Institutional Profile

Organization and Governance

Organizational Chart 3-17

Board of Visitors

VMI’s baccalaureate education is organized so that qualified students with no prior post-secondary experience can complete their degree requirements within four years of matriculation. In special circumstances, however, the Institute permits students to extend their residency to five years and/or to complete their degree requirements in absentia up to 10 years. About 98% of all students (including transfers) that graduate within 10 years, however, do so within six years of enrolling.

The Institute does not set target graduation rates but instead monitors its standing in relation to peer institutions and continually invests in strategies to increase students’ chances of completing their degree requirements in a timely manner.

VMI is one of 15 publicly-funded, post-secondary institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia that offer four-year degrees. In the Institute’s analyses of graduation rates, the peer group consists of the 14 other four-year VA public institutions. The comparisons presented in the table below examine four-year, five-year, and six-year rates that occurred with cohorts that matriculated between 2010 and 2011, the most recently available year, as currently published by SCHEV.

Graduation Rates of Virginia Public Four-Year Institutions
Cohort Entering 2010-11 Grads in 4 yrs Grads in 5 yrs Grads in 6 yrs  
Institution Cohort N % N % 5 Year Rate N % 6 Year Rate
Christopher Newport University 1,150 723 62.9% 125 10.9% 73.7% 10 0.9% 74.6%
College of William and Mary 1,399 1,181 84.4% 86 6.1% 90.6% 7 0.5% 91.1%
George Mason University 2,597 1,201 46.2% 469 18.1% 64.3% 107 4.1% 68.4%
James Madison University 3,999 2,599 65.0% 597 14.9% 79.9% 66 1.7% 81.6%
Longwood University 975 467 47.9% 143 14.7% 62.6% 20 2.1% 64.6%
Norfolk State University 908 124 13.7% 151 16.6% 30.3% 65 7.2% 37.4%
Old Dominion University 2,613 663 25.4% 491 18.8% 44.2% 121 4.6% 48.8%
Radford University 1,837 781 42.5% 253 13.8% 56.3% 32 1.7% 58.0%
University of Mary Washington 950 589 62.0% 83 8.7% 70.7% 11 1.2% 71.9%
University of Virginia 3,277 2,853 87.1% 172 5.2% 92.3% 31 0.9% 93.3%
University of Virginia's College at Wise 398 99 24.9% 48 12.1% 36.9% 14 3.5% 40.5%
Virginia Commonwealth University 3,591 1,281 35.7% 751 20.9% 56.6% 176 4.9% 61.5%
Virginia Military Institute 440 282 64.1% 55 12.5% 76.6% 5 1.1% 77.7%
Virginia State University 1,253 308 24.6% 197 15.7% 40.3% 39 3.1% 43.4%
Virginia Tech 5,194 3,130 60.3% 1,031 19.8% 80.1% 129 2.5% 82.6%


The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is the Commonwealth's coordinating body for higher education. SCHEV was established by the Governor and General Assembly in 1956. SCHEV makes higher education public policy recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly in such areas as capital and operating budget planning, enrollment projections, institutional technology needs, and student financial aid. SCHEV administers a variety of educational programs that benefit students, faculty, parents, and taxpayers.

VMI’s Institutional Profile can be viewed here

SCHEV Reports

  • Graduation Rate Survey, 150 percent
  • Graduation Rate Survey, 200 percent
  • Tuition Charges and Fees Survey
  • Plan for the Distribution of Student Aid Funds
  • Course Enrollment Data File
  • Headcount File
SCHEV-Approved Peer Groups for Virginia Military Institute 
Institution  State  Type 
Barnard College NY Private
Bucknell University PA Private
Calvin College MI Private
Claremont McKenna College CA Private
Connecticut College CT Private
Hampden-Sydney College VA Private
Hobart William Smith Colleges NY Private
Lafayette College PA Private
Macalester College MN Private
Mount Holyoke College MA Private
Norwich University VT Private
Randolph-Macon College VA Private
Smith College MA Private
Spelman College GA Private
St Lawrence University NY Private
St Mary's College of Maryland MD Public
Swarthmore College PA Private
The College of Wooster OH Private
Trinity College CT Private
Union College NY Private
United States Air Force Academy CO Public
United States Naval Academy MD Public
Walla Walla College WA Private
Washington College MD Private
Wheaton College MA Private


The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions that participate in federal student aid programs report data on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search Web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.  

IPEDS provides basic data needed to describe — and analyze trends in — postsecondary education in the United States, in terms of the numbers of students enrolled, staff employed, dollars expended, and degrees earned. Congress, federal agencies, state governments, education providers, professional associations, private businesses, media, students and parents, and others rely on IPEDS data for this basic information on postsecondary institutions.

VMI’s IPEDS data can be viewed here.