VWIL 10th Anniversary — Media Fast Facts

March 1, 2005

Current Statistics

  • VWIL is the nation’s only all-female cadet corps
  • Program is located at Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Va.
  • Cadet enrollment for school year 2004-05: 125 cadets
    • Class of 2005–30–(28 from Virginia)
    • Class of 2006–16–(10 from Virginia)
    • Class of 2007–40–(28 from Virginia)
    • Class of 2008–39–(26 from Virginia)
  • Cadets must maintain a 2.5 grade point average while undergoing a rigorous course of academic study and physical training.
  • 134 VWIL alumnae; 40 percent have accepted military commissions.
  • Fifty-four graduates are on active military duty serving in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Germany, Kosovo, Japan, Korea, and the U.S. They hold positions such as Chinook helicopter pilot, Navy flight instructor, and executive officer of 63rd Chemical Company.
  • About 35 percent of VWIL cadets are first-generation college students.
  • The VWIL student population is diverse, with 31 percent American ethnic minorities.
  • Tuition support provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia (for residents of the state), by Mary Baldwin University, and through several private and foundation scholarships
  • Director: Dr. Brenda Bryant, bbryant@marybaldwin.edu
  • Commandant: Brig. General N. Michael Bissell, mbissell@marybaldwin.edu
  • Cadet Company Commander: First Captain Mei-Ling Fye

Historical Dates

  • VWIL program development approved by Commonwealth of Virginia, 1993
  • First VWIL class enters: August, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court rules that brand-new VWIL program is not “substantially comparable” to Virginia Military Institute’s 150- year history of military training, 1996. VMI admits women in 1997.