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Veterans Benefits Begin at Application for Admission

Virginia Tech’s dedication to veterans goes beyond being named a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media and receiving the 2015 Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Governor’s Award. Not only does the university as a whole value our veterans, but also the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is dedicated to being supportive of our veterans who are transitioning to Virginia Tech.

For starters, the application fee of $60 is waived for any veteran who wishes to continue their undergraduate education at Virginia Tech. This initiative was established in part from the feedback received by the three veterans who are or have in the past been employed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: Alphonso Garrett, Jr., Gary Jackson, and Christopher St. Jean. The insight and feedback provided by the veterans employed in our office is invaluable. Combined, these employees have over 55 years of military experience and 35 years of experience in higher education, truly epitomizing the university’s motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Associate Director, Colonel (Retired) Christopher St. Jean, is designated as the Veteran Liaison for undergraduate admissions and has nearly 26 years of active duty military experience and 10 years of experience in higher education.

For veterans who are exploring transferring to Virginia Tech, we have several opportunities that may be of interest. Simply call or email us with any questions you may have.

In addition, the Office of Veterans Affairs helps veterans, their spouses, and their dependents navigate all educational benefits available.

To learn more about opportunities and resources for veterans at Virginia Tech, visit

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, open to all students, is a university program dedicated to developing tomorrow’s leaders. While participating in a full-time military academic lifestyle, cadets hone their leadership, time-management, and decision-making skills.

Students who have exceptional leadership qualities, as demonstrated through a record of leadership in extracurricular activities, student and civic organizations, athletic teams, or successful employment prior to college, and who are interested in enrolling in the Corps of Cadets, may be given additional consideration in the admissions process. However, please note that applying to the university and designating on your application your intent to enroll as a cadet is a serious commitment to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. The admissions committee reserves the right to reevaluate your admission status if you request a change to civilian status after you have been offered admission as a cadet. If you must become exempt from cadet status due to personal, health, or other reasons, situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

As an addition to their chosen academic track, cadets also have the opportunity to receive a minor in leadership through the Corps of Cadets Leader Development program. Cadets are not required to participate in ROTC, but all ROTC students must be members of the corps.

All cadets (except juniors or seniors living with their spouses) are required to live in cadet residence halls unless excused by the commandant. The corps offers scholarships that do not require military service; the ROTC programs offer some scholarships that do.

For more information, contact the Commandant of Cadets

  • 141 Lane Hall
  • Virginia Tech
  • Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • (540) 231-6413/6858

Note: It is the responsibility of each applicant to submit all required information and materials as soon as possible. Completed applications will receive priority in the review process. Because of time constraints, it is not always possible for the admissions office to request missing information. When submitting supplemental materials separate from the application, make sure your name, date of birth, and college name are included on all pieces. Also, be sure to include your current name, if different from the name on the materials.

To help us and yourself, please review the above checklist carefully. The university reserves the right to withdraw, without notice, any application that is not complete by the deadline.