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The Virginia Tech College of Engineering pushes the boundaries beyond classroom learned knowledge by applying a hands-on, multidisciplinary approach to preparing students to be highly recruitable problem solvers and leaders.

For 150 years, the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, the fifth-largest producer of engineering graduates in the nation, has been conducting life-changing research, educating the leaders of tomorrow, and solving challenges that plague our world, like Alzheimer's disease, water contamination, and cybersecurity. As a result, the college is ranked nationally — 11th in research expenditures by the National Science Foundation.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 survey ranks the College of Engineering No. 16 for its undergraduate program, maintaining the college's solid presence in this national ranking against peers and aspirational peers, ahead of all other Virginia engineering programs. The college's rigorous curriculum, experiential learning, and industry engagement produce graduates who are poised for success — ready to work, innovate, and lead.

The Virginia Tech College of Engineering is the largest and most comprehensive engineering program in the state of Virginia, with 384 tenure and tenure track faculty across 18 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, teaching approximately 12,700 students, covering myriad engineering disciplines in undergraduate and graduate studies from mining engineering to nuclear engineering.

The college's youngest faculty are poised to further research in critical areas, collectively earning eight National Science Foundation CAREER awards, one DARPA Young Faculty Award, and one Young Investigator award in 2022.

Virginia Tech engineering continues to be a sought-after destination for an engineering degree, seeing a 5 percent increase in applications this year.

Fall 2022 first-year student profile:

  • Average high school GPA is 4.12
  • Average SAT Math score is 693
  • Average SAT Reading score is 663
  • Total SAT average is 1356

The college offers 32 undergraduate engineering majors16 doctoral, and 19 master's programs across 12 departments and two schools.

Virginia Tech engineering supplies more than 50 percent of the engineers to Virginia’s workforce. In the 2021-22 academic year, the college conferred 1,965 undergraduate engineering degrees, which is more than 60 percent of total degrees in the state of Virginia.

The college continues to be at the forefront of innovation and research, working in disruptive technology areas that include autonomous systems and robotics, cybersecurity, cyber-physical systems, the internet of things, data analytics and decision sciences, injury and occupational biomechanics, manufacturing materials, and systems, energy engineering and science, sustainable infrastructure and construction, transportation and logistics, turbomachinery and diagnostics, corrosion and water, and wireless communications and security.