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Virginia Tech

Political Science and Government, General (45.1001)
Bachelor's Degree
Enrollment, Awards, Wages, Debt, and Other Outcomes




Political Science
Program Status: Active/Approved to Enroll Students and Confer Degrees
Degree Title: BA
2010 CIP Code: 451001

Credit HoursProgram Offered
On-Campus:YesYes
Off-Campus:YesYes

Date Progam Approved to Confer Degrees:  Before SCHEV
Program authorized for distance learning
Enrollments and Awards
Academic YearFall HeadcountAnnual FTEDegrees
2018-19540596192
2019-20549602194
2020-21588631185
2021-22586619185
2022-23568628201

Average time-to-completion in yearsAverage credits-to-completionAverage monthly earnings six months after graduation
3.87123$ 2,984

Average time-to-completion in years (transfer students)Average credits-to-completion (transfer students)
2.6888




The table to the right provides the degree award history of each the last five years, disaggregated by state residency. This breakout may may help explain why a relatively low percentage of program completers may appear to be working in Virginia.



Program Graduates by Domicile
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateTotal
2018-1915438192
2019-2016331194
2020-2114540185
2021-2215233185
2022-2315249201
Five Year Summary766191957
Distribution by Gender and Race/Ethnicity within Five-year Totals,


YearForeign/ InternationalAfrican Am. or Black (NH)Am. Indian/ Native Am. (NH)Asian/ Pacific Islander (NH)HispanicWhite, Caucasian Am. (NH)Multi-Race (NH)Unknown/ Unreported (NH)Total
Sum of the Last 5 Years5594429579666930957



Wages Earned in 2020

The table below shows the wage data for the select program and places it in the context of all wages at the same degree level of this institution by graduates with at least three (3) quarters of employment.





Post-Completion Wage Outcomes, Earnings in 2022
Graduation YearGrads (n)Grads w/Wages (n)25th PercentileMedian Wage75th Percentile
2011-12 (10 years)84735%$61,757$85,203$121,287
2013-14 (8 years)75834%$56,510$78,198$112,202
2016-17 (5 years)74135%$44,836$65,603$86,283
2018-19 (3 years)83632%$37,960$53,914$71,913
2020-21 (18 months)89836%$23,920$40,457$56,482



Student Debt of Graduates
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Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2013-14 to 2017-1840957.4%$ 17,000$ 26,974$ 30,268$ 33,200
2014-15 to 2018-1944258.0%$ 17,330$ 27,000$ 30,064$ 34,500
2015-16 to 2019-2047458.2%$ 18,067$ 27,000$ 32,352$ 37,000
2016-17 to 2020-2149858.9%$ 17,500$ 27,000$ 31,245$ 34,853
2017-18 to 2021-2252258.8%$ 17,500$ 27,000$ 31,555$ 37,255
Note: Student borrowing at graduation, excludes PLUS loans, in five-year rollups. Includes all known institutionally-processed borrowing occuring at all public and nonprofit institutions in Virginia. Debt accrued outside Virginia in prior postsecondary activity is not available.
Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation, Including Parent-PLUS and Grad-PLUS
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2013-14 to 2017-1841257.8%$ 18,270$ 29,000$ 39,679$ 52,555
2014-15 to 2018-1944558.4%$ 18,443$ 29,000$ 39,753$ 51,045
2015-16 to 2019-2047758.5%$ 19,500$ 30,856$ 42,198$ 57,315
2016-17 to 2020-2150159.3%$ 19,250$ 30,125$ 42,220$ 57,461
2017-18 to 2021-2252659.2%$ 18,500$ 30,691$ 43,017$ 59,400


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