There's a reason Virginia Tech is feverishly building new dorms, research labs, classrooms, etc. Virginia Tech is a land grant, state university whose mission is to educate the larger population of Virginia. This fundamentally means Virginia Tech will never be an "elite" university because it goes against our mission. As the population of Virginia booms, we don't just up our SAT requirements to 1400+ and take 50% out of state students--what we've done is expand as fast as we can.
Like it or not this is Virginia Tech's mission and as a result we will never be among the elite academic institutions in the nation if their ranking systems are based on SATs, acceptance rates and class sizes.
I am okay with that, but as I said above that is certainly not ideal. The state is doing a favor to southwest VA at the expense of eastern VA.
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