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Conditional Admission


An option in the Intensive English program, conditional admission is designed to promote the recruitment of promising undergraduate international students to Virginia Tech. Prospective undergraduate international students who meet regular admission requirements except English language may apply for conditional admission through the Language and Culture Institute.

This is a selective program. Applicants are conditionally admitted based upon an evaluation of their high school records.

Once in the program, students work toward meeting admission requirements while studying in the Intensive English course. When conditional requirements are met, they are transferred into the undergraduate program. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions determines semester of enrollment based upon space availability.

Program eligibility

To be competitive for conditional admission, applicants should have a high school equivalent grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (88%) for engineering majors and a high school equivalent GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (75%) for other majors.

Conditional admission is not available for industrial design (IDS), interior design (ITDS), landscape architecture (LAR), or architecture (ARCH) majors.

Transfer students from U.S. or foreign universities or from U.S.-based English language programs are ineligible. Students must be 17 years old or older at the time they begin Intensive English studies.

Time limit

Conditional offers become invalid 18 months after the date on offer letters issued, provided space is available for placement in the undergraduate program as of this date.

Undergraduate matriculation requirements

All final documents must be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by March 1 preceding the second summer term or fall semester of anticipated enrollment, or by November 1 preceding the spring semester.

In order to continue on to undergraduate study at Virginia Tech, conditionally admitted students must meet the following requirements:

Intensive English Program

Conditionally admitted students must complete the Language and Culture Institute's Intensive English Program through Level 500 and attend this program for a minimum of one semester.

There are three English proficiency levels in the program, each requiring approximately four months (one semester) of study. Students are placed upon arrival into the appropriate level based on a placement exam. Levels may not be skipped.

Students must maintain a "B" equivalent (80%) grade-point average (GPA). Offers of conditional admission will be revoked for students who do not successfully complete the LCI study requirement. 

All conditionally admitted students are required to meet at least twice each semester with a student advisor; students deemed to be at risk by their advisor may be required to meet more often. Failure to meet with the advisor each term may result in removal from the program.

Students are responsible for acting on any correspondence sent to their Virginia Tech email addresses, including complying with all deadlines.  All official correspondence will be sent to this address.  Failure to respond to official correspondence may result in being removed from the program.

English language proficiency tests

Conditionally admitted students must achieve a score of at least 550 on the digitally administered TOEFL. The test is administered by the Language and Culture Institute. For entry into the fall and second summer semesters, scores must be received by March 1. For entry into the spring semester, scores must be received by November 1.

Change of majors

Majors declared upon application to the Conditional Admission Program may not be changed until admissibility requirements are met.

Final LCI transcripts

LCI transcripts demonstrating completion of Level 500 must be submitted before a formal acceptance letter will be issued by the Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Final high school transcripts

Students who apply for conditional admission during their senior year of high school must submit final transcripts before a formal acceptance letter will be issued by the Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Offers may be revoked for students who fail to maintain GPA requirements through graduation.

Students not meeting requirements

Students who do not achieve conditional admission requirements, or do not meet submission dates for English language proficiency testing, may choose to transfer to a Virginia community college upon meeting admission requirements at that institution. After that, students may transfer into Virginia Tech from that community college without taking the a qualifying English proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE) after one to two years of successful study. Transfer requirements apply. (See  Conditional offers are revoked upon transfer out of the LCI.

Denial of admission

Virginia Tech reserves the right to deny admission to students who have been academically dismissed or suspended or to those convicted of a felony. Students have a continuing obligation to report to Student Conduct any arrests or conviction that occurs subsequent to signing their application form.