The VMI Summer Transition Program (STP) is designed to improve the academic and physical fitness of incoming cadets.
All individuals who have committed to matriculate at VMI in August are invited to attend STP; attendance is voluntary. Students MUST be admitted, deposited, and cleared all of the medical status requirements before they can pre-register for STP.
STP is held during the last four weeks of the second term of the VMI Summer Session and, like the summer session, operates in a civilian environment; there is no military training. Matriculating students will take one academic class and get to know the VMI post. The Summer Transition Program (STP) should not be confused with the rigors of the first year at VMI. It is important to note that participants of the program do not become cadets (RATS) until they matriculate in August. All participants are required to live in the barracks and eat in the mess hall while attending the program.
It is highly recommended that a student arrives physically fit for the VMI experience. STP participants will participate in physical training. This training can help prepare the matriculating student for the physical fitness regimen of the Rat Line.
If you need academic accommodations, please notify the Office of Disabilities Services before you arrive for STP.