Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Reviews

  • 45 Reviews
  • Blacksburg (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $31,908
85% of 45 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 45 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2020
  • Degree: Computer Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2005
"A majority of professors in Engineering, Science, and Math were apathetic and did not cover course material well. We were told to purchase textbooks that often did not cover the course material. In many classes, the first test would not take place before the drop/add period. I felt that we were expected to know material that was neither covered in class or in the textbooks. Professors would not show up for office hours or other appointments. My car was towed on multiple occasions, because they didn't inform us about football games or provide adequate parking signs, and the tow companies were "on the take". I felt socially isolated. In general, unless you already learned everything in prep school, avoid going here for STEM, because you won't learn anything."
Kendall
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2019
  • Degree: Agriculture
  • Graduation Year: 2023
"I love Virginia Tech. It is so diverse and everyone feels accepted and at home. In my degree program, Agricultural Sciences, as a future agricultural educator, I don't believe Virginia Tech is the best place to go. Most colleges have a major specifically for agricultural education/future educators, but Virginia Tech doesn't. This program touches mostly on leadership, but misses core subjects about how to be a good educator. I love this campus and community, don't get me wrong. But if you are thinking about teaching agricultural education, you may want to look at other options."
Allison Burns
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
  • Degree: Nutrition
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I love Virginia Tech! Such an amazing program, university, and incredible opportunity to grow in academics and character! Collectively, my experiences have influenced the trajectory of my future as a community-based healthcare professional and leader. As a graduate of the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as a Human, Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise major, my minors in medicine, societal ethics, and neuroscience, I am grateful for the gained appreciation for organic agricultural practices, whole foods, lifestyle intervention, and the interconnection between nutrition and health."
Paige Kassalen
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2019
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Virginia Tech's Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is amazing. Just like a lot of things in college, the effort you put in directly is related to your academic, professional, and social success. The faculty and staff are extremely welcoming and everyone is looking for you to succeed. I would recommend you take advantage of all the opportunities available and you will definitely succeed."
Steve
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2019
  • Degree: Finance
  • Graduation Year: 1988
"I first saw Virginia Tech -- Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University aka VPI -- in a book on colleges. They had the right mix of science and engineering degrees for whatever I wanted to study. I next saw it while dropping off my brother at college. The campus was beautiful. Third time was during freshman orientation, and then for real on move-in day. I'd attended a good high school, but Tech was more than I'd ever imagined. I immediately hooked up with friends from school, and we hung out regularly. The library was only a couple minutes walk away, and proved to be a great place to study. The campus scenery, extracurricular activities, all great! I was having fun, to be sure, but I was there to get a degree, and did just that. Along the way I learned hard work, teamwork, and leadership -- three important aspects of any career. I highly recommend Virginia Tech! It's a big school, but with a moderate campus and a decided home-town feel. Top-notch engineering and sciences. Great business school. Well worth a serious look."
Jenny Roberts
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2018
  • Degree: Nutrition
  • Graduation Year: 2000
"The college was beautiful and the program amazing. I found the instructors to be very helpful and willing to meet during office hours if additional help was needed. I had opportunities at Virginia Tech that I would not have had at other schools. In addition, my degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise was a great lead in to my first Masters degree in Health Promotion and Health Education also from Virginia Tech. I then used this as a foundation to support my second masters from Eastern Virginia Medical School to complete my degree as a Physician Assistant. If I could change anything from my undergraduate time, I wish I would have stressed a little less about grades (though they are important) and enjoyed the moment. I wish I would have known how lucky I was to be there while I was there. Those years and experiences flew by so fast that I feel like it was just a breeze blowing by. Life is short. My advice it to use the college opportunity to not only learn your academic profession, but build life long relationship, explore your dreams, try new things, and don't be afraid to go out on your own. This is one of the best times of my life. Virginia Tech is an absolutely inspiring campus full of opportunities beyond anything I could have imagined. I even took a couple classes in horse-back riding while I was there since it was something I always had wanted to do and we could never afford it growing up. Dont be afraid to just take an off the wall class to learn something new. Enjoy the learning process and have fun!"
Jason B
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2018
  • Degree: Office Management
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"Virginia Tech is a magical place. One if not the most beautiful campus in the country, instills a great sense of pride as soon as you step foot on campus. The world renowned teaching staff is incredibly knowledgeable and very up to the times on technologies and trends in the work place market. They are very in tune with what is going on in the world. The resources available are plentiful and you will never be left alone helpless. The social makeup of the university is also incredibly welcoming. Students from all of the world sit amongst you in class and provide different perspectives on problems. There is never a shortage of learning."
Brandon Nader
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2018
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"This is a large state school that will undoubtedly be a great experience for you. Mainly an engineering school but other majors such as sciences, arts, and languages are available. The culture is very cohesive and inclusive. Being a "hokie" means fulfilling the school motto, "That I may Serve," every single day as a student."
