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'Money' Magazine: VMI 18th in Nation

FullTextImage/img/@altCadets work with Maj. Anne Alerding in the VMI biology department's new greenhouse. -- VMI File Photo by John Robertson IV.

LEXINGTON, Va., July 28, 2014 – Virginia Military Institute was ranked 18th out of the 665 colleges and universities listed in a new national best colleges ranking released today by Money magazine, Money’s Best Colleges. Money’s ranking system took into account education quality, affordability, and post-graduation outcome in determining the rank of each institution.

Noting the exceptional rewards of a VMI education, Money stated, “VMI alumni report earnings averaging about $54,000 within five years, about $16,000 more than schools with similar student populations.”

VMI’s 18th-place ranking was second in the state, with only University of Virginia coming in higher, at 16th. Other Virginia schools in the top 50 were Washington and Lee University at 39th and Virginia Tech at 42nd. The rankings did not include the service academies because of the requirement to serve after graduation.

In addition, the Institute was ranked fourth in the liberal arts category, higher than any other liberal arts college in the state. W&L was the only other Virginia school among the top 25, ranking ninth.

VMI placed fourth in the public school category, behind University of Virginia, University of California – Berkley, and Maine Maritime Academy. Virginia Tech was also among the top 25 public schools, placing 12th.

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