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Chance Me / Application Discussion - Virginia Tech Class of 2024

cbl1cbl1 415 replies5 threadsForum Champion Virginia Tech Forum Champion
edited May 1 in Virginia Tech
Discussion regarding prospects of acceptance at Virginia Tech for Fall 2020 and any questions regarding application process.

Helpful information in post:

SAT/ACT
GPA Weighted / Unweighted / Scale
In State or Out of State
Legacy (have parent or sibling attending Virginia Tech)
Course Rigor (AP/IB etc.) and Extracurricular activities

Prior thread from 2018 located here https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/virginia-tech/2125148-chance-me-p1.html
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  • amxn15amxn15 183 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hello! I'm a rising senior in a big high school in North Carolina and I was wondering what my chance for receiving admission to Virginia Tech in Fall of 2019 would be. I will probably be applying for University Studies or Business Undecided. I'm not sure if I want to do Early Decision or Early Action, please let me know which one would give me the best chance of admission.
    Unweighted GPA: 3.33 (low I know) W GPA: 3.8

    EC/Honors: DECA, Work experience at 3 different restaurants, Secretary Officer of ICC, ICC representative of Career Club, NHS, Knights In Action community service program, Intern at Dentist office, Current employee at Marble Slab Ice Cream shop and more.

    SAT Score: 1270 as of right now but I'm still waiting on my June score and I'm taking it in August. (Hopefully I can get around a 1350 by August)

    My class rank as of late was a 352/760ish (my class is huge). I'll be top half of my class for sure, wish I did better in high school.

    AP Courses: AP Psychology, AP Human Geography, AP English Language, and planning to take AP Macroeconomics and AP Statistics senior year. (I signed up for AP Macro junior year but did not receive it because of how big my class is)

    What are my chances of getting into Virginia Tech for University Studies, I visited yesterday and I know it is a holistic application now so they consider other things rather than just grades and test scores. These are the courses I'll be taking senior year:

    AP Statistics
    AP Macroeconomics
    Honors English IV
    Honors American History II
    Honors Forensic Sciences
    Honors Hospitality and Tourism
    Early Release- Fall
    Early Release- Spring


    Thanks everyone, let me know if you need any more information.
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  • GudmomGudmom 247 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    “Holistic” is a loaded term. It normally implies that a school is seeking URM minority applicants whose stats may not be as high as the general applicant pool. If you have a hook such as first gen college or URM status, it is normally seen as a somewhat mitigating factor.
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  • undercover007undercover007 209 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Gudmom or it can mean they use more than gpa and test scores to make admissions decisions
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  • amxn15amxn15 183 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Ok? I was kinda asking more for advice and chances
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  • GudmomGudmom 247 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    So to answer your question, look at the reason they give for changing to “holistic” admissions - because they want to increase URM, low-income, and first-gen enrollment to a total of 40% by 2022.

    Your GPA is low. So unless you are one of the above three things, your chances will be worse, not better, than before.

    If you do havenkne of the above hooks- or more than one - your chances should be better than before.
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  • sevmomsevmom 8383 replies55 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 2018
    @Gudmon They are not "changing" to holistic admissions. Virginia Tech has used an holistic admissions approach for many years. We are not allowed to link to blogs but this is easy to Google-the VT admissions blog from 2010 said they use holistic admissions, for instance. They are more recently adding more things to help make the school even more accessible and more diverse- fee waivers, addition of early action, use of the Coalition Application, self reporting of scores, etc.
    edited July 2018
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  • amxn15amxn15 183 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    uh lol ok thanks
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  • amxn15amxn15 183 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Can someone (else) give me some actual good advice as to what my chances are and what I can do to increase them (other than GPA) ?
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  • sevmomsevmom 8383 replies55 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Early Action is new so no way to compare to ED. I would do EA unless you are absolutely sure VT is your number one choice and your family can afford it. Your public options in NC may very well be less expensive. VT is probably a reach for you but you never know. Spend time trying to write great essays.
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  • amxn15amxn15 183 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Why is it a reach for me? What can I do to improve my chances? Would ED help to increase my chances? The public options in NC are ridiculously hard to get into, I probably wouldn't be too competitive for NC State which is the only good public school in NC that is even near my range.
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  • sevmomsevmom 8383 replies55 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 2018
    It is a probable reach because of your GPA and rank in your class. It doesn't mean you won't get in , but you are not a shoo in. Apply and see what happens. Identity other schools you are interested in. As I said, do your best on your essays. Good luck.


    edited July 2018
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  • amxn15amxn15 183 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thank you, I'm just really nervous. Will ED increase my chances?
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  • sevmomsevmom 8383 replies55 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Not sure, but probably not. Unless you are a very strong applicant, you might get deferred. Check with your guidance counselor though to see what success students from your school have had with Virginia Tech admissions . Continue to do your best in school and try to find other good options to consider .

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  • Anne ShirleyAnne Shirley 89 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I don't think you are that big of a reach. My DD had almost identical stats as you and got in last year. And my DS has similar stats to his sister and has already been in contact (both ways) with departmental faculty. MY DD got into VT with slightly lower stats than some of her friends and here is why (I believe). Se went in with a very specific major and was able to write a very focused essay on (a) what she has done in the past to get experience in that major and determine if if should be her career path and (b) what SPECIFICALLY VT offers that will further her career. None of this "I've always dreamed of being a Hokie" stuff. She wrote about what professors specifically she was interested in working with and WHY. what did they have to offer that another university does not. Meanwhile, her good friend with higher stats applied "undecided" and didn't get in. Both girls are caucasian, same high school and same income bracket (high). My advice is to figure out why you want to go there - not because of the football games or you heard it's fun - but be able to write essays telling them what they have that you want and what you have that they should want.

    example - I see you took Hospitality and Tourism. If you were to be interested in that major - I would write about what the VT hotel management program has to offer your career, and what YOU GOT OUT OF THAT CLASS that would make you a better candidate than someone who has no idea what it's like to work in the hospitality industry.

    Lastly, from what I have experienced - going in undecided is a slight disadvantage.
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  • sevmomsevmom 8383 replies55 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yes, major and writing good essays can make a difference. Good advice. And good luck to the OP!
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  • Abe FromanAbe Froman 104 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    While this link doesn't allow you to sort by in-state or out of state, it does break out admissions stats by school and major at Tech. It's also not updated yet for this fall's incoming class.

    https://irweb.ir.vt.edu/webtest/admission_data.aspx
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  • amxn15amxn15 183 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thank you! Are you instate or out of state?
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  • lastone03lastone03 941 replies11 threadsRegistered User Member
    Best of luck to you. Chancing is very difficult as an enormous number of kids that fit squarely in or above VT's range got rejected last year. I am not trying to discourage you, I am just trying to be realistic. Also, I am just curious - if you don't feel like you are competitive for NCSU, why do you think you will be for VT?
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  • amxn15amxn15 183 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    If I get my SAT score up, I'll be competitive for NCSU. However, from my school, more people get into VT than NC State by a long shot. That was just according to my Naviance.
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  • amxn15amxn15 183 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Update: I was accepted to Virginia Tech for the fall!
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