The Strength of the VMI Relationship

There is a closeness at VMI that is rare in American colleges. Much is shared among members of a class – the boredom of guard duty and penalty tours, intense preparation for parades and inspections, late-night study sessions, downtime in barracks. And when the celebrations come – the ceremony to receive your class ring, for instance – you’ll find that the people you’re celebrating with, your brother rats, are the ones closest to you, who know life as you know it, who share your values.



Connect with Cadets, Faculty, and Admissions Staff


Open House

VMI Open Houses are the best way for high school juniors and seniors to see and experience first-hand what it's like being cadet at VMI. Parents are encouraged to attend all the information sessions with their student(s) throughout the day as well as the Parent Reception after prospective students meet their cadet hosts for the night.

Spring 2023 Open House Programs are currently scheduled to be two-day overnight programs. The overnight portion and overall itinerary are subject to change. Registration for all upcoming Open House weekends is now open.

Spring 2023 Dates: March 3-4, April 21-22. Register for Spring Open House

Sample Open House Itinerary

Cadets and staff meet with prospective cadets during open house

New opportunity! If you are not planning a trip to Lexington, but would still like to hear from cadets and staff about the Institute, you can now sign up for VMI's Virtual Open Houses. These events have been scheduled for Feb. 15, Feb. 21, and Mar. 8. All events will be held over Zoom webinars at 7 p.m. EST. Register today!

Personal Interview

Personal interviews are a good opportunity to speak one-on-one with an admissions counselor and learn more about VMI. Sign up today to speak with a member of our staff in-person or over Zoom.


Group Visits

Are you looking to bring a group to VMI to learn more about the Institute with insight from our Admissions team? If so, please complete the registration form and we will be in touch to schedule your visit.


Tour VMI's Historic Post

In the Lexington area? Cadet Guided Post Tours are available daily. Anyone interested in these 40-50 minute walking tours of the historic VMI Post can gather in the lobby of the VMI Museum (2nd floor, Memorial Hall) at 12 noon.  No reservations are necessary unless there is a large group.  Please call the VMI Museum at 540-464-7334 if you would like to schedule a large group for the tour.

You can also learn more about VMI's history and cadet life since 1839 by visiting the digital collections of the VMI Archives and find events happening on post in our calendar.

Cadet tour, photo of barracks, and cadets during parade