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Never settle for ordinary. No ordinary college, no ordinary life.

The Virginia Military Institute believes that the measure of a college lies in the quality and performance of its graduates and their contributions to society. Established in 1839, VMI has shaped leaders and individuals whose daily lives reflect the integrity, fairness, and appreciation for the value of work that is instilled here.

Since 1839, VMI has shaped leaders and individuals whose daily lives reflect the integrity, fairness, and appreciation for the value of work that is instilled here.

VMI Community Updates

Institute leadership continues to communicate important information for cadets, their families, faculty & staff, and the VMI community at-large:

  • With the holiday season upon us and the soon to be starting the Spring semester, this is the busiest times for sending letters/packages to cadets. Friends and families are strongly encouraged to review information for contacting cadets to ensure letters, cards, and packages arrive safely.
  • Information for December graduation events is now available. Commissioning will take place on Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. and Commencement will occur at 11 a.m. Dec. 21. Both events will be hosted in Memorial Hall on post.
  • VMI and its museums will be participating in and hosting a variety of upcoming holiday events.
  • Get a glimpse at life on post and how VMI truly is "No Ordinary College" in the latest featured stories. Topics include Naval ROTC, dining services, equestrian club, and more. Interested in attending VMI and want a closer look at the Institute? Spring 2024 open house dates have been set, and registration is open.
  • The latest Institute Report has been released. Stories include Fall FTX, Family Weekend, the return of the Silver Shako, and more!

  VMI Community: To receive important information concerning emergencies, weather, traffic, and parking, text the word "Keydet" to 772-95.

1st Class President reflects on the Institute

“The thing about VMI is that you’re growing at a rate faster than your peers. It’s hard to think on the long-term perspective of your life, by any means, but with a college experience, I’ve always reassured folks who are interested in VMI … they are experiencing something that their peers are not. They’re growing and becoming more mature and developed individuals who will become more successful in society as they move on.”

Learn about how Cole Cathcart ’24 made the decision to attend VMI, following in his family's footsteps, and the benefits he sees in the Institute, in a recent Corps Connection post from the VMI Alumni Agencies.

Interested in applying to VMI? Connect with our Admissions team today.

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News from Post

VMI Events for the Holiday Season

The Institute will host and participate in a variety of holiday-themed events in November and December, on post, at our museums, and in Lexington and Richmond. Come celebrate the season with VMI!

VMI Class of 2025 Celebrates Ring Figure

The custom of 2nd Class cadets receiving the class ring was established in 1907, and the addition of the Ring Figure dance started in 1927 with the Class of 1928. On Friday, Nov. 17, cadets received their individualized rings in Cameron Hall.

VMI Celebrates Founders Day, Honors Alumnus

VMI held events to commemorate Founders Day - a snowy day, Nov. 11, 1839, when the first cadets arrived to relieve the guard at what had been a state arsenal. Since then, VMI has remained committed to educating and developing honorable leaders of tomorrow through its unique system.

VMI’s Library Hosts Traveling Exhibit – 'Military Mapping Maidens'

Young women recruited to fill mapmaking roles for the AMS came from 22 colleges and universities where Parker’s cartography class was offered. Dubbed the Military Mapping Maidens, or 3M Girls, the mapmakers were housed first in temporary barracks-style housing in Arlington, Virginia.

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VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders