Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,420
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$20,247
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
1.27%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
65.8%
30,771 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
37,024
92% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
86.1%
4,648 Graduates

About

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a higher education institution located in Montgomery County, VA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University were Management Science (442 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (407 degrees), and General Computer & Information Sciences (311 degrees).

In 2020, 9,544 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 47% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 53% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (6,016 degrees), 6.75 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (891 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is $11,420, which is $−17,209 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is $11,420, which is $−17,209 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,247.

In 2020, 57% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 37% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,420
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was $11,420. The cost of tuition at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is $−17,209 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$20,247
2020 Value
9.75%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,247. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grew by 9.75%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,342
Room and Board
$1,100
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was of $9,342 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,100. The cost of room and board increased by 4.57% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 4.35% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

57%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
37%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

57% of undergraduate students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 18.8% with respect to 2019, when 48% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.27%
2018 Default Rate
55
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was 1.27%, which represents 55 out of the 4342 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University received 30,771 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 3.76% annual decline. Out of those 30,771 applicants, 20,239 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 65.8% acceptance rate.

There were 37,024 students enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2020, and 83% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has an overall enrollment yield of 32.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

65.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
20,239
Accepted Out of 30,771

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was 65.8% (20,239 admissions from 30,771 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 70%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −3.76%, while admissions declined by −9.62%.

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SAT Scores

83%
Submission Percentage
5,489
Scores Submitted

83% of enrolled first-time students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has a total enrollment of 37,024 students. The full-time enrollment at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is 34,051 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,973. This means that 92% of students enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 60.5% White, 10.1% Asian, 7.24% Hispanic or Latino, 4.95% Black or African American, 4.62% Two or More Races, 0.119% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0945% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (34.8%), followed by White Female (27.9%) and Asian Male (6.26%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (24.1%), followed by White Male (23%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.57%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

92%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 37,024 students. The full-time enrollment at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is 34,051 and the part-time enrollment is 2,973. This means that 92% of students enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

93%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was 93%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    22,390
  2. Asian
    3,727
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    2,682

The enrolled student population at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is 60.5% White, 10.1% Asian, 7.24% Hispanic or Latino, 4.95% Black or African American, 4.62% Two or More Races, 0.119% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0945% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,055 students (2.85%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 566 fewer women than men received degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is white (6,016 degrees awarded). There were 6.75 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (891 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is Management Science (442 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (407 degrees) and General Computer & Information Sciences (311 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Architecture and Related Services (214 degrees awarded), Agriculture (453 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (354 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are Software developers (408,447 people), Other managers (337,764 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (331,363 people), Civil engineers (272,294 people), and Mechanical engineers (201,420 people).

The most specialized majors at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are Architecture and Related Services (214 degrees awarded), Agriculture (453 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (354 degrees), Engineering (2,144 degrees), and Human Sciences (561 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Diagnostic medical sonographers

The most specialized majors at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are Architecture and Related Services (214 degrees awarded), Agriculture (453 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (354 degrees), Engineering (2,144 degrees), and Human Sciences (561 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are Architectural, engineering & related services (555,599 people), Computer Systems Design (418,440 people), Construction (326,850 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (220,312 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (193,046 people).

The most specialized majors at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are Architecture and Related Services (214 degrees awarded), Agriculture (453 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (354 degrees), Engineering (2,144 degrees), and Human Sciences (561 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Most Common
  1. 442 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 407 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 311 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was Management Science with 442 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

5,055
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
4,489
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 5,055 degrees were awarded to men at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, which is 1.13 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,489).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 406 degrees were awarded to men at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 4.95 times more than the 82 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 229 degrees were awarded to women at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in General Human Development & Family Studies, which is 14.3 times more than the 16 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

63%
100% Completion Time
84%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 63% of students graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 84% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 85% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (92.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is Female and Asian (92.2% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.49% of graduates (162 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,016 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    891 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    556 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is white (6,016 degrees awarded). There were 6.75 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (891 degrees).

2.25% of degree recipients (215 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Male
    3,114 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    2,902 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    484 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is white male (3,114 degrees awarded). There were 1.07 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (2,902 degrees).

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Operations

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.33B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $0 (0%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University had a total salary expenditure of $1.57B. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University employs 617 Assistant professors, 597 Professors, and 546 Associate professors. Most academics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are Male Professors (476), Male Assistant professors(348), and Male Associate professors (338).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 1596 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 1234 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 704 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.33B
2020 Endowment
1.42%
decline from 2019

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has an endowment valued at about $1.33B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University declined 1.42% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.03B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $239M - Federal
  2. $14.8M - State
  3. $14.3M - Local

As of 2020, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University received $239M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $14.8M from state grants and contracts, and $14.3M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$749M
2020 Salaries
5.78%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University paid a median of $749M in salaries, which represents 47.8% of their overall expenditure ($1.57B) and a 5.78% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.3% growth from 2018 and a 4.62% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$227M
Instructional Salaries
2,057
Number of Employees

In 2020, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University paid a total of $227M to 2,057 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
617 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1596 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University were Assistant professor with 617 employees; Professor with 597 employees; and Professor with 546 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University were Business and Financial Operations with 1,596 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 1,234 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 704 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was Male Professor with 476 employees, Male Assistant professor with 348 employees, and Male Associate professor with 338 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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