Virginia Military Institute (VMI)

VMI Parade, Lexington, VA

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VMI is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Lexington, VA, which is a predominantly rural area. Virginia Military Institute has an annual student enrollment of approximately 1,600.

A list of some of the programs offered are:

  • International Relations
  • History
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Civil Engineering

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. The majority of students accepted to this school earn an SAT score between 1520 to 1810, or an ACT score within the range of 22 to 27. 46% of applicants are accepted to VMI, of which 49% choose to attend.  A full suite of information on VMI admissions can be found by reaching out to the school or requesting information here.

The tuition at this school varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay approximately $15,000 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $35,000 annually. Housing may be available for those who wish to live on-campus for a cost of $2,400 annually. Some students at Virginia Military Institute may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The VMI Keydets participate in several athletic programs, within the NCAA organization. Available sports offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

Students should visit the Virginia Military Institute website to obtain a complete list of academic programs offered, admissions information, and more.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the students VMI accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Virginia Military Institute is around 1,700 students. The student body is made up of 100% undergraduate students and 25% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $15,200. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $40 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $8,100-$9,800
    • Out-of-State: $31,000-$37,380

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid77%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships58%$15,261
Receiving Student Loans56%$6,618
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Virginia Military Institute may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

VMI has a high graduation rate when compared to other similar schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years59%
Graduating in 5 Years15%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Intercollegiate Athletics

Virginia Military Institute is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big South Conference)
  • Basketball (Big South Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big South Conference)
  • Football (Big South Conference)
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Wrestling
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Virginia Military Institute by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature


Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences


Social Sciences

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