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Lexington, Virginia

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Your chances of getting into Virginia Military Institute

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Virginia Military Institute
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at VMI is 63.9%.  Its admission rate is the 10th lowest in Virginia.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into VMI and can you get accepted?

VMI is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 990 out of the 1,549 who applied were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 41 percent on standardized admission tests. Virginia Military Institute typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.65. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 47% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into VMI?

64% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Virginia Military Institute you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.65 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1190 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Virginia Military Institute?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into VMI are to have around a 3.65 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as VMI accepts 64% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at VMI is 3.65 on the 4.0 scale. 26% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #14 in Virginia for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since VMI is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Virginia Military Institute students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 25.5% Good
3.75 to 3.99 17.6% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 19.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 17.6% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 10.7% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 8.3% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.3% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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VMI SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Virginia Military Institute. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 29% of students submitted SAT scores and 12% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Virginia Military Institute
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 550
Math 25th Percentile 530
Composite 25th Percentile 1080
SAT Scores for Virginia Military Institute
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 650
Math 75th Percentile 650
Composite 75th Percentile 1300
Average SAT Score 1190

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Virginia Military Institute?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at VMI is 1190 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1080-1300. Students who get into Virginia Military Institute score in the top 45 percent of all SAT test takers..  VMI ranks #12 in the state of Virginia for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1190 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. VMI regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1080 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1080, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 970, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Virginia Military Institute is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1190 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1190, you have around a 64% chance of being admitted. A 1300 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 77% chance of getting in.

Virginia Military Institute admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1300 and Above Good >77%
1190 to 1300 Avg + 64%-77%
1080 to 1190 Avg - 48%-64%
970 to 1080 Reach 33%-48%
Less than 970 Low <33%
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VMI ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Virginia Military Institute
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 20
Math 25th Percentile 21
Composite 25th Percentile 22
ACT Scores for Virginia Military Institute
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 26
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into VMI?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to VMI is 24, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 22 and 27.  The school ranks #22 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 24. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 22 and score in the score in the top 37 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

12 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Virginia Military Institute.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Virginia Military Institute is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into VMI for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 24 score has around 64% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 79% with a 27 ACT score.

Virginia Military Institute admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >79%
24 to 27 Avg + 64%-79%
22 to 24 Avg - 52%-64%
20 to 22 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 20 Low <39%
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High School Class Rank

76% of Virginia Military Institute freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 25% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Virginia Military Institute students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 11%
Top 25% of class 24.7%
Top 50% of class 76%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Virginia Military Institute admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 277 1,272 1,549
Accepted 171 819 990
Acceptance Rate 62% 64% 64%
Enrolled 62 399 461
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 36% 49% 47%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 121 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Virginia Military Institute is $40.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Virginia Military Institute and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Virginia Military Institute Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Virginia Military Institute
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because VMI is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.65 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1190 on the SAT and 24 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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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.


Does Virginia Military Institute prefer SAT or ACT?

29% of students submit their SAT scores to VMI. 12% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Virginia Military Institute?

64% of those who apply are granted admission to VMI. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Virginia Military Institute?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1080 and 1300. The average SAT score is 1190. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Virginia Military Institute?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 27. The average ACT score is 24. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.