Rank: 41

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VAwww.vmi.edu
Median SAT/ACT
1160/26
Enrollment
1,746
The Virginia Military Institute, often referred to as the West Point of the South, is the oldest state-supported military college in the country. Undergraduates undergo strict military-style training and regimentation, wear uniforms to class, and march in formation. Unlike traditional military schools, however, VMI charges tuition and does not require students to serve after graduation (which is why it is...
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costs
Est. Full Price 2017-2018
$30,700
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,400
Average price for low-income students
$6,200
Financial Aid from the College
% of students with need who get grants
87%
% of need met
85%
% of students who get merit* grants
13%
Average merit grant
$4,800
student success
Graduation rate
74%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$20,750
Average salary within 5 years
$55,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
43%
admissions
Acceptance rate
53%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1160/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
key deadlines
Early decision application
15-Nov
Regular application
1-Feb

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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The alumni network is simply amazing. There is not a more dedicated alumni base than VMI. We get alumni visits every single day, and VMI alum can be found in every single major industry from teach to business to engineering, and are very good for helping recent graduates establish themselves....
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Classes are small, professors are professional, and cadets are respectful. This is the best college in the nation and certainly the hardest. Cadets must learn to manage time effectively, because there is almost never any free time due to rat line events, extra-curricular activities, and mandatory inspections and formations. It...
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Virginia Military Institute has the reputation for being the toughest school in the nation and that reputation is well earned. Students who choose to take on this academically, physically and mentally challenging environment will immerse themselves in something that no other college will offer them. The Ratline is an integral...
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* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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