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Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate71%

Virginia Military Institute Admissions

Virginia Military Institute is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Virginia Military Institute is 71%. Last year, 1,192 students applied to Virginia Military Institute and 847 were admitted.

If you want to apply to Virginia Military Institute, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 2/1 and the application fee is $40.

Students who submit their applications to Virginia Military Institute for the fall semester should hear back from Virginia Military Institute by March 1.

Virginia Military Institute Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Virginia Military Institute's admissions stats.

Virginia Military Institute 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 12.6%
Mean SAT Score 1215
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 16.8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 5.6%
Waitlist Yes

Virginia Military Institute Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Virginia Military Institute.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 2 1 March 1

Considering Applying Early to Virginia Military Institute?

Virginia Military Institute offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Virginia Military Institute is 82%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 71%. In 2022, Virginia Military Institute admitted 213 of the 261 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Virginia Military Institute Admissions

Transferring to Virginia Military Institute

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Military Institute has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Virginia Military Institute?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Virginia Military Institute

Curious about the factors that are considered by Virginia Military Institute during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
State Residency Important
Volunteer Work Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Application Essay Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Virginia Military Institute for more information on admission factors.

Virginia Military Institute Application Requirements

To apply to Virginia Military Institute, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Virginia Military Institute's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements statement of good standing from prior institution
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Virginia Military Institute?

Students admitted to Virginia Military Institute have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 57.5% submitted a class rank. At Virginia Military Institute 12.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 34.5% were in the top 25% and 76.7% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Virginia Military Institute, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 24.7%
3.75 and 3.99 19%
3.50 and 3.74 25.2%
3.25 and 3.49 17.3%
3.00 and 3.24 10.2%
2.50 and 2.9 2.8%
2.00 and 2.49 0.9%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Virginia Military Institute directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Virginia Military Institute is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 16.8% of Virginia Military Institute's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 5.6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Virginia Military Institute?

To be competitive with other Virginia Military Institute applicants, you should strive to score between 1120 and 1270 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Virginia Military Institute 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1270 and 25% of scored lower than 1120, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Virginia Military Institute student is 1215.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Virginia Military Institute students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Virginia Military Institute students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

To be most competitive at Virginia Military Institute, you should strive to earn between 22 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Virginia Military Institute's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Virginia Military Institute students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

More Information on Transferring to Virginia Military Institute

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Virginia Military Institute.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is February 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Virginia Military Institute during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Virginia Military Institute Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Virginia Military Institute?

❌ Students who are admitted to Virginia Military Institute must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Virginia Military Institute accept transfer credits?

✅ Virginia Military Institute accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Virginia Military Institute accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Virginia Military Institute accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Virginia Military Institute?

❌ No, Virginia Military Institute is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Virginia Military Institute's acceptance rate?

✅ Virginia Military Institute's acceptance rate is 71%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Virginia Military Institute?

✅ Virginia Military Institute's early decision acceptance rate was 82% in 2021.

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Virginia Military Institute Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Virginia Military Institute? Virginia Military Institute is a somewhat selective institution. The Virginia Military Institute acceptance rate is 71%. This means that the institution accepts 71 out of every 100 applicants.


Virginia Military Institute Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Virginia Military Institute is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Virginia Military Institute is Feb 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Virginia Military Institute SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1270


Math SAT Range

535 - 640


Reading SAT Range

570 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1270 and Above


1120 to 1270


1120 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Virginia Military Institute students is 1215. Applicants with SAT scores of 1270 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Virginia Military Institute, while applicants with SAT scores between 1120 to 1270 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1120 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Virginia Military Institute.

Virginia Military Institute GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Virginia Military Institute, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.67. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Application Deadline

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