ABSTRACT

Virginia Military Institute ("VMI"), a state-supported school of higher education, was founded in 1839 as a four-year military institute. Many men who graduated from this prestigious school have become generals and leaders of the country.l The Board of Visitors, whose members are appointed by the Governor, is the primary governing body for the school.2 Since its founding, this Board has maintained the objective of providing VMI's education to males only.3 This admissions policy, which denies women the opportunity of VMI's unique education, has been under attack as unconstitutional. The attack began in 1989 when a Virginia woman's application was rejected based on her gender.4