Virginia Tech's Burruss Hall. Courtesy of Ben Schumin.

Virginia Tech overall undergraduate enrollment this fall has topped 30,000 for the second time. The incoming class is also the most diverse in university history, according to a release from the school.

Tech says its fall enrollment is 30,434, up from 29,760 students in fall 2021. Tech’s previous enrollment high was in fall 2020, when the school enrolled 30,020 undergraduates, according to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

This year’s entering class of 7,101 first-year students represents 47 states and territories and 62 countries.

Transfer students total 997 students this year, up from 893 in 2021. Fall transfers arrived from 27 different states and territories and 20 countries.

Breaking down the entering class further, 20.8%, or 1,685 students, of the cohort are first-generation college students, a 13.6% increase from 2021 and a 34.6% increase from 2017. Plus, 8.7% of the 2022 entering class identify as Black — including students identifying as Black and other races, doubling the number of Black students in the 2017 entering class. Hispanic/LatinX students comprise 10.9% of the 2022 entering class, an increase of 79% compared to 2017.

Virginia Tech’s graduate enrollment is 7,063, an increase of 217 students compared to a year ago. The Graduate School welcomed 1,360 new master’s degree seeking and 469 new doctorate degree seeking students.

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