Twelve students from Northern Virginia are among 56 from Virginia Tech selected for inclusion in the 1984-85 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. The students will be honored during the university's Founders Day ceremonies tomorrow.

The students were selected because of their academic excellence, involvement in outside activities, leadership abilities and service to the campus and community, according to Landrum Cross, Tech's assistant vice president for student affairs. He said the choices were made at the end of a complex selection process that began last spring. This past year, more than 200 Tech students were nominated.

"Who's Who recognizes outstanding students who serve as symbols of what we value as an institution and also serve as example for us to strive for," Cross said.

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who were:

Darwin K. Carr, Alexandria, electrical engineering;

Robert C. Compton, Fairfax, mathematics;

Michele D. Ferguson, Annandale, communications;

Lisa M. Horvath, Springfield, management science;

William S. Payne, North Springfield, health education;

Thomas A. Radam, Alexandria, finance;

Mary L. Ranta, Manassas, family and child development;

Robert A. Schmitz, Fairfax, biochemistry;

Leah R. Smith, Alexandria, building construction;

James S. Tilton, Vienna, mechanical engineering;

Paul A. Wardinski, Alexandria, marketing education;

Anthony L. Waybright, Vienna, finance.