VMI is a highly rated public college located in Lexington, Virginia. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,713 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the VMI acceptance rate is 51%. Popular majors include Economics, Civil Engineering, and International Relations and National Security Studies. Graduating 78% of students, VMI alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $43,700.
NCAA Division I-FCS
Big South Conference
Virginia Military Institute Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.14 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.14 responses
Most Popular Majors
Civil Engineering61 Graduates
International Relations and National Security Studies57 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering23 Graduates
Computer Science16 Graduates
Computational and Applied Mathematics15 Graduates
Foreign Languages and Literatures14 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.18 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.22 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.11 responses
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Virginia Military Institute Reviews
A great place to be from, not a great place to be at. As one of six, senior military colleges, VMI is one of the nation's most demanding and prestigious schools you can attend. Although demanding both mentally and physically, the bonds you will make while here will last a lifetime. I have found that one of the benefits of VMI is that everyone starts on an equal foot. Your previous station in life, rich or poor, strong or weak, does not matter. A great quote from Stonewall Jackson that above the main entrance reads, "You may be whatever you resolve to be." That quote in essence sums ups VMI. You are given the tools and opportunities to become a successful leader. It is through the crucible of the rules and challenges that VMI places upon, that you mind the measure of your worth and the extent to which you will push to see your dreams become reality.
One of the most interesting things is I can leave me $1,000 laptop computer sitting open in a building, walk out to go get lunch, return, and it has not been touched. The combination of the strict, single-sanction honor system ("A Cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do") and the level of mutual respect and brotherhood makes VMI one of the safest campuses in the country. Campus crime is virtually nonexistent, and I have never once felt like my person was in danger. That being said, the close quarters and lifestyle of VMI has led to some animosity between certain individuals, and although it has never caused a violent physical altercation, it has led to some fairly mean pranks and practical jokes between people.
The professors are very easy to get in contact with and have an actual interest in the success of their students. I have never once felt like I couldn't go to a professor for help with something, and even if I couldn't, there are multiple organizations and areas to receive help in all my classes. VMI has excellent major-related and Gen Ed. classes, especially in the STEM fields. That being said, there aren't many elective classes, and there are virtually no art-type classes (art history, music, etc). Classes are all pretty small, with the largest I've seen being about 24 students. Given the school only has about 1,700 students at any given time, this is understandable. Class styles are all pretty similar, with classrooms generally being of the same design across the board, with obvious variations for labs.