Frequently Asked Questions

 ATM Locations  There are two ATM machines located on Post.  One is in Lejeune Hall Food Court and the second one is located in Daniel's Courtyard.

Shuttle to Cameron information - The Shuttle departs from the corner of Parade Avenue and Letcher Avenue, in front of Moody Hall, and will drop off passengers at Cameron Hall (corner of Diamond and Main Street). 

 When to change into gym uniform - Cadets should change into athletic uniform after lunch. They are required to be in their athletic uniform with name tag for the 2:00 p.m. Superintendent’s Welcome in Cameron Hall. Cadets should keep one set of civilian clothes (appropriate for traveling) with them and store items with their luggage.

Sequence of events on Matriculation day (schedule subject to change)  

  •  Matriculation, Cameron Hall    7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  •  Matriculation Fair, Crozet Hall    8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  •  Barracks Check In, Barracks      until 1:30 p.m.
  •  Superintendent’s Welcome, Cameron Hall    2:00 p.m.
  •  March Off, Cameron Hall            2:30 p.m.

Restrooms - Restroom facilities are available in Cameron Hall and Crozet Hall.

Where to put luggage - Personal items should remain in the vehicle until the Matriculation in Cameron Hall and the Matriculation Fair processes are completed, and then cadets will be allowed to check into Barracks. 

Can parents/family/friends help carry luggage to room?  Yes, family members and friends are allowed into Barracks to assist their cadet with Barracks Check-in.

Refreshments - Bottled water will be available in Cameron Hall. Refreshments are also available in Crozet and the Third Barracks Food Court. The Parents Council tent located on the Parade Ground will also have water available.

Parents Council - Information regarding the Parents Council can be found at www.vmi.edu/parentscouncil.

Where to eat lunch - Lunch will be provided for the new cadets from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Crozet Hall. New cadets can eat at Crozet Hall at no charge; the cost for family members to each lunch is $8.75 for adults and children, children 5 and under eat free; payment will be accepted at the door. You can also purchase tickets at the Parents Council tent in front of barracks or at the Parents Council table during the matriculation fair to cut down on your wait time in Crozet Hall.  The PX in Lejeune Hall is an alternative where family members can pay to eat.  It is important that new cadets eat during this time and to drink plenty of fluids with the meal.  There are a numerous restaurants available in Lexington as well. It is not appropriate for new cadets to leave VMI while wearing their gym uniform. 

Network cable & other needs - Information Technology will have a table to answer questions as a part of the Matriculation Fair.

When can rats read/send email?  New cadets have email access once classes begin.

When can parents visit their rat?  Parents are invited to attend the New Cadet Oath Ceremony at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park in New Market, Virginia, on Sunday, 7 September at 11:00 a.m.  After the new cadets return to Lexington, turn in their weapons, and attend an accountability formation - they can depart Post with the parents/guests for dinner in Lexington. New cadets will need to return to Post NLT 10:00 p.m. Parents are also encouraged to visit upon completion of football games on Saturdays, and during Parents Weekend 17-18 October. Please visit the VMI calendar at http://www2.vmi.edu/eventcalendar.

How do weekend permits work?  Permits are special requests submitted by cadets through the Deputy Commandant as directed by the VMI Blue Book (rules for cadets). Rats are not normally allowed to “take” weekends during the first semester.

When can rats leave campus on Parents Weekend?  The Parents Weekend Brochure is available at the Parents Council table in the Matriculation Fair and is mailed to all cadet parents. Additional guidance is provided to the rats from the Commandant’s Office.  Please visit www.vmi.edu/parentsweekend.

When can rats be picked-up/fly-out for Thanksgiving?  All cadets are allowed to leave CAD (close of academic duty) for furloughs. This means at the completion of their last academic class scheduled for that day.

Cadet Ride information  The Ride Share forum allows cadets to either look for a ride or make a ride available during various breaks throughout the year. The site can be found at www.vmi.edu\rideshare.