The admissions policy requires graduation from an accredited high school or successful completion of the GED. The admissions committee considers applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale); however, most competitive applicants will present a GPA of 2.5 or better. Each applicant is evaluated within the context of the high school(s) attended; we recognize that GPAs are calculated in many different ways. The admissions committee’s review of grades is based upon the letter and/or numeric grades presented for each class, not the GPA. For the last two years, the average GPA for incoming students was 3.00.
The Agricultural Technology Program operates on a rolling admission system.
Academic Requirements for Admission
Applicants to the Agricultural Technology Program should complete the same coursework required of freshmen at Virginia Tech in order to be prepared for college-level work.
Before you can be considered for freshman admission, you must complete the following:
- 18 units of high school coursework
- 4 units of English
- 3 units of math (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
The SAT is recommended, but not required. Virginia Tech's CEEB code is 5859.
Scholarship opportunities are available for agricultural technology students. Support for scholarships comes from the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, industry groups, and alumni. An Agricultural Technology Scholarship Application (which covers these scholarships) will be included in the packet of information sent to students who are offered admission.
All students wishing to be considered for any scholarships are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students complete the FAFSA form at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
Filing deadline is January 15. A number of scholarships are based on financial need, and only students with documented financial need will be considered for those scholarships.
From time to time, certain scholarships are made available to help increase diversity within the college. If applicants believe they would qualify for diversity awards, please contact the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) office at (540) 231-5023 to check on availability of awards for the coming school year. For example, if you are a first-generation college student, you would qualify to apply.
Financial aid in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships is available from various sources to help qualified students with their college expenses. To apply for need-based aid, students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 15. Additional information and forms can be obtained by visiting the Virginia Tech Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid.
If students miss the deadline, they can still complete the FAFSA. Student loans, parent loans, and Pell Grants are still available to those who otherwise qualify even if the FAFSA is late. All students should complete the FAFSA in order to enable the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to provide the best possible financial counseling regarding college cost financing.
Virginia Tech’s Title IV Code, which is required on the FAFSA, is 0003754.
Applicants need to complete the FAFSA if they are considering applying for admission so they do not miss the deadline.
Tuition and Fees
Agricultural Technology students pay the same tuition and fees as other Virginia Tech undergraduate students. Specific information on these fees is available at University Bursar website.
Room and Board
All incoming first-year students at Virginia Tech are required to live on campus during their first year unless they are given express permission under the following guidelines:
- Reside with their parents or close relatives who are established residents of the community;
- Are married and live with their spouses;
- Are military veterans of at least six months active duty; or
- Are at least 21 years old.
Specific information on room and board options and fees is available on the University Bursar’s website. Students are housed with the general four-year student population.
All Virginia Tech students are required to have a laptop computer. The specifications will be posted on our website when available.