1,722
Students
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Admission Difficulty
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Overview

VMI, The Nation's Oldest Public Military College, Educates Leaders for Both Military and Civilian Careers

Virginia Military Institute (VMI), established in 1839, is the nation's oldest state-supported military college, and the fourth-oldest technological institution in the United States. The school is committed to educating men and women in a tradition of military discipline and excellence. All students participate in an ROTC program of their choice. Military service to the country is encouraged, but commissioning is not required. Approximately half of VMI graduates choose a civilian career after graduation, and all graduates serve their community and country as leaders in the way that is most acceptable to their individual personalities and goals.

At VMI, Every Cadet is an Athlete and Every Athlete is a Cadet with a Wide Range of Athletic Opportunities

Athletics and competition are integral aspects of the Virginia Military Institute experience. As a part of VMI's commitment to helping students develop leadership skills, all students are expected to participate in sports at some level. The athletics options available to students are many. Students can choose to participate in athletics at the club or intramural levels, and they also have the option of joining one of VMI's competitive NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports teams. VMI game days provide cadets and their parents with an opportunity to gather, beginning with parades by the Corps of Cadets and followed by a tradition of tailgating and getting to know one another. Pride and companionship, as well as leadership, are fostered by the athletic tradition at VMI.

Barracks Life Is Not Dorm Life; Students in the Barracks Form Bonds as They Learn Respect and Discipline

Life in the barracks at Virginia Military Institute is one of the hallmarks of a VMI education. Vastly different from any dorm or fraternity or sorority house at traditional institutions of higher education, the barracks are known for their modest and Spartan nature. Students are provided with the bare essentials as they live with multiple roommates and only a small amount of storage space. They are expected to maintain a commitment to cleanliness and order in their living spaces. Barracks life ensures that cadets get to know one another intimately and develop respectful relationships as equals. Living with individuals from diverse backgrounds and being free from ordinary distractions are two of the benefits of the barracks style. Students are focused and motivated, and they develop lifelong bonds with one another.

Virginia Military Institute Strives for Academic Excellence in Every Field of Study

Another distinctive feature of VMI is its commitment to academic excellence. Military-oriented colleges and universities are often subject to the stereotype that science and engineering fields receive precedence at the expense of the liberal arts. In direct contradiction of this stereotype, Virginia Military Institute has consistently been ranked among the top public colleges in the nation for liberal arts by "US News & World Report." The school is committed to ensuring that cadets receive top-quality educations, no matter what their chosen field of study, because being prepared for success and leadership is equally important in every area of professional life.

Social Activities at VMI Are Part of What Makes Cadet Life a Unique, Memorable Experience

Outside the classroom, Virginia Military Institute provides numerous social events to cadets throughout the year. Like most other aspects of education at VMI, cadet life is unconventional and unique. The most distinctive of the social events at VMI is the second class Ring Figure Ball, which cadets attend in uniform, with their dates dressed in white. The ball celebrates the earning of "The Ring," a longstanding tradition. In addition, movie nights, informal dances, live music, and other activities help to keep morale high throughout each academic year.

The First-Year Experience at Virginia Military Institute is Atypical, Highly Challenging, and Highly Rewarding

At VMI, every first-year cadet is referred to as a Rat. As such, he or she undergoes a unique first-year process known as the Rat Line. The Rat Line involves strict procedures. For example, when in barracks, a rat walks at attention along a prescribed route through the barracks. The Rat Line also requires meticulousness in grooming, personal habits, and memorization of school songs and yells. The Rat system is an initiation process designed to teach students excellence, military bearing and discipline, self-control and humility, respect for authority, habits of neatness, and the history and traditions of Virginia Military Institute.

Location & Contact

Address 319 Letcher Avenue
Lexington, VA  24450
United States
Contact Office of Admissions
Email: admissions@vmi.edu
Phone: 800-767-4207
Fax: 540-464-7746

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

1,718
Applied
913
Accepted
1,722
Enrolled
53%
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Female Admissions

273
Females Applied
135
Females Accepted
49%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

1,445
Males Applied
778
Males Accepted
54%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

40
Application Fee
3.67
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Recommended Essay
Interview
2 recommendations
Other requirements may exist (see below)
Other requirements: Statement of good standing from prior institution

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 1st Not reported
Early decision plan November 15th December 15th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer February 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 560 640
SAT Math 540 640
ACT Composite 23 28

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

9,284
In-state
36,128
Out-of-state
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Fees

9,578
Full-time student fees
9,482
Room & board
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes

Financial Aid

24,778
Avg. Financial Aid Package
23,915
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
4,113
Avg. Loan Aid
4,284
Avg. Grant Aid
12,449
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
85%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
39%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

1,722
Total undergrad students
2%
International Students
36%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 7.08%
Black or African American 6.04%
White or Caucasian 78.75%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.52%
Asian 4.18%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.29%
Two or more races 1.45%
Other 0.06%

Gender

Male (88.04%)
Female (11.96%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 100%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
New Market Day, Parents' Weekend and Founder's Day

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Newman Club, Officers Christian Fellowship, strength and fitness organizations, Promaji and Pre-Law Society

Campus Security & Safety

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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 1 Checkmark
Basketball No Division 1 Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Football No Division 1 Checkmark
Golf No No Checkmark
Lacrosse No Division 1 Checkmark
Riflery No Division 1 Checkmark
Soccer No Division 1 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 Checkmark
Tennis No No Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo No No No
Wrestling No Division 1 Checkmark
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Football No No No
Golf No No No
Lacrosse No No No
Riflery No Division 1 Checkmark
Soccer No Division 1 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 No
Tennis No No No
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo No Division 1 No
Wrestling No No No

Faculty

207
Total Faculty
11:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 136
Part-time - 71
Male - 140
Female - 67
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