Francis Bush, Ph.D.

Cadet Resources

From time to time during one's cadetship, a cadet will need to use resources beyond those of his/her faculty and adviser.  Here is a list of such contacts.  These services are provided as other support services which are needed to achieve academic success:

Miller Academic Center

The Miller Academic Center was established to help cadets at all levels develop skills and strategies that will enable them to become independent, active learners and to achieve academic success.
Location:  215 Carroll Hall
Phone:  (540) 464-7769    
Web Site:   http://www.vmi.edu/show.aspx?tid=30507&id=154 

The COL Mike E. "DOC" Monsour Center for Cadet Counseling

Center for Cadet Counseling aims to enhance each cadet's ability to benefit academically and personally from the VMI experience.  It provides short-term counseling the focuses on addressing personal concerns that may impede current and future learning and personal development.  Some areas include feelings of depression, loneliness, anxiety, stress, and substance abuse.
Location:  408 Lejeune Hall
Phone:  (540) 464-7667    
Web Site:   http://www.vmi.edu/show.aspx?tid=30381&id=160

Chaplain's Office

The Institute Chaplain is the liaison officer to the local churches and is the point of contact for cadets' concerns of a religious or spiritual nature.  The Chaplain along with the Commandant's staff provide assistance to cadets in need of an emergency furlough.
Location:  Old Hospital
Phone:  (540) 464-7390    
Web Site:    http://www.vmi.edu/military.aspx?id=362&cid=15767 

Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services provides a wide array of career planning and employment services, as well as graduate and professional school advising.  
Location:  311 Carroll Hall
Phone:  (540) 464-7560    
Web Site:   http://www.vmi.edu/show.aspx?tid=30043&id=158 

Office of Financial Aid

The purpose of the VMI financial aid program is to provide monetary assistance to cadets who, without such aid, would be unable to attend; and to provide aid to cadets with superior abilities.  Awards are based on the cadet's demonstrated financial need as determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).  Forms are available through local high schools and VMI Financial Aid Office.
Location:  306 Carroll Hall
Phone:  (540) 464-7208    
Web Site:    http://www.vmi.edu/FinAid.aspx?id=222 

Registrar's Office

The Registrar's Office is responsible for functions that include registration, transcript processing, academic standards review, cadet services and academic records management, course scheduling, degree certification and diploma processing, grading and evaluations, statistical reporting and support of ad hoc requests, and  FERPA compliance.
Location:  303 Carroll Hall
Phone:  (540) 464-7213
Web Site:    http://www.vmi.edu/Registrar.aspx?id=196 

The Institute Honors Program

The Institute Honors Program exists to enrich the academic experience of VMI's outstanding cadets through activities that encourage an affinity for intellectual inquiry and develop the capacity for sophisticated engagement of issues and problems.    
Web Site:  http://www.vmi.edu/Academics.aspx?id=122&rsm=2699

Office of International Programs

The VMI Office of International Programs is tasked with the establishment, promotion, and administration of international exchange programs for both faculty and cadets.  Programs include Military Exchange Programs, Study Abroad, Virginia Program at Oxford and International Internships.
Location:  Old Hospital
Phone:  (540) 464-7421    
Web Site:    http://www.vmi.edu/IP.aspx?id=136

Cadet Accounting

Cadet Accounting is responsible for maintaining records of cadets' financial obligations and payments, billing, and providing check cashing services.
Location:  310 Smith Hall
Phone:  (540) 464-7217
Web Site:    http://www.vmi.edu/show.aspx?tid=21259&id=1010 

Commandant's Office

The Commandant of Cadets, under the direction of the Superintendent, is responsible for the military training, appearance, and conduct of the Corps of Cadets (including discipline). The Commandant and his staff provide oversight to the barracks environment to include supervising the cadet regiment and class government organizations. The Commandant coordinates all phases of cadet life and scheduling to ensure cadets are present and fit for academic, military, and athletic duties.
Location:  Jackson Arch - Barracks
Phone:  (540) 464-7313
Web Site:    http://www.vmi.edu/military.aspx?id=4441 

Writing Center

The purpose of the Writing Center is to provide non-evaluative guidance to cadets who desire to improve their writing.  The assistance is meant to complement academic activities and to extend the writing instruction that cadets receive in the classroom.  Cadets may sign-up or walk-in for one-on-one tutoring outside of 323 Scott Shipp Hall.
Location:  323 Scott Shipp Hall and Satellite Offices
Phone:  (540) 464-7045
Web Site:    http://www.vmi.edu/show.aspx?tid=20257&id=30509 

NCAA Advising

NCAA advising provides mentoring, counseling, advising, academic assistance to athletes, and support for departmental academic advisors to enable VMI cadet athletes to maintain a balanced program in which they can excel athletically and academically. 
Location:  205 Carroll Hall
Phone:  (540) 464-7722
Web Site:    http://www.vmi.edu/show.aspx?tid=22373&id=3415 

Advanced Placement and Transfer Credit Prior to Admission **

VMI recognizes the College Board's Advanced Placement tests, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma and courses.  For detail information concerning the requirements to academic credit, please see guidelines in the VMI Catalogue.  Dual enrollment, attendance at other schools and VMI summer sessions' transfer credit is subject to approval of the appropriate curricular head.  A minimum grade of C must be achieve to receive transfer credit.
Location:  Admissions Office
Phone:  (540) 464-7211
Web Site: http://www.vmi.edu/Admissions.aspx?id=9047&rsm=7115 - AP/IB credit
               http://www.vmi.edu/Admissions.aspx?id=9047&rsm=7115 - Transfer Students
               http://www.vmi.edu/Admissions.aspx?id=9047&rsm=7115 - Dual Enrollment

Undergraduate Research

VMI's Undergraduate Research Initiative was established to expand meaningful academic experiences for cadets via one-on-one interactions with faculty mentors to discuss, develop and complete research in a variety of venues.
Location:  302 Science Building
Phone:  (540) 464-7031
Web Site:  http://www.vmi.edu/uri.aspx?id=126

Dean's Office

VMI's acting dean is Colonel Robert McDonald
Location:  210 Smith Hall
Phone:  (540) 464-7212
Web Site:  http://www.vmi.edu/Academics.aspx?id=192

VMI Infirmary

VMI provides medical services on 24 hours, 7 days a week while the Corps is in residence during the fall and spring semesters.  Summer hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer.
Location:  VMI Infirmary
Phone:  (540) 464-7218
Web Site:  http://www.vmi.edu/show.aspx?tid=20227&id=24173 

VMI Catalogue can be obtained on the web at http://www.vmi.edu/CANDM.aspx?id=23915.

** To obtain transfer credit after admission, please see requirements for graduation.

Information was on material found in the VMI Catalogue, on the VMI Web Site,  and the VMI Directory.