VMI Quick Facts

The mission of VMI is to develop educated, honorable men and women, prepared for the varied work of civil life, imbued with love of learning, confident in the functions and attitudes of leadership, possessing a high sense of public service, advocates of the American democracy and free enterprise system, and ready as citizen-soldiers to defend their country in time of national peril. 

To accomplish this result, Virginia Military Institute shall provide to qualified young men and women undergraduate education of highest quality – embracing engineering, science, and the arts – conducted in and facilitated by the unique VMI system of military discipline.

History

Founded in 1839, the Virginia Military Institute is a four-year undergraduate college awarding B.A. and B.S. degrees. VMI is the nation’s first state-supported military college. From the beginning, the VMI experience has instilled the character traits of service to community and to others in its cadets.

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Character

The demands of cadet life instill qualities of self-reliance, initiative, perseverance, integrity, and self-discipline in each cadet, qualities that allow VMI alumni to succeed at the highest levels in many professions. These same qualities allow the Institute to make contributions of importance and influence to American society.

Center for Leadership and Ethics 

Numbers

Class Demographics 

  • 1569 enrolled 
  • 34 states
  • 6 countries 
  • 5% African-American
  • 4% Hispanic 
  • 4% Asian or Pacific Islander 
  • 1% American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 10% female
  • 11.3:1 cadet-faculty ratio
  • 145 faculty members
  • 100% fulltime faculty in degree granting departments hold Ph.D. or terminal degree
  • 134 acres - 12 as National Historic District 
Academics

VMI carefully limits the scope of the Academic Program in order to ensure curricular and extracurricular offerings of the highest quality.

In addition to 14 majors offering 18 degrees and 26 minors, VMI offers a number of creative and well-funded Academic Enrichment Programs. These include the Institute Honors Program and the Undergraduate Research Initiative, as well as opportunities offered through the Institute Writing Program.

View complete list of current Majors and Minors 

Academic Requirements for Admission 

ROTC

Leadership comes from knowledge of self and confidence in one’s own abilities. VMI hones both the mind and the body. Regardless of major, each cadet receives a well-rounded education.

The development of leaders of character at VMI involves a four-year cadet journey through well-integrated and closely coordinated experiences in intellectual, military, physical, and character development. Cadets become leaders of character who are prepared to serve the nation as citizen-soldiers, whether in the military or in another profession of their choice. 

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NCAA Athletics

VMI is a member of NCAA Division I (FCS) and the Big South Conference; 18 intercollegiate sports, including baseball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rifle, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s water polo and men’s wrestling. 

NCAA Athletics Website 

Alumni

About 18% of VMI graduates make the military a career. Graduates have distinguished themselves in all walks of life, including finance, medicine, and law.

VMI Alumni Website 

Costs & Fees

The fee structure at VMI is very different from those of other colleges. VMI costs cover everything (except books). The quartermaster charge includes clothing, laundry, tailoring, and haircuts.  Room & Board includes living in the barracks and all meals. The auxiliary fee includes medical services, cadet facilities & activities, athletics, and other services. 

90% of VMI cadets graduate in 4 years.

Financial Aid Information 

VMI is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the 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 accredited by ABET, the chemistry program by ACS, and the economics and business program by AACSB