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First-year Application Checklist

Apply in Three Steps

We are excited that you are considering Virginia Tech as your future home! Please review the information below and on the requirements page to learn more about the application process.

1. Complete and submit your application on Common App

ALL applicants must apply using Common App.

  1. Use a personal email address to create your Common App account instead of a school email address, in case your school blocks external communication. If your application was submitted over a week ago and you still have not received an email from, we encourage you to reach out to us.
  2. Choose the decision plan that’s right for you.
  3. Pay your non-refundable application fee of $60 (domestic applicants) or $70 (international applicants) or reach out to us if the fee is a burden and you do not qualify for one of the fee waiver options listed directly on the application.

2. Submit your academic materials

Within 72 hours of submitting your application, you will receive an email with instructions to create your Applicant Portal, which is where you can monitor your checklist, submit materials, access the General Scholarship Application, and where you will find your admission decision.

Please review the following instructions to determine what materials are required:

  • First-year applicants who have only attended high school or have been home-educated within the U.S. will need to submit a self-reported academic record (SRAR) for review. If you want your SAT/ACT scores to be reviewed, you must report them on your SRAR.
  • First-year applicants who have attended high school or have been home-educated outside of the U.S. at any point will need to submit their transcript(s) for review. If you want your SAT/ACT scores to be reviewed, include them on your Common App or upload a score report in your Applicant Portal.

More information on submitting the SRAR can be found here.

  1. Submit your academic materials through your Applicant Portal. This ensures quick matching to your application. For applicants submitting an SRAR, you should access that form directly from your Portal. For those uploading transcript(s) and/or score reports, you should use the Upload feature in your Applicant Portal.
  2. Monitor your Applicant Portal to ensure the materials have been received. NOTE: It can take up to a week during peak times for your Portal to update so we recommend checking back often.
  3. Keep up with the deadlines associated with submitting academic materials here.

3. Check your email for other action items while you wait for your decision

We will be emailing application updates, reminders of deadlines, and special event details, so monitoring your email is an important part of the application process.

We strongly encourage you to use a personal email address when applying, as many school email addresses may block external senders, and to add to your safe contacts list. If you find that it has been a week or more since you applied and you have not received any communication from, please reach out to Undergraduate Admissions.

  1. Fill out the General Scholarship Application and Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 22 for maximum aid consideration. Do not wait for an offer of admission to apply!
  2. Use your Applicant Portal to monitor the status of your application materials and ensure your application is complete. Remember, it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure your application is complete.
  3. Consider visiting Virginia Tech. The best way to learn if Virginia Tech is the best fit for you is to try it out! Learn about the visit opportunities here. Note: Virginia Tech does not provide fee waivers for visits, and demonstrated interest is not considered during application review.

Only completed applications will be reviewed. It is critical to meet the deadlines for your application. The university reserves the right to withdraw, without notice, any application that is not complete by the deadline.