Director of Admissions
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450
Virginia Military Institute
In every field of endeavor, whether it's leadership in business, industry, public service, education, the professions, or careers in the military, success comes early to a high number of VMI graduates. In an independent survey of college graduates seeking employment, armed forces commission, or admission to graduate or professional school following graduation, 95 percent of VMI graduates met their goal by the following October.
VMI’s breadth is diverse. The curricula for the selected major begins the first year. More than 20 percent of cadets major in civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering, and more than 50 percent of cadets major in liberal arts fields. The two most popular fields are economics/business and history.
The academic excellence of VMI and its stature among institutions of higher education are highlighted by the fact that U.S. News & World Report has named VMI the nation’s number one public liberal arts college for four years in a row. Its engineering programs remain in the top tier of best undergraduate accredited programs at schools offering only bachelor’s or master’s degrees. In separate rankings for engineering specialties, VMI’s civil engineering program ranked twelfth, and its electrical engineering program ranked seventeenth nationally
VMI’s alumni support is unparalleled in many ways, especially in their financial support. The National Association of College and University Business Officers has reported that VMI has the largest endowment per student of any public institution. The VMI Foundation closed a capital campaign in the summer of 2004 a year ahead of schedule and far surpassing its goal, having raised $206 million in four years.
VMI alumni include Nobel Peace Prize winner George C. Marshall, 10 Rhodes scholars, and 39 college presidents. VMI alumni have distinguished themselves in every American conflict since the Mexican War, and they include 7 Medal of Honor recipients and 265 general and flag officers. More than 600 alumni have served in war zones and in support of operations in the War on Terror since 2001. General John P. Jumper, chief of staff of the Air Force, and Lieutenant General Carl A. Strock, chief of engineers for the U.S. Army, continue a long line of VMI graduates in the highest positions of military leadership.
After nearly 160 years of preparing young men for distinguished leadership roles, VMI made the transition to being coeducation in 1997, successfully assimilating women in the Corps of Cadets. The Institute graduated its first women cadets in May 1999.
Today, 1,300 young men and women in the VMI Corps of Cadets represent forty-seven states and more than a dozen other countries. More than 100 cadets study abroad each year, one-third compete in intercollegiate athletics, and all have significant leadership opportunities.
VMI cadets uphold an honor system as old as the Institute. An oath of honor is taken by each cadet, “not to lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do,” and the oath is practiced in daily life. As it is basic to cadet life, it is ingrained, and builds strong character. Honor is at the cornerstone of every cadet's lifelong commitment to integrity, duty, self-discipline, and self-reliance.
One of the oldest VMI traditions is the orientation and instruction provided to new cadets by old cadets. Regardless of background or prior training, every cadet in his or her first year at VMI is a Rat, and each is a Brother Rat to the other. They live under the Rat System until Break Out in late winter, and their bonds formed by this experience are lifelong.
A member of the Southern Conference since 1924, VMI recently made the decision to move to the Big South conference.
Location and Community
VMI is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is a member of American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges, the College Entrance Examination Board, and the Association of Virginia Colleges. VMI's engineering programs are ABET accredited; the chemistry program is accredited by ACS.
All VMI faculty members teach in the classroom, and 97 percent hold doctoral or terminal degrees. The cadet-faculty ratio is 12:1, permitting a close, mentor relationship between a cadet and instructor, and faculty research is conducted in partnership with cadets. ROTC instructors are experienced military officers and make an outstanding contribution to cadet leadership training.
VMI has two systems of student government. The regimental system oversees cadet accountability for conduct, appearance, military training, and all ceremonial functions. The regiment of the Corps is divided into two battalions of four companies each, plus a band company.
Although Institute regulations govern the discipline of cadets, a large measure of supervision resides in each of the four closely knit classes within the Corps. The class system administers the Corps' standards and privileges accorded each class and governs with the regimental system to oversee cadet appearance and conduct.
Representatives to the Honor Court are elected from the Corps, by the Corps, to enforce the rules of the honor system and prosecute Honor Court cases.
Facilities and Resources
Sports / Varsity Athletics
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Admission Requirements / Application
An application may be submitted anytime between September 1 and February 15 of the senior year in high school and should be accompanied by a nonrefundable $35 application fee, a transcript of the school record for grade 9 through the last completed semester, and SAT I or ACT scores. Visits to the Institute are highly recommended. Open House visits are held throughout the academic year.