VIT was established under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act 1956 and was founded in 1984 as a self-financing institution called the Vellore Engineering College. The Union Ministry of Human Resources Development conferred University status on Vellore Engineering College in 2001.
The institution offers 36 Undergraduate, 31 Post graduate, 4 Integrated and 3 Research Programmes. It is NAAC re-accredited with an 'A' grade. VIT has over 35,000 students, with nearly 1/3rd of them women. They are across two campuses – a 360-acre eco-friendly campus with over 50.83 lakh sq.ft. built-up space at Vellore and a 170-acre eco-friendly second campus at Chennai.
VIT has students from 60 countries as well as from every state in India; with over 1400 faculty and 1413 staff. VIT has been accredited by TCS, Wipro and Cognizant for academic collaboration and placements and has entered the Limca Book of Records for the most number of campus placements.