VMI’s application procedure is the same whether you are applying for the first time, as a transfer student, or as an international student. New cadets are enrolled only at the beginning of the academic year in August.

Applicants are normally not less than 16 or more than 22 years of age at matriculation and may not be married or a parent. A one-year age waiver may be granted for an applicant who has served on active duty in the armed forces or for other extenuating circumstances.

The fitness review for VMI is an assessment of a prospective cadet’s medical condition and history to ensure that the cadet can safely accomplish program requirements and succeed at VMI. For example, weight and body fat are reviewed during the admissions process because we need to ensure cadets can succeed and health is not jeopardized.

Applicants are admitted entirely on the basis of their academic record, physical fitness/condition, and character without reference to national origin, creed, color, or gender. If you have questions regarding the admissions process, please contact the VMI Admissions Office, 800-767-4207.

Application opens Sept. 1 of the senior year.


Application opens Sept. 1 for HS seniors.

Early Decision
All documents must be received by Nov. 15.   Notifications will be made by December 15. Deposits deadline: Feb. 15.

Regular Decision
All documents must be received by Feb. 1. Deposits deadline: May 1.

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Costs, Aid, Scholarships

Tuition and Fees are just a starting point. Visit the Office of Financial Aid to see ways those costs may be lowered. 

You’ll find information about loans, grants, cadet employment opportunities, and scholarships, and you’ll find a net price calculator that will help you evaluate your family’s financial situation and give you an estimate of what the actual annual cost of VMI may be.

Costs and Aid