The best way to learn about the Corps of Cadets is to spend time with us on campus!
The Spend the Night program is the best way to see if the Corps of Cadets is right for you.
This is an overnight experience that gives you the opportunity to shadow a host cadet and see a day in his or her life. We try to match you with a cadet based on your Military-Leader or Citizen-Leader Track interest.
Step 1: On Virginia Tech Admissions' college/departmental information session page or below, choose one of the following Spend the Night dates and register:
- Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
- Monday, Oct. 14, 2019
- Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
- Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
- Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
- Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
Spring 2020 (Registration will open Jan. 6)
- Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
- Thursday, April 2, 2020 (Cutchins Lecture featuring Col. Lee Ellis)
- Monday, April 6, 2020
- Thursday, April 9, 2020
- Monday, April 13, 2020
- Thursday, April 16, 2020
Step 2: On Day 2, after spending the night, you may want to participate in the information sessions offered by Virginia Tech Admissions, your college's information session for your desired major, and a campus tour (you must sign up separately for these activities). You can also individually arrange with your host cadet to attend an academic class on campus after check out at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in ROTC, we also recommend meeting with the ROTC program you are interested in on Day 2.
A small-group information session is a great place to start if you are a junior and just starting to seriously explore colleges and your options.
If you also want to sign up for an Admissions information session and campus tour, here are two sample timelines that allow you to also attend the Corps information session:
1. Arriving in Blacksburg the night before, driving in early, or need to leave earlier? Try this one:
Start at 8:30 a.m., end by 3:30 p.m.
- Sign up for the Admissions Information session at 8:30 a.m., and skip the 9:30 a.m. campus tour
- After Admissions' information session, attend the Corps session at 9:45 a.m. (select the date you are coming to get to the Corps/ROTC Information Session signup)
- If available, attend a major/college information session (see the available sessions here) or visit the University Bookstore
- Sample Virginia Tech's award-winning food at Turner Place, West End, or Dietrick (D2) dining hall
- Attend a major/college information session, if offered at 1 or 2 p.m.
- Sign up separately for the 2:30 p.m. campus tour (just decline the information session this time in the registration)
You can also choose not to take the campus tour, and depart as soon as the college/major information session ends or after lunch, as needed.
2. Arriving mid-morning or staying later? Try this one:
Start at 10 a.m., end by 4 p.m.
- Attend the Corps information session at 9:45 a.m.
- Afterward, if available, attend a major/college information session (see the available sessions here) or visit the University Bookstore
- Sample Virginia Tech's award-winning food at Turner Place, West End, or Dietrich (D2) dining hall
- Sign up for the Admissions Information session at 1:30 p.m. and the follow-on campus tour at 2:30 p.m.
For either timeline, if you would like additional information from your ROTC of choice, you can schedule an appointment with your ROTC unit of interest separately.
Hopefully, one of these two timelines will help you schedule your visit to campus to include the Corps of Cadets. We look forward to hosting you on campus!
Viriginia Tech Admissions offers Open House events, including Hokie Focus and Hokie Preview, that allow students to see a broad picture of what the university has to offer. There is a short, optional presentation on the Corps of Cadets that students and families can attend that includes about 10 minutes on the Corps and 10 minutes on each of the ROTC programs. If you are a junior, it is a good place to start. If you are a senior, and it's all you can do, we highly recommend it.