SMI is not an accredited institution. A plan is being developed to achieve accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). SMI estimates that accreditation can be achieved within three years of opening the Institute.
Total expenses for the Institute are projected to be $5-10 million for the first year, increasing to $17 million in the fourth and fifth years. A major goal will be to minimize tuition and fees and maximize faculty salaries by eliminating unnecessary programs and activities. SMI is now initiating a major fund raising campaign and has recently been approved for 501(C)(3) (tax-exempt) status. Donations are now fully tax deductible and should be sent to the address on our Contact *link to contact page and checks should be payable to: Southern Military Institute.
In the tradition of the original "Institute," SMI will be a small engineering and science institution emphasizing the foundations of Christian faith and morality. It will also provide a sound background in the history of Western Civilization, American politics, Constitutional studies, and military history. SMI will be steeped in southern tradition and will re-establish the all-male Corps of Cadets, the Gentleman's Honour System, the "Brother-Rat" Class System, and the traditional "Ratline" basic training system. SMI will sponsor programs that advance the knowledge and awareness of Southern history and culture including the honouring of Confederate Memorial Day and New Market Day, which celebrates the valor of the VMI cadets at the Battle of New Market, Virginia on the 15th of May, 1864.
SMI is to be modeled after VMI, but it will also seek to preserve elements of the traditions that once were part of her southern sister, The Citadel, as well as some of those of the old West Point. The Institute will be unique among colleges and universities, not only in its military and southern traditions, but in the fact that it will be a small Christian engineering and science college, and one of only two all-male colleges remaining within the United States.
The mission of the Southern Military Institute is to train young men to be strong moral leaders who are devoted to God, dedicated to constitutional government, educated in the modern sciences, and who are able to serve their church, community, or State in civilian roles during peacetime or in military roles during times of war.