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Virginia Military Institute Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Virginia Military Institute, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee costs $40.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Virginia Military Institute Admissions Stats at a Glance

Virginia Military Institute 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 12.4%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 87.9%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 32.2%
Waitlist Yes

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.

The early decision acceptance rate at Virginia Military Institute is 77%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 60%. Last year, Virginia Military Institute admitted 285 of the 371 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

Is Virginia Military Institute Hard To Get Into?

Virginia Military Institute is a moderately difficult school to get into. Virginia Military Institute evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Virginia Military Institute accepted 60% of students, around 924 of the 1,543 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Virginia Military Institute, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Virginia Military Institute waitlisted 105 students. Of those, 40 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does Virginia Military Institute Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating 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 the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Virginia Military Institute

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Important

Virginia Military Institute 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Virginia Military Institute must submit the following items. Double 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 2
Transcript of High School Record

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

Students admitted to Virginia Military Institute have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 59.2% submitted a class rank. At Virginia Military Institute 12.4% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 39.9% were in the top 25% and 76% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Virginia Military Institute, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 59.2%
3.75 and 3.99 15.6%
3.50 and 3.74 21%
3.25 and 3.49 18.9%
3.00 and 3.24 11.9%
2.50 and 2.9 7%
2.00 and 2.49 0.6%

Virginia Military Institute does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 87.9% of Virginia Military Institute's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 32.2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Virginia Military Institute?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Virginia Military Institute students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Virginia Military Institute students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Virginia Military Institute?

To be most competitive at Virginia Military Institute, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Virginia Military Institute's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 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.

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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

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 and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

No, Virginia Military Institute is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to include your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Virginia Military Institute's acceptance rate?

Virginia Military Institute's acceptance rate is 60%.

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

Virginia Military Institute's early decision acceptance rate was 77% 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 60%. This means that the institution accepts 59 out of every 100 applicants.



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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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


22 to 28


22 and Less


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Virginia Military Institute SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

530 - 620


Reading SAT Range

540 - 640

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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 3.63. 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.

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