Unique Philosophy

The VMI philosophy is framed by relevant education within a military environment that fosters a lifelong appreciation of physical fitness.

It’s an education that develops character, engenders a sense of responsibility to others, and cultivates the ability to master adversity.

VMI is not for everyone.  This is no ordinary college.

But then, who wants to be ordinary?

  • Relevant Academics

    Consistently recognized as one of America’s top colleges by U.S. News & World Report and Peterson’s Competitive Colleges. 

The core curriculum and majors are carefully crafted to address the needs and concerns of today’s changing world.

  • Military Environment

    VMI is unlike other military colleges in that it offers a choice of ROTC branch to its cadets.

 The required four years of military training cultivate the ability to perform under pressure in military and civilian careers.

  • NCAA Div 1 Athletics

    Every cadet an athlete, every athlete a cadet.

 VMI supports 18 NCAA Division 1 teams in addition to club and intramural athletics. Cadets often develop habits of physical fitness that serve them well into the future.

The 21st century is a blank slate, waiting for the key personalities of the century to make their mark. Rich in tradition, Virginia Military Institute stands ready to prepare young men and women to meet the challenges of their times.

General J.H. Binford Peay III ’62
VMI Superintendent