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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Virginia Military Institute has the reputation for being the toughest school in the nation, and that reputation is well earned. Students who choose to take on this academically, physically and mentally challenging environment will immerse themselves in something that no other college will offer them. The Ratline is an integral part of this school, and it is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. I have endured the Ratline, and now I am proud to be part of the prestigious VMI brotherhood. I now look forward to challenging myself in other ways over the next three years, and walking away a better man for it. If you are up for the challenge, you will not be sorry.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: VMI is a very unique school filled with many traditions and is very set in its ways. People keep trying to change it to make it easier to try and include everyone, to fit that "everyone deserves a trophy" BS, but luckily I don't think it will actually happen. VMI has a vast and dedicated system of alumni that would be the first to speak against any drastic changes. I hope the Ratline will endure as it has the past 100 years because of the great men and women it continues to produce every year.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: "It's hard to explain VMI to those who haven't endured it's rigorous first year experience known as the ratline"

This is, without a doubt, the first thing you will read in most articles written about VMI. To a degree it's true: the ratline was a momentous and difficult experience for me and many of my classmates. I'm going to disagree with my classmates when they all say how "positively transformative" it was for them and how they'd "never want to do it again"

I came to VMI for a variety of reasons. Number one amongst them was a desire to do something different and exciting with my life. I definitely got the different and exciting part down as soon as I started that dizzying walk up from Cameron hall to the welcoming monotone of the VMI barracks.

I'm not going to bore you with the details of the ratline: enough literature has been written about it. I will say that the ratline was the best time of my life. I was in-shape, motivated, dedicated, and I had something to be proud of.

The ratline culminates in breakout: a gruelling 12 hour beatdown of mind, body, and soul which leaves your feet looking no better than a bag of ground hamburger meat. But afterwards you are officially welcomed into the brotherhood of VMI as you become a class...albeit the newest class on a very old very traditionalist totem pole.

The excitement of being a rat turned quickly into the monotone of being a cadet. I never thought I'd say it but I miss being a rat. There was always a laser focus on you and everything you did and everytime you strained around barracks it was with a kind of excitement of how you could prove yourself to the next person to yell at you. Really, it was just all a game, the ratline that is.

The ratline ended though, and life as far as I've been told scarcely gets even close to as exciting as it was when you were a rat.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Your Brother Rats will motivate you like none other.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its decent housing, just old and crowded.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Again its a small town.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I am not much of a party guy so...

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The town is overall very small.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Its strict, but that's just the sort of environment I need for success.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Most of the Corps of Cadets participates, so the rest of the students support the athletes.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Nothing much to do here.

3 College Freshman

Majors: They have a decent amount of majors

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I believe I could've received more.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I am at a military school.... Enough said

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Its ok, could be better but you just get consumed with a lot of other things you have to do.

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3 College Senior

Majors: I think it would be better if you were able to choose your major after the first semester or year instead of having to declare one immediately.

4 College Senior

Majors: The Economics and Business department is composed of many good professors that are willing to help out students.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: The diversity is growing every year. There are many four-year exchange students.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: You are required to purchase a meal plan, food is okay most of the time. Decent selection.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: There isn't much (if any) illegal drug on campus. Students do like to drink at the bars in town.

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1 College Senior

Greek Life: There is no Greek life anymore. Although, Sigma Nu and Alpha Tau Omega were founded here.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Student health and the campus police are okay but the campus police do like to write parking tickets.

3 College Senior

Administration: It's a military school so it is obviously going to be more strict than regular universities but there are still ways to have fun.

3 College Senior

Local Area: It's a small town. If your like outdoor activities (hiking, fishing, etc.) it is a good location. Not to far from other universities.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Our basketball team is good but some of the other sports struggle but the athletes are supported by most students.

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