Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Reviews

3.91 out of 5 stars
(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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1.1 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 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."
2.4 out of 5 stars
Kendall - 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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Allison Burns - 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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Paige Kassalen - 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."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Steve - 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."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Jenny Roberts - 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!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jason B - 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."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Brandon Nader - 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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Valencia - 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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tawni - 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 minorĀ in another subject in addition to your PR degree. PR goes extremely well with PSCI, which is what I chose to double major in."

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