The best way to learn about the Corps of Cadets is to spend time with us on campus!

Spend the Night with the Corps

This is the best way to see if your Corps of right for you! You get a chance to actually interact with cadets without your parents or the recruiting staff.  It's a great way to figure out if we are a good fit for you!  We also have a 90% retention rate with cadets who participate in the Spend the Night Program and later enroll.

What exactly is the Spend the Night Program? The Spend the Night program is an overnight program that gives you the opportunity to shadow a host cadet and participate fully in the daily routine of a cadet.

You arrive on Day 1 for check-in at 2pm. Your parents are able to attend the Corps information session, while you connect with your cadet host and shadow them in their typical routine. We try to match your host based on your Military/Citizen Leader Track interest. What will you be doing? If you are an Army interested cadet, you may get to participate in Army ROTC's Engagement Skills Trainer (EST). Regardless of  Track interest, you may attend Corps Athletics where the Corps' companies play each other in different sports or attend a Corps lab and hear one of our leadership series speakers). In the evening of Day 1, cadets will give you a presentation on the Corps and a walking tour of Upper Quad and the Pylons while covering some history of the Corps. Day 2, you will attend our Citizen Leader Track physical fitness training at 5:30am, return to shower and dress before attending morning formation, breakfast with your host cadet, and checking out no later than 8:30am. 

Interested?  You can register below for the date that best fits your schedule:


FALL 2016

Session #1: Monday, September 19, 2016

Session #2: Monday, October 3, 2016

Session #3: Monday, October 17, 2016

Session #5: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Session #6: Monday, November 14, 2016

Spring 2017

Session #1: Monday, March 20, 2017

Session #2: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Session #3: Monday, April 3, 2017

Session #4: Monday, April 10, 2017

Session #5: Monday, April 17, 2017

After completing the Spend the Night program you may also want to participate in the information sessions offered by Virginia Tech Admissionsyour college's information session for your desired major, and a campus tour (you must sign up separately for these Day 2 activities). You can also individually arrange with your host cadet or their roommate to attend an academic class on campus after check out at 8:30am. If you are interested in ROTC, we also recommend contacting the ROTC programs to arrange to meet with the ROTC you are interested in on Day 2.


  • (540) 231-4804

Air Force ROTC

  • (540) 231-6404

Naval ROTC

  • (540) 231-7883

Spend the Day with the Corps

Designed for students who cannot miss two days of school, the Spend the Day program will begin at 12:30pm and end by 4:30pm, with optional items until 5pm. Parents and students will be together throughout the program. You can arrive early and register separately for the Admissions information session and tour, if you want. The Spend the Day program will begin at 12:30pm and you will be able to check in and eat lunch with a cadet (cost: $11.25+tax per person) in D2, attend a Corps information presentation, attend one of the breakout sessions for an ROTC or Citizen Leader Track presentation, after which you will may leave, or you can opt to stay and visit tables to talk with representatives from Corps extracurricular organizations.

Interested?  You can register below for the date that best fits your schedule:

FALL 2016

Session #1: Friday, September 9, 2016

Session #2: Friday, October 7, 2016

Session #3: Friday, November 4, 2016


Session #1: Friday, February 24, 2017

Session #2: Friday, March 31, 2017

Session #3: Friday, April 21, 2017

Session #4: Monday, April 24, 2017

Information Session

During most of the year, we are able to talk with you in a small group (during the summer, it will probably be just you!), and cover, in a lot more depth, life in the Corps. This is a great place to start if you are a junior and just starting to seriously check out colleges and your options.

If you want to also 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 8:30am, end by 3:30pm

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 10am, end by 4pm

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 you visit to campus to include the Corps of Cadets.  We look forward to hosting you on campus!

Admissions Open House

The Viriginia Tech Admissions Office offers Open House events, including Hokie Focus and Hokie Preview, that allow students to see a broad picture of what Virginia Tech has to offer. There is a short, optional presentation on the Corps of Cadets that students and families can attend that includes approximately 10 minutes on the Corps of Cadets and 10 minutes on each of the ROTC programs. Not a lot of time to cover a comprehensive lifestyle in college. If you are a junior, it is a good place to start. If you are a senior, and its all you can do, we highly recommend it.

While visiting with the Corps, you might also want to visit the Admissions Office, learn about your future degree, or go on a campus tour. Have a tight schedule? Take a virtual tour!