Virginia Military Institute


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Virginia


Established in 1839, the Virginia Military Institute is the oldest public military college in the United States and one of the country's six Senior Military Colleges (with The Citadel, NGCSU, Norwich University, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech). VMI is not for everyone, and students should be ready for a disciplined and demanding college environment (new cadets are called "Rats"). Unlike students at the U.S. military academies, students at the Virginia Military Institute are not required to serve in the armed forces after graduation. VMI ranks highly among public undergraduate institutions, and the school's engineering programs are particularly strong. In athletics, most teams of the VMI Keydets compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Civil Engineering, Economics, History, International Relations, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1428
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 1428
Faculty: 120

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Percent Male: 91%
Percent Female: 9%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 64%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 73%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information


Lexington Virginia 24450


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Main Phone: 540-464-7207

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 22 27
English 21 27
Math 21 27
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 510 610
Math 530 620
Writing 490 580

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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 56%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -56%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 775

Other Expenses: 1900

Room and Board: 7132

Tuition and Fees: 30320

Total Cost: 40127

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 12328

Total Cost – In-State: 22135

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Costs Data From: 2011-12

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5680

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 81%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 72%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 41%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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