VMI wants all incoming students to succeed. To do so, they must be physically and mentally prepared for the rigorous challenges of the Institute.
It is important that you begin practicing good study habits and self-discipline early. Putting time and effort into your academics will help you excel each year and take courses that will help you be competitive in the college admission process.
VMI encourages you to take strong college preparatory courses. Applicants are required to complete 16 academic units, with a recommended distribution of:
|SUBJECT||English||Algebra||Geometry||Advanced Math||Social Studies||Lab Science|
Additionally, the Institute recommends, but does not require, a second language. A well-rounded candidate for acceptance will also have at least 2 units of electives.
The physical demands at VMI require cadets to be in good health. Individuals planning to apply to the Institute should review VMI’s weight and body fat standards and start training to be physically prepared. Building a high state of physical fitness takes time. A matriculant should be able to complete the following when they arrive on their first day at VMI.
|PHYSICAL ACTIVITY||MEN (Min.)||MEN (Max.)||WOMEN (Min.)||WOMEN (Max.)|
|1.5 Mile Run||12:30||08:30||14:20||09:46|
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 ROTC program conducts two or more service-specific fitness tests each year and has service-specific height/weight and body fat standards of their own.
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.