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Fall Waitlist FAQ

The admissions cycle has concluded as of5 p.m. on June 7, 2024.For additional information on the waitlist, please review the frequently asked questions below.

First-Year Waitlist 2024:FAQ

We appreciate the time and effort you put into your application. Virginia Tech received more than 52,000 first-year applications this year. Because of the strength of your application and supporting documentation, we felt that you deserved to be considered again should space become available.

What does being on the waitlist mean?

Since we have classroom capacity for only a set number of new 鶹APP, many highly-qualified applicants do not receive offers of admission. An unranked waitlist is kept so that some applicants can be offered admission if spaces become available in the first-year.

How will I be notified of my final decision regarding the waitlist and when will I be notified?

If you select to remain on the waitlist, you will be notified by email of your final admission status. You will be notified no later than July 1, 2024.

What are my chances for selection from the waitlist?

We cannot make a final decision until all the responses from applicants offered admission are returned. Therefore, we cannot answer questions about your chances of being selected for admission at this time. This year Virginia Tech received more than 52,000 applications and we expect 7,085 鶹APP to accept our offer and enroll. If we have fewer than 7,085 鶹APP accept our offer, we will offer admission to some of the 鶹APP who chose to remain on our waitlist.

Can I do anything to increase my chances of being offered admission from the waitlist?

Please access your Applicant Portal and select to remain on the waitlist through the Response to Waitlist form. Since offering 鶹APP from the waitlist depends on space, letters of recommendation, letters of continued interest, or personal visits will not affect our decision. We will use the information we already have to make a decision if space becomes available.

What should I do now that I am on the waitlist?

We recommend that you elect to remain on the waitlist for Virginia Tech through the Response to Waitlist form in your Applicant Portal. You should also explore other options in case we are unable to admit you from the waitlist for your chosen major. Many schools have a response deadline of May 15, 2024.

What is Virginia Tech’s history of selecting 鶹APP from the waitlist?

In 2023, we were unable to offer any applicants from the waitlist. In 2022, we were able to offer 2,458 applicants from the waitlist. In 2021, we were able to offer 3,286 applicants from the waitlist. In 2020 we were able to offer 3,961 applicants from the waitlist. In 2019 we were unable to make any offers. In 2018 we were able to offer 1,896 applicants from our waitlist. As you can see, the number of 鶹APP ultimately receiving offers from the waitlist is highly unpredictable and variable each year.

Can I change my major while on the waitlist?

No, you are unable to change your major while on the waitlist. If space becomes available, we will re-review your application for admission to the major for which you were initially reviewed.

What are my options if I am not selected from the waitlist and still wish to attend Virginia Tech?

Each year, around 1,300 鶹APP transfer to Virginia Tech after beginning their college journey at other colleges and universities. Many 鶹APP who at one point found themselves on a waitlist will follow this route to admission. The transfer admissions process focuses on your work at the college level and the university provides many resources to help you select coursework and prepare for a successful transfer to your intended program. These are found on our Transfer Admissions Homepage at vt.edu/admissions/transfer. If you have additional questions after reviewing this information, please feel free to contact our office.