Valencia
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2018
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"Virginia Tech is a great school for high school seniors and juniors to think about applying and enrolling. First, don't automatically put off the school because you think it only specializes in tech programs and it is out in the middle of nowhere. Even though, the latter is correct, VT has a student body of 25,000. You won't know that you're in Blacksburg until you step off the campus. As an in-state school it has a great deal of resources for each student to use while attending the school. You will meet many people from all across Virginia seeing as it's an public institution and receives the majority of its applicants from Virginia but you will also find students that are from other Mid-Atlantic states as well. You will certainly have a very collegiate lifestyle with the hundreds of student organizations and clubs to meet people with similar interest as you. Also, going to football games will be one of your daily Saturday activities or if you're lucky a Thursday night game to kick off the weekend. One of the other things that are amazing about the school are the food options. I think the school was smart and thought ahead to make sure that although you are out in the valley of VA (4 hours from DC) you certainly won't suffer from the lack of food choices. People are genuinely jealous of the options for the food we have there. Likewise, watch your budget when it comes to the food plan or it will sneak up on you in the middle of the semester that you'll have to chill with West End! You'll have plenty of study abroad opportunities. As far as career opportunities a lot of firms from all over come to recruit and all you have to do is maintain a solid GPA. I'd highly recommend VT."
Tawni
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2017
  • Degree: Public Relations
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at Virginia Tech as a Public Relations major. Although not as challenging as other majors Virginia Tech is famous for, I believe I learned valuable communication skills that will help me pursue my dream career in the field of government. The professors I had at Virginia Tech were excellent. The COMM department is filled with successful, talented professors who genuinely care about their students. My academic advisor from the COMM department was always willing to meet with me and discuss my class schedule, academic goals, and future career path. I highly recommend double majoring or at least minor in another subject in addition to your PR degree. PR goes extremely well with PSCI, which is what I chose to double major in."
Jill Miller
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2017
  • Degree: Landscape Design
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Landscape architecture, and other design degrees, are provided a multitude of resources, although the campus is very STEM and engineering focused. There is flexibility within the curriculum to personalize your studies and complete minors within your interest. The school spirit at Virginia Tech is amazing and is far reaching - even beyond campus and your attendance. Once a Hokie, forever a Hokie."
Monet Weldon
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Virginia Tech was a good school to attend for undergrad. If you want a school that is very focused on both sports and school spirit, then this is the school for you. I did not care about football until attending this school. They also have (depending on the year) the best campus food in the country. Seriously it is just so good but you wont gain the freshman 15 because the campus is so large that there's no way you can gain weight with all the walking you have to do to get from class to class (this actually isn't a negative since it balances out all the food you eat). It is in a small town though, so some people don't like that. There are now art shows and plays and stuff with the new art building. There is some night life, but there are few bars and only one place you can dance. It's weird because it's a college town, but all the places downtown are only 21 and up, no more 18 and up places. They are expanding the school a lot, so there will a lot more majors soon and more students. Cost of living there is suuuuper cheap (compared to the rest of Virginia) so that is a pro. Classes can be hard or easy depending on the person teaching. They place heavy emphasis on engineering and college of business. They have a ton of career fairs throughout the year, but more so for those colleges. They are making a new school of neuroscience which is the first in the nation so that is cool. overall I give it 8/10 would go there again most def! Met my husband there! (he lived in the same dorm as me)"
Christie Freund
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2017
  • Degree: Nutrition
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Attending Virginia Tech was the best decision I ever made. The campus and surrounding town have a wonderful atmosphere with professors and students that truly care about one another. I had excellent professors that have prepared me well to pursue a graduate degree. I would highly recommend it to anyone."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"I love my college. I made the best friends I have ever had and the schooling prepared me for the real world experience!"
Chloe
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2016
  • Degree: Performing Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2007
"Virginia Tech is an amazing school to attend for undergraduate study if you want to be an architect, engineer, or work in business. The faculty are great and really care about all of their students. However I don't think anyone should get a degree in theater arts unless you plan to be a teacher, which thankfully I do!"
Kunal N
  • Reviewed: 8/7/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"Virginia Tech was the best choice for me. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the large campus made it easy to run into people but also have space for when you needed time alone. The professors were all top notch, giving intriguing and engaging lectures whether it was to a full auditorium or a small classroom of 10 people. I took some of my most favorite classes there that continue to shape me including History Through Film, Abnormal Psychology, Finance and Budgeting, and many more. Of course, no talk can be complete without talking about the culture. Virginia Tech's motto is UT PROSIM, or THAT I MAY SERVE. Service is a huge component with students able to join up with one of hundreds of organizations on campus dedicated to improving the community. But when your brain is tired of spending time in the library, gear up for Hokie Football which brings the campus alive. Attend a Thursday night football game and be a part of the loudest stadium in the nation. Take a chance on Virginia Tech, and enjoy your time to the fullest. GO HOKIES!"
Carlyn
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2016
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 1989
"First, great location! But, at least in my major (business), there were a lot of real world teachers balancing academic professionals, so you really got a rounded view of the profession. I also love that a lot of math and science are required for any degree, ensuring that when you work with highly technical people, you do speak their language."
Alecia
  • Reviewed: 7/29/2016
  • Degree: Mathematics
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"This university is fantastic! If I were to go back in time to redo my college choice I would still choose this school. There was such a great sense of community and it felt like a second home. My only regrets were to not take more advantage of the extracurricular events that this school had a vast amount of."
Isleofjedidiah
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Nutrition
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"College proved to be an exercise in responsibility via time management. Classes progress in difficulty based on prior effort, so if you put in the the effort for "easier" classes and excel in those, the higher level classes are manageable."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Great community! Good people help each other through the intense college curriculum amidst many relationship building activities and events."