How to Apply

For applications to be complete, applicants must submit:

Please note that you cannot attach any documents to the online application. All supporting application materials need to be mailed, sent through Naviance, emailed to Admissions@vmi.edu, or faxed by a school official.  Thank you.

  1.  Online Application or  Paper Application  

    If you apply online, you still need to send the following additional documents. 

  2. Guidance Counselor/School Administrator Recommendation

    Secondary School Report

    College Report (transfer students only)

    Virginia Domicile Application Form (Virginia residents only)

    Personal Statement (recommended)

  3. and $40 non-refundable application fee

  4. and official high school / college transcripts

  5. and official standardized test (SAT/ACT) scores (SAT code: 5858 and ACT code: 4418)

 

Next Steps:

Apply for Financial Aid  

Apply for Institute Scholarship Program 

NCAA Athletes: All scholarship or walk-on athletes are required to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center for determining eligibility. Obtain a Student Release Form from your counselor.

 

Additional Reference

When you begin your online application, you will create an account in Post View, VMI’s applicant portal. You cannot create a Post View account prior to that time.  The login credentials that will be provided to you when beginning your online application will be used when returning to work on or checking your application progress.

If you have questions, call the admissions office at: 540-464-7211 or 800-767-4207.

 

If you have applied for admission the previous year and are re-applying for admission, DO NOT SUBMIT AN ONLINE APPLICATION. Print the application and send it to admissions@vmi.edu or  Virginia Military Institute, c/o Admissions, 319 Letcher Avenue, Lexington, Virginia 24450

If you begin an online application and do not complete the process, make sure you access that application when returning for finalization using the same login credentials issued while starting the process.  DO NOT begin the process again or create new login credentials because it will cause a delay in your application processing.

If an applicant is offered a Conditional Appointment on the basis of academic credentials presented, he or she must be approved medically to complete the reservation process and enroll. Cadet life is a rigorous four years of mental and physical challenges. Cadets must fully participate in all required activities including the intense fourth-class year, Institute and ROTC physical fitness tests, and mandatory physical education and ROTC courses. The Institute will evaluate each applicant's medical and physical condition to ensure they can complete all elements of VMI's rigorous co-curricular program. The specific program requirements are enumerated on the VMI Admissions website. All potential applicants should review them carefully. VMI will also consult DOD medical standards for reference, however, each application will be reviewed individually to ensure that the program requirements can be met and the prospective cadet can safely and successfully enroll at VMI.

If the Institute Physician determines the applicant may not be able to meet the established program requirements, he will request more information from the applicant. If his concerns persist, he will forward the medical information to the Commandant of Cadets and the Head of the Department of Physical Education (Fitness Review Panel). Each member of the panel will submit a recommendation on eligibility to the Superintendent. The Superintendent's decision will be final.

Admission to VMI does not guarantee that a cadet will be eligible for commissioning. Only ROTC departments can determine eligibility for commissioning. Any questionable medical condition should be directed to the appropriate ROTC department.

Applicants are advised that failure to report previously existing medical conditions will be grounds for termination of their cadetship with forfeiture of appropriate tuition and fees. Cadets who become unable to participate fully in all aspects of cadet life will be evaluated for retention on a case by case basis by Institute officials.

Academic Record. A college preparatory course comparable to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Advanced Studies Program, or higher, is preferred. The applicant should present a secondary school record showing at least 16 academic units earned by the time of graduation. The 16 units must include at least four in English, two in algebra, and one in geometry. The distribution cited is desirable, but minor exceptions may be made if the record is otherwise sufficiently promising.

Your midterm grades should be sent to us by February 1, or as soon as available.

  English 4 units
  Algebra 2 units
  Geometry 1 units
  Advanced mathematics 1 units
  Social studies 3 units
  Laboratory sciences 3 units
  Foreign language
(3 years of one, or two years of two each)
3-4 units
  Electives 2 units
     
  TOTAL ACADEMIC UNITS 19-20 desirable

Equally important is the quality of the applicant's record as measured by grades, class rank, scores on standardized tests of aptitude, and the school's evaluation of leadership and academic promise. VMI has not set rigid minimum requirements in these respects, but generally it is expected that the applicant will rank in the top half of the class with grades substantially above passing and that College Board and other test scores will be above average or better.

The following standardized tests are required or recommended, as stated, for all applicants:

  1. REQUIRED: College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) or American College Testing Program (ACT).
  2. REQUIRED: [if applicant's first language (mother tongue) is not English]: College Board Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The SAT or ACT should be taken in the senior year no later than December. If they are taken after these dates, consideration of the application must depend on space availability when the scores are received.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to take the SAT and ACT their junior year of high school and repeat the test their senior year, thereby enhancing the usefulness of the measurement.

VMI's code for the SAT is 5858. VMI's code for the ACT is 4418.

Since the VMI cadet is being trained for leadership, extracurricular achievement indicative of leadership potential, physical and moral stamina, and adaptability to a disciplined environment is important as are significant academic honors.

A partial list of significant achievements would include membership in student government organizations, the National Honor Society, editorship of student publications, athletic awards, significant civic or church work, and honors in such organizations as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Such achievements are not a substitute for academic qualifications, but they do represent an important supplement.

Satisfactory character and personality evaluations must be furnished by the secondary school or schools attended by the applicant unless precluded by school policy. One or two letters of recommendation may be helpful if written by persons who know the applicant well, especially if the writer's relationship to the applicant has been that of teacher, employer, or leader in some significant activity, or if the writer is a VMI alumnus.

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