High School Preparation

VMI wants all new cadets to succeed, and to do so they must be physically and mentally prepared.

Age and Medical 

Applicants are normally not less than 16 or more than 22 years old at matriculation 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.

The fitness review for VMI is an assessment of a student's medical condition and history to ensure that he or she can safely accomplish program requirements. For example, weight and body fat are reviewed during the admissions process to ensure a student's health may not be jeopardized.

Physical Preparation


Applicants need 16 academic units, and VMI recommends that they are distributed as four English, two algebra, and one geometry (a second language is recommended, but not required).

Scholarship and walk-on athletes are required to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center for determining eligibility. You may obtain a Student Release Form from your high school counselor.

AP Credit

IB Credit

HS Curriculum Recommendations

English:  4 units
Algebra:  2 units
Geometry:  1 unit
Advanced Math:  1 unit
Social Studies:  3 units
Lab Science:  3 units
Language:  3 years of 1 or 2 years of 2
Electives:  2 units

TOTAL:  19 -20  

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