Virginia Institute of Technology
Virginia Tech, a former military technical institute in Blacksburg, encourages students to “invent the future.” It is a research powerhouse, with seven research institutes and two university research centers that offer undergraduate and graduate students research opportunities.
The student-faculty ratio at Virginia Tech is 14:1, and the school has 29 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Virginia Tech include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; Social Sciences; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 93 percent.