Corps of Cadets

Roommates and computers and dining plans! Oh my!


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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.

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Corp of Cadets at attenteion
Corp of Cadet studying in classroom

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