Virginia Military Institute

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Location: 319 Letcher Avenue, Lexington, VA 24450

Phone: 504-464-7230


School Overview

The Virginia Military Institute was founded in 1839. The school is linked with General Thomas Jackson who is known to many as Stonewall Jackson. He joined the faculty in 1851 as an instructor in physics and natural philosophy until 1861 when he joined the Confederate States of America’s army. He is buried in Lexington.

Virginia Military Institute is the first state supported military school in the US. It is known for producing cadets who are strong academically and with a concrete background in military training. The military school nestles on 134 acres which are classified as a National Historic District. Graduates leave the school fully prepared to join military and civilian careers.

The military college offers the cadets an opportunity to be in the Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC. These programs lead to commissioning in the United States Armed Forces.

What to Expect

The academics in Virginia Military Institute are focused on limited majors with emphasis on science, engineering and math. There are 14 majors in the school. The school has accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools and its engineering program is ABET recognized. All the majors lead to a B.S. or B.A. undergraduate degree. 90% of the cadets graduate in 4 years. The fee structure includes everything but books.

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