If appointed, you will be notified by mail with an official certificate. In that mailing you will receive the date by which you must indicate you intent to accept or decline the offer of appointment and what you must do to begin the reservation process. All appointments are “conditional” until you have met all medical requirements and successfully completed your current academic program.
Summer Transition Program
The Summer Transition Program offers an chance to get a jump on your VMI experience before matriculation. Participants take a class, live in barracks, eat in the mess hall, and participate in physical training.
In late May, you will be emailed instructions for taking language and/or mathematics placement tests. All students take the mathematics test and students who took two or more years of language in grades 9 - 12 are tested.
Training should include running, sit-ups, and pull-ups, which are required for the VMI Fitness Test (VFT), and a fitness program that will prepare you for calisthenics, marching, running on hilly terrain, and tests of stamina and agility such as the obstacle course.
Mental preparation should involve improvement in self-discipline, emotional discipline, anger management, and coping with fatigue.
New cadets must go through the matriculation process before checking into barracks. During matriculation, new cadets and their parents have an opportunity to discuss studies from their chosen curriculum, sign the matriculation pledge and add their names to the matriculation book.
Also at this time, new cadets receive room assignments, mailbox numbers, email addresses, and Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) information.