Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Military Institute or the VMI, as it is otherwise known as, was established in 1839 in rural Lexington, Virginia. This public institute is the oldest state-supported military college as well as one of the senior military colleges in the U.S. The college campus covers an area of approximately 137 acres and as many as 1,300 students enroll every year. VMI offers it students a spartan lifestyle, replete with a physically demanding environment and strict military discipline.

VMI offers undergraduate degrees in the fields of engineering, science, humanities and liberal arts. The U.S. News and World Reports ranked the institute as the third best public liberal arts college in the nation.

The athletics teams of the college are called the Keydets and they compete in NCAA division I level. The school has men's and women's sports teams involved in swimming, wrestling and cross-country. They are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic, Southern and Big South Conferences.

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Virginia Military Institute
Lexington , VA 24450-0304
General Phone: (540) 464-7207

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Virginia Military Institute Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts152foreign language and literature, English, economics, international relations, history
Engineering75civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Science26biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling19psychology
Mathematics4applied mathematics
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Virginia Military Institute in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree28014

Virginia Military Institute Student Body

In 2007-2008, Virginia Military Institute had a total enrollment of 1,378 students (1,560 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 91%
Women 9%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 47%
20-21 42%
22-24 10%
25-29 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina3%
New York2%
(International Students)2%
New Jersey2%
West Virginia1%
South Carolina1%

Virginia Military Institute Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 80 %

Virginia Military Institute Room and Board (2007)

Virginia Military Institute offers campus housing for 1,407 of its 1,560 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Lexington, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Virginia Military Institute Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510620
SAT Math530620
SAT Writing480590
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math2027
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT81%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT31%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Virginia Military Institute Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 10,556
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 27,454
Room and board $ 6,444
Room charge $ 1,956
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,488
Books and supplies $ 775
Other expenses $ 1,900

Financial Aid:
Virginia Military Institute participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 375300)

Virginia Military Institute Faculty

Virginia Military Institute has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3511
Non-tenured and not on tenure track174

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year62$85,9769$73,887
Associate professoracademic year12$59,9554$63,533
Assistant professoracademic year20$58,5148$56,110
Instructoracademic year3$39,5091*
All faculty totalacademic year97$75,65822$64,364

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Virginia Military Institute Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big South Conference
Basketball Big South Conference
Baseball Big South Conference
Track Big South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports271643

Virginia Military Institute Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
International Relations and Affairs

Applied Mathematics

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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