Best Military Colleges in Virginia

Sep 30, 2018

There are three military colleges in Virginia. Upon graduation, cadets may enter the military as an officer or obtain a civilian job. We will explore these colleges and include information that prospective students contemplating joining the military may find helpful.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (in-state)* Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits
Virginia Military Institute 4-Year, Public Lexington, Virginia $18,214 Scholarships, Grants
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 4-Year, Public Blacksburg, Virginia $13,230 Scholarships, Band Stipend, Emerging Leader Scholarship, Commandant's Scholarships
Marine Corps University Graduate Quantico, Virginia N/A N/A

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Overview

The military colleges in Virginia help introduce students to military culture. Let's take a look at these schools in detail.

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Military Institute (VMI) is a military college located in Lexington, Virginia. It is ranked #4 by U.S. News & World Report on their 2019 Top Public Schools list.

All students are military cadets. Although there is no stipulation that cadets enter the military after graduating, they are required to take part in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). All freshmen must join the Rat Line, which is a military preparation system comprised of team-building exercises and regulations. VMI has 80 professional, academic, and social club/organizations that cadets can participate in.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a senior military college in Blacksburg, Virginia, is home to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC). Virginia Tech is ranked #42 on the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for Veterans list.

Students may choose to follow one of two tracks: ROTC Track, through which the cadet earns a commission into the military, or Civilian Track, which has no obligation to join the military. The Corps' Global Scholars Program sponsors a trip to France to learn about World War I and II leadership lessons. VTCC offers a minor in leadership studies, which helps cadets apply their training towards a future working in the civilian sector.

Marine Corps University

The Marine Corps University offers master's degree programs. It is comprised of five schools in Quantico, Virginia, that Marines attend depending on their rank.

The Expeditionary Warfare School educates officers in more advanced leadership skills with emphasis on warfighting. The Command and Staff College prepares majors to serve as command and staff officers. The College of Distance Education and Training provides online education for officers and enlisted Marines. The School of Advanced Warfighting prepares advanced intermediate level majors for wars and how to fight them. The Marine Corps War College trains and educates lieutenant colonels.

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