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Few colleges offer a first year as challenging as VMI. None offer the unique education, rewards, and "Brother Rat" spirit found here.

Few colleges offer a first year as challenging as VMI. None offer the unique education, rewards, and "Brother Rat" spirit found here.

VMI Community Updates

Institute leadership continues to communicate important information for cadets, their families, faculty & staff, and the VMI community at-large:

  • The February 2024 Institute Report is now available to read and download. Catch up on winter news from VMI, take a look back at 50 years of the Institute Report, and test your VMI knowledge with trivia questions.
  • VOTE FOR MOE - VMI's beloved mascot is vying to top the competition in The Ingles Southern Conference Mascot Challenge. Vote daily now through the SoCon basketball tournament to make sure Moe and VMI are #1.
  • The VMI Athletics Ticket Office has begun selling tickets for the 2024 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament to take place from March 7-11 in Asheville, NC. Tickets are available now - March 5 at the Cameron Hall ticket office. Fans can purchase single session tickets, which are general admission tickets good for any game of the tournament. To purchase tickets, call the VMI Ticket Office at 540-464-7266 or visit the ticket office during business hours. 
  • The lower level of the VMI Museum exhibits will not be available for viewing February 9 - 20, 2024 during renovations.  The Main Level and Museum Store will be open for our regular hours daily 9am - 5pm.

  VMI Community: To receive important information concerning emergencies, weather, traffic, and parking, text the word "Keydet" to 772-95.

Save the Date: Feb. 29 is VMI’s Day of Giving

This leap year, we have one extra day—Feb. 29. Use it to benefit today’s cadets and tomorrow’s leaders.

There are eight different ways you can donate and make an impact. Help reach our goal of 500 donors Feb. 29.

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News from Post

Barr Sets National Powerlifting Records

Col. Dan Barr ’74 became interested in powerlifting last summer, after watching a young relative compete as a collegiate athlete. “I started probing around and looked at the state records for the bench-press, and I thought, my golly I do that in my workout for repetitions. Maybe I should compete..."

Keydets Swim and Dive Break Multitude of Records

The VMI Swim and Dive athletes broke 26 program — team, rat, and personal — records during the championship, closing out the 2023-24 season.

VMI Launches Entrepreneurship Program

The Institute has launched a two-year pilot program called the Summer Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program (SUEP) as a starting point for entrepreneurship education. It has been established for cadets who possess the mindset of an entrepreneur, regardless of academic major.

Institute to Host Military School Band & Choir Festival

Virginia Military Institute will host the 46th Military School Band & Choir Festival, Feb. 16 -18. The festival will feature a concert band and a festival choir composed of military high school and college cadets, and a clinic for military high school and college drum majors.

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VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders