Academic Enrichment Programs

VMI’s commitment to encourage each cadet to reach his or her full potential is evident in the quality of academic enrichment programs, offering opportunities for cadets to challenge themselves beyond the classroom. undergraduate research, international programs, Institute Honors, service learning, and graduate school partnerships allow cadets to engage in rigorous academic paths that often exceed expectations.

Undergraduate Research

A robust undergraduate research program links cadets and professors in the exploration of open-ended research questions. The research culminates in a capstone experience.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Institute is an intense ten-week program in which cadets pursue their research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Research is presented annually at the VMI Undergraduate Research Symposium or at other regional or national conferences.

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International Programs

Preparing young men and women for successful service in a world of rapidly integrating cultures and interdependent economies is an inherent component of VMI’s mission.

Programs include international military academy exchange programs, semester-abroad programs, summer-abroad programs, international internships, and cultural exchanges and study tours.

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Institute Honors

Established for students who achieve at high levels, the program includes honors courses (with enrollment limited to 12), special forums on current events, and a capstone senior honors project or thesis.

Graduating with Institute Honors is the highest academic achievement at VMI. These cadets may also be recognized via national awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Gates scholarships. VMI has had 11 Rhodes scholars to date.

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Service Learning

The VMI experience emphasizes the value of service by preparing cadets to become citizen-soldiers who will serve their country and communities.

To that end, VMI’s Community Outreach and Renewal Experience — the CORE initiative – offers opportunities to learn about service at the local, national, and international levels. Classroom experiences and hands-on participation in community projects give cadets an awareness of the importance of service in the lives of citizen-soldiers.

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Institute Writing Program

The Institute Writing Program seeks to equip cadets for both academic success and participation in the full range of rhetorical occasions they will encounter in their lives as citizens and professionals. To ensure the development of strong written communication abilities, the program’s curriculum provides sequential, sustained writing instruction and support throughout cadets’ academic careers at VMI.

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