Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Blacksburg, VA

Founded in 1872

Motto: "Ut Prosim" (That I May Serve)

Small Town





Acceptance Rate

$13,691 / $32,835

Tuition In-state / Out-of-state


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The college creates, integrates, and shares knowledge to enhance:

  • Life sciences, food, and agricultural systems
  • The economic prosperity and life quality of the greater community
  • The stewardship and health of land, water, and air for future generations
  • Student learning through diverse, hands-on, experiential opportunities

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and Extension, the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been instrumental in helping agriculture and other life-science industries make significant strides in improving lives. The college focuses its resources and efforts on improving human health and nutrition, sustaining agriculture and the environment, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, and developing cures for debilitating diseases.

Agricultural Degrees Offered

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Animal and Poultry Sciences
  • Applied Economics and Management
  • Biochemistry
  • Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Dairy Science
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
  • Landscape Contracting
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Total Enrollment: 27,471

Agricultural Students: 2,700

Male Female Student Ratio: 56.6%/43.4%

Acceptance Rate: 70.1%


Application Fee: $60

Application Deadline: January 15

Target GPA: 3.9

Target SAT Score: 1210

Target ACT Score: 27


In-State: $13,691

Out-of-State: $32,835

Student Fees: $750

Room and Board: $9,342

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Religious Affiliation: non-denominational

Faculty/Student Ratio: 14/1

Kentland Farm & the College Farm Operation

The extensive college farm network is composed of six tracts of land totaling 3,000 acres, all located in the Blacksburg area. The operation includes historic Kentland Farm, an 1,800-acre property that's a hub for research and education across a variety of departments. The operation provides resources and assistance to research, teaching, and extension programs, which focus on many of Virginia’s major agricultural crop and livestock species. Support is also provided to programs related to environmental concerns, sustainable agriculture, natural resources, alternative crops, and improved agricultural efficiencies. In all, about 400 acres of land are devoted to plant-science plot research, livestock grazing, and forage research, with an additional 700 acres utilized for wildlife, forestry, and conservation management, demonstrations, and other educational activities. Approximately 1,800 acres of land are allotted for producing corn silage and grain, alfalfa haylage and hay, barley grain, and grass/legume hay and pasture.