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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    D+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
VMI is a highly rated public college located in Lexington, Virginia. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,685 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the VMI acceptance rate is 51%. Popular majors include International Relations, Civil Engineering, and Economics. Graduating 78% of students, VMI alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $45,400.
VMI Parade
Lexington, VA 24450
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big South Conference

Virginia Military Institute Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

VMI Admissions

Acceptance Rate
51%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1100-1310
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$14,799/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$17,188/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.14 responses
29%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.14 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,685Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
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  • Motivated
    58%
  • Just trying to make it
    25%
  • Driven
    8%
  • Extraordinary
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.18 responses
Poll
45%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.22 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 11 responses
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  • No Ordinary Life
    73%
  • Academic
    9%
  • Brothers through blood, sweat, and tears
    9%
  • You can always push past your limits
    9%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$65,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
78%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
97%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.11 responses
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You learn things that you cannot learn from books like discipline, honor, and integrity and uphold higher standards than any student at another school. Yes, it is very very strict, but you will be more prepared than any other person that did not attend. FANTASTIC Alumni connection as well! 100% sets you up for the future.
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I like how close we are with one another at the school. It is definitely a unique experience from other universities and colleges. Everyone at the school lives on post in barracks and we have two formations a day. I enjoy the climate of the enjoy and believe that most teachers care about students and want us to do well in life and succeed in what we put our mind and hearts into. It is difficult at times, but they do not give us anything that we cannot handle. The only concerns that arise is the tension between athletes and non athletes, but it is an understandable situation considering that athletes have to travel with their team to compete and miss military duty for those competitions and practice. Overall, I would not want to be anywhere else because in the end it is worth the time and hard work that you put in. I have also made some of my closest friends here that I can count on whenever needed.
The Virginia Military Institute is a military college who's goal is to create better men and women who will hopefully go on to commission in the military. It is a very demanding school, essentially consuming most of the time out of your day to learn military bearing and tradition, taking your college courses, and becoming exceptionally fit in order to make the prerequisites to become an officer. "No ordinary college, no ordinary life". So far I love VMI, and only being here five months I've acquired skills that will stay with me for the rest of my life.