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Virginia Military Institute Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Virginia Military Institute Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Virginia Military Institute was awarded 380 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biology studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, VMI is ranked #201 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

VMI is also ranked #8 out of 73 schools in Virginia.

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Is It Hard to Get Into VMI?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Virginia Military Institute you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 60%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 88% of students accepted to VMI submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 640. Math scores were between 530 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Virginia Military Institute  ( 540 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Virginia Military Institute  ( 530 to 620 )
VMI received ACT scores from 32% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Virginia Military Institute  ( 22 to 28 )

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Virginia Military Institute Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at VMI is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Virginia Military Institute is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Virginia Military Institute

Freshmen Retention Rate

Virginia Military Institute has a freshmen retention rate of 80%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at VMI for first-time, full-time students is 64%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  64 out of 100

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Virginia Military Institute Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,698 full-time undergraduates at VMI.

How Much Does Virginia Military Institute Cost?

The overall average net price of VMI is $17,804. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for VMI

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,789 $6,604 $10,362 $15,615 $21,822

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of VMI, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At VMI, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $4,106 a year. That adds up to $16,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at VMI is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do VMI Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from VMI with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $65,700 in their early years. This is good news for future VMI graduates since it is 65% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Military Institute is a public institution situated in Lexington, Virginia. The location of VMI is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Contact details for VMI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Vmi Parade, Lexington, VA 24450-0304
Phone: 540-464-7207

Virginia Military Institute Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 14 majors graduated from Virginia Military Institute. Of these students, 383 received undergraduate degrees and 51 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
International Relations & National Security 50 $40,305
Economics 50 $48,667
Civil Engineering 50 $48,628
History 42 $39,009
General Psychology 39 $38,289
General Biology 38 $39,099
Mechanical Engineering 23 $44,925
Computer Science 20 $48,432
Applied Mathematics 18 NA
Physics 12 $40,737

Learn more about the majors offered at Virginia Military Institute along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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