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Academic Requirements for Freshmen

Each year, over 20,000 people apply to be among approximately 5,900 entering students. Before you can be considered for freshman admission, you must complete:

  • 18 units of high-school course work
  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
  • 2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
  • 2 units of social science (one must be history)
  • 3 additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)
  • 4 elective units

Some majors have other requirements, such as an additional year of advanced math or lab science. Most students who are selected for admission have completed more than the minimum requirements and have at least a B+ grade point average.

ACT/SAT Requirements

Virginia Tech will accept scores from both the old SAT and redesigned SAT. This replaces our previous policy of accepting only the redesigned SAT scores. If you took the SAT before Spring 2016 and will also plan to take the redesigned SAT, please send both scores to Virginia Tech. Because the redesigned SAT is a different test than the current SAT, a numerical score on one test will not be equivalent to the same numerical score on the other. CollegeBoard has provided concordance tables which can be found here.
Virginia Tech will allow applicants for Fall 2017 to submit both old and new SAT test results to meet admission testing requirements.

Note: If you plan to take the SAT, we recommend using the free SAT test-preparation program available online at

Fall 2016 Freshman Snapshot

SAT* scores ranged from 810 to 1600
ACT scores ranged from 17 to 36

(SAT scores reflect critical reading and math section scores only)

Please note: These are not minimum requirements for admission to Virginia Tech.

For more information about the incoming class of 2020, please see the complete Freshman Snapshot.

All data current as of May 15, 2016