Why we do what we do

Virginia Military Institute operates under the philosophy that the measure of a college lies in the quality and performance of its graduates and their contributions to society.

Therefore, it is the mission of the Virginia Military Institute to produce 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.

Academic Tradition

VMI's academic program offers a rigorous curriculum that produces educated and internationally engaged citizens of character. It includes a broad, four-year core curriculum and 14 nationally recognized majors in engineering, science, liberal arts, and social sciences.

In addition, the curriculum offers exceptional opportunities for undergraduate research, foreign study, internships, and participation in activities sponsored by the Institute Writing Program. The Institute Honors Program presents special challenges and rewards for VMI's most academically outstanding cadets.

The faculty, 96 percent of whom hold Ph.D.s, are renowned for teaching excellence, mentorship of students, scholarly engagement and expertise, commitment to service, and encouragement of undergraduate research. Small class sizes enable faculty to interact closely with cadets both inside and outside of the classroom.

VMI's Quality Enhancement Plan: The Core Curriculum - The Nucleus of Effective Citizenship & Leadership 

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Athletic Tradition

Athletics at VMI form an integral part of the school's aim to educate the whole person. The athletic program, managed honorably over many years, is critical to VMI's determination to encourage "the sound mind and sound body."

VMI's proud intercollegiate athletic history dates back to 1866 with the formation of a baseball team, but the first organized squad came in 1892 when cadet Walter H. Taylor served as captain and coach of the first football team in 1891. Since that time, VMI athletics has evolved into a rich and storied history that continues to thrive into the 21st century.

VMI fields 18 teams on the NCAA Division I level. The sports include baseball, basketball, men's and women's cross-country, football, lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track, and wrestling. Women's water polo was added during the 2010-11 academic year and will begin competition in spring 2012.

Approximately one-third of the Corps of Cadets plays on one of VMI's intercollegiate athletic teams.

Club Sports are not affiliated with the athletic department and are administered through the Office of Cadet Life or the Physical Education Department.

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Military Tradition

The military system characterizes and distinguishes life at VMI. It fosters punctuality, order, discipline, courtesy, and respect for authority. By placing all cadets on a uniform plane, it enables them to advance through self-reliance, initiative, and strength of character.

Cadets live within a military framework; they wear the cadet uniform, live in barracks, and eat their meals in a mess hall. The typical day is strictly regimented and requires close attention to detail to manage the available time to ensure necessary academic, military, and physical training requirements are properly completed.

Specific military training is provided both from within the cadet regiment, commanded and administered largely by cadets, and by the various armed services through the Reserve Officer Training Corps detachments located at VMI.

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