Virginia Military Institute

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The Virginia Military Institute is the oldest state-supported military college in the country. It offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Cadets can choose from 14 majors and 23 minors in selected disciplines and must declare majors when applying. Students may also choose to join several student clubs and organizations, and VMI Keydets compete at the NCAA’s Division I.

  • Each cadet must participate in one of four ROTC programs—Army, Marines, Navy or Air Force—before graduation. 
  • All VMI students are required to live under the same roof in sparsely furnished barracks. 
  • They eat together, wear Cadet uniforms and are given specific haircuts after enrolling at the college.