Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Narrative Description

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Blacksburg, VA 24061
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1872. Setting: 2,600-acre small town campus. Educational spending 2003-04: $7979 per student. Total enrollment: 25,619. Faculty: 1,490 (1,280 full-time, 210 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 17,796 applied, 71% were admitted. 31% from top 10% of their high school class, 67% from top quarter, 93% from top half. Full-time: 20,729 students, 41% women, 59% men. Part-time: 543 students, 36% women, 64% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 104 other countries, 29% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 41% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 90% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; home economics/vocational home economics. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.3 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $4512 full-time, $188 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,206 full-time, $633.50 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1324 full-time, $156 per term part-time. College room and board: $4288. College room only: $2150. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 524 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 13% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Virginia Tech Union, Student Government Association, international student organizations. Major annual events: Military Ball, International Street Fair, Homecoming Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 8,900 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Newman Library plus 4 others with 2.2 million books, 6.3 million microform titles, 28,596 serials, 23,420 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $12.8 million. 8,000 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Blacksburg is a town with a population of 35,000 located on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, 38 miles southwest of Roanoke. Bus service is convenient and free to the university community. Civic and service organizations are active and welcome student participation. Outdoor recreation opportunities include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, and camping. Nearby are the Jefferson National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, the New River, and other parks and lakes.

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