Organization and Governance
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%|
|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%|
|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%|
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.
- 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|
|Claremont McKenna College||CA||Private|
|Hobart William Smith Colleges||NY||Private|
|Mount Holyoke College||MA||Private|
|St Lawrence University||NY||Private|
|St Mary's College of Maryland||MD||Public|
|The College of Wooster||OH||Private|
|United States Air Force Academy||CO||Public|
|United States Naval Academy||MD||Public|
|Walla Walla College||WA||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.