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Reviews 174 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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2 College Senior

Overall Experience: Good experience for some. Definitely not for all

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: 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.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The alumni network is simply amazing. There is not a more dedicated alumni base than VMI. We get alumni visits every single day, and VMI alum can be found in every single major industry from teach to business to engineering, and are very good for helping recent graduates establish themselves. Additionally, the heavy military atmosphere of the school offers a number of ROTC scholarships and commissions each year in all branches of service.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: 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.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic facilities are excellent. Or at least they would be if they were open. As it is, the primary gym has been "under renovation" for nearly two years. Additionally, too much of the already over-inflated athletic budget gets shoveled onto the burning money pile that is the VMI football team, who managed to win an impressive one game last season, followed by a losing streak that lasted the rest of the year.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Class sizes are small which is great. Proffessors are invested in you, and want you to succeed. The courses are pretty good, some courses are over the top.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The alumni network is one of the best in the country, and if you want a job after graduating you will get one.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The honor code makes most crime/sexual assault not heard of. There are a few cases of theft, but that is the worst I have heard of before.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: For a military environment it is perfect. You live with 3-6 roommates in very small rooms. You always have people coming in and going out. You live right next to everyone else, and there is realy no such thing as privacy. It's great.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The teams at VMI are not great, but it is a military school focused on commissioning officers in the military. Still the guys on the teams are mostly stand up guys/gals. They try hard, but again sports are not the main focus of VMI and it shows.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Honestly, you always hear about how hard VMI is, and how miserable life their is.It's true in one sense it is hard and it does suck, but if you remember that you chose this life then its an awesome experience. It shows students that you can go far beyond "normal" limits that society places on people, and gives you a drive to succeed. I would not have chosen to go anywhere else if given the opportunity.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The safety and security of our campus is not the best.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The professors do everything they can to help, but the class rooms are very out dated and small.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: We have the best alumni network.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in Barracks with 3-6 other roommates is not very spacious.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: As a Senior Military School, athletics aren't that important.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Nothing bad happens here. Like... nothing bad.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Small-size classroom provides close relationship

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Graduate from VMI= any job you want if you work hard

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: We live in barracks, and they are very old.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have great athletes, but individual performance does not trump teamwork. We tend to lose a lot, but I know that in time, we will make national championship like we did before.

When we are winning, and do win, however, everyone's support is off the roof as the volume of everyone's chants are deafening.

Facilities are pretty great, and currently one of the gyms are being redone. In addition, a giant indoor facility is being built to host track meets.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: 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.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This school is incredibly safe. Accountability for all students is taken twice a day, and there is even a guard team led by cadets and headed by different officers serving on the Commandant's staff. Safety is taken very seriously at VMI.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes are small, professors are professional, and cadets are respectful. This is the best college in the nation and certainly the hardest. Cadets must learn to manage time effectively, because there is almost never any free time due to rat line events, extra-curricular activities, and mandatory inspections and formations. It is impossible to graduate from VMI by yourself, you need to rely on your brother rats and push through together.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A degree from the Virginia Military Institute means the world to any graduate. The alumni connections from this small school are some of the best and strongest in the country. It can truly get you many jobs in multiple fields. This degree means something.

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