PROGRAM PROFILE

Program Rankings — Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Program Rankings

Survey Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on 2 measures of quality. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 34 Forestry and Forest Sciences programs


Range of Rankings
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4-19

Regression Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Quality ranking (regression-based) out of 34 Forestry and Forest Sciences programs


Range of Rankings
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5-15

GRE Scores
Source: NRC, 2003-2005

Average Quantitative GRE
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672

Financial Support and Tuition

Graduate Tuition and Fees
Source: IPEDS, 2009

Out-of-State Students

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FULL TIME STUDENTS: TUITION
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$15,572
FULL TIME STUDENTS: FEES
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$2,356
PART TIME STUDENTS: COST PER CREDIT HOUR
$865

In-State Students

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FULL TIME STUDENTS: TUITION
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$15,572
FULL TIME STUDENTS: FEES
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$1,966
PART TIME STUDENTS: COST PER CREDIT HOUR
$459

Application Fee

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GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION FEE
$65

Living Expenses
Source: IPEDS, 2009

On Campus

ON-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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$6,580
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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$3,300

Off Campus

OFF-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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$6,580
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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$3,300

Type of Financial Support
Source: GSS, 2007

How graduate students in the program (including master's, doctoral, and professional degree students) paid for their graduate educations


Types

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP
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21%
RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP
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73%
FELLOWSHIP
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0%
TRAINEESHIP
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0%

First Year Support
Source: NRC, 2005

Data for full-time doctoral students in the fall of 2005


First year students with full financial support
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PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED FULL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
100%

Sources of Financial Support
Source: GSS, 2007

How graduate students in the program (including master's, doctoral, and professional degree students) paid for their graduate educations


Federal Support

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
2%
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
0%
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (EXCEPT NIH)
0%
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
0%
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
19%
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
4%
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
0%
OTHER FEDERAL SOURCES
4%

Non-Federal Support

INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT
42%
FOREIGN SOURCES
0%
OTHER US SOURCES
23%
SELF SUPPORT
6%

Tuition Remission
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Tuition paid by 2000–2004 Forestry doctorate recipients from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Median tuition remission

83%

Amount of Tuition Remission Granted

NO TUITION REMISSION
16%
LESS THAN 1/3 OF TUITION
1%*
1/3 TO 2/3 OF TUITION
4%*
MORE THAN 2/3 OF TUITION
79%

Graduate School Debt
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Debt for 2000–2004 Forestry doctorate recipients from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Median graduate school debt
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$0

Outcomes for Recent Graduates

Degree Completion
Source: NRC, 2010

Time to Degree

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Median years required to complete a doctorate (full-time and part-time students)

5.0

Completion Rates

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Fraction of students completing a doctorate in 6 years

73%

Employment Outcomes
Source: NRC, 2006 & SED, 2000–2004

Quality Assurance

Program collects outcome data about all of its graduates

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA ABOUT ALL OF ITS GRADUATES
YES

Employment Stats at Graduation

Job / contract / definite commitment
66%
Negotiating with specific organizations
13%*
Still seeking
20%
Other
0%*

Type of Job

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Postdoc
39%
Educational institution (nonpostdoctoral position)
34%
Private sector
19%
Government
8%

Primary Job Responsibilities

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Research and development
47%
Teaching
22%
Management or administration
13%*
Professional services to individuals
14%

Job Location

(For non-US citizens on temporary visas with a definite commitment at graduation)

In the United States
59%
Outside the United States
41%

Student Resources

Student Resources
Source: NRC, 2006

Overall Resources

NUMBER OF RESOURCES OFFERED (OUT OF 18)
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18

Health Insurance

STUDENTS RECEIVE HEALTH INSURANCE
YES

Structured Oversight

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA
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YES
ANNUAL STUDENT REVIEWS
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YES

Available Training

TEACHING SKILLS
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YES
PROPOSAL WRITING
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YES
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
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YES
WRITING
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YES
STATISTICS
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YES
RESEARCH ETHICS
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YES

Administrative Support

ORIENTATION
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YES
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
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YES
TEACHING / RESEARCH PRIZES
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YES
ON-CAMPUS CONFERENCES
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YES
TRAVEL SUPPORT
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YES
STUDENT WORK SPACE
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION SUPPORT
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION STAFF
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YES
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
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YES
DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURE
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YES
PROGRAM COORDINATOR MEETING
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YES

Research Activity

Research Activity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Research activity ranking out of 34 Forestry and Forest Sciences programs


Range of Rankings
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4-27

Research Activity
Source: NRC, 2006

Publications

PUBLICATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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1.0
CITATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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0.9

Grants

PERCENTAGE OF FACULTY WITH GRANTS
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95%

Awards

AWARDS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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0.1

Demographics

Diversity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on a measure of overall diversity. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 34 Forestry and Forest Sciences programs


Range of Rankings
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23-29

Faculty Demographics
Source: NRC, 2006

Percent Female
FEMALE
12%

Percent Minority
MINORITY
4%

Doctorate Recipient Demographics
Source: GSS, 2007 and NRC, 2006

Sex
MALE
63%
FEMALE
37%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
75%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
25%

Race / Ethnicity
AFRICAN AMERICAN
0%
NATIVE AMERICAN
0%
ASIAN
0%
PACIFIC ISLANDER
0%
WHITE
69%
HISPANIC
3%
UNKNOWN
2%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
88%
PART TIME
12%

Demographics of all Graduate Students at the Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2007

Sex
MALE
59%
FEMALE
41%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
74%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
26%

Race / Ethnicity
BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN
6%
AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKA NATIVE
0%
ASIAN
4%
WHITE
57%
HISPANIC / LATINO
2%
UNKNOWN
31%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
62%
PART TIME
38%

Program Size

Faculty
Source: NRC, 2006

Total faculty members
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56
Interdisciplinary faculty
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54%

Total Students
Source: GSS, 2007

Total
59
First year
7

Student-Faculty Ratio
Source: NRC, 2006

Graduate students per faculty member
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0.4

Graduate Degrees
Source: IPEDS, 2005-2009

2005–2009 Forestry degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Master's degrees/year

16.8

Doctoral degrees/year

5.4

Contact Information

Contact Information, Program
Source: NRC, 2010


Contact Information

Contact Information, Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2009


Phone

(540) 231-6000 ext. 6000


Location

Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131


*Value is missing. The value shown is based on the average for other programs in the same field. Learn more.

✝ Data are for all Forestry degree recipients from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and may include graduates from more than one program.