Virginia Military Institute: Narrative Description

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Lexington, VA 24450
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State-supported, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1839. Setting: 134-acre small town campus. Endowment: $281.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $622,851. Educational spending 2003-04: $6827 per student. Total enrollment: 1,362. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,579 applied, 50% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 89% from top half. 82 student government officers. Full-time: 1,362 students, 6% women, 94% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 17 other countries, 48% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 5% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 1% 25 or older, 100% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. One-time mandatory fee: $1525. State resident tuition: $4050 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $17,512 full-time. Mandatory fees: $2479 full-time. College room and board: $5474.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 47 open to all. Most popular organizations: Newman Club, Officers Christian Fellowship, strength and fitness organizations, Promaji, Pre-Law Society. Major annual events: New Market Day, Parents' Weekend, Founders' Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols. 1,362 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Preston Library plus 1 other with 162,053 books, 18,137 microform titles, 785 serials, 4,896 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

VMI offers a small town flavor, with a hallowed history and breathtaking scenery.

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