The nation's first state-supported military college, founded on November 11, 1839. It is located in the small town of Lexington, Virginia, and has been turning out leaders for every walk of life since its inception -- unlike certain other colleges located in Charleston, South Carolina. The Ratline, the initial period of cadetship for all new cadets(Rats), is generally viewed as the toughest initiation of any military college in the country. It also has the distinction of being one of only three schools in the world to have fought as a single military unit in pitched battle at the Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864.
The Virginia Military Institute is the best military school in the United States of America.