation; Materials fabrication, processing, & char. Techniques; Electronic, optical, and semiconducting materials; Polymers and polymer-based composite materials; Environmental, health, and safety;  Rock mechanics and ground control; Ceramics and ceramic-matrix composite materials; Metal and metal-matrix composite materials


Mechanical engineering is the broadest of engineering professions. Mechanical engineers work in a wide variety of technical areas and are employed in a range of job functions. Specialty areas within the mechanical engineering discipline include, among many others, acoustics, biomechanics, CAD, controls, energy conversion and energy management, HVAC, materials, mechanical design, mechatronics, nuclear engineering, robotics and automation, and turbomachinery.
Virginia Tech’s Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME).
The B.S. program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Graduate students can acquire a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. (MSME), Master of Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in Mechanical Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Materials, material behavior & app., intelligent materials; Acoustics, structural acoustics, and active acoustic cont.; Vibration, control, and dynamics; Fluid and thermal systems, tribology, energy systems, turbo mac; Analysis & design of mechanical devices & systems

Annual fees for Indians $15,000
Annual off-campus living $6,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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