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SACSCOC: Student Achievement

Colleges and institutions accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) are required to identify, evaluate, and publish goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution’s mission based on the Principles of Accreditation, Standard 8.1. These measures must be disclosed on the institution’s website during the Fifth Year Interim Report and Decennial reaffirmation. The details and information provided below represents VMI’s commitment to this standard.

VMI Student Achievement

VMI is a unique undergraduate educational environment where cadets earn their degrees while participating in military trainings and obligations. Our Mission Statement demonstrates our commitment to developing citizen-soldiers from their experiences in VMI’s curricular and co-curricular activities. We have outlined three metrics that align with our mission statement, which are Graduation Rate, Retention Rate, and Commissioning Rate. Metrics are monitored using a three-level system:

  • Threshold: Minimum level to maintain
  • Target: Benchmark that should be met or surpassed
  • Current Rate: Current performance level for each metric during academic year 2020 - 2021

All metrics are monitored and reviewed annually by the Academic Program Review Committee. Each metric is presented along with a brief description and details about the three-level system. Comparative data were collected from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s (SCHEV) website for Graduation and Retention Rates. The comparison group is identified as peer and consists of the 14 other four-year VA public institutions. All data for the peer group are based on the currently available information on the SCHEV website, and the year referenced in the tables and charts represent the start of the fall semester for that academic year.

Graduation Rate

The graduation rate is based on those cadets who were enrolled as first-time, full-time cadets and completed their degree requirements within 150% of the 4-year time frame.

  • Threshold: 67%
  • Target: 71%
  • Current Rate (AY 2020 - 2021): 85%

Six Year Graduation Rate Comparison

Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
VMI 70.0% 69.4% 70.5% 75.6% 70.7% 74.2% 77.7% 76.4% 77.9% 79.5% 85.4%
Peer 68.0% 67.0% 69.8% 69.9% 70.0% 71.1% 71.6% 72.2% 72.0% 73.1% 73.6%


Chart showing percent graduation rate years 2010 to 2020, showing VMI's numbers in favorable comparison to peers 

Retention Rate

The retention rate is based on those cadets who remain at the Institute from their Fourth to Third class year. For reference, Fourth class cadets are first-year students, while Third class cadets are second-year students at the Institute.

  • Threshold: 76%
  • Target: 80%
  • Current Rate (AY 2020 - 2021): 80%

 Retention Rate Comparison


Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
VMI 83.9% 82.8% 86.8% 82.6% 84.3% 88.5% 92.0% 84.3% 87.2% 88.9% 82.8%
Peer 85.5% 85.9% 86.5% 86.4% 86.4% 86.7% 87.6% 87.3% 86.6% 86.3% 85.7%



Commissioning Rate

The commissioning rate is based on those cadets who commission into military service following graduation. Cadets commission based on their participation in the military branch activities offered at VMI during their cadetship (i.e., ROTC, training, etc.).

  • Threshold: 50%
  • Target: 70%
  • Current Rate (AY 2020 – 2021): 56%



























The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is the Commonwealth's coordinating body for higher education. SCHEV was established by the Governor and General Assembly in 1956. SCHEV makes higher education public policy recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly in such areas as capital and operating budget planning, enrollment projections, institutional technology needs, and student financial aid. SCHEV administers a variety of educational programs that benefit students, faculty, parents, and taxpayers.

VMI’s Institutional Profile can be viewed here

SCHEV Reports

  • Graduation Rate Survey, 150 percent
  • Graduation Rate Survey, 200 percent
  • Tuition Charges and Fees Survey
  • Plan for the Distribution of Student Aid Funds
  • Course Enrollment Data File
  • Headcount File
SCHEV-Approved Peer Group for Virginia Military Institute 
Institution  State  Type 
Barnard College NY Private
Bucknell University PA Private
Calvin College MI Private
Claremont McKenna College CA Private
Connecticut College CT Private
Hampden-Sydney College VA Private
Hobart William Smith Colleges NY Private
Lafayette College PA Private
Macalester College MN Private
Mount Holyoke College MA Private
Norwich University VT Private
Randolph-Macon College VA Private
Smith College MA Private
Spelman College GA Private
St Lawrence University NY Private
St Mary's College of Maryland MD Public
Swarthmore College PA Private
The College of Wooster OH Private
Trinity College CT Private
Union College NY Private
United States Air Force Academy CO Public
United States Naval Academy MD Public
Walla Walla College WA Private
Washington College MD Private
Wheaton College MA Private


The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions that participate in federal student aid programs report data on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search Web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.  

IPEDS provides basic data needed to describe — and analyze trends in — postsecondary education in the United States, in terms of the numbers of students enrolled, staff employed, dollars expended, and degrees earned. Congress, federal agencies, state governments, education providers, professional associations, private businesses, media, students and parents, and others rely on IPEDS data for this basic information on postsecondary institutions.

VMI’s IPEDS data can be viewed here.