With an overall population of 39,573 and a student population of 31,581, approximately 30,870 of Blacksburg students attend one of Blacksburg's schools that offer biology programs.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is the largest biology school in Blacksburg, based on student population. Approximately 382 students graduated in 2010 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with credentials in biology.
In 2010, 419 students graduated with a biology degree from one of Blacksburg's biology schools. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $19,565 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Blacksburg biology schools was an average of $32,838 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,080 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a biology program in Blacksburg. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $6,024 per year, on average, for room and board at Blacksburg-based biology schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $12,985.
Many biology graduates choose to work as biologists after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Blacksburg, your job prospects are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 23 biologists in Virginia were working in the greater Blacksburg area. The government projects that the number of biologists in Blacksburg will increase by 26% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for biologists.
As a biologist in Blacksburg, you can expect to make an average salary of $42,220 per year. This is lower than the average salary for biologists in the state.
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