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Want the scoop on Virginia Military Institute? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors VMI offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Virginia Military Institute Ranked?

Quality Badge

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Virginia Military Institute was awarded 31 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is civil engineering.

Overall Quality

VMI landed the #185 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when VMI held the #195 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

VMI also holds the #6 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into VMI?

Acceptance Rate

Virginia Military Institute has an acceptance rate of 53%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for VMI.

Average Test Scores

About 71% 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 560 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Virginia Military Institute  ( 560 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Virginia Military Institute  ( 540 to 640 )
VMI received ACT scores from 39% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Virginia Military Institute  ( 23 to 28 )

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Virginia Military Institute Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At VMI, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

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 87%. 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  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At VMI the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 61%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  61 out of 100

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Virginia Military Institute Is Not Very Diverse

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,722 full-time undergraduates at VMI.

VMI Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 19.56 out of 100, VMI is one of the least diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  19.56 out of 100
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How Much Does Virginia Military Institute Cost?

The overall average net price of VMI is $19,905. 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 +
$5,409 $7,816 $9,422 $19,934 $23,939

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 76% of students took out student loans averaging $8,265 a year. That adds up to $33,060 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at VMI is 2.8%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from VMI make about $65,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future VMI graduates since it is 61% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Virginia Military Institute make the most money.

Location of Virginia Military Institute

Located in Lexington, Virginia, Virginia Military Institute is a public institution. Lexington is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Location of Virginia Military Institute

Contact details for VMI are given below.

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

Virginia Military Institute Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
International Relations & National Security 66 $37,700
Civil Engineering 59 $40,400
Economics 56 $38,100
General Biology 40 $37,900
Mechanical Engineering 38 $39,400
History 31 $37,800
General Psychology 29 $34,500
Applied Mathematics 28 NA
Computer Science 22 NA
General English Literature 20 NA

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

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