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Virginia Tech receives record-breaking number of undergraduate applications

February 8, 2016

Students gather at orientation
Virginia Tech received a record number of undergraduate applications for admission to the Class of 2020. New students will attend freshman orientation this summer.

Virginia Tech received a record number of undergraduate applications for admission to the Class of 2020. This year's more than 25,200 applicants represents a 12 percent increase over last year and continues a trend of growth in applications.

The applicant class includes an 8 percent increase in Virginia applicants and reflects the most diverse student pool ever  -- with a 13 percent increase in underrepresented student applicants, including students who self-identify as Native American, Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native Hawaiian, first generation, or two or more races.

"It’s gratifying to see so many qualified and talented young people responding to our efforts to provide a technology-rich and relevant education in a diverse and inclusive community that is committed to impactful service," said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. "Our welcome challenge now is to develop the capacity and resources to meet their needs, and the needs of the Commonwealth, in keeping with our land grant mission."

The university is focused on creating a curriculum that builds upon its existing strong academic foundations and providing programs of study and experiential learning opportunities that will prepare students for success in the 21st century  

"Virginia Tech is home to many majors for students who like to think critically, to design solutions to improve the human condition, and to engage in the new technologies of the 21stcentury. From our new, interdisciplinary degree in water: resources, policy, and management to our new programs in both sciences and humanities, prospective students are discovering majors that meet their interests and that will help them develop the skills they need to find meaningful careers that are in high-demand upon graduation," said Wanda Hankins Dean, vice provost for enrollment and degree management.

In addition to the overall increase in applicants, every college also experienced an increase, the most significant being a 25 percent increase in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a 24 percent increase in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

"While we attribute our record-breaking increase of applications to the stellar academics and unparalleled sense of community Virginia Tech has to offer, we believe that prospective students also value our highly personalized and accessible admissions process, as well as the many intentional programs and events we facilitate each year to meet the needs of prospective students and their families," said Mildred R. Johnson, associate vice provost for enrollment management and director of undergraduate admissions

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions notifies regular decision applicants of admissions decisions by April 1. Students must reply by May 1.

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