Corps of Cadets

In 1872, when Virginia Tech was founded, it was a state-supported land-grant military institution called Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Back in the day, the entire school was what is now known as the Corps of Cadets. Coming from a strong military background, it is no surprise that Virginia Tech’s motto is Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Today, this group of 1,000+ students live together in corps residence halls and participate in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets’ 24/7 leader development program. Cadets choose one of two tracks: Military-Leader Track (Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, or Naval ROTC) or Citizen-Leader Track, for students who aren't seeking a military career. All cadets, regardless of track, prepare to be leaders of character for the nation and the world. Cadets go to classes specific to their program, but are mixed in their Corps of Cadets activities. From their chain of command to their roommate, our cadets live and work in a mixed-branch environment.

Corp of Cadet with flags
Corp of Cadet studying in classroom
Corp of Cadet moving through obstacle course

Are you looking for a challenge for your college experience? Are you interested in leadership development and life-long camaraderie? Consider joining the Corps of Cadets! Incoming students can join the corps as late as Summer Orientation. To learn more, contact