Call to Duty: Supporting the Choice to Serve

Recipients of three and four-year ROTC national scholarships may be eligible for additional financial support from VMI.

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Why choose VMI?

  • High-quality undergraduate degree programs in engineering, the sciences, and humanities taught by dedicated, award-winning faculty in small classes, allowing for individual attention and support.
  • Military training under the largest ROTC program in the nation.
  • Daily life and traditions built on honor, civility, self-discipline, and lifelong bonds through the “brother rat” spirit.
  • Access to funding for qualified applicants and cadets through various types of aid aimed at making your education dollars go further.

I'm interested in attending VMI. Where should I start?

1. Introduce Yourself to the Institute

If you are interested in attending VMI next year, or in the future, the best place to start is by connecting with the Institute through our inquiry form. This will let the Admissions team know that you are ready to learn more about the advantages of a VMI education, and lead to invites to events, notices of application opening dates, scholarship opportunities and more.

2. Visit Post & Meet with Admissions

The best way to experience all that VMI has to offer those who choose to 'Never Settle for Ordinary' is to visit post (VMI's campus) and meet with faculty, staff, and cadets during an in-person open house. Our admissions team is also standing by ready to meet with you through a one-on-one interview, in person or digitally.

3. Prepare Academically & Physically

It is important that you begin practicing good study habits and self-discipline in high school, taking courses that will help you be competitive in the college admission process. Applicants should also prepare for the physical demands of VMI. Explore our academics, ROTC programs, and cadet life to learn more about what you'll do as a member of the Corps.

4. Apply to VMI's Corps of Cadets

Ready to accept the challenge of attending VMI and become part of something bigger than yourself? Apply today through the Institute's application or CommonApp. Explore what you'll need to have on hand to apply and which version of the online application is right for you, including how to apply for financial aid. There are various scholarships, loans, and grants for applicants and current cadets.



of VMI graduates are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or commissioned into the armed forces within 6 months of graduation.


student to faculty ratio means VMI cadets receive focused, individualized instruction across 14 undergraduate degree programs.

Over 50%

of VMI graduates regularly choose to commission into the United States Armed Forces through VMI's ROTC program.

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