The years at VMI are designed to instill in each cadet the lifelong values of integrity, devotion to duty, self-discipline, and self-reliance. VMI has shaped leaders, heroes, and individuals whose daily lives reflect the honor, fairness, and appreciation for the value of work that is instilled here.

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 admitted entirely on the basis of their academic record, physical fitness/condition, and character without reference to national origin, creed, color, or gender. Applicants are normally not less than 16 or more than 22 years old 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.

cadets smiling and participating in activities and classes at the Institute

Application Dates & Deadlines


August 1 Applications Open

VMI's application period opens Aug. 1 for all high school students in their senior year, international students, and transfer students. Utilize the online application, or submit a Paper Application  to begin your journey towards joining the Corps.

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November 15 Early Decision Deadline

For those wishing to be considered for Early Decision, all applications and supporting documents must be received by November 15. Notifications regarding initial admissions decisions will be made by December 15.

Application requirements

February 1 Final Application Deadline

All applications and supporting documents for regular decision applicants should be received by February 1 for priority consideration. Applications received after Feb. 1 will be considered so long as spaces remain available.

Financial Aid deadlines