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Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, Virginia

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Virginia Military Institute overview
Location Lexington, Virginia
Online vmi.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Rural
Virginia Military Institute overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Virginia Military Institute (VMI), established in 1839 in Lexington, Virginia, is a public military college steeped in history and noted for its rigorous military-inspired education. The campus, characterized by its Gothic Revival architecture, offers a distinctive atmosphere where students, known as cadets, are immersed in a structured environment emphasizing leadership and character development. Located in the Shenandoah Valley, close to Roanoke and within driving distance of Washington, D.C., the Institute offers students both a picturesque setting and access to larger metropolitan areas. VMI offers a range of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, with engineering, sciences, and liberal arts among the popular academic offerings. The Institute maintains a selective admissions process. All cadets are required to live on campus throughout their education at VMI, fostering a close-knit community and a unique collegiate experience. Known for its military tradition, VMI contributes to the production of officers for the United States Armed Forces and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In the most recent statistical year 1,192 prospective students applied, and 847 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 358 enrolled in the school.  1,512 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 0 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $9,782 plus fees of $10,132. VMI is ranked 150 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












VMI is rated within the top 26% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Virginia Military Institute overview
SAT 1105/1300
ACT 22/29
GPA 3.65

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Virginia Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Virginia Military Institute
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$10,132
Room and Board $10,674
Budget for Other Expenses$2,150
Total One Year Cost$33,738

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Virginia Military Institute
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$10,132
Room and Board $10,674
Budget for Other Expenses$2,150
Total One Year Cost$63,546

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$62,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

69% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Virginia Military Institute students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 30%
Engineering 23%
History 14%
Psychology 12%
Foreign Languages 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=234085 IPEDS survey data for Virginia Military Institute.

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