U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks VMI among the nation’s top five public liberal arts colleges. VMI's academic program offers a rigorous education that includes a broad, four-year core curriculum with carefully selected majors in engineering, science, liberal arts, and social sciences. 

At VMI, you declare a major when you apply, so from the beginning, you’re in classes with professors in your area of interest who will work with you throughout your entire cadetship. VMI faculty members are known for their expertise, teaching excellence, mentorship, scholarly engagement, commitment to service, and encouragement of undergraduate research.

The curriculum offers opportunities for undergraduate research, foreign study, internships, and service learning. The Institute Honors Program presents special challenges and rewards for VMI's most academically outstanding cadets.

  • VMI classes have as few as 11 students. 
  • Small class size allows professors and cadets to develop meaningful relationships
  • Cadet study areas are often near faculty offices, which encourages individual instruction and communication
  • Cadets and faculty often conduct research projects side by side

At VMI, every cadet must take four years of ROTC for completion of their degree.

All cadets who either desire to commission or otherwise meet Navy/Marine or Air Force ROTC eligibility criteria can enroll in those ROTC programs at VMI. Cadets who desire to commission in the Army, or who do not plan to commission upon graduation, will be enrolled in the Army ROTC Program.


Cadets either planning to commission with the U.S. Army or not commission at all, are enrolled in AROTC. VMI AROTC has produced more Army generals than any other ROTC program in the United States. Go to Army ROTC

Air Force

The VMI Air Force ROTC pilot/combat systems officer selection rate is consistently at or near 100%. Cadets who complete the AFROTC program may earn commissions as second lieutenants. Go to Air Force ROTC


Cadets in VMI's Naval ROTC commissioning tract have many career options including special warfare (SEAL) and the nuclear power program. Go to Naval ROTC

Navy-Marine Option

VMI's Marine-option NROTC cadets consistently have one of the highest graduation rates in the nation at Officer Candidates School. Go to Naval ROTC

ROTC Scholarship Information