180 years ago today, the Virginia Military Institute began its unique military education system when 25 young men from Virginia enrolled as the first cadets. Since that time, VMI and the Corps of Cadets have grown and changed considerably, but the goal of preparing its graduates to be civilian and military leaders remains unchanged.
An early view of VMI showing original Barracks, Faculty Residences, and Arsenal building; the Superintendent's residence is at far left. This lithograph appears on early Cadet Society certificates and other documents.
Cadet Group, 1859. Includes Scott Shipp (top right); James K. Marshall (Class of 1860, top left); and 3 others not identified.
The VMI Class of 1907 as Rats (4th classmen or freshmen). This photograph appears in the 1904 yearbook.
Cadet company on Parade Ground during World War II. The cadets wore the overseas cap only during the years 1943-1945.
Rats in the Class of 2020 line the hallways of Barracks to begin their first afternoon of training with their cadre, Aug. 20, 2016.
Rats put their robots to the test in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s annual Rat Robot Contest held Dec. 9, 2015 in Brockenbrough Auditorium.