How to Apply

Congratulations on taking the first step towards joining our storied Institute and the Corps of Cadets. Our Team is here to assist you along your application journey!

Applications open August 1, for all high school students in their senior year, international students, transfer students, and those seeking readmission. Before you begin your application, be sure to review the Physical Preparation and Requirements as well as any of the guidelines or requirements for the following groups that may apply to you:

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STEP 1 | Complete the application form.

Prospective cadets may apply one of two ways: Online or by downloading and mailing a Paper Application . Instructions for both application formats are contained within the forms, but if you have questions, please don't hesitate to call the Admissions Office at: 540-464-7211 or 800-767-4207.

The online application for admission is currently inactive but applications for the new cadet class that begins on 20 August 2022 are still being accepted. Please access the paper application and submit any questions concerning the application, or the application process to


STEP 2 | Submit supplemental required documents.

A number of documents must be completed and submitted as part of both the paper and online application. Please submit these forms through one of the following methods: via mail; electronically; through upload to our secure site (see below); or via fax from a school official.

Please note that once submitted, it will take several days for these documents to be processed and appear as being “Received” in the applicant’s Post View Account. To ensure the readability of your document, please convert the document to a PDF file before uploading it.

Checklist of Required and Supplemental Documents

Upload Documents to Admissions


For the 2022-23 application cycle, VMI will be Test Optional, meaning candidates do not have to submit either an SAT or ACT score. The absence of test scores will not be viewed as a negative in the application review process. However, candidates who do wish to submit a score should use the SAT code 5858 and/or ACT code 4418.

Applicants whose first language (mother tongue) is not English are still required to take and submit scores for the College Board Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


STEP 3 | Apply for Financial Aid if desired.

The Office of Financial Aid is the best resource for up-to-date instructions, requirements and deadlines. In addition to the standard FAFSA application, applicants must also complete the VMI Statement of Educational Purpose.


STEP 4 | Apply for any applicable scholarships.

There are a number of scholarships available from VMI and other sources. Some are handled without separate application, but others, such as merit scholarships and ROTC scholarships require additional documents and information, and come with their own eligibility requirements separate from admissions requirements.

Prospective cadets may also find additional financial aid information from the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid. The U.S. Department of Labor also provides a Scholarship Finder tool to search more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.


STEP 5 | Fulfill any NCAA Athlete requirements.

  • 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.