Virginia Tech is home to one of two Corps of Cadet programs


Military students who would like to enroll in a public university may be interested to know that Virginia Tech is one of only two schools that can accommodate this request.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is part of the U.S. Senior Military College system, which allows its students to earn a bachelor's degree and they must participate in military training if they live on campus.

Outside of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, cadets must wear military uniforms and live in a military environment, not just during the school day.

The Corps of Cadets has existed since the college was named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1872. Enrollment in the program was mandatory until 1964, when the school began allowing students to enroll in civilian courses. The college has produced seven Medal of Honor recipients.

Unlike the military service academies, students in the Corps of Cadets program are not required to engage in military service after the graduate. In fact, as many as 20 percent in a given year elect to pursue a civilian career after attending the institution.

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