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New survey ranks Virginia Tech among top schools in alumni loyalty, enthusiasm

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 19, 2012 – In a new college ranking system, Virginia Tech ranked eighth among national universities and 24th among all colleges in alumni loyalty, financial success, and various satisfaction measures.

The study, by Alumni Factor, ranked 177 schools and categorized them as national universities, regional universities, and liberal arts colleges.

In addition, Virginia Tech ranked fourth in overall assessment among national universities in a survey of alumni from the nation’s top schools in higher education, and it was ranked first in the number of alumni who said they would choose the school again. 

Participants responded to questions relating to attributes such as their intellectual and social growth during college. Responses were used to gauge their actual feelings about their alma maters. They also responded to statements about relevant political and social issues. And finally, the study considered factors such as enrollment, retention, and graduation rates, and alumni employment outcomes.

In total, graduates answered more than 30 questions about their college experience. More than 42,000 alumni from 450 colleges and universities completed the survey. Of those, the top 177 schools were ranked. Responses from approximately 200 alumni from a variety of majors at each school were included. Combining total scores from all three categories of schools, Virginia Tech ranked 24th, ahead of schools such as Duke University (27th); Purdue (78th); and Penn State (102nd).

“Our students form strong bonds with fellow students having a wide range of backgrounds and interests, that carry into their lives as engaged alumni ,” said Tom Tillar, vice president for alumni relations. “It’s not surprising that the results of this study confirm such an experience. So many of our alumni are extraordinary ambassadors for the university in their communities and professions, which also extends nationally and internationally. ”

Other notable rankings for the university included:

  • Likelihood of recommending the school to a prospective student – fourth
  • Household net worth – ninth
  • Overall happiness – 16th
  • Overall college experience – 17th
  • Financial success – 18th

“The study was special because it focused on the individuals who truly understand the role their college played in their lives,” said Larry Hincker, associate vice president for university relations. “In a way, it measured results rather than inputs as most rankings do, and we see the schools’ actual performance against their mission and reputation. In many ways, this is where the rubber meets the road.”

Other Virginia schools included in the overall ranking were Washington and Lee (first); University of Virginia (12th); The College of William and Mary (33rd), and the University of Richmond (72nd).

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.


Virginia Tech ranks among the best colleges and universities in the nation. See overall rankings and for individual programs and departments.

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