Visit the Institute

VMI is more than a place - it is a way of life. Even in name, post is not just any college campus. It is a place where future leaders are forged. A visit to VMI is always inspiring, and can be life-changing.

The Institute has a distinguished past, present, and future. With it’s founding in 1839, VMI’s barracks was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966, and post (campus) was named a National Historic District in 1974. Today, it continues to be the training ground for tomorrow’s leaders producing noble and highly capable graduates sought after by post-graduate academic programs, military sectors, and civilian employers of the like. VMI’s unique educational system prepares individuals not only academically, but to know the importance of public service and duty to fellow citizens. The VMI alumni network is one of the strongest in the nation, and expands globally.  

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. The 2-day program is created to be informational for both students and their parent(s)/guardian(s). Students will learn about all aspects of the VMI experience and have the opportunity to stay overnight in Barracks with a current cadet as a host. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be able to join their student in information sessions and have a Q&A session with parents of current cadets.  

The overnight portion and overall itinerary are subject to change if unforeseen circumstances directly affecting an event happen to occur. If changes to a particular open house program do occur, all registrants for that event will be notified. Review a Sample Open House Itinerary and frequently asked questions to get a glimpse participants will spend their time on post.

Left to right: Cadet leads a tour, students and parents tour barracks, interested students meeting with faculty.

Fall 2024 Open House registration is now open!

Choose your weekend from the options below. Please note, registration will close two days before the first day of each weekend - OR - when there are no remaining spaces. Register early to secure your spot.


You can find more upcoming events from VMI Admissions at

Colorful sky during sunset over barracks.

More ways to connect with cadets, faculty, and staff


Personal Interview

Personal interviews are a great opportunity to speak one-on-one with an admissions counselor and learn how a VMI education can benefit you. 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 taking a 40-50 minute walking tour of the historic VMI Post can gather in the lobby of the VMI Museum (2nd floor, Memorial Hall) at 12:15 p.m. 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.

Spring / Summer Cadet Tours
Spring : Tours will not be available May 6 through 11 and 15 through 20 during final exams and graduation events
Summer:  Tours are offered daily May 20 through June 18 and June 24 through July 24 (no tours July 4 through 7)
Fall: Tours resume Aug. 27

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.

Left to right: Cadet leads a tour, academic buildings with autumnal leaves, cadets with flags during a parade.


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