U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks VMI among the nation’s top five public liberal arts colleges. VMI's academic program offers a rigorous education that includes a broad, four-year core curriculum with carefully selected majors in engineering, science, liberal arts, and social sciences. 

At VMI, you declare a major when you apply, so from the beginning, you’re in classes with professors in your area of interest who will work with you throughout your entire cadetship. VMI faculty members are known for their expertise, teaching excellence, mentorship, scholarly engagement, commitment to service, and encouragement of undergraduate research.

The curriculum offers opportunities for undergraduate research, foreign study, internships, and service learning. The Institute Honors Program presents special challenges and rewards for VMI's most academically outstanding cadets.

  • VMI classes have as few as 11 students. 
  • Small class size allows professors and cadets to develop meaningful relationships
  • Cadet study areas are often near faculty offices, which encourages individual instruction and communication
  • Cadets and faculty often conduct research projects side by side