Academic Requirements for International Freshmen

Before you can be considered for freshman admission, you must complete:

  • 3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
  • 2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
  • additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)

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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking ONE of following tests.

We recommend the TOEFL or IELTS be taken by January 15. Late test scores MUST be received by February 1.


International students whose native language is not English must document proficiency in the English language by submitting either an IELTSTOEFL, or PTE.

  • Students taking the IELTS must obtain a score of at least 6.5, with no subscore below 6.5 to be considered for admission to Virginia Tech.
  • Students taking the PTE must obtain a score of at least 53.
  • Depending on the type of TOEFL used, Virginia Tech expects students to have scores of:
    • Internet-based test: at least 80, with no section sub-score less than 16
    • Computer-based test: at least 233
    • Paper-based test: at least 550

If a student does not have the required TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score, but meets other admission requirements, the student is encouraged to enroll in Virginia Tech's Language and Culture Institute (VTLCI) program until he/she reaches the required score. Once the score is achieved, the student is offered admission as a regular degree-seeking student.

To have your IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score automatically sent to Virginia Tech, please specify Virginia Tech's CEEB code (5859) on the test form. We recommend the English language proficiency tests be taken by January 15 and scores must be received on or before February 1.

SAT Optional

Virginia Tech does not require the SAT for international applicants. If you would like to send the SAT Reasoning Test (including critical reading and math) or ACT test scores, scores should be forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (CEEB code 5859; ACT code 4420).

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

Virginia Tech awards college credit ONLY for the German Abitur, A Levels, International Baccalaureate, and AP courses. To receive credit, an official copy of the exam result and a syllabus of the course(s) must be sent to: Office of the University Registrar, 250 Student Services Building, Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA. More information can be found at the Office of the University Registrar.

Interviews (optional)

Students at Virginia Tech are expected to have the language skills necessary for successful participation in our community. In light of such, we recommend that international applicants participate in an interview conducted by InitialView as part of their application. InitialView will conduct and record an interview with you and provide it and a writing sample directly to us for our review. InitialView does not rate or grade the interview/writing sample. Evaluation is done by our admission office.

You may learn more about InitialView at Please arrange to have your interview completed as early as possible. The deadline for completing the interview is February 1, 2018.

We strongly encourage Chinese applicants to participate in an interview with our partner organization in China. Please contact InitialView to schedule your evaluation.