How to Apply

Applications open August 1, to high school students in their senior year or high school graduates.

Do not submit an application unless you are a high school senior or high school graduate. 

Step 1: Submit your application in one of two ways: 


Step 2: Submit Supplemental Required Documents

The following 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, sent through Naviance, uploaded through our secure site or faxed by 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.


NOTE: For the 2020-21 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).

Upload Admissions Documents

Step 3: If you wish to Apply for Financial Aid:

Step 4:  If you wish to Apply for Merit-Based Scholarships:

  •  (applicants should meet established criteria listed)

Step 5: If you are an NCAA Athlete:

  • 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.

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 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 applicants are offered a Conditional Appointment on the basis of academic credentials presented, they must be approved medically to complete the reservation process and enroll. 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.

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.

Physical Training Preparation

A college preparatory course comparable to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Advanced Studies Program, or higher, is preferred. Applicants 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.

Midterm grades should be received by VMI 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. It is generally expected applicants will rank in the top half of their class with grades substantially above passing and that College Board and other test scores will be above average or better.

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.