Virginia Military Institute

174 reviews
  1. Lexington, VA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    D
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    A-
Virginia Military Institute is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Big South Conference
Address
VMI Parade
Lexington, VA 24450
Website

Virginia Military Institute Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
44%
SAT Range
1070-1250
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$16,233/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,129/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,700/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,420/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,892/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,656/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.14 responses
29%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.14 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,700Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    58%
  • Just trying to make it
    25%
  • Driven
    8%
  • Extraordinary
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.18 responses
Poll
45%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.22 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • No Ordinary Life
    73%
  • Academic
    9%
  • Brothers through blood, sweat, and tears
    9%
  • You can always push past your limits
    9%

After Virginia Military Institute

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
97%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.11 responses

Reviews

174 reviews
  • Excellent
    34
  • Very Good
    41
  • Average
    63
  • Poor
    18
  • Terrible
    18
One of the most interesting things is I can leave me $1,000 laptop computer sitting open in a building, walk out to go get lunch, return, and it has not been touched. The combination of the strict, single-sanction honor system ("A Cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do") and the level of mutual respect and brotherhood makes VMI one of the safest campuses in the country. Campus crime is virtually nonexistent, and I have never once felt like my person was in danger. That being said, the close quarters and lifestyle of VMI has led to some animosity between certain individuals, and although it has never caused a violent physical altercation, it has led to some fairly mean pranks and practical jokes between people.
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago
The professors are very easy to get in contact with and have an actual interest in the success of their students. I have never once felt like I couldn't go to a professor for help with something, and even if I couldn't, there are multiple organizations and areas to receive help in all my classes. VMI has excellent major-related and Gen Ed. classes, especially in the STEM fields. That being said, there aren't many elective classes, and there are virtually no art-type classes (art history, music, etc). Classes are all pretty small, with the largest I've seen being about 24 students. Given the school only has about 1,700 students at any given time, this is understandable. Class styles are all pretty similar, with classrooms generally being of the same design across the board, with obvious variations for labs.
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago
It is a challenging and grueling experience as we, cadets, are pushed far beyond our limits. We have learned to manage time so well that without it, we would be failing or be close to failing. Appreciation for almost everything in life such as, food, free time, physical activity, and much more has been realized by many of us here. The brotherhood spirit that is formed during the initial portion of the college, called the "Ratline", is eternal and unforgettable. I sometimes regret coming here, but only because of how difficult it can be. However, in overall, I love it here.
  • College Sophomore
  • 7 months ago