The Institute Honors Program enriches the academic experience of VMI's outstanding cadets through activities that encourage an affinity for intellectual inquiry and develop the capacity for sophisticated engagement of issues and problems, whether ethical, civic, or professional.
The Institute Honors Program promotes interdisciplinary conversation and study and is intended to recognize a broader range of achievement than honors earned in any particular major.
Honors Cadets have access to mini-grants for special projects and activities; support for senior project/thesis research through the VMI Center for Undergraduate Research; and events organized especially for them, including meetings with distinguished guests on Post and trips to sites of interest.
Honors Cadets are viewed as VMI’s prime candidates for prestigious national awards such as the Marshall, Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Truman, and Goldwater scholarships.
Those who complete the program are certified as Distinguished Graduates with Institute Honors at commencement.
Admission / Continuance
Admission to the program is guaranteed for Institute Merit Scholarship recipients and open by application to any other cadet with a cumulative GPA > 3.5.
New cadets with exceptional high school records may apply for admission prior to matriculation. Continuation in the program requires maintenance of a cumulative GPA > 3.5 and engagement in program activities.
- HN 100 – Honors Forum – every semester
- One HNS elective (3 credits): Honors Seminar in Science or Engineering
- One HNL elective (3 credits): Honors Seminar in the Humanities or Social Sciences
- Senior Honors Project/Thesis (6 credits)