Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Virginia Military Institute (VMI)

The Virginia Military Institute has the distinction of being the oldest public military college in the United States. Students must be prepared for a disciplined and demanding college environment. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. Most teams of the VMI Keydets play in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,685 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 87 percent male/13 percent female
  • 100 percent Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $19,118 (in-state); $45,962 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000
  • Room and Board: $9,766
  • Other Expenses: $2,150
  • Total Cost: $32,034 (in-state); $58,878 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 94 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 68 percent
    • Loans: 84 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $14,188
    • Loans: $6,419

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: International Relations and Affairs; Civil Engineering, General; Economics, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Mechanical Engineering

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 19 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 64 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 78 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse, Rifle, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Cross Country, Rifle, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Water Polo

Overview of Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Admissions

The Virginia Military Institute is a highly selective school that accepts half of the applicants each year. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Virginia Military Institute Acceptance Rate: 51 percent
  • Test Scores: 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 560/660
    • SAT Math: 540/650
    • ACT Cumulative: 24/30
    • ACT English: 22/28
    • ACT Math: 22/28

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Virginia Military Institute, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Virginia Military Institute is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas State University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Virginia Military Institute, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of Oklahoma, Florida International University, University of Oregon, University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Virginia Military Institute. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Virginia Military Institute

Application Deadline: February 1

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