High School Preparation

VMI wants all new cadets to succeed, and to do so they must be physically and mentally prepared for the rigorous challenges of the Institute.

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Applicants are required to complete 16 academic units, with a recommended distribution of:

  • English:  4 units
  • Algebra:  2 units
  • Geometry:  1 unit
  • Advanced Math:  1 unit
  • Social Studies:  3 units
  • Lab Science:  3 units

Additionally, the Institute recommends, but does not require, a second language, and a well-rounded candidate will also have at least 2 units of electives.


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Physical Preparation

The physical demands at VMI require our cadets to be healthy. Prospective cadets should review VMI’s weight and body fat standards and ensure they are in compliance. Additionally, fitness at VMI is further measured once cadets enroll by the VMI Fitness Test (VFT), which is administered twice each semester. Finally, cadets are expected to meet ROTC-specific requirements. Each service conducts two or more service-specific fitness tests each year and has service-specific height/weight and body fat standards of their own.

Additional Considerations

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.

VMI also awards credits through AP Credit and through IB Credit.

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