Interviews for VMI?

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  1. Kevin23

    Kevin23 Member

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    I have a couple of questions for anyone who has had the experience of doing admissions interviews at VMI?

    Overall what are the interviews like in terms of content discussed?

    Does the admissions office at the post do interviews on the weekends/holidays. I ask because I'm currently a college student and I want to avoid missing any class time due to potentially falling behind, and I haven't been able to get ahold of the admissions office at VMI to ask.


    Thank you to anyone who answers,
     
  2. larry2013

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    My son is a current RAT - last year his appliation process DID NOT REQUIRE an interview.
    All thru high school he had received materials from VMI and we understood that his package needed a "recommendation from an alumi". His application for admission therefore did include a letter of recommendation from a loal alumi. My son never requested, nor was ever told that he had to interview with VMI staff.
    I have found the staff at VMI, no matter the department, to be very kind, cheerful, and helpful. My only suggestion would be to call admissions office and ask - I would imagine if you had to interview, you could explain and possibly have it conducted via telephone.
    There is a terrific moderator, BRUNO - perhaps he will have better response - but I know how my son feels when searching for information, so wanted to give you what I could.
    Good luck - VMI has exceded my expectations, and has lived up to my son's high ideals. As I stated, my son is a RAT, has survived thus far so he naturally really seeing the goal of "breakout" in line of sight now.
     
  3. NC Mom

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    My son applied to VMI this year and he was not required to interview or have a recommendation from an alumni. He received his acceptance in November and he did not apply ED.
    Sorry I can't help with your question of what the interview entails, but maybe it is required since you are applying as a college transfer??
    Best of luck to you!!
     
  4. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Kevin: I don't believe that you are required to perform an interview at VMI either as a first time student or as a transferring student. As an informational tool for both you and VMI, alumni frequently give interviews to prospective cadets- a link to where you can find them is below.

    http://www.vmi.edu/Admissions.aspx?id=13641&ekmensel=fb5d653b_20_0_13641_11

    Alumni interviews are a pretty good way to give a personal picture of life at VMI and answer questions like: "what is the daily schedule?" "what will happen during the Rat line and what should I expect" etc...- but it generally won't give you detailed admissions specific questions like: "will this course get transferred"? and the person doing the interview is not making any of the acceptance decisions beyond providing a summary of the interview to the admissions office.


    If you haven't seen it- Below is a guide for transfer students and policies: http://www.vmi.edu/Admissions.aspx?id=226&ekmensel=fb5d653b_20_0_226_4

    If you have specific questions or concerns about your application for transfer I would suggest that you contact the VMI admissions office directly. They are pretty approachable- I believe that LTC Neil Whitmore is the admissions officer responsible for transfer students: The number is (540) 464-7211.

    If you have ROTC specific questions - you will need to contact those departments directly- this link will give you the contact information for all of the services and from there you can either call them directly or search yourself.
    http://www.vmi.edu/show.aspx?tid=36579&id=1322&ekmensel=8f9c37c3_66_0_1322_3

    Hope this helps you some. Good luck and hope to see you at VMI next August. I will be the old grad muttering that " Things were so much harder back in the Old Corps" but it won't be true- I'll just be trying to put my Cadet in his proper place!:rolleyes:
     
  5. Kevin23

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    I've tried contacting the admissions office directly this past weekend but non one was there, I will try again Monday though.

    I'll look more into alumni interviews, although would really like to visit the post and have an interview with an admissions officer.

    Thank you for all the information,
     
  6. TurkishRunner

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    I went for an interview in early October and I think it was pretty helpful. They were really nice in admissions and asked questions like "What are your goals this year?", "What would you bring to the VMI community?", and "What do you want to achieve here?". We also got a chance to talk to the financial aid department while we were up there. All in all I thought it was a good chance for them to see the student behind the grades and scores, and get to know you. And like the posts before me said, an interview is not required; although either an interview or essay is strongly recommended. I would recommend it as well. A friend of mine went who is also applying and they gave him a tour and answered all of his questions. The people up there are very helpful, and they made me feel like I was wanted there.

    And, as a bonus you can visit the VMI store, which has some cool stuff. My mom spent about three hundred dollars there before I got in. Thankfully I did haha.

    Anyway hope that helps!
     
  7. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Kevin- if you are available - VMI does run a prospective Cadet visitation program which runs Friday/Saturday. You will get the chance to Spend a night in barracks, visit classes and interview with reps from the academic & ROTC Departments and interview if you wish with the admissions office. Link below will point you in the right direction- the next one is Feb 19th.

    http://www.vmi.edu/Admissions.aspx?id=7189&rsm=4294968043&ekmensel=fb5d653b_20_315_7189_2
     
  8. TurkishRunner

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    I also did that, its a really interesting experience
     

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