Virginia Tech vs. Penn State

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg, VA
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Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusUniversity Park, PA
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Public, four-years
Research University (very high research activity)
School TypePublic, four-years
Research University (very high research activity)
Offered Degrees
Associate, Bachelor's, Post-BS Certificate, Master's, Post-MS Certificate, Doctorate (Research), Doctorate (Professional Practice)Offered Degree1 Year Certificate, 1-2 Years Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, Post-BS Certificate, Master's, Doctorate (Research), Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Tuition & Fees
cheaper$14,174 Virginia Residents
$33,857 Out-of-State
Undergraduate Tuitionexpensive$18,450 Pennsylvania Residents
$35,514 Out-of-State
cheaper$16,522 Virginia Residents
$31,443 Out-of-State
Graduate Tuitionexpensive$22,994 Pennsylvania Residents
$38,728 Out-of-State
More$8,345Average Financial Aid AmountLess$6,928
Higher1,310 SAT
29 ACT
Test ScoresLower1,190 SAT
27 ACT
Tighter56%Acceptance RateEasier76%
(Enrollment Rate)
High School GPA
High School Record (or Transcript)
Application Requirements
(Required or Recommended to submit)
Dual Credits
Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Credit for Military Training
Accepted CreditsDual Credits
Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Credits for Life Experiences
Credit for Military Training
Smaller37,024Total EnrollmentLarger46,810
Smaller30,020Undergraduate Student PopulationLarger40,363
Larger7,004Graduate Student PopulationSmaller6,447
Larger11,136Online Student PopulationSmaller89
Completion & Outcomes
Higher86%Graduate RateLower71%
93%Retention Rate93%
Special Learning Opportunity
Study Abroad
Teacher Certificate
Special learning OpportunityROTC
Study Abroad
Evening/Weekend College
Teacher Certificate
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 9,471)Campus Housing✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 14,039)
✔ (Typical Annual Charge: $4,140)Board/Meal Plan✔ (Typical Annual Charge: $5,200)
14 to 1Student to Faculty Ratio14 to 1
2,341Number of faculties3,615
Higher$104,033Average Faculty SalaryLower$100,357
*Ranking data is from College Evaluator.