Attached is a link to the VMI Superintendents summer letter to Parents- it provides a good overview of VMI for those interested in applying. http://www.vmi.edu/uploadedFiles/Ad...dent/superintendent's newsletter small 08.pdf I just returned from dropping our son off at VMI on Monday for STP. Parents received a number of briefings from administration including Gen Peay- Superintendent, Commandant, Chief of Staff and the Dean. The first person I ran into was one of my brother rats (class and company mate) dropping off his youngest son as well. My son's room includes guys from Virginia, Texas, New York and Massachusetts. My impression as a Dad and alumnus (and one that my "brother rat" concurred with): VMI is a dynamic and ever improving college that is a better school in many ways than the VMI of 30 years ago. Academics, facilities and faculty (and most thankfully - the Mess Hall!) are definitely improved and the Cadets opportunities for overseas study and exchanges are much higher than they were in the 70s- in short looking at the quality of faculty, test scores, class sizes and opportunities, VMI deserves its rankings in US News annual rankings (#3 Public Liberal Arts College right behind USMA and USNA with very highly ranked engineering programs and arabic program) . While they no longer require cadets to take a commission ( all cadets still have to complete 4 years of ROTC but not sign a contract), they are steadily increasing the commissioning rate with a goal of 75%- by the end of the summer will be about 56% for the class of 2009 and produced both the number one Army and Marine Cadets last year. In particular, the Army has a tremendous number of cadets on 4 year scholarship (which goes a long way to making college a revenue-neutral proposition - I believe that we are in the hole about $5k annually as an out of state cadet- not including the monthly stipend son will receive- big improvement over what high school cost us!) A word of caution- if you are thinking about the Simultaneous Membership Program- you should know that VMI has had 65 cadets deployed overseas with their reserve or guard units. That's neither a positive or negative comment- just that you should understand that this is a real possibility. In short- I would strongly encourage anyone to apply to VMI if you are interested in the military, small classes with a challenging academic curriculum and physically demanding program. Happy 4th of July! Good luck !