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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