- Lexington, VA
- 4 Year
Virginia Military Institute is ...
NCAA Division I-FCS
Big South Conference
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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
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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
Review Virginia Military Institute
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.
It is a challenging and grueling experience as we, cadets, are pushed far beyond our limits. We have learned to manage time so well that without it, we would be failing or be close to failing. Appreciation for almost everything in life such as, food, free time, physical activity, and much more has been realized by many of us here. The brotherhood spirit that is formed during the initial portion of the college, called the "Ratline", is eternal and unforgettable. I sometimes regret coming here, but only because of how difficult it can be. However, in overall, I love it here.