The application cycle for admission to the Institute opens each year on August 1 and enrollment occurs only at the start of the following academic year in August. Applicants are normally not less than 16 or more than 22 years old at matriculation, must be in good physical condition, and may not be married or a parent. A one-year age waiver may be granted for an applicant who has served on active duty in the armed forces or for other extenuating circumstances.
Applying to VMI is the same whether you are a high school senior, a transfer student, or an international student.
Readmissions of former cadets is achieved through the Miller Academic Center and not through the Admissions office.
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Critical Dates & Deadlines
VMI's application opens for all high school students in their senior year, international students, and transfer students.
Early Decision deadline. Applicants who submit all supporting documents by November 15 will receive their appointment decision no later than December 15.
FAFSA priority deadline. In order to receive financial aid, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
NOTE: Applications and supporting documents will be reviewed on a rolling basis after early decision applicants have been reviewed.
Congratulations on taking the first step towards joining our storied Institute and the Corps of Cadets. Our Team is here to assist you along your application journey!
VMI is currently not on the Common App. The VMI application is conducted internally through the VMI portal. The application is available now for enrolling for Fall 2023.
- Online Application -
- You also have the option to download and mail a Paper Application .
If you have further questions before getting started, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at: 540-464-7211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also view detailed VMI Online Application Instructions.
The following documents can be submitted electronically through upload to our secure site or via mail: Virginia Military Institute, 319 Letcher Ave., Lexington, VA 24450
Please note that once submitted, it will take several days for these documents to be processed and appear as being “Received” in the applicant’s Post View Account. To ensure the readability of your document, please convert the document to a PDF file before uploading it.
Notice Regarding Standardized Tests, 2023-24
For the 2022-23 application cycle, VMI will be Test Optional, meaning candidates do not have to submit either an SAT or ACT score. The absence of test scores will not be viewed as a negative in the application review process. However, candidates who do wish to submit a score should use the SAT code 5858 and/or ACT code 4418.
Applicants whose first language (mother tongue) is not English are still required to take and submit scores for the College Board Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
There are a number of scholarships available from VMI and other sources. Some are handled without separate application, but others, such as merit scholarships and ROTC scholarships require additional documents and information, and come with their own eligibility requirements separate from admissions requirements.
Prospective cadets may also find additional financial aid information from the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid. The U.S. Department of Labor also provides a Scholarship Finder tool to search more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.