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Admissions Medical Requirements

If an applicant is offered a conditional appointment on the basis of academic credentials presented, he or she must be approved medically to complete the reservation process and enroll. Cadet life is a rigorous four-years of mental and physical challenges. Cadets must fully participate in all required activities including the intense fourth-class year, Institute and ROTC physical fitness tests, and mandatory physical education and ROTC courses. The Institute uses Army ROTC medical criteria as a basic admissions standard.

A prospective cadet who is denied admission on medical grounds may request a waiver by writing to the Director of Admissions. The Medical Review Committee will review the case, seek assistance from independent medical specialists when appropriate, and make recommendations to the Superintendent. The Superintendent's decision will be final. The granting of a medical waiver does not guarantee that a cadet will be eligible for commissioning. Only the ROTC departments can determine eligibility for commissioning. Any questionable medical condition should be directed to the appropriate ROTC department.

Applicants are advised that failure to report previously existing medical disabilities will be grounds for termination of their cadetship with forfeiture of appropriate tuition and fees. Cadets who become unable to participate fully in all aspects of cadet life will be evaluated for retention by the Medical Review Committee on an individual basis.

For more information on the specific requirements of the VMI system, please view our Certificate of Understanding of the Physical Requirements for the Virginia Military Institute.

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