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VMI Again Ranked Highly by U.S. News and World Report

LEXINGTON, Va. Sept. 18, 2023 — VMI retained its high placing among the nation’s best colleges, according to the 2024 Best Colleges Rankings released Sept. 18 by U.S. News and World Report.

Among public liberal arts colleges, the Institute ranked fourth only behind the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, and the United States Military Academy. VMI was ranked No. 63 among more than 200 national liberal arts colleges, up from No. 70 last year. 

Unlike many other publications that issue college rankings, U.S. News also ranks certain programs found at numerous colleges and universities. This year, VMI ranked 30th out of more than 270 institutions nationwide that have an accredited engineering program but do not grant a doctoral degree. The Institute’s undergraduate computer science program was also recognized in this year’s rankings.

This year, the method to establish the rankings underwent changes, including eliminating some factors that had been used for years, and adding new factors. More focus was placed on outcomes, including first-generation graduation rates and performance.

The application for the Corps of Cadets is open for the next academic year and the admissions staff is available for any questions.  

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