So, you want to know what to do to get into Virginia Tech?

In short, try hard and be you!


The admissions committee is not just paying attention to your GPA and your SAT or ACT test scores. There are many things we look at during the application review process to get to know you to include:

  • Rigor of academic program
  • Grades in academic courses
  • Standardized test scores - At Virginia Tech, we superscore across test dates AND across exams – meaning we’ll look at your highest Math and English subscores and even combine scores from the SAT and ACT. For example, the Committee could consider your SAT Math and ACT English subscores when reviewing his/her application.
  • Ethnicity
  • First-generation
  • Leadership and service
  • Legacy
  • Major requested
  • Participation in Virginia Tech pipeline programs
  • Personal statements
  • Disciplinary record
  • Residency

While we like to get to know you through your application, the college search process actually begins well before you fill out application for admission.

Some of the choices you make as early as your freshman and sophomore years in high school can play a role in your college admissions decisions down the road. Below is a quick timeline that you might consider.

  • Work on a “road map” to graduation with your high school counselor. Questions about this? Call us – we’re here to help you!
  • Get involved! Do some think outside of the classroom like volunteer in your community!
  • Start working on a resume. Keep track of what you’re doing both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Revisit your “road map” to graduation.
  • Register for practice standardized tests (PSAT and/or PLAN).
  • Really think about that question you’ve probably heard a million times: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Make a list of things that interest you and think about who you want to be?
  • Don’t forget to keep working on your resume.
  • Revisit your “road map” to graduation.
  • Get involved outside of your classroom. Go beyond your homework and basketball practice!
  • Take/retake the PSAT and PLAN.
  • Check out colleges that you think are interesting and attend local college fairs.
  • Begin researching scholarship opportunities
  • Start studying for the SAT/ACT
  • In the spring, take the SAT and/or ACT
  • Consider visiting colleges that you think you like to see whether they are a good fit in person
  • Finalize your list of colleges to which you want to submit an application
  • Review your senior year courses with your high school counselor and/or call us – we’re always here to help!
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT (Note: don’t stress too much about this because 1.) we superscore and 2.) this is just one thing we check out when we review your application!)
  • Visit colleges that you think you like to see whether they are a good fit in person
  • Keep working on that resume
  • Attend local college fairs
  • Take on leadership roles (president, vice president, etc.) in a few of your extracurricular activities.
  • Apply for scholarships – deadlines can be as early as September of your Senior year.
  • Ask your counselor about college application fee waivers.
  • Retake the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Submit college applications.
  • Research financial aid deadlines.
  • Attend Fall Open Houses.
  • Request mid-year grades.
  • Submit the FAFSA. (Virginia Tech’s Priority Deadline is January 15).
  • Receive college decisions and financial aid packages.
  • Attend admitted student events.
  • Submit your deposit to secure your place at your chosen college!