Leading with Courage, Competence, and Integrity
Throughout its storied history, VMI has produced leaders and individuals whose daily lives reflect the integrity, fairness, and appreciation for the value of hard work that is instilled at the Institute. For the individual who wants an undergraduate experience more complete and transformative than an ordinary college or university can provide and more versatile in its applications than a military service academy affords, VMI offers a superb education.
I chose VMI over other schools because of its rigorous and intimidating nature, its long-standing traditions, and its exceptional history of producing the best this country has to offer.
There is a closeness at VMI that is rare in American colleges. Much is shared among members of a class – intense preparation for parades and inspections, late-night study sessions, downtime in barracks. And when the celebrations come – the ceremony to receive your class ring, for instance – you’ll find that the people you’re celebrating with, your brother rats, are the ones closest to you, who know life as you know it, who share your values.
I’m just really lucky to have gotten the chance to come here - every single day I was grateful to be here and to be doing whatever I got a chance to do… I’ve never had so many people genuinely care about me and want to see me do well.
VMI's academic program offers a rigorous education that includes carefully selected majors in engineering, science, liberal arts, and social sciences. Athletics at VMI form an integral part of the school's aim to educate the whole person. The athletic program, managed honorably over many years, is critical to VMI's determination to encourage "the sound mind and sound body."
At VMI, you will find that things are done with purpose and that when it comes to class size - less is more. Find your passion within our 14 majors across the arts and humanities, engineering, information and social sciences, as well as life and natural sciences. Faculty-mentored undergraduate research opportunities reward and enhance the cadet experience from cadet travel grants to present at professional meetings to conducting research in the field.
VMI frames a relevant education within a military environment. By attending VMI you will develop confidence and become an honorable citizen-soldier who leads with competence, courage, caring and Integrity. At VMI there is a regimental system, there is an honor code, and there are tremendous leadership opportunities amongst the Corps of Cadets. Continue your four years of military training in ROTC in the armed services or take your self-discipline and leadership skills into the working world.
VMI cadets are required to take seven semesters of physical education classes. These programs are designed to enhance self-esteem, leadership characteristics, and ignite a passion for life-long physical fitness and health. If you’re an athlete, you have the opportunity to participate in NCAA Division I athletics or choose to compete in one or more of our 20+ club sports. Extracurricular activities do not stop there, cadets can also serve, compete, or develop their skills in other interest activities and services clubs such as scuba diving, civic engagement, performing arts, and military skills.
Special traditions like Breakout, parades, Old Yells, Ring Figure, and the march down to Foster Stadium are just some of the ways that VMI takes the best aspects of a life at college and stamps them with a uniquely 'Institute' flair. In addition to leadership courses, military training, and academic work, your time at VMI will also offer you the chance to compete in NCAA and club athletics, be a published author, serve in the community, rock climb, box, be trained as an EMT... the list goes on!
VMI graduates leave the Institute demonstrating the ability to apply the art and science of leadership to inspire, motivate, and develop subordinates, accomplish organizational goals, and lead in a complex and changing world. Each year, approximately 50% of the graduating class commissions into the armed forces following four years of ROTC in one of four branches of the U.S. Military at the Institute.
I always knew I wanted to go military, I just didn't know how to get there. I came to VMI and I realized if I'm here, there's a version of myself that I can pursue, and that's a leader, a servant leader. Someone who's also strong but resilient.
VMI’s remarkable education will prepare you for honorable success and selfless service. You will do so confidently because you have received an extraordinary education that has prepared you to take on the challenges that you will face. The VMI Alumni Agencies will help you maintain your ties with your Brother Rats and the Institute and forge new relationships with your fellow alumni and other members of the VMI Family